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Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce upcoming events

The Women’s Coffee Club Business to Business Group of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce holds a networking meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 28. The Chamber also holds its first 2017 FUSE learning and networking event on Monday, Jan. 19 from 2:30-6 p.m. at the Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main St. in St. Charles.

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O’Fallon Veterans Day Ceremony

With a bright blue sky, full sunshine and a light breeze, O’Fallon honored and remembered its soldiers, sailors and other military members on Veterans Day at Veterans Memorial Walk, just south of Interstate 70. Mayor Bill Hennessy welcomed everyone in attendance, Jim Mueller served as Master of Ceremonies and Rev. Mitch Doyen of Assumption Parish delivered the invocation and benediction. Homeschool Students of Troy and Lake St. Louis recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Troy Classical Conversations Homeschool student Crowner Beck performed our national anthem and “God Bless America” on acoustic guitar. Fort Zumwalt West High School student Katherine A. ...

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Wentzville still leads new housing activity in St. Charles County

Wentzville remains the major hub of new housing activity in St. Charles County through the first nine months of this year. Through September, 550 single-family and 78 multi-family housing permits on nine lots have been issued in Wentzville, the most of any single governmental entity in the county. For years, the Wentzville area, which has large areas of open land, has led in housing permit activity. The number of single-family permits Wentzville issued each month has varied from 41 in June to 91 in August. Fifty single-family permits were issued in September. Monthly housing permits for government entities are compiled ...

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Cottleville copies St. Peters in regulating adult businesses

Cottleville has taken a page out of the St. Peters municipal code and approved a bill designed to address issues involving adult-oriented businesses in the city. The Cottleville Board of Aldermen approved a bill on Oct. 19 amending its city’s code regulating its adult-oriented businesses and issues involving sexual misconduct and indecent exposure. The bill is similar to one that the St. Peters Board of Aldermen approved in August. The ordinances are pre-emptive strikes against proposals like the adult-oriented Social House II restaurant featuring wait staff covered from the waist up in body paint that opened in University City’s Delmar Loop earlier ...

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Benefits of early childhood education

To the Editor: Early childhood education is to create the fundamental foundation for learning. It provides the social, emotional and educational skills needed to succeed in school and throughout adulthood. Early childhood education does play a crucial role in a child’s development. Our brains do not develop at an even pace. The most rapid brain development occurs in the first five years of life. Obviously, what happens in the first few years are of the greatest importance and has long-term consequences. Young children should be exposed to the broadest possible range of positive experiences. They should be encouraged to learn ...

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New president of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital named

Chris Watts has been named president of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital, effective in early November. Watts joined BJC HealthCare in 2005 and has served in a variety of leadership roles at the health care organization over the past decade. As president of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West hospitals, Watts will provide oversight for the two facilities and guide the long-term strategic plan for both hospitals in serving the health care needs of residents of St. Charles County and surrounding communities. “We are pleased to have Chris serve as the next president of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters ...

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St. Peters police seek suspects in five vehicle break-ins in Timberridge, Hermitage subdivisions

St. Peters police are seeking suspects five vehicles were reported broken into overnight on Aug. 31 in the Timberidge and Hermitage subdivisions. Break-ins were reported between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on the first block of Pear Tree Court and the 3800 blocks of Silver Ridge and Hermitage, according to Melissa Doss, community relations officer for the city. Doss said a number of items were taken, some of them in plain sight, including two laptop computers and money, from locked and unlocked vehicles.  She said the city is still seeking information and suspects in the case. Doss said vehicle break-ins ...

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