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Total Recall

Think about this for a second: In 2013, there were 45 percent more cars recalled than there were cars sold. Over the past decade, recalls are up 4 percent while sales are down 10 percent. This year automakers will easily eclipse a rather dubious mark and surpass 2004’s record of 30 million total cars recalled. Most famously, GM has issued 45 recalls so far this year, totaling more than 28 million cars. The auto industry as a whole is only expected to sell 16 million cars this year. So what gives? What is the cause of the skyrocketing number of ...

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Ellisville development

To the Editor: Ellisville resident Robert Kerr’s criticism of our Economic Development Commission is not shared by the rest of us residents. Walmart was only coming to Ellisville if we taxpayers gave them over $10 million in tax increment financing. Other businesses, including the “mom and pop” ones, did not get a dime from Ellisville. How long would his idea of the increase in sales tax collection take to offset that over $10 million taxpayer freebie to Walmart? As for that Tri-Star Mercedes-Benz dealership closer to Wildwood, why would Ellisville need a city hall that far out in an oversized ...

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Regarding Common Core

To the Editor: Wow! Your June 25 issue had two powerful articles. Tricia Reichardt’s Letter to the Editor, “Common Core: The real stealth jihad,” was a knockout description of how Common Core lowers the learning bar. Overwhelm, Overpower, and Overtake were three detailed sections describing destruction of each child’s unique talents to follow distant strangers’ agenda. Parents’ protests are ignored. No law was passed, just “executive-style” orders from CEOs and the White House. As a retired teacher, I also loved reading the cover story, “Fanning the Flames of Success – Parkway School District is poised to ignite a spark for ...

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Has World War III begun?

To the Editor: How are we going to know when World War III has begun? I mean the non-nuclear WW3. Does it start with the capture of Crimea by Russians? Does it start with the Chinese military declaring its dominance over Japanese, Philippine and Vietnamese islands in the South and East China Seas? Does it start with poison gas used against civilians in Syria? Does it start with radical Muslim ISIS combat troops capturing a large part of Syrian and Iraqi territory? Does it start with the capture of 300 school girls in Nigeria? Does it start with the kidnapping ...

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LSL Aldermen to vote on sizable corporate addition at July 21 meeting

A major expansion of a business in Lake Saint Louis could add jobs to the area and additional tax revenue for the city. National Information Solutions Cooperative wants to add a 44,000-square-foot addition to their present facility. The addition will essentially add a two-story addition next to its present building. Jackie Rocha, manager of operations and facilities at NISC in Lake Saint Louis, said the addition will provide additional space for mail equipment, technology and employees. The cooperative’s Lake Saint Louis location, one of four NISC campuses in the United States, opened in 2005. NISC designs and supports software solutions ...

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St. Peters youth found, reunited with family

The St. Peters Police Department has located Tiy Salazar (a.k.a. Tiy Robinson) who went missing on July 8. TIy has been reunited with his family. St. Peters Police thank the public for their assistance with this case.  

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Smoothie King offers nutrition on the go for ‘everyone who loves a delicious drink’

Getting a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables is as easy as ordering a delicious, refreshing drink  at Smoothie King. “We are smoothies with a purpose,” said Cherry Villegas, co-owner of the Cottleville and O’Fallon Smoothie King locations. “We have a variety of smoothies to meet your needs. Whether you need to get toned, recover faster from a workout or get enough energy to keep up with your kids, we have a smoothie for you.” Smoothie King also offers smoothies to help customers build muscle or slim down. Customers can add a muscle builder, which contains 100 percent pure Creatine ...

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Hard-nosed, gritty Perkins was driving force in Howell’s success

As recent Francis Howell graduate Nic Perkins looks back, there are two things that come strongly to mind when he recalls his time as a high school student-athlete – it boils down to classwork and sports. The catcher and soon to be University of Mississippi Rebel sums it up this way: “It pretty much was classes, studying and preparing for classes and working hard in sports and trying to be the best in three sports (football, basketball and baseball) for four years.” Nic’s hard-driving work ethic paid dividends on his personal player development and paid even bigger dividends for the ...

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St. Peters golfer wins 55th Junior Girls Championship

For Logan Otter, the summer golf season is going great. Otter, who lives in St. Peters, will be a senior this fall at John Burroughs, the defending Class 1 state champion girls golf team. Last fall, she finished third at the state tournament – and her resume has gotten brighter since winning the Missouri Women’s Golf Association 55th annual Junior Girls Championship at WingHaven Country Club in O’Fallon. She followed that win with a victory in the qualifier to represent Missouri in the Big “I” National Championship set for Aug. 5-8 at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West ...

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Sports Briefs: Metropolitan Open tees off July 10

Men’s Golf The ninth Metropolitan Open for professionals and amateurs begins July 10 and concludes July 12 at The Country Club of St. Albans. The tournament will feature the richest first-place prize yet. With a full field of 72 professionals, first place will be $15,000 this year, up from $13,500 last year. Marthasville native Shawn Jasper, the 2010 and 2011 champion, said the event has developed into one of the top tournaments in the area. “In just a few short years, the Metropolitan Open has become one of the premiere events in the Midwest,” said Jasper, a University of Missouri ...

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