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News Briefs: Stricter seat belt enforcement considered

COTTLEVILLE SCC spring registration now open Registration for spring 2015 credit classes at St. Charles Community College is currently underway. According to SCC officials, many students enroll in general education courses that transfer to a four-year institution, but career degrees and certificates that require only 12-32 credit hours to complete also are available for those wanting a quick entry into the workforce. Those degrees and certificates are in the areas of art, business administration, business technology, computer science, computer-aided drafting, criminal justice, education, global culture, human services and health care. SCC’s classes are $95 per credit hour for in-district students, ...

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Needy families to benefit when cities compete in food drive

A friendly competition between three local municipalities will benefit hungry families in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties this winter. For the fifth consecutive year, the cities of Weldon Spring, Cottleville and Dardenne Prairie have teamed up for the Tri-City Holiday Food Drive. Each city will compete to collect the most food donations for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, which feeds more than 120 local families each week.

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Mercy Kids opens new facility in Cottleville with community input

After a year of construction, Mercy Kids Mid Rivers has opened in Cottleville. Dr. Howard Schlansky, medical director of pediatrics for Mercy Clinic, said part of the pre-construction process for the Mid Rivers facility included working with the president of Mercy Kids and holding conversations with the St. Charles community to figure out what exactly was needed at the new facility.

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Erasing the trades deficit

On Oct. 29, the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the city of O’Fallon’s Economic Development Department collaborated along with the city’s Grow in the ‘O’ committee to host the O’Fallon Industrial Summit.

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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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Dardenne Prairie approves extension for Cora Marie Marketplace

A group of about 50 to 55 residents, primarily from the Bainbridge subdivision, attended the Nov. 5 Dardenne Prairie Board of Alderman (BOA) meeting to reinforce a long standing message: “We don’t want the planned Bopp Family Partnership commercial development in our neighborhood.”

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Public invited to comment on O’Fallon’s 2015 Action Plan for community block grants

O’Fallon’s 30-day comment period regarding the city’s Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant Program will end on Dec. 5. The plans can be viewed at the O’Fallon City Hall, located at 100 North Main Street, and the public can submit comments to jhawkins@ofallon.mo.us. The city held a public hearing on Nov. 5 concerning the action plan, but O’Fallon Director of Public Relations Thomas Drabelle said the city received no comments from residents during the hearing. After the Dec. 5 deadline, Drabelle said the city will analyze any comments, and prepare a draft of the ...

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