Responding to “Ellisville Development”

To the Editor:  I was not surprised by the response about the Ellisville development and Walmart, by Mary Dust and apparently every other Ellisville resident (Letter to the Editor, West Newsmagazine, July 23). But I must correct the misconceptions about the TIF. Walmart was not going to receive a dime of the TIF. I would like to enlighten the anti-Walmart folks. First, if the sales tax at Walmart was 8 percent, then a portion of that tax – let’s say 1 percent – would have been paid out over time to the builder (a local company that uses local labor) ...

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Dog days of summer

To the Editor: If you have covered this, it probably still bears repeating. Dogs cannot be left in cars in warm weather. Recently I parked next to a black SUV with a dog left in it while the owners ate breakfast. Every time I go to Manchester Walmart I find at least one dog in a car. People in West County should know this by now, but they don’t – dogs cannot be left in cars in warm weather. Please reinforce this message. Linda Clay  

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Applauding Gov. Perry

To the Editor: I applaud Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-Texas) decision to send the Texas National Guard to augment the U.S. border patrol, which is overwhelmed by a massive influx of illegal aliens crossing our southern border and hamstrung by the lack of support from our national government. Without the support of the federal government this will cost the citizens of Texas millions of dollars. Under normal circumstances – had the Texas guard’s deployment been initiated by President Obama –this would be an expense shared by every American taxpayer. But because of the president’s inaction Gov. Perry acted, and thus ...

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Not better together

To the Editor: The article “Are We Better Together” by Dan Fox in the July 9 issue of West Newsmagazine was very interesting. It showed that when Louisville, Kentucky, combined with Jefferson County in 2003 it resulted in a savings of $700,000 per year. That sounds like a lot of money until you divide it among the 694,784 residents and find that it saved less than $1.01 per person. If St. Louis City and County ever merge I hope my city (Wildwood) can secede from St. Louis County and annex to Franklin County. David Peterson Wildwood  

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Dozens of cars damaged in Lake Saint Louis fire

State Fire Marshals are investigating a Lake Saint Louis fire that left over 30 vehicles damaged, some of which were completely consumed by the flames. On July 28, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Lake Saint Louis Police Officers and local fire protection districts responded to Camden Cedar Lake apartments for a fire in the parking area underneath the carport structures. According to Lake Saint Louis Lieutenant Pat Doering, the origins of the fire are reported as coming from a single vehicle in the carport. There is currently no exact total on the amount of vehicles destroyed by the fire, but Doering ...

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Committee to Restore America meets July 29 at St. Peters City Hall

The Committee to Restore America 912 holds a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29 at St. Peters City Hall. Committee member George Nagel said that the meeting is in regards to putting a petition on the November ballot, which would let the St. Charles County sheriff retain his powers of constitutional protection. Nagel said that a charter amendment that passed in 2012 will limit the authority and scope of the Sherriff’s powers, starting Jan. 1 2015. The petition discussed is available at area libraries on Saturday, Aug 2.  For more information, contact georgeRN@sbcglobal.net, or Gary.Feller@att.net.

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District 10 All Star game will be held Monday

  On Monday (July 28) , the District 10 All-Star teams from the the North and South Divisions will square off in the annual District 10 All-Star game at Ellsville Athletic Association. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.  

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Ballwin playoff run stopped by Jackson

Two days ago, the Ballwin Post 611 team had high hopes and designs on a run to the Missouri senior legion state tournament next weekend in Sedalia. Jackson Post 158 had other plans and Jackson kept its zone championship hopes alive at the expense of Ballwin. Post 158 overcame an early deficit and eliminated Ballwin with an 8-4 victory in the losers bracket semifinal Saturday evening at West City Park in Festus. “I think we went 8-2 against all of the teams that were playing in the zone tournament this weekend and we lost two games the entire summer and ...

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Jackson beats Eureka, Post 177 eliminated from Zone 4 tournament

Eureka had post-season experience and drive but Jackson Post 158 had a potent hitting attack and solid pitching. That combination proved too much to overcome as Eureka fell to Jackson 11-5 in a second round losers bracket game in the Zone 4 legion tournament at West City Park in Festus Friday night (July 25). Eureka, which won the zone last year to advance to the state tournament saw its season end at a disappointing 19-21. “We got up 2-0 early on them and then they got their bats going in the third, fourth, and fifth innings and they hit the ...

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Ballwin falls to Festus in second round zone 4 contest

Day two of the Missouri Zone 4 senior legion tournament did not go nearly as well for District 10 champ Ballwin as day one did. Ballwin scored two early runs to go ahead but Festus erased that lead with a 12-run third inning explosion and rolled to a seven-inning 16-5 victory at West City Park Friday evening (July 25). Ballwin (31-6) will now to win three games in the next two days in order to advance to next weekend’s state tournament in Sedalia. “We told the kids after the game that we have lost six games like this in style ...

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