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A perfect storm of circumstances led to a dismal 7.3 percent voter turnout at Franklin County polls Tuesday.

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Over the past few months, St. Clair School District officials have worried whether Prop STC Safe and Secure, a $12,750,000 no-tax increase bond issue, would be affected due to low voter turnout in June’s municipal election.

Voters in Pacific voted down two propositions and added a new face to the board of aldermen.

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Union’s parks and recreation department has announced a schedule for its reopening of park sites.

About 100 people, most of them high school and college students from the Washington area, gathered at Washington High School Wednesday afternnon, June 3, and then marched through town in solidarity of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and Fair officials announced Friday that the Washington Town & Country Fair has been canceled.

For those who enjoy a variety of choices on their ballots, election day Tuesday, June 2, might have been a bit disappointing.

After a couple of weeks of uneasy quiet, the Washington Fire Department ran 11 calls in three days, including a vehicle extrication and house fire.

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The St. Clair Board of Aldermen met Monday night and passed two ordinances and tabled a resolution.

Laura Conley of Washington has been appointed to the Disability Resource Connection-Franklin County SB40 Resource Board, according to Kimberlyn MacDonald, executive director.

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Sullivan Bank President and CEO Mike Hoffman announced that Jerry West has joined the bank as a business development representative for the new branch in St. Clair, expected to open in late 2020.

Over Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I paid our first visit to see my family in Texas since moving to Missouri and the pandemic started.

The city of St. Clair has announced its plans to open the spray park, located at Evergreen Park, later this summer.

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Even though the Scenic Regional Library St. Clair branch reopened to the public Monday, the library has decided to suspend the launch of the community garden until spring of 2021.

Alternative solutions to address the playground issue at Augusta Elementary are being looked into before students return in August.

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The St. Clair School District has relied on volunteers to help prepare and distribute meals when schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in late-March.

Franklin County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

CVS Pharmacy at 2120 Osage St. in Pacific is one of 22 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites that opened May 29 across Missouri by CVS Health managers.

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One challenger won, while one incumbent easily held his position on the Union Board of Aldermen in the Tuesday, June 2, election. Also, a use tax on online purchases failed and Union R-XI School Board of Education members held their seats.

Due to COVID-19 public safety concerns, Pacific aldermen voted 4-2 at their May 19 board meeting to not open the city’s pool for the 2020 season.

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In Lonedell, voters showed their support for the school district during Tuesday’s election, by passing Prop R-14, a $1,250,000 no-tax increase bond issue.

With summer fast approaching, Westlake Ace Hardware stores throughout the nation, including Washington, are gearing up to host their annual fan drive benefiting The Salvation Army. The fan drive will be held June 4-21. The fans will be distributed in July.

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Voters in Pacific voted down two propositions and added a new face to the board of aldermen.

This year marks a “big” milestone for Pacific-based creators of Bigfoot 4X4 monster truck, however, some celebratory events for the company will have to wait.

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After weeks of discussions and presentations, the city of Washington made it official Monday night — Westport Pools will design and construct the city’s new aquatics facility.