Rain canceled Pacific High School’s planned outdoor graduation ceremonies on Sunday evening, July 19. The pause in in the ceremony turned into a three-hour wait, and the program was eventually canceled for safety reasons. Graduation for the 221 seniors is rescheduled for a third time, Sunday…


Meramec Valley R-III students and their families have until July 31 to decide if pupils will return to the 2020-21 school year in-person, virtually, or some hybrid blend of the other two options.

Pacific aldermen held a public hearing Tuesday, July 7, to remove six business locations from the city’s West Osage Community Improvement District.


Qualifications for future Pacific city marshals/police chiefs may become more stringent, if new requirements are approved by aldermen.

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Bigfoot monster truck fans now have to wait until June 5, 2021, to attend the crew’s popular, annual open house with other 4X4 enthusiasts. 


Franklin County has yet to see a major impact from COVID-19-related cuts at the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). But there are unknowns in longterm transportation planning.

Pacific officials are asking for more feedback as they close in on an update of the city’s parks and recreation master plan.

A group of approximately 60 people representing “Peaceful Protesters in Franklin County,” gathered in Pacific Saturday, July 4, to speak out against racism and prejudice.

Meramec Valley R-III School Superintendent Jonathan Mulford said he and district administrators are waiting to hear what Missouri’s current funding will be before concluding the district’s 2020-21 budget.

The Meramec Valley R-III School District is getting a new online learning accelerator system called Acellus starting in the 2020-21 school year.

Pacific city officials are interviewing candidates to replace Marshal/Police Chief Matt Mansell who unexpectedly retired last week, effective June 27.

While the playground equipment has been assembled at the Main Park, there are still some projects that need to be completed before it opens to the public.

Pacific’s city pool reopened Monday, June 15, to only Meramec Valley R-III School District residents with new rules.


The abrupt departure of longtime Pacific Police Chief Matt Mansell, has left city official scrambling to find his replacement.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has charged Joshua J. Devries, 34, Pacific, with third-degree domestic assault and second-degree property damage following an altercation Sunday, June 21.

Two co-owners launched their new outdoor equipment repair business just before COVID-19 shutdowns, yet they’ve had a fortunate beginning.

Two co-owners launched their new outdoor equipment repair business just before COVID-19 shutdowns, yet they’ve had a fortunate beginning.

Vero Fitness owner Nick Jansen temporarily relocated his Pacific center to 301 W. St. Louis St., an address within Franklin County with more COVID-19 reopening options than the center’s original 522 E. Osage address in St. Louis County.

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

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.

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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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.

On the June 2 ballot, Pacific voters face a potentially pivotal police issue. Pacific “marshals,” or police chiefs, have been elected by citizens in the past; that could change with the results of the upcoming municipal election.

Two newcomers — Harold Frick and Christopher “C.J.” Ruyle are seeking the Pacific Board of Aldermen Ward 1 seat in the April 7 election.

Along with other Old Town Pacific business owners searching for ways to reopen and operate safely past COVID-19, James McHugh, president of the Pacific-based public policy MAGI Foundation, is guessing what the “new normal” will be.

This year’s 18th annual Pacific Car Show scheduled for late June is canceled due to crowd health concerns and a shortage of volunteers related to COVID-19.

Dates are approaching for several large events annually held in Pacific, and aldermen began discussing public safety risks associated with COVID-19 at their May 5 board meeting.

To bolster COVID-19-related food shortages, a $5,000 donation was awarded to area food banks by the Pacific-based team of Graphic Packaging International, LLC.

Pacific City Hall was reopened to the public with certain restrictions Monday, May 4, after being closed since March 20 due to COVID-19 public safety concerns.

A 20 percent decrease in core revenues and a 10 percent decline in other city revenues are forecasted for Pacific’s proposed Fiscal Year 2021 city budget.

Memorial Day weekend traditionally mean the opening of the Pacific city pool. This season, that timeframe looks less likely, given current health concerns as public services are just reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

To fortify community support for Pacific High School seniors, especially during their unusual 2020 graduation due to a COVID-19 school closure, sponsors and product donations are being sought for traditional Senior Week activities.

A $10,000 donation was made by Phillips 66 to support Meramec Valley R-III School District families negatively affected by results of the COVID-19 health crisis.