County approves contract for new emergency response system

St. Charles County hopes to have a brand new 911 emergency response system in place by next April. The County Council with a 6-0 vote approved on Oct. 27 a $3.467 million bid from Emergency CallWorks, Inc., of Birmingham, Alabama, to build, deploy and operate the system for seven years. Councilman Mike Elam (District 3) was absent. Jennifer George, the county’s assistant director of administration, said the county began to discuss updating its 911 system about a year ago. Presently, the county has two separate systems – one for the city of St. Charles, and the other serving the county ...

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O’Fallon to provide transportation program for residents with diabilities

The city of O’Fallon now is offering its residents a Disabled Transportation Program – at no cost to them. At a meeting on Oct. 23, the City Council approved a contract with ZipCare Transportation to provide services for the program. O’Fallon’s Communications Director Tom Drabelle said the program will work like a taxi service for residents who are legally disabled. Rides can be scheduled by calling (314) 292-7302 ext. 380 or online at zipcaretransportation.com. “Anyone that qualifies for the program would be able to call the number, (to) get a ride to essential living appointments. That could include medical appointments, ...

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News Briefs: Stepping back in time

Stepping back in time Heald House, located in Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon, was the setting of a colonial tea hosted Oct. 12 by the Caroline Close Stuart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The reason for the tea was to meet State Regent Morgan Lake. Decorated with fall foliage, elegant table linens, real china, candles and a full silver tea set, the home harkened back to days gone by. Members of the chapter used the opportunity to wear their own colonial clothing creations while Karen Wright played a collection of period songs on her fiddle. The formal ...

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Making sense of fall traditions

To the Editor: If it is known that some football helmets have been scientifically proven to be superior in safety for high schools and colleges, then why haven’t our political leaders mandated that all helmets be made to meet those standards? I’m not for government control of private industry, but when lives are affected it may be time to step in. Shame on the educational institutions for not making this decision on their own. I would believe the safer helmets should have priority over fancy looking buildings and grounds. On another note, by the time this is printed, the political ...

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In theaters Nov. 7

Two hi-tech science fiction movies come to the big screen this weekend, one about space travel, the other about a crime-fighting robot.

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Dynamic duo of quality, taste fills plates at Yellowstone Café and Lazy River Grill

Quality and freshness are more than words to John Marciano. They’re a commitment and a guarantee that are given to every plate – and every customer – served at his Yellowstone Café and Lazy River Grill. “It’s all about the food and what we have to offer,” Marciano said. “Everything begins with quality and freshness. You have to start with quality if you want high quality on the table.” Yellowstone and Lazy River specialize in sourcing the highest quality fish, beef, chicken and pork on the market. Once it’s delivered, the expertly trained staff at each location oversees to its ...

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Business: Now open in Chesterfield

Now open in Chesterfield Members of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce assisted in a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on Oct. 17 for the Sandy Kessler Agency, a new State Farm Insurance office that recently opened in Chesterfield. The agency is located at 15539 Chesterfield Airport Road, just east of Long Road.   PEOPLE Friendship Village has  named Jill Frein as project manager to oversee expansion and renovation projects at its Chesterfield and Sunset Hills senior living communities. At Friendship Village Chesterfield, Frein will oversee development of a new villa triplex along Olive Boulevard and will initiate combining apartments ...

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Mature Focus: News and Notes

Sleeping in dentures Elderly people who wear their dentures to bed at night are putting themselves at increased risk for coming down with pneumonia, a recent study found. Because poor oral hygiene is a known risk factor for pneumonia in the elderly, researchers in Japan investigated various oral health behaviors and incidences of pneumonia among more than 500 adults aged 85 and older. In a three-year period, 48 cases of pneumonia were identified among the study participants, and those who wore their dentures overnight had a little more than double the risk of contracting pneumonia than those who removed their ...

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Area residents among ‘Ageless Remarkable’ honorees

When 19 adults aged 75 and older are honored on Sunday, Nov. 9 at the 12th annual Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans Gala, six West County residents will among them. The St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System holds the event each year to demonstrate that age is no more than a number and to recognize older St. Louisans who are “reshaping the face of aging in the region,” spending their golden years in pursuits such as traveling, continuing their careers and embarking on new ones, and supporting their favorite charities. The West County honorees include: Pat Britt, 77, of Creve Coeur, ...

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Westminster Christian Academy will meet Ladue in a Class 3 soccer sectional match

The Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats are ready for their first high school sectional soccer game since 2009. The Wildcats (12-10) host Ladue at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 4). It will be a rematch between the two teams. Back on Oct. 17, Ladue (19-4-1) defeated the visiting Wildcats 3-1. Coach Dan Legters said his Westminster squad wants to avenge that loss. “They want to prove that the score with Ladue earlier in the year was not an accurate measure of their soccer,” Legters said. “They know they can beat them and will play with that determination. “We lost because they capitalized ...

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