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News Briefs: City of St. Charles wins bell ringing challenge


City launches resident newsletter

Starting this month, Cottleville residents and businesses will have city information emailed directly to their inbox.

The newly developed Cottleville Courier will provide a calendar of events for the city and its parks, a message from the mayor, and information about new buildings, subdivisions and businesses.

“This is something we just started in an effort to keep our residents up to date on things happening in our city,” Mayor Jim Hennessey said.



Local man sentenced in sexual abuse case

On Jan. 8, 19-year-old Donald A. Knaust II, of the 1700 block of Diamond Ridge Court in O’Fallon, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In October, Knaust pleaded guilty to two felony counts of statutory sodomy, one felony count of attempted statutory sodomy and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. Those charges resulted from separate incidents in 2013 involving two different 8-year-olds.

The first incident took place in a closet of the wrestling room at Fort Zumwalt North High. The second incident took place in a private home.

Knaust must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.


St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith (plaid jacket) proudly displays the 2014 Elected Officials Bell Ringing trophy with (from left) O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessey, Dardenne Prairie Mayor Pam Fogarty and St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano.

St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith (plaid jacket) proudly displays the 2014 Elected Officials Bell Ringing trophy with (from left) O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessey, Dardenne Prairie Mayor Pam Fogarty and St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano.


City of St. Charles wins bell ringing challenge

Dardenne Prairie Mayor Pam Fogarty challenged all of the elected officials of St. Charles County to ring bells this year to benefit The Salvation Army.

Dardenne Prairie, Lake Saint Louis, O’Fallon, St. Charles and St. Peters participated in this first-ever contest, raising just over $4,190. Money raised will be used to provide essential services to those in need in St. Charles County.

Salvation Army Major AmyJo Ferguson announced St. Charles as the victorious city and presented Mayor Sally Faith with the traveling 2014 Elected Officials Bell Ringing trophy to display in St. Charles City Hall until the 2015 Elected Officials Bell Ringing Challenge.

Faith and Councilmembers John Hanneke and Rod Herrmann rang bells for St. Charles, raising $1,486.25 in their red kettles.


Grant supports education at historical homestead

The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center at Lindenwood University has received a $5,000 grant from Maritz.

Grant funding will support educational programming at the Boone Home, which includes individual tours, hands-on activities for school and homeschool groups, educational presentations, educational events, summer camps and youth opportunities.

“Educational opportunities at the Boone Home bring the legacy of Daniel Boone to life. Within the thick limestone walls, stories of a daring man offer a glimpse into family matters, risky adventures and hard-fought battles,” said Dr. David Knotts, Lindenwood University’s dean, of the Boone Home.

Last year, over 20,000 people participated in programs at the Boone Home.


Retired Lindenwood professor named poet laureate

Michael Castro, Lindenwood University professor emeritus, has been named St. Louis’ first poet laureate.

Castro, who taught at Lindenwood for 32 years until his retirement in 2012, was chosen from a field of 65 nominees by an outside task force. His selection was ratified by St. Louis’ Board of Aldermen.

Castro began his post Jan. 1 and will make at least six appearances a year during his two-year term.

“I consider Michael Castro to be one of the finest poets to come out of St. Louis,” said Peter Carlos, director of LUTV-HD and a teacher in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program. “He is considered one of the great visual poets. You have to see him perform.”

Castro has published 10 volumes of poetry and a book of prose on the poetry of Native Americans. He is a founder of the literary journal River Styx and its reading series.

During his time at Lindenwood, Castro, who has been recognized locally and nationally for his work, was a favorite of students, many giving him credit for awakening the poets inside them. He was named a Fulbright Fellow in 1990 to study the art and culture of India and launched Lindenwood’s MFA in Writing program in 2002.



Local man charged with Boxing Day bank robbery

Timothy Alan Denning, 32, of the first block of St. Timothy Drive in St. Peters, has been arrested and charged in connection with a bank robbery that took place on Dec. 26 at approximately 8:45 a.m. at The Bank of Old Monroe, 401 T.R. Hughes Blvd.

Denning, who used the services of a taxi during the robbery, also was wanted in connection with a Dec. 12 robbery at Providence Bank, 1001 South Fifth Street in St. Charles.


Limited sewer service fee approved

Residents of a number of subdivisions who receive sewer service from St. Peters, but are not inside the city limits, are facing some additional charges to correct backups in residential basements.

The St. Peters Board of Aldermen approved several additional fees for homeowners in the Steeplechase and Westwood, St. Mary’s and St. Peters Estates subdivisions at their Dec. 18 meeting.

One and possible a second fee will apply to those subdivisions’ residents. Malach said a $1.36 fee definitely will be added to the bi-monthly bills of all residents who pay for city services. That fee will pay for the cost of correcting sewer and stormwater problems in the area. The fee may be adjusted based on additional expenses and is expected to be charged over a 20-year period.

A second $100 fee will be charged bi-monthly only to residents who do not remove connections of their sewers with the sanitary sewer system, he said. The fee will not be charged until the residents it applies to are informed by letter, but will continue until the connections are corrected.

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