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Femme Osage Creek Road has been reopened by the the St. Charles County Highway Department after installation and work on a replacement bridge, located 0.1 miles west of Highway F, was completed on Dec. 10. Although some final roadway work remains, traffic now has access to the new structure.

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O’Fallon offers bulk waste item drop-off day

Cleaning house for the holidays? City of O’Fallon trash service customers are invited to take advantage of the city’s free, bi-monthly drop-off for many items that are too large to fit into curbside trash containers. The drop-off will be held 7 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 at O’Fallon’s waste transfer station, 1572 Progress West Lane.

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Telemedicine advances coming to a hospital bed or home near you

In May 2015, Mercy is expected to open its Virtual Care Center in Chesterfield, a technological monster of a building packed with 170 workstations, each of which sports six to eight computer monitors. With this new facility, Mercy claims it can provide the “best possible care to people when and where they need it.” The facility is expected to provide 24/7 telemedicine support across Mercy’s network of hospitals. But what exactly does that mean?   What’s in a name?  Telemedicine is defined as the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide healthcare at a distance, but that clinical definition ...

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Strategy game played by millions helps students find success, friends

A game of strategy is popping up in more St. Charles County schools – but it has nothing to do with keyboards or joysticks. “Chess is becoming a more popular sport, but it is already one of the most popular sports/games in the world,” said George Krasnopolskiy, owner of CheckMates USA, a chess instruction company. “Millions of people of all ages play chess, estimates have it between 600 and 700 million. That’s almost 10 percent of the world’s population.”

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