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Lake Saint Louis keeps tax rate flat

Tax rates for Lake Saint Louis residents aren’t going up this year. The city’s Board of Aldermen approved keeping the city’s property tax rate at 59.51 cents per $100 assessed valuation, which will provide funding for the city’s general fund that covers most city expenses. The city’s debt service rate will remain at 47 cents per $100 assessed valuation for this year. Those rates are the same as in 2013. The board is required to adopt tax rates by Oct. 1. Aldermen took the action at their Sept. 22 meeting after being told that – even though the city’s assessed ...

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LSL alderman continues effort to ban texting while driving

A Lake Saint Louis alderman again plans to seek a ban on all texting while driving in the city. Alderman John Pellerito (Ward 3) said he plans to introduce the bill at the city’s Board of Aldermen meeting on Oct. 6. He filed a similar bill earlier this year, but the board voted in May to drop it from consideration. Pellerito’s bill is similar to ordinances adopted by Kirkwood, St. Charles, Manchester, Florissant and St. John and would go a step beyond current state law, which prohibits texting only for drivers age 21 and younger. His bill would ban texting ...

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Board appoints new mayor in Lake Saint Louis

Lake Saint Louis has a new mayor. Alderman Kathy Schweikert (Ward 2) was appointed mayor by the LSL Board of Aldermen at a special board meeting on Sept. 22. There was no debate and her appointment was quickly approved by a 5-0 vote, with Alderman Toni Zito (Ward 1) was absent. Schweikert, 56, succeeds Mayor Ralph Sidebottom who died on Sept. 15  after battling pancreatic cancer. An alderman since 2009, Schweikert most recently was the board’s president. She will serve as a mayor on a temporary basis or as “mayor pro temp” until the municipal election in April 2015. The ...

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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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