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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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GM Wentzville plant earns national wildlife habitat certification

General Motors’ Wentzville Assembly and Stamping has been recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council for enhancing biodiversity at the facility and engaging community partners to promote wildlife conservation and education. The plant has received a Corporate Lands for Learning certification for its partnership with the Wentzville School District. The certification program recognizes outstanding environmental education efforts that offer hands-on learning opportunities on corporate lands to teach ecological concepts and the human role in conservation.

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Millennials get county officials, businesses thinking differently

Partners for Progress and the St. Charles County Economic Development Center held a conference on Wednesday, Nov. 19 with the goal of continuing a conversation centered on the demographic shifts in St. Charles County, and how businesses and the government can benefit from a younger perspective.

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Celebrated centenarian

Hazel Walkenhorst celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 9 at a huge party with her family, including most of her 37 grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with the staff of Garden Villas of O’Fallon.

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Alderman Tommie Roberts resigns

St. Peters Alderman Tommie Roberts bid the city goodbye at the city’s Board of Aldermen meeting on Nov. 13 after resigning the Ward 3 seat he has held since 2008. “I’m leaving here with a heavy heart,” Roberts said during an emotional plaque presentation from board president Judy Bateman. “You guys have made me part of the St. Peters family.”

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Lake Saint Louis lateral sewer insurance question to appear on April 7 ballot

Help may be on the way for Lake Saint Louis residents faced with the cost of a broken sewer line. But that help will require voter approval of the city imposing an annual fee to pay for a lateral sewer service line repair program. At their Nov. 17 meeting, the city’s Board of Aldermen approved putting that question on the April 7 ballot next year. Voters rejected a similar sewer insurance program in April 2012, casting 922 votes or 55.5 percent against and 791 in favor. However, city voters approved a separate proposal on the same ballot requiring them to ...

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Cities learn what new emergency response system will cost them

Lake Saint Louis’ and St. Peters’ share of the cost of St. Charles County’s new 911 emergency response system is expected to be over $200,000 each. That announcement follows a decision Oct. 27 by the County Council approving a $3.467 million bid from Emergency CallWorks, Inc., a Birmingham, Alabama firm, to build, deploy and operate the new 911 system for seven years.  County officials hope to have the system in place in 2015. Local and county officials say the present system needs upgrades because of aging equipment and to keep up with growth in the county. The improvements will create ...

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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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