Some statewide discussion has started on making most city and school board elections partisan after Missouri’s chief election official, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, advanced the idea as a way to increase voter turnout.

There was no election fraud in Franklin County in the 2020 November general election. Nor was there widespread election fraud in Missouri last year. And as hard as it is for some to swallow, the 2020 election wasn’t stolen from Donald Trump; Joe Biden won it fair and square.

Area racing fans rejoiced this week over the announcement that St. Louis has landed a NASCAR Cup Series race.

What’s the No. 1 problem in Franklin County right now? Ask 10 different people, and you are likely to get 10 different answers.

A rally planned for this Saturday at our nation’s Capitol is being viewed by many as just another attempt to rewrite the history of the day rioters tried to stop Congress from certifying the election of Joe Biden as president.

Kudos to the University of Missouri for jumping 13 spots to No. 72 overall in the category of best value of national universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual best colleges rankings.

In a rare and impressive show of public unity, thousands of people lined Highway 70 Wednesday to pay their respects to a young Marine killed in service to our country.

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We have written a number of editorials about the Washington Volunteer Fire Co. over the years. We’ve gone so far as to call them one of the best volunteer fire companies in the country. Our view comes from having watched them work up close and witnessing firsthand their professionalism and d…

The global shortage of computer chips is getting worse, forcing automakers to temporarily close factories, including the General Motors plant in Wentzville, which will shut down for two weeks, according to The Associated Press.

This Labor Day feels different than many past observances of the day that pays homage to the American worker. Labor Day was made a federal holiday in 1894 when Grover Cleveland was president.

Is there a harder job than that of the U.S. president?

It is hard to watch what is transpiring in Afghanistan right now.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson took some heat in May when he announced the state would stop paying the $300-per-week federal unemployment supplement authorized in the American Rescue Plan Act.

One of the lessons of the coronavirus pandemic is that broadband internet access is an essential lifeline for everyone, including low-income and rural Americans.

Washington city officials are actively working to acquire land for a sixth industrial park. The effort comes as the last two large lots in the Elmer C. Heidmann Industrial Park recently came under contract.

If you ever had an interest in giving something back to the community but didn’t know where or how to start, you might want to stop by the former Clark-Vitt Elementary School in Union Wednesday afternoon.

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Missouri turned 200 years old Tuesday. A bicentennial ceremony was held at the state Capitol that drew a number of dignitaries and public officials who commented on our state’s heritage and its distinguishing characteristics.

Congratulations to Margy Eckelkamp, of Washington, on her appointment to the prestigious Missouri Conservation Commission.

Hats off to the fair board and the huge number of volunteers who made the 2021 Washington Town & Country Fair the “perfect fair.”

Scores of people, many holding signs, gathered at the intersection of Fifth Street and Highway 47 in Washington Thursday afternoon to protest Mercy Hospital Washington’s decision to require its employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Tributes from rock and roll royalty keep pouring in for ZZ Top bassist and vocalist Dusty Hill, who passed away last week at the age of 72.

The Franklin County Area United Way kicked off its 2021 campaign last week at an event attended by hundreds of supporters, business leaders, partner nonprofits and dedicated volunteers.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s primary goal of retaking the Senate in 2022 got a little easier Thursday when former Gov. Jay Nixon announced he wasn’t going to enter Missouri’s open Senate race.

Washington loves a parade. And the best one of the year will roll through town this weekend.

With schools ready to open soon, the personal finance website WalletHub released its annual report on the states with the best and worst school systems on Monday.

Residents who live along a portion of Country Club Road south of Washington have voiced concerns about a proposed senior housing development in an unincorporated area that already has gained county approval.

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Now that voters and the Missouri Supreme Court have affirmed Medicaid expansion, it’s time for the state to put politics aside and move forward in implementing the plan.

Gov. Mike Parson used social media Monday night to encourage Missourians to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

The second quarter Federal Election Commission campaign reports are out, and three of the top GOP House fundraisers, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), are raking in cash.

It could be years before clear answers emerge as to whether our 20-year military mission in Afghanistan was a success or a failure. It takes time for historians to untangle all the facts in this kind of campaign, especially as to what unfolds after our official withdraw from the country Aug. 31.

Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill Tuesday that will increase Missouri’s gas tax by 2.5 cents a year, beginning in October until the tax hits 29.5 cents per gallon in July 2025.

Dave Schatz isn’t surprised Gov. Mike Parson vetoed a bill that exempted Franklin County from the St. Louis area’s federally mandated vehicle emissions testing program.

There are a lot of reasons to subscribe to our newspaper, but perhaps none is better than for our sports photography.

Hardly a day goes by without a national news story on Missouri and the coronavirus.

It was disappointing to learn that our representative in the U.S. House, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, is against the expansion of Amtrak services. Usually, he is in step with people in our area in his opinions about a wide range of federal government policies.

The Missouri Supreme Court gave transparency advocates a big victory this week when it ruled government agencies cannot charge for the time attorneys spend reviewing public records that are requested under the state Sunshine Law.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was strikingly on point this week when he argued that federal marijuana prohibition might no longer make sense due to the widespread legalization of the drug in the states.

There is nothing more American than a Fourth of July fireworks display. That’s why it’s shaping up to be a good weekend for those who appreciate the booms and bursts of light and color that illuminate skies during Independence Day celebrations.

More than six months after the 2020 election, one-fourth of the country believes Donald Trump is the “true president” of the U.S., according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken last month.

Count us among those excited to experience the newly renovated and reimagined Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum.

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