Local schools welcome new teachers, staff

Chesterfield Day School is pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty members for the 2014-2015 school year. Danielle Lee will be joining the CDS faculty as a full-time librarian and as technology teacher for grades two through six. Previously, Lee held a position at CDS as an assistant in the second and third grades from 2011 to 2013. Puja Bhutani will be a new kindergarten and first-grade teacher with Lindsay Klasing. She is a Montessori-certified teacher and has been a lead teacher at Children of Promise School since 2011. Alexis Buja will be joining the CDS faculty as ...

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CYC City/County Champions

The CYC Girls Intermediate Closed Division City/County Championship winner is the St. Joseph Cottleville eighth-grade softball team coached by John Meara. The team completed the three-game series scoring an impressive total of 42 runs, while giving up only two. Pictured (from left, bottom row) are Claudia King, Abbi Napoli, Maddie Blattel, Grace Smith, Emily Meara and Kristen Weber; (top row) Megan Sextro, Emma Heienickle, Coach Dan Largent, Katie McDonough, Elise Cornett, Coach John Meara, Maggie O’Brien, Grace Lewis, Coach Kelly McDonough and Jessica Kite.

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Shamrocks Pub & Grill: Home to great food and good times

Shamrocks Pub & Grill is a place where the staff knows your name. The restaurant, located at 4177 Veterans Memorial Parkway in St. Peters, prides itself on superior customer service. “Our staff is very one-on-one with our customers,” said Kelly Dent, who owns Shamrocks Pub & Grill with her husband, Kyle, and her parents, Tom and Mary Durst. “We have a lot of regulars, and we care about their lives. They are not just a number. We build relationships with our customers.” Whether it’s a girls’ night out, dinner with the family or a retirement party, Shamrocks Pub and Grill ...

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St. Charles high school football preview

Fort Zumwalt West reached the Class 6 quarterfinals in Neil Nowack’s first season with the Jaguars. For his second season, Nowack has seven starters returning on offense and seven on defense. Still, the Jaguars will have their hands full trying to unseat the Francis Howell Vikings as champions of the Gateway South Athletic Conference.Francis Howell, which reached the sectional round of the Class 6 playoffs, has five starters back on offense and seven on offense. Coach Byran Koch has a hard-working group of seniors he is anxious to see in action this fall. Duchesne coach Charlie Elmendorf enters his 20th ...

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Pressure-free first day

The Francis Howell School District held its annual Transition Day on Aug. 4 for incoming sixth-graders and freshmen. The day is specifically set aside to provide guidance to students transitioning from one level to another. It also helps students become more familiar with their new schools before older students arrive. Sixth-graders and freshmen were the only students in the schools, giving them a chance to meet new people in their grades and learn their way around the school. Students went through an entire school day, starting with an assembly where the students met the principals and other staff members. Students ...

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Sheriff preservation initiative comes up short for Nov. 4 ballot

A petition drive may have come up short to place a charter amendment before St. Charles County voters to vote again this November on changing law enforcement in the county’s unincorporated area. And that has Jeri Zerr, the coordinator for the petition group, upset with the county Election Authority about petition signature requirements. Zerr’s group, the St. Charles County Sheriff Preservation Initiative, mounted a petition drive to place an amendment on the ballot, saying ballot language on a measure approved in 2012 was confusing. That year, county voters approved establishing a new county police department and procedures for choosing a ...

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Red-light camera bill withdrawn for lack of county council votes

A proposal that would spare cities from a possible ban on red-light cameras in St. Charles County  has been withdrawn. County Councilman Joe Cronin (District 1) withdrew a bill before it was introduced at the Aug. 11 County Council meeting that would have amended provisions of a countywide charter amendment proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot. Voters are being asked to decide if red-light cameras should be banned countywide. Cronin’s bill would have limited any ban to the unincorporated area. The deadline for ballot measures on the November ballot is Aug. 27. The council voted 5-0 with one abstention on ...

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News Briefs: Collecting for our troops

O’FALLON Collecting for our troops To show appreciation to U.S. troops deployed overseas, donations of pocket-sized packages of food such as trail mix and beef jerky, batteries, personal care items and other useful supplies are being collected through O’Fallon’s Support Our Troops Supply Drive, which kicked off on Aug. 11. “Troops serving overseas deeply appreciate snacks and practical items from home,” said Kathy Halstead, O’Fallon’s volunteer services manager. “The donations will be sorted, boxed and shipped overseas as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11, coordinated by Volunteer O’Fallon.” The items that troops most often ...

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St. Louis BBQ Society working to feed law enforcement in Ferguson

The St. Louis BBQ Society will be on site in the parking lot of St. Louis Home Fires, 15053 Manchester Road in Ballwin, cooking butts and brisket for the purpose of feeding law enforcement personnel on the frontline in Ferguson. Donations of supplemental meal items are welcomed and will be accepted until 5 p.m. Aug. 19.

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