Kirkwood decision may give new life to a texting ban in Lake Saint Louis

A proposed ordinance that would have banned adult drivers from electronic messaging or texting while driving a motor vehicle in Lake Saint Louis may not be dead after all. Alderman John Pellerito (Ward 3), who sponsored the bill that was dropped on May 19, said he plans to discuss the bill again with aldermen. He made the comments in light of Kirkwood’s decision on July 3 to enact a similar bill, although he agreed with police officials that a local law prohibiting texting would be difficult to enforce. “I don’t know what you (the board) think about that but I’m ...

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Pavement being laid as Hwy. 364 project enters final stretch

Graded dirt began to give way to pavement earlier this month as construction continued on the third and final phase of Hwy. 364, also known as the Page extension. A large concrete batching plant and paver have been at work since July 9 laying down the first 26-foot lanes on the final 9-mile leg of the extension. Page Constructors Joint Venture, a group of companies joined together as the major contractor for the project, began paving between Hwy. K and Interstate 64. David Simmons, the project director for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said that paving will begin on the ...

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Election Commission asked to reimburse political subdivisions for ‘overcharges’

St. Charles County Elections Director Rich Chrismer says he isn’t trying to block payments to local political subdivisions for election costs. “No one has been overcharged,” Chrismer said in an interview on July 15. But County Auditor Brent Statler and Finance Director Bob Schnur want Chrismer to reimburse the political subdivisions for what they say are overcharges. In a letter to Chrismer on July 11 released last week, they state that Chrismer agreed in May to return $113,000 in federal election grant funds to the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. The state’s review found that local jurisdictions had been overcharged, ...

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Opposing sides square off on sales tax hike for transportation needs

On July 9, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a list containing $4.8 billion worth of transportation-related construction projects. On Aug. 5, voters will decide if those projects will receive the funding needed to see them through to fruition. On the ballot is Amendment 7, a three-quarter-cent sales tax increase that would produce an estimated $5.4 billion increase in revenue for transportation-related needs over a 10-year period. Topping the list of some 800 projects is the rebuilding and widening of Interstate 70 across the state. In the St. Louis region, including St. Louis City and St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson and ...

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St. Peters resident has close call with bullet on 4th of July

A St. Peters resident wants to spread the message “what goes up, must come down.” After he and his girlfriend’s 13-year old daughter survived a close call with a bullet over the holiday weekend, Robert Worlitz wants to make sure that people understand the gravity of discharging firearms into the air. “I want people to realize that shooting guns in the air almost cost this young lady her life,” Worlitz said. According to Worlitz, he and Corey, his girlfriend’s daughter, were riding on his motorcycle at approximately 9:15 p.m. on the Fourth of July. The pair was driving on Second ...

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News Briefs: City introduces Citizens First App

COTTLEVILLE City receives recycling grant The city of Cottleville received a $7,000 Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant from the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District. City Administrator Scott Lewis said the grant will be used to purchase forty 10-gallon recycling containers. In addition, the grant will cover bags, signage and installation in Legacy Park and several miles of trails in the city.   Construction continues on trail  Construction will continue on Kountz Fort Trail in Legacy Park later this summer, according to Cottleville City Administrator Scott Lewis. The clearing is nearly completed, and the pipe and stone has been installed ...

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Red-hot Ballwin Post 611 ready for Zone 4 Legion tournament

The postseason drought is over for Ballwin Post 611. Ballwin scored a 9-8 victory over Eureka Post 177 to win the District 10 Tournament and earn a spot in the Zone 4 Tournament in Festus.Ballwin improved to 30-5 overall after going undefeated at 14-0 in district regular season action and 4-0 in the postseason tourney. Post 611’s last district tourney title came in 2006.  The last regular season title was in 2003. However, Ballwin has been more than competitive in the interim, having reached the tourney championship four years in a row from 2009 to 2012 but finishing second each ...

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Eureka Post 177 set to begin defense of Zone 4 Legion championship

A year ago, Eureka Post 177 was riding high heading into the Zone 4 Tournament. Eureka swept through District 10, winning the regular season and postseason tournament titles.Post 177 went on to win the Zone 4 tourney and reach the state tournament where the squad finished second. This year, Eureka has a chance to win another trip to Sedalia. Post 177 finished second in the postseason tournament to earn its berth in the double elimination Zone Tournament. Post 177 will take a 19-19 record (9-5 in District 10 play) in its first game Thursday (July 24) against host Festus (17-10) ...

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Thomas Sowell – Bordering on Madness

In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, “We are as good as you are!” One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history of tragedies around the world is that — regardless of whatever particular issue sets off these clashes — many people see the ultimate stakes as their worth as human beings. On that, there is no room for compromise, but only polarization. That is why playing ...

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