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Monarch Fire District to implement incentive-based safety program

The Monarch Fire Protection District has announced two efforts to emphasize safety and lower costs associated with workers’ compensation claims from on-duty accidents. Plans revealed at a recent Monarch Board of Directors meeting call for implementing an incentive-based program to reduce work-related injuries and completing a manual with safety-oriented practices and procedures covering substantially all work-related activities of on-duty personnel. Now nearing completion, the manual already has drawn accolades from Missouri Employers Mutual, the district’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. According to Monarch Directors Robin Harris and Jane Cunningham, the insurer has described the safety book as one of the best ...

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Unrandom Thoughts

To the Editor: • Flipping Ferguson (West Newsmagazine, Aug. 27) – How anyone could accuse Officer Wilson of executing that young man without all the evidence presented is unfathomable. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? What happened to standing beside those who are trained to protect citizens, and themselves, and who put their live on the line doing so? Apparently is is easy to do if you buy into what the media spoons feeds you, or if you are a race-baiter (like Rev. Sharpton or Attorney General Holder), or if you are the governor (and former MO Attorney General) ...

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Ferguson: An opportunity to learn from our mistakes

To the Editor: In his September 3rd opinion piece on the civil unrest in Ferguson, Mr. Sowell attempts to create a generalization that “heavily armed or aggressive police forces” are not what seed rioters, but rather suppress their tendency to riot. Unfortunately, what Mr. Sowell does not understand is that generalizations do not account for the unique dynamics of each situation that require a more calculated and proportional response. I am first to admit that I am not opposed to police forces of major metropolitan areas, such as St. Louis County, having bomb-resistent, armored vehicles, automatic weapons, etc. in their ...

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Speaking with respect

To the Editor: I am writing in response to the Letter to the Editor published in the September 3rd issue of West Newsmagazine from Monarch Fire Board member Jane Cunningham. While I am also in favor of fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars, as I am a taxpaying citizen residing within the Monarch Fire District area, I have observed what I feel was an immediate adversarial climate set up by this board against the firefighters of Monarch District and their representative union. I do not believe that much is ever accomplished in an adversarial climate and is likely actually counterproductive to ...

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Our Founding Fathers foresaw this event

To the Editor: With all of the local, national and international unrest, and visualizing what is happening, I started thinking about when our Nation was forming and what was going on. I “googled” the Declaration of Independence, and a small part of the second paragraph, recognizable to most, is worth printing here: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their ...

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St. Charles Police Department investigating two robberies

The St. Charles Police Department is investigating two robberies that occurred on Sept. 13. It is believed that the suspect is the same for both crimes. On Saturday, Sept. 13 at 2:42 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Petro Mart located at 2240 N. Third Street for a report of robbery that had just occurred. Preliminary investigation revealed that a white male approached the clerk and indicated that he had a knife and demanded money. The suspect threatened to stab the clerk if she did not comply. The clerk was not harmed physically and the suspect got away with an ...

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River City falls to Schaumburg in game two of championship series

  There would be no late-inning magic for the River City Rascals in game 2 of the Frontier League championship series. On Sunday night (Sept. 15), the Rascals fell 6-2 to the Schaumburg (Il.) Boomers at T. R. Hughes Ballpark. A three-run homer off the bat of Schaumburg’s Gerard Hall in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and helped the Boomers square the series at one game each. Hall’s second homer of the playoffs drove home Tony Delmonico and Mark Nelson, who had reached base on Rascals reliever Patrick Crider as those runs gave the Boomers the winning edge. ...

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Port earns medalist honors at U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Ellen Port fired a 2-under-par 71 Sunday for a 36-hole total of 2-under 144 to earn stroke-play medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, held at the 6,109-yard, par-73 Hollywood Golf Club. St. Louis native Port, 52, the two-time defending U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, bettered four players by nine shots and became the fifth player since 2002 to win medalist by three or more strokes. “This game doesn’t owe you anything, you have to work for everything you get,” said Port, who went back to the basics in practice after missing the cut at this year U.S. Women’s ...

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Crespo leads Rascals past Boomers in championship series opener

  River City second baseman Hector Crespo picked a great time to come through at the plate for the Rascals. Crespo went 2 for 3 at the dish to propel the River City to a 5-1 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers in game one of the Frontier League championship series Saturday night (Sept. 13) at TR Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, Mo. Crespo singled in the fifth and sixth innings, scored two runs and drove in a run to pace the Rascals attack. Joe Staley went 2 for 4 with a run scored and Curran Redal drove in two runs as ...

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Defending champion Port tied for the qualifying lead after one round at U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Two-time defending champion Ellen Port and Brenda Pictor shared the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur qualifying lead at even-par 73 on Saturday (Sept. 13) at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J. The 52-year-old Port has a record four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles and captained the winning U.S. Curtis Cup team in June. “The last three weeks, I have really worked hard on my game,” Port said in a news conference after her round. “On the range, I probably have hit the ball as well as I have ever hit it. I feel really good with where my game is now.” The ...

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