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Holiday Inn razed to make way for Courtyard by Marriott hotel

St. Peters officials say that they hope to have a new hotel opened by December 2015 on the site of the old Holiday Inn on Veterans Memorial Parkway, just west of Jungermann Road. The present 200-room building on the site is in the process of being torn down. “If you had an opportunity to go by there it looks like a bombed-out building in Beirut about 30 years ago,” City Administrator William Charnisky told the city’s Board of Aldermen at its Oct. 23 meeting. Charnisky said the demolition is expected to be complete by the end of December with construction ...

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‘Ageless Remarkable’ honoree

When 19 adults aged 75 and older are honored on Sunday, Nov. 9 at the 12th annual Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans Gala, St. Charles County resident Sr. Cordula Wekenborg, SSND, will be among them. The St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System holds the event each year to demonstrate that age is  no more than a number and to recognize older area residents who are “reshaping the face of aging in the region,” spending their golden years in pursuits such as traveling, continuing their careers and embarking on new ones, and supporting their favorite charities. Sr. Cordula, 82, is a retired ...

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Journey to state championship raises Holt to new heights despite loss

Getting blanked without a run in the Class 4 championship game was not exactly what the Holt Indians had planned for Saturday, Oct. 24, at Killian Sports Complex in Springfield. The softball team had its state title hopes washed away thanks to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Lee’s Summit Tigers. But for Holt, which finished 26-6, this season was not just about winning a title. It  was about making a run to the state championship game and enjoying the journey. “I think that was the best part about this experience for the coaches, our players and parents ...

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Prep hockey season preview

It's time to drop the puck on high school hockey for the 2014-15 season. The season begins Nov. 3 and concludes in February at the Scottrade Center where the Challenge Cup and Wickenhauser Cup championship games will be played.

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St. Peters amends pet policy in favor of bees, but not rodents

Hamster and mouse lovers may have to watch out in St. Peters. St. Peters officials are cracking down on the number of pet hamsters, mice and other rodents and placing new requirements for bee hives in residential areas. The city’s Board of Aldermen on Oct. 23 amended certain portions of its pet regulations, adding new requirements for residents who have certain rodents or keep bees. City officials are trying to limit the number of hamsters and other rodents per residence. No more than five hamsters, mice or “other small rodent-related mammals” are considered one “pet unit” under the new regulations. ...

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Former St. Peters mayor remembered for role in city’s growth

Former St. Peters Mayor Tom Brown, who presided over the city during 20 years of unprecedented growth, was lauded last week as the man who played a major role in nurturing that growth. “Architect … you know, that’s a perfect description,” said Mayor Len Pagano, who spoke about Brown during the city’s Board of Aldermen meeting on Oct. 23. “He had that vision.” Brown, 79, died Oct. 16 in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas after a long battle with cancer. He served as mayor of St. Peters from 1984 to 2004 – a period when the city’s population increased many ...

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County approves contract for new emergency response system

St. Charles County hopes to have a brand new 911 emergency response system in place by next April. The County Council with a 6-0 vote approved on Oct. 27 a $3.467 million bid from Emergency CallWorks, Inc., of Birmingham, Alabama, to build, deploy and operate the system for seven years. Councilman Mike Elam (District 3) was absent. Jennifer George, the county’s assistant director of administration, said the county began to discuss updating its 911 system about a year ago. Presently, the county has two separate systems – one for the city of St. Charles, and the other serving the county ...

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O’Fallon to provide transportation program for residents with diabilities

The city of O’Fallon now is offering its residents a Disabled Transportation Program – at no cost to them. At a meeting on Oct. 23, the City Council approved a contract with ZipCare Transportation to provide services for the program. O’Fallon’s Communications Director Tom Drabelle said the program will work like a taxi service for residents who are legally disabled. Rides can be scheduled by calling (314) 292-7302 ext. 380 or online at zipcaretransportation.com. “Anyone that qualifies for the program would be able to call the number, (to) get a ride to essential living appointments. That could include medical appointments, ...

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News Briefs: Stepping back in time

Stepping back in time Heald House, located in Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon, was the setting of a colonial tea hosted Oct. 12 by the Caroline Close Stuart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The reason for the tea was to meet State Regent Morgan Lake. Decorated with fall foliage, elegant table linens, real china, candles and a full silver tea set, the home harkened back to days gone by. Members of the chapter used the opportunity to wear their own colonial clothing creations while Karen Wright played a collection of period songs on her fiddle. The formal ...

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Making sense of fall traditions

To the Editor: If it is known that some football helmets have been scientifically proven to be superior in safety for high schools and colleges, then why haven’t our political leaders mandated that all helmets be made to meet those standards? I’m not for government control of private industry, but when lives are affected it may be time to step in. Shame on the educational institutions for not making this decision on their own. I would believe the safer helmets should have priority over fancy looking buildings and grounds. On another note, by the time this is printed, the political ...

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