News Briefs: DWI enforcement up in September

O’FALLON Development Block Grant hearing scheduled The city of O’Fallon will conduct a public hearing at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, concerning the Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Plan for the O’Fallon Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The hearing will be held at the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board office, 1025 Country Club Road in St. Charles. For more information, contant Public Assistance Specialist Jessica Hawkins at 379-5411. ST. PETERS Applications now being accepted for forgivable loan Applications are being accepted through Oct. 20 at St. Peters City Hall for the St. Peters Urban County Home Improvement Loan Program, which ...

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Parkway schools raising funds for a cure

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary nonprofit health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. This year, nine schools in the Parkway School District participated in the society’s School and Youth campaign, raising an outstanding $7,365. More than 4,000 Parkway students participated. The effort was led by the following schools/employees who raised in excess of the amounts shown: • Barretts Elementary/Kelly Crupper: $500 • Carman Trails Elementary/Amy Sampo: $345 • Craig Elementary/Svetlana Bigott: $954 • Hanna Woods Elementary/Allison Zeller: $211 • McKelvey Elementary/Jennifer Abrams: $2,158 • Pierremont Elementary/Meghan Higgs: $758 ...

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Rockwood postpones intramural activity fees

The Rockwood School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously on Sept. 4 to postpone collection of participation fees for elementary and middle school intramural activities until after further study of the issue, as requested by Superintendent Eric Knost. Knost told the board that the original proposal for participation fees was presented in February, as part of various belt-tightening efforts by the district to cut expenses, but an overall decision was postponed at that time. The board had approved a participation fee of $10 per student for elementary and middle school district cross country, track and volleyball events effective for the ...

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STARS researchers

Thirty aspiring scientists have been rewarded for a summer of hard work in the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The teenage scientists were part of a larger group of 88 students that spent six weeks conducting intensive research and producing award-winning research papers with help from St. Louis-area professionals and professors. STARS pairs academically talented, rising junior- and senior-level high school students with mentors to provide research opportunities for the participants. UMSL partners with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and Confluence Discovery ...

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Lafayette’s cross country team ready to uphold winning tradition

The 2014 Lancers have a lineup many coaches would love to have an opportunity to work with. But Lafayette coach Sean O’Connor has them and he wants to keep them. “I love this year’s team,” O’Connor said. “They are a great group of guys who are dedicated and have worked extremely hard this summer to improve. I can’t wait for them to realize their potential this year.” The Lancers program ranks among the best  in the state. In the last two years, Lafayette has won two sectional championships and finished third in the state meet in Jefferson City. That’s the ...

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GROWING LACROSSE: Four MICDS players commit to Division 1 schools

Missouri’s reputation in high school boys lacrosse is growing by leaps and bounds. MICDS has played a large role in that development. The program that coach Andy Kay has worked hard to build resulted in a state championship last spring with an 11-10 overtime victory against CBC. From that team, four members of the Rams now have made Division 1 commitments – which has never been done before with underclassmen. “We have three juniors committed and one sophomore,” Kay said. “This is the most that any Missouri team has ever had committed to Division 1 schools. I think it shows ...

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Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed seeking more Adventure Club staff

Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed is looking to hire more staff for its popular Adventure Club programs, which are being offered in some Parkway District elementary schools for the first time this school year. The before- and after-school, late start/holiday and summer care programs have been a staple since 1984 in Rockwood District elementary schools. Rockwood Director of Community Education Michael Seppi told Rockwood’s Board of Education on Sept. 4 that Adventure Club has the biggest program participation in the two districts’ new community education partnership. He said that, as of Aug. 25, 1,321 Rockwood and 399 Parkway students were enrolled in ...

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Port wins first round of match play, advances to play another day in U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Stroke-play medalist and two-time defending champion Ellen Port, 52, of St. Louis, defeated Kimberly Briele, 53, of New Bern, N.C., 6 and 4, on Monday (Sept. 15) in the first round of match play at the 2014 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, held at the 6,109-yard, par-73 Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J. Port, who won the stroke-play portion by nine strokes with a two-round total of 2-under-par 144, won four of the last five holes on the outward nine to take control against Briele and went on to record her 80th match-play victory in USGA competition. “It was nice ...

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Minor planet named after Chesterfield resident

The International Astronomical Union and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research Program (LINEAR) have named minor planet #28866 Chakraborty, in honor of Chesterfield teen Uttara Chakraborty. Dr. Grant H. Stokes, head of the Aerospace Division and Principal Investigator of the LINEAR program, said, “We are pleased that the technical accomplishments of Lincoln Laboratory can contribute to recognizing [Uttara’s] achievement. The LINEAR Program promotes science education by identifying and honoring outstanding students. Chakraborty wins this honor in recognition of [her] achievement as a top award winner in the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.” Chakraborty is currently pursuing ...

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