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Thomas Sowell – Irresponsible Choices

The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people “moderately disapprove” of Barack Obama’s performance as president and 39 percent “strongly disapprove.” Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now “strongly disapprove” of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them. With many people now acting as if it is time for “a woman” to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a President of ...

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Cash receipts software approved for Rockwood School District

Rockwood’s Board of Education, on Aug. 21, approved one-time and ongoing costs totaling $96,142 for new cash receipts software from InTouch Receipting that will go into effect as a pilot program in five schools this school year and for all schools by the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Rockwood will be the first school district in the state to use InTouch, which is already used in about 1,000 other districts in the U.S. Tim Rooney, the district’s chief financial and legislative officer, said the purchase of this software addresses the only unresolved issue from the Missouri State audit of ...

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Villa Farotto offers something for everyone

When Villa Farotto debuted in Chesterfield Valley 10 years ago its chef was given a few restrictions from Jim Parrott, patriarch of the original Farotto’s on Manchester. “Don’t mess with my pizza; don’t mess with my sauce, dressing or dough. Anything else is fair game,” Proprietor and Executive Chef Gerard LaRuffa recalls his father-in-law saying – and he took that advice to heart. When LaRuffa, his wife, Lisa, and brother-in-law, Jeff Parrott, designed their Chesterfield restaurant, the concept was mortared in red sauce – and culinary creativity. “If you would lift our restaurant up its core foundation would be Manchester’s ...

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Ryan Rosburg represents Mizzou on mound at Busch, on court in Columbia

Playing in front of huge crowds is old hat for Missouri basketball standout Ryan Rosburg but throwing off the mound at Busch Stadium is another matter. The 6-foot-10 forward, a Marquette graduate who will be a junior this season for the Tigers, threw out the first pitch at Mizzou Night at the ballpark before a recent game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Diego Padres. “It was awesome. Oh my gosh, yes,” Rosburg said about the honor. “I’ve been going to Cardinals games for so long. You never think about getting to do something like that. I certainly ...

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Wildwood’s Teddy Jones reflects on 2014 Metropolitan Amateur win

Wildwood’s Teddy Jones showed he had the right stuff by winning the area’s top amateur golf tournament. Jones began the final round of the 24th Metropolitan Amateur at Westwood Country Club six shots behind leader John Anderson. When the day ended, Jones captured the tournament with a playoff victory that will put his name on the prestigious Jim Tom Blair Trophy. Jones, a Eureka graduate who is a junior at the University of Central Missouri, shot a final round 4-under 67 to complete 54-holes at 1-under. He ended the 54 holes tied at 212 with Anderson and Pat Riordan. “This ...

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SSD, Parkway discuss future of technical career education

The Special School District and Parkway are among school districts being encouraged to expand and improve the region’s focus on career and technical education. That recommendation came as the result of a SSD review committee. State law mandates a Public Review Committee be appointed every four years. Among its charges, the committee must conduct a thorough review of how effectively SSD is delivering services to students needing special education in cooperation with component districts like Parkway, said Bruce Major, a former Parkway board member and former board representative to SSD’s Governing Council who serves  on the SSD public review committee. ...

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Recognized for hiring heroes

The First Student Bus Company has been awarded the Flag of Freedom Award through the Show-Me Heroes Program for its dedication to hiring veterans in the Rockwood School District. “The veterans we’ve hired have great work ethic, good attendance and are reliable,” said Mike Heyman, First Student location manager. In January 2010, Gov. Jay Nixon launched the Show-Me Heroes initiative to help Missouri’s Veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve reconnect with meaningful careers and to showcase Missouri employers who have pledged to do so. Since the program’s inception in the Rockwood School District, more than 13 veterans ...

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High school boys soccer preview

 High school boys soccer has new district assignments this fall and also a new class. Missouri now has four classes instead of three as the member schools of the Missouri State High School Activities Association voted on the annual ballot to add a fourth classification to boys and girls soccer. The MSHSAA is dividing Classes 2, 3 and 4 evenly with 64 teams in each classification. Class 1 has the remaining teams. As a result, there will be 16 district tournaments across the state in Classes 2, 3 and 4. Class 1 will have only eight district tournaments.  That means ...

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Rockwood teacher earns Presidential Innovation Award

Rockwood Summit High School science teacher Darrin Peters has won the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. He was one of only 17 educators from around the country to be recognized. The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. It is sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the EPA website “Peters developed an innovative curriculum that provides students at Rockwood Summit High the opportunity to ...

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High School Boys Swimming Preview

It’s time to dive into the 2014 high school boys swimming season. Parkway Central finished fourth last fall in the state meet and coach Jeff Spector has three qualifiers back from the team. Spector, who is in his third year on his second stint with the Colts, has a young team but he is confident the boys will improve as the season progresses and make a splash again at state. Marquette and Parkway West are both coming off conference championships. Marquette has two state qualifiers back from last season. Parkway West has five athletes back who went to state. Parkway ...

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