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LSL to participate in Drug Take Back Event on Sept. 27

On Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Lake Saint Louis Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Residents are encouraged to bring unneeded medications to the Lake Saint Louis Civic Center, at 200 Civic Center Drive, for proper disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked; however, the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. Last April, Americans turned in ...

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Construction on solar energy facility expected to wrap up by year’s end

Construction on the O’Fallon Renewable Energy Center is 70 percent complete, according to an Ameren Missouri press release. The solar energy facility, located off Hwy. 79, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. It will span approximately 19 acres, contain over 19,000 solar panels and will provide 5.7 megawatts of energy, enough to power around 650 homes. Email this page

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Suspect charged after ‘flashing’ busload of children

On Sept. 22, at approximately 3:51 p.m., the O’Fallon Police Department received a call to the area of the 900 block of Rolling Thunder in regards to a report of a subject flashing himself to adults and children. A subject wearing nothing but a jacket and holding an umbrella exposed his genitals to numerous children and adults. A school bus filled with children was present during the incident. The subject approached a 3-year-old male and asked the child to touch the subject’s penis. The child ran away. The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Issued charges on Jeremiah Cruesoe, a ...

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Parkway approves new policy for use of facilities

Parkway School District’s Board of Education approved a new policy Sept. 10 setting out an updated system for community use of school facilities. Paul Tandy, the district’s director of communications, said that, during the last school year, a committee was formed to study Parkway’s existing “use of premise” policy and guidelines. This policy outlines the procedures to be used by both school-sponsored and non-school sponsored groups when using Parkway’s facilities for activities and events. Tandy said the previous procedures lacked sufficient clarity regarding the prioritization for reserving space by various groups. Additionally, the fee structure contained four different levels, and ...

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Health Capsules: Addicted to phones

Addicted to phones A Baylor University researcher said he was astounded at the findings of his study on college student cellphone use:  College women spend an average of 10 hours a day and male students spend nearly eight hours a day on cellphones. Researcher James Roberts’ survey of 164 college students found that overall, students spend the most time texting (about 94 minutes per day), sending emails (nearly 50 minutes), checking Facebook (nearly 40 minutes), surfing the Internet (about 35 minutes) and listening to music (about 26 minutes). In addition to asking about specific cellphone activities, the survey measured possible ...

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Renaud Spirit Center 10th Anniversary celebration, Sept. 27

The Renaud Spirit Center celebrates its 10th Anniversary with an  Art & Family Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The recreation complex is located in O’Fallon Sports Park at 2650 Tri Sports Circle. RSC Art & Family Festival activities include a bounce house and a rock climbing wall, the Bubble Bus, face painting, a balloon artist, pumpkin decorating, T-shirt tie-dyeing, music by Get Back, an acoustic Beatles band, and the St. Charles County Symphony Orchestra, artist demonstrations, original art for sale, free raffles, giveaways, drawings and prizes. All annual memberships purchased on Sept. 27 will receive a ...

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Portion of Plackemeier Drive to be closed Sept. 24-26

A portion of Plackemeier Drive will be closed by the St. Charles County Highway Department beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 and continuing through Friday, Sept. 26 to allow for installation of a culvert pipe to improve drainage. The entire road will be re-opened Friday, Sept. 26 by 3:30 p.m. The construction area for the pipe crossing is located approximately 0.46 miles south and west of Woodlawn Avenue. No through traffic will be allowed through the area of the pipe replacement. Motorists may use Veterans Memorial Parkway to Parkview Drive to Chip Drive to West Park Drive to ...

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Daniel Boone Home hosts Pioneer Days, Sept. 20-21

The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center hosts Pioneer Days on Sept. 20–21. The event begins both days at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (55 and older), and $6 for children (age 4-11). Step back into the early 1800s and witness what life was like on the Missouri Frontier. The site’s historic village will be transformed into a living history town filled with pioneer men and women carrying out their daily tasks. Visitors will be able to meet the town’s carpenter, potter, store clerk, blacksmith, schoolmarm and more. The ...

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Lake Saint Louis mayor dies at age 71

Ralph Sidebottom, who said being elected mayor of Lake Saint Louis was one of his dreams, died Sept. 15 at his home of pancreatic cancer. Sidebottom, 71, was elected mayor in April 2013, defeating incumbent Mike Potter by 12 votes. Prior to becoming mayor, he served seven years on the city’s Board of Aldermen representing Ward 1. For three years he was president of the board. He ran for alderman in the city after retiring in 2005 as international vice president of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied workers. He served 33 years as a labor relations representative and ...

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District makes the grade

The Francis Howell School District earned a 96.8 percent overall score on the Annual Performance Report (APR) recently released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). FHSD’s score is the highest in St. Charles County and one of the top 10 scores in the St. Louis area. “We are pleased with the positive gains in our student achievement. Our staff and students have been relentless in their efforts to attain these positive results,” said Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris, the district’s chief academic officer. “We will continue to monitor our student achievement data, implement school improvement plans and maximize staff ...

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