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Vision van visits Francis Howell schools

The Ronald McDonald Care Vision Van recently visited Francis Howell elementary and middle schools, providing free vision care to over 80 students. The Vision Van is an optical manufacturing shop on wheels, offering everything onboard from eye exams and screening to crafting customized eyewear onsite. “The eye care van has been a tremendous asset to our district. It has helped many students achieve academic success through vision services they may not necessarily have had access to,” said Janet Stiglich, a nurse coordinator for the district. “To see the students’ faces once the glasses are on and they can ‘see’ has ...

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Business: Crider Health Center unveils annual donor wall

PEOPLE Carl Bolm was selected as the newest board member for the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA). Bolm is president of BSR Services, and will have a three-year term on the national board. • • • Dominic Pisoni and Mike Favazza Jr., both CPAs with more than 10 years of experience, recently joined Favazza & Associates CPA, LLC as partners. • • • Mercy Clinic recently added the following doctors: family medicine physician Dr. Christopher Blanner joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine-O’Fallon; family medicine physician Dr. Cristina Fernandez joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine-Piper Hill in St. Peters; gastroenterologist Dr. Layla ...

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Sutton Smith propels Francis Howell deep into Class 6 playoffs

After a good look at Sutton Smith’s overall body of work, it is hard not to come away amazed and in awe. The senior running back had rushed for an eye-popping 1,943 yards on 228 carries for a 8.5 yards per game average heading into Francis Howell’s Class 6 semifinal matchup on Nov. 14 at Kansas City Rockhurst. That total was the area’s fifth best as Smith helped lead Howell to an 11-0 record and give the Vikings a second chance at the Class 6 championship game in three seasons. At 6-foot-1, and 210 pounds, Smith can pound the rock ...

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SMART tables reinforce learning for the youngest students

Technology starts early at Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic School in St. Charles. Students in the junior kindergarten and kindergarten classes are utilizing SMART tables to learn letters, numbers and colors. The touch-sensitive tables are used for interactive activities through the collaborative learning center. “The SMART table allows the students to have a hands-on experience with the curriculum,” said Jennifer Albrecht, junior kindergarten teacher. “We use it to reinforce previously taught curriculum and to help with the introduction of new concepts. “The students are having so much fun, they often do not know they are learning.” The school currently has ...

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Students donate hair for children with cancer

Service to others is more than just words at St. Dominic High. More than 100 female students from the O’Fallon high school made personal donations to children they will never meet. About 124 students donated over 90 feet of hair to children suffering from hair loss due to cancer or other illnesses. Eleven beauticians from the area volunteered their time to cut the students’ hair. “We have a lot of friends who have been affected by cancer, including our own Sally Garrett who works for the school, so it was an emotional time for a lot of girls,” said Senior ...

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Goodbye city of Cottleville, hello St. Charles County Sheriff’s office

After nearly 18 years as a city employee, Scott Lewis will say goodbye to the city of Cottleville this December. The city administrator and chief of police will start his new job as the St. Charles County Sheriff on Jan. 1. “There is a new sheriff coming to town and I want to thank everyone who donated, hosted a meet and greet, walked with me in a parade, put a sign in their yard or sticker on their car and most importantly voted for me,” said Lewis. “I have a much greater appreciation now for those who are willing to put their name on the ballot and go through the election process.

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‘Fiscally conservative budget’ recommended for St. Charles County

A “fiscally conservative budget” that includes a modest pay increase for St. Charles County employees plus money for purchasing more park land and building improvements are among the recommendations in the proposed 2015 budget submitted Nov. 4 by County Executive Steve Ehlmann. Ehlmann is recommending a 1 percent pay increase for all county pay grades and a 2 percent increase for all eligible county employees effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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News Briefs: Forty-two immigrants take citizenship oath

Taking care of kids in need The Kiwanis Club of St. Charles recently toured the Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur.  Along with a guided tour of the facility, members of the St. Charles Kiwanis Club brought donations to the house as part of a service project. The donations will benefit families utilizing the house. Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis provides a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children and also supports organizations that serve the needs of area children.   COTTLEVILLE Forty-two immigrants take citizenship oath   St. Charles Community College ...

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Apathetic voters

To the Editor: Now that the braying of political office seekers has died down, the national, state and regional electorate is going to have to take a long, hard and honest look at itself. By electorate, I mean me, you, us. National exit polls put voter turnout at 34 percent – out of 100 percent. Let’s look at that number another way. Out of all the people that could vote, 66 percent did not. That is a shameful, disgraceful number. It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is, or even if you don’t have one. Sixty-six percent of the nation ...

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