Editorial: Sumptuous September

The feasting that started with Celebrate Wildwood continues in West County this weekend as the Manchester Homecoming takes over Paul A. Schroeder Park. Oh sure, there will be carnival rides and concerts and even a pool party for your pooch, but there will also be corn dogs and funnel cakes, ice cold lemonade and cotton candy – the holy grail of carnival fare – the food you crave after being spun on a carnival ride like fruit-flavored sugar in a centrifuge. It’s fall festival season in West County and one of the benefits is undeniably the food. You might want ...

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The fire union versus us

To the Editor: In Rick Gans’ letter titled “Security Issues in Monarch” (West Newsmagazine, Aug. 20), he appropriately chastised a Monarch Fire District union captain for revealing confidential security measures to the press and even being disrespectful enough to make fun of the common sense enhancements to protect lives. Chances are if you had an employee who did that, he or she would no longer be employed. One would expect the union to respect the overwhelming mandate of the voters when they elected a board majority dedicated to serving the financial interests of the residents, but the union leaders have ...

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Responding to ‘Flipping Ferguson’

To the Editor: Mr. Alfred Waddell in his “Flipping Ferguson,” letter to the editor (West Newsmagazine, Aug. 27) has  obviously tried and convicted the police officer without benefit of knowledge of the actual evidence. That is unfortunate because I suspect that if this happened to him, he would be screaming about being denied due process; it is no different for police officers. People want to demilitarize police officers, and I agree that overkill is never good, but how would you suggest they defend themselves against Molotov cocktails and gunshots? Armor is the best protection for that. I really think Mr. ...

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Francis Howell to hold public hearing on district property tax rate

Residents of the Francis Howell School District could see a 19-cent decrease in the district property tax rate for the new academic year, according to the district’s top finance officer. During an Aug. 21 Board of Education meeting, district chief financial officer Kevin Supple attributed the projected decrease to expiration this year of a special purpose operating levy. The board is scheduled to set the annual levy during its Sept. 18 meeting. Prior to the meeting, board members will hold a public hearing on the tax rate. The state requires the rate be set by Sept. 30 each year. Supple ...

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Chaminade’s Tatum lists his top choices of colleges

Chaminade’s Jayson Tatum, who is ranked No. 1 junior class of 2106 by Scout.com., revealed his top 10 choices for a college to play at Monday (Sept. 1) on Twitter. Tatum listed his choices in alphabetical order. More importantly for local basketball fans, Missouri, Illinois and Saint Louis University are on the list. Here are the other schools: Arizona, Connecticut, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. All of the programs are among the top annually in the nation. The 6-foot-9 Tatum had an eye-turning sophomore season. He scored almost 26 points a game along with 10.4 rebounds. The ...

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High school girls tennis preview

It’s time to hit the courts for another high school girls tennis season. Always strong Lafayette has gotten stronger with the addition of Caroline Puzo. The sophomore finished second in Class 2 singles play at the state tournament last fall. She has transferred from St. Joseph’s Academy. Coach Donna Stauffer also has senior Abby Carpenter, a two-time state qualifier, back. Carpenter has verbally committed to play at Eastern Illinois. Coach Mary Nahm believes she has one of her strongest ever teams at Incarnate Word Academy. The Red Knights won their district last season and have three starters back, along with ...

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Aaron Hill among Rams cut from rooster, but chance to play was dream come true

Aaron Hill fought hard for a chance to win a spot on the St. Louis Rams, but on Aug. 30, Hill found out that he didn’t make the cut. The 6-foot-2, 231-pound linebacker from St. Charles who played in college at Minnesota only wanted a chance. “I’m happy to be playing football,” Hill said after a practice at Rams Park in Earth City. “My last game was a bowl game in college. It’s a great feeling to be playing the game I love. “All my hard work paid off for me. I’ve been playing football for 13, 14 years. To ...

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Batt, Glass lead Hazelwood Central over Lafayette

  It was a good day for Cameron Scales and the Lafayette Lancer offense but an even better day for Hazelwood Central’s Kevin Batt and Mike Glass. Batt ran for two touchdowns and Glass threw for two scores as the highly-regarded Hawks downed the Lancers 35-21 Saturday at Hazelwood Central in a  non conference game. Lafayette (0-2) continues to search for its first victory of the 2014 season. The day started well for Lafayette as Scales scored on a 1-yard touchdown keeper to make it 7-0 with 4:38 left in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Hazelwood Central’s offense woke ...

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