National Braille Challenger takes third place

Richie Tienter, a third-grade student at Westridge Elementary, placed third at the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles on June 21. Tienter competed in the freshman group that represents the top 12 scores of third- and fourth-grade students across the nation. “When they announced his name for third place winner freshman division, I don’t know who was more excited – him, his dad, or me!” exclaimed Tienter’s mother, Ann.“ “Richie’s thirst for knowledge is contagious for those around him,” said teacher Elizabeth Cook. “He continues to set and achieve challenging goals for his progress in and out of the classroom. ...

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Amateur golf

Frankie Thomas, who will be a junior this fall at Marquette, showed he will be a force to be reckoned with come spring in golf for the Mustangs. Thomas finished fourth in the Class 4 state tournament in May. He has put himself among the upper echelon of state golfers with his victory in the Missouri Golf Association’s Junior Amateur Championship. There were 131 youngsters taking part in the tourney for boys ages 14 to 18 at the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex just north of Kansas City. Thomas won the state junior tournament with a two-day score of 139, posting  ...

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De Smet Jesuit’s Jimmy Barton returns for chance to play Mizzou basketball

Jimmy Barton is spending his summer in Columbia getting adjusted and doing what he loves – playing basketball. The De Smet Jesuit graduate and Des Peres native is planning to walk onto the Missouri Tigers this season. The all-time single season and career assist leader at De Smet decided to leave Houston Baptist after his freshman season and play closer to home. “I’ve been in Columbia since June 30,” Barton said. “I’m really excited to be a part of Missouri.” A 5-foot-10, 160-pound point guard, Barton said, “Houston Baptist was a good experience for a year. It just wasn’t a ...

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Rockwood graduate studies turtles in Hawaii

Marquette High 2014 graduate Leyna Stemle has a passion for turtles. Earlier this summer, Stemle worked with the St. Louis Box Turtle Project. In partnership with the Tyson Environmental Research Fellowship (TERF) and the Shaw Institute for Field Training (SIFT), she worked with the Saint Louis Zoo and Washington University scientists to better understand turtle ecosystems. In July, Stemle travelled to Hawaii to shift her focus from box turtles to sea turtles by studying the Ho’okipa green sea turtle. Working with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF), she helped educate tourists and locals about the turtles in general and about their ...

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Editorial: Things will happen

“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam  should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.  It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.” – Tony Dungy, former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers   “Thank God he wasn’t the St. Louis Rams coach.” – Michael Sam What in the world does “things will happen” mean? What does that mean? Actually, first we need to explore some quick history. Prior to the Missouri Tigers 2013 football season, Michael Sam shared with ...

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Voices from newsmagazinenetwork.com

In reply to “ Enacting Article V of the U.S. Constitution,” Letters to the Editor, West Newsmagazine, July 9, Bill Walker wrote: “Mr. Mareing gives excellent reasons to hold a convention. However, his information is incorrect. For example he suggests only a few states have filed applications for a convention call by Congress. You can read the 746 applications from 49 states at www.foavc.org. The states reached the two-thirds mark required by the Constitution on Friday, March 13, 1908. Isn’t it about time people started asking Congress to do what is required and call the convention?” • • • In ...

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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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