Local team becomes finalist in PSA contest

A team of students from Fort Zumwalt West High has created a public service announcement. This year’s entry, created by Janae Taylor, Katie Pauk and Maddie Wieseman, focuses on how abuse knows no gender. Online voting is open until July 15.

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Senior receives scholarship for golf skills

Timberland High senior Collin Rooney has been named the recipient of a Chick Evans Scholarship for Caddies from The Western Golf Association. The Evans Scholarship is a full, four-year, tuition and housing scholarship for golf caddies and is awarded based on a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.

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Local students explore genetics

Middle school participants in Francis Howell’s Biomedical Science Camp kicked off summer by examining viruses, bacteria, and outbreaks of different diseases. Students also explored how to potentially cure genetic diseases by looking at DNA and genes. The 2019 camp, hosted by Francis Howell High, offers middle school students experience with Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science courses offered in high school.

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County Kratom decision tabled again

Kratom, an herb with psychoactive properties [Adobe stock image]

The St. Charles County Council on June 10 once again tabled a decision on whether or not to add Kratom and related substances to an existing ordinance banning the sale or use of illegal smoking products containing synthetic cannabinoids. The board tabled the issue until its June 24 meeting.

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Accidental fall at O’Day Park inspires safety precautions, questions

On June 8, Mason Owens was playing in a water feature in a local park when the 5-year-old slipped and fell face first on the wet concrete blocks. His injuries required hospital treatment and stitches. It was later reported that Mason had fallen in the adventure playground section of O’Day Park in O’Fallon. After Mason was treated, his mother Stacy Owens said more needed to be done to prioritize safety and prevent similar accidents in the future. 

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