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Recently, I was confronted at a local event over a story I wrote in late September. The story detailed the emails and messages Franklin County commissioners received regarding their approval of a resolution opposing President Joe Biden’s directive for vaccine mandates for companies with more…

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As September fades into October, it’s quickly becoming time for high school sports teams to show what they have.

Coach Vincent Bingham is in his first year as head cross country and track and field coach at Pacific High School and has previously coached at St. Pius, in Festus, and several area universities.  He’s coached 81 athletes to the top 10 performance list at university and seven Olympians. He h…

Katie Dieckhaus is executive director of the Washington Historical Society. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and is currently a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, working toward a Master of Library and Information Science with an emphasis in archival studie…

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It had been nearly two years since I attended a college football game, so my wife and I decided to get back on that horse over Labor Day weekend.

Luke Meyer is a longtime resident of Washington and is currently a vice president with Citizens Bank, where he has worked for the past 10 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from St. Louis University. Luke is a graduate …

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If you haven’t had the chance to see the 2021 Missourian Fall Sports Preview, it was in last weekend’s paper. 

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I recently attended my first large-capacity concert since 2019. With COVID-19 cases rising, it had the feeling of possibly being the last for a while.

Amanda Jones is a lifelong Washington native, a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes and a 1999 graduate of Washington High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Missouri State University in 2004 and later interned with the Children’s Division investigation unit, looking i…

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It won’t be long until baseball season gives way to football, so I recently went to see a couple ballparks within a few hours of here before it’s too late.

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For those keeping track at home, the 2021 summer scorecard for Washington Post 218 baseball is two state runners-up and one still to be determined.

Suzanne Curnutte was raised in Caney, Kansas, where her dad was an M.D. and her mom an R.N. She has worked in the medical field nearly all her life and found her career as a home care and hospice nurse to be extremely fulfilling. In 1995, she was a single mother working as a home health R.N.…

David Menke is a retired teacher and school administrator who spent 31 years in education. He graduated from New Haven High School and holds degrees from Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Missouri. Menke taught in the Washington School District and was a principal in …

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Over the past five years or so, my wife and I have traveled around the U.S. quite a bit. For evidence, just look at our refrigerator.

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He was very buzzworthy during the 2018-19 offseason, but his meteoric rise has come in the first half of 2021.

Charlene Saling is executive director of the St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce and is heavily involved in the community. She is a board member for Empac, Mercy Hospital Washington Foundation and Auxiliary, St. Clair Area Chamber Foundation and is a member of the St. Clair City Planning and …

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It’s hard to believe it’s taken this long, but I finally got to attend my first St. Louis Cardinals game since moving to Missouri in early 2020.

Mary Shofner is a farmer’s wife and a farmer’s daughter. She’s been married to Steve Shofner for almost 45 years, and the couple has two children, Craig and Stephanie, and two grandchildren, Jase and Cate. The family has a farm on the Meramec River and also owns land near Mary’s mother’s Cen…

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Unless you were watching Friday’s game broadcast between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, you might have missed another of catcher Yadier Molina’s latest milestones.

Fr. Tony Ritter grew up in O’Fallon with “wonderful parents” and one sister. He is an alum of Fort Zumwalt North High School and entered the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary to become a priest right after graduation. He spent seven years in the seminary and was ordained as a Catholic priest in 2019 …

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After more than a year of relative calm, large community events in Union have roared back in the past few weeks.

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Even though I’ve lived here more than a year, my wife and I are still catching up on some of the “touristy” activities around the St. Louis area.

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