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Opposing sides square off on sales tax hike for transportation needs

On July 9, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a list containing $4.8 billion worth of transportation-related construction projects. On Aug. 5, voters will decide if those projects will receive the funding needed to see them through to fruition. On the ballot is Amendment 7, a three-quarter-cent sales tax increase that would produce an estimated $5.4 billion increase in revenue for transportation-related needs over a 10-year period. Topping the list of some 800 projects is the rebuilding and widening of Interstate 70 across the state. In the St. Louis region, including St. Louis City and St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson and ...

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St. Peters resident has close call with bullet on 4th of July

A St. Peters resident wants to spread the message “what goes up, must come down.” After he and his girlfriend’s 13-year old daughter survived a close call with a bullet over the holiday weekend, Robert Worlitz wants to make sure that people understand the gravity of discharging firearms into the air. “I want people to realize that shooting guns in the air almost cost this young lady her life,” Worlitz said. According to Worlitz, he and Corey, his girlfriend’s daughter, were riding on his motorcycle at approximately 9:15 p.m. on the Fourth of July. The pair was driving on Second ...

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News Briefs: City introduces Citizens First App

COTTLEVILLE City receives recycling grant The city of Cottleville received a $7,000 Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant from the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District. City Administrator Scott Lewis said the grant will be used to purchase forty 10-gallon recycling containers. In addition, the grant will cover bags, signage and installation in Legacy Park and several miles of trails in the city.   Construction continues on trail  Construction will continue on Kountz Fort Trail in Legacy Park later this summer, according to Cottleville City Administrator Scott Lewis. The clearing is nearly completed, and the pipe and stone has been installed ...

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Circle Of Concern scholarships awarded

Several students are college-bound with some help from Circle Of Concern. The local nonprofit awarded grants to a total of 13 seniors who graduated from local high schools this past spring, with 11 of them residing in West County. In addition, scholarships were awarded to seven of last year’s winners for their second year of college. This year’s scholarship awards totaled $25,000. First-year recipients include Phillip Sansone from Fulton School at St. Albans; Hannah Petry from Eureka; Lewis Werner from Lafayette; Jessica Phung from Marquette; Ben London from Rockwood Summit; An Hseih, Sarah Larara and Sarah Munir from Parkway West; ...

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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.   Email this page

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City benefits from Eagle Scout project

On June 20, Zach Nauman brought his Eagle Scout project to completion when he presented two log benches to the city of Weldon Spring. Nauman, a member of Boy Scout Troop 353, built the benches over a two-month period with the help of several other Scouts and adults. The project took approximately 70 hours to complete. Today, the benches are located near the historic smoke house log cabin, which was a part of the Triesch Family German Homestead purchased  from the Francis Howell School District in 2009. “The wooden benches have been a great addition to our park,” said Weldon ...

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County emergency communication system expected to come online by fall

St. Charles County officials now hope to have an improved radio communications system for emergency providers up and running in several months. Jennifer George, the county’s director of policy, said the county expects to phase in the operations of the system with individual police departments and providers starting in September.  The county has not yet announced a date when the process will begin, she said. The county and its designer, Motorola Solutions, have designed a system that requires 12 radio towers, ranging in height from 250 feet to 450 feet. The system requires that the county enter into agreements with ...

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Top-level positions change hands in county emergency services

Christopher Fay, Lake Saint Louis Fire Protection District Christopher Fay, the new fire chief for Lake Saint Louis, started his 22-year firefighting career as a volunteer for the fire service. Fay had been studying to be a graphic designer and only worked for the department on a summer break. In 1997, he was hired on as a full-time firefighter for Lake Saint Louis. “I learned later on in life that this was something I enjoyed, something that I thought was pretty fulfilling,” Fay said. “It was a complete career change, but I’m glad I made the decision to change.” Before ...

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