Westminster welcomes new administrator

Dr. Shelley Milligan has been hired as the executive director of institutional advancement and strategy at Westminster Christian Academy for the 2014-15 school year. “I’m very much looking forward to finding ways to serve in the school’s ongoing pursuit of excellence in education, and also to meeting the broader Westminster community of parents, alumni and friends whose support of the school is reflected in everything from its state-of-the-art facility to the outstanding faculty at the heart of its mission,” Milligan said. After beginning her career as director of the annual fund at her alma mater Washington & Lee University in ...

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Thomas Sowell – Facts vs. Visions

The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence. Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned in vain. There is no reason to doubt that heavily armed police in riot gear may be more likely to show up where outbreaks of violence are expected. But when violence then breaks out, does that prove that it was the appearance of the police ...

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New school opens in Town & Country

Brightmont Academy has opened a campus in Town & Country, offering a unique one-to-one school option. The academy’s academic approach pairs one teacher with one student throughout every learning session, serving a growing interest in customized instruction throughout West County and the surrounding region. “One-to-one instruction is the learning approach that works,” said Cathy Westbrook, Town & Country campus director. “At Brightmont Academy, our focus is serving the whole student and finding creative solutions to improve learning outcomes.” Students have three enrollment options. They can attend full time and earn a diploma issued by Brightmont Academy, take courses to earn ...

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New athletic directors named

It’s a new school year and two West County schools have new athletic directors. John Theobald replaced Mike Roth at Parkway Central and Pat Burns is taking over at Parkway South. Theobald had been the boys and girls soccer coach for the Colts. He gave up those positions when he became Central’s new AD. “I am honored to take over the role of AD here and serve this phenomenal community in a new capacity,” said Theobald, who is 46 and a graduate of Parkway North. Theobald was the head coach of the boys team for the last 18 years after ...

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Klein set to begin at De Smet Jesuit’s first new soccer coach in 46 years

The only soccer coach in De Smet history stayed on the job for 46 years. Last spring, Greg Vitello retired after a storied career. As the Spartans coach, Vitello led the program to five state championships. John Stewart, athletic director for De Smet Jesuit, hired Josh Klein, a 1997 De Smet Jesuit graduate to serve as the school’s new varsity soccer coach. Following a legend is difficult especially the only coach the school ever had. “I don’t know if we’ll see that sort of run in coaching anymore,” Klein said. “It was incredible. The hours you have to put in. ...

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O’Connell set to be first new Kennedy soccer coach since 1984

There will be a new coach working the sidelines this fall for Kennedy boys soccer. Bob O’Connell, 34, is the head varsity soccer coach and will be the sixth boys soccer coach in Kennedy’s history. He is first new coach at Kennedy since 1984. O’Connell begins his tenure when the Celts host Lutheran St. Charles at 6:15 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 28). He replaces Tom Rapp, who was not retained. Rapp also coached the girls and assistant coach Rob Madison, 26, will move up to take over the girls’ program. O’Connell previously coached at Saint Louis University. Most recently, he coached ...

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Evans begins at new volleyball coach at Incarnate Word Academy

Volleyball coach Jean Evans looks to be busier this fall. The Westminster Christian Academy boys volleyball coach also will coach Incarnate Word Academy’s girls volleyball team. “I heard that IWA was looking for a coach, so I asked my friend, Lisa Orlet, about the position,” Evans  said. “Lisa coached there years ago and is now at McKendree (University).  She put me in touch with the AD — Chris Jaco.” Evans, a Westminster alumni. She has led the boys team to the state championship. She will keep that job. “Absolutely. I’m staying at Westminster with the boys’ program,” Evans said. “I ...

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Former Mizzou, Zumwalt West standout Moe among 10 players cut by Rams

  T. J. Moe did everything he could to stick in training camp this summer with the St. Louis Rams. But on Monday afternoon, the Rams decided to go another route. Moe, a Fort Zumwalt West standout and former Missouri star, was listed among the first 10 players cut by the Rams as the Rams whittled their roster down to 79 players. The Rams needed to release another four players to get down to the league mandated limit of 75 by the end of Monday. Moe signed with the Rams as a free agent in May after spending the 2013 ...

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Nadoz Bakery + Cafe serves up a full menu of healthy offerings + decadent treats

Inside Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield is a treat for all who love great food. Nadōz Bakery + Cafe, which has long satisfied customers at its Brentwood (The Boulevard-St. Louis) and Coronado Ballroom locations, opened quietly in February. Perhaps a little too quietly, says restaurant co-owner Kathy Becker. “Shoppers just happen upon us, but we’re really a convenient destination in Chesterfield Valley.” Located adjacent to the Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and The Gap Factory Store, the restaurant offers easy access from the outlet mall’s parking lot and shares a covered outdoor dining area with its food court. So it’s ...

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Tate Matheny gets a taste of baseball on the world stage

Tate Matheny loves to play baseball and he got to see some of the world this summer doing what he enjoys most. Matheny, a Chesterfield native who will be a junior at Missouri State this fall, played on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. The Westminster Christian Academy graduate had a productive summer for Team USA and played not only on the East Coast but also in the Netherlands and Cuba. The center fielder started in 21 of the squad’s 28 games and played in five others. He finished hitting .288 with two doubles, a home run and 11 RBIs. ...

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