Sheriff preservation initiative comes up short for Nov. 4 ballot

A petition drive may have come up short to place a charter amendment before St. Charles County voters to vote again this November on changing law enforcement in the county’s unincorporated area. And that has Jeri Zerr, the coordinator for the petition group, upset with the county Election Authority about petition signature requirements. Zerr’s group, the St. Charles County Sheriff Preservation Initiative, mounted a petition drive to place an amendment on the ballot, saying ballot language on a measure approved in 2012 was confusing. That year, county voters approved establishing a new county police department and procedures for choosing a ...

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Red-light camera bill withdrawn for lack of county council votes

A proposal that would spare cities from a possible ban on red-light cameras in St. Charles County  has been withdrawn. County Councilman Joe Cronin (District 1) withdrew a bill before it was introduced at the Aug. 11 County Council meeting that would have amended provisions of a countywide charter amendment proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot. Voters are being asked to decide if red-light cameras should be banned countywide. Cronin’s bill would have limited any ban to the unincorporated area. The deadline for ballot measures on the November ballot is Aug. 27. The council voted 5-0 with one abstention on ...

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News Briefs: Collecting for our troops

O’FALLON Collecting for our troops To show appreciation to U.S. troops deployed overseas, donations of pocket-sized packages of food such as trail mix and beef jerky, batteries, personal care items and other useful supplies are being collected through O’Fallon’s Support Our Troops Supply Drive, which kicked off on Aug. 11. “Troops serving overseas deeply appreciate snacks and practical items from home,” said Kathy Halstead, O’Fallon’s volunteer services manager. “The donations will be sorted, boxed and shipped overseas as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11, coordinated by Volunteer O’Fallon.” The items that troops most often ...

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St. Louis BBQ Society working to feed law enforcement in Ferguson

The St. Louis BBQ Society will be on site in the parking lot of St. Louis Home Fires, 15053 Manchester Road in Ballwin, cooking butts and brisket for the purpose of feeding law enforcement personnel on the frontline in Ferguson. Donations of supplemental meal items are welcomed and will be accepted until 5 p.m. Aug. 19.

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Gary K. Wright Scholarship awarded

Parkway West Middle social studies teacher Jason Lievanos was selected as the Gary K. Wright Scholarship winner for the 2013-14 school year. Lievanos and the other scholarship recipients were honored at a reception at EducationPlus on June 3. The scholarship includes a $1,500 stipend and Lievanos plans to use the funds to become a Kagan-certified trainer to enhance his students’ learning experience. In addition, he will offer workshops and support to teachers across the district. Earlier this year, Lievanos was named the Middle School and Parkway Teacher of the Year.  

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National Merit announces final group of awardees

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the final group of National Merit Scholarship winners. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. Local recipients include from Chaminade College Preparatory: Jack C. Yungbluth; from John Burroughs: Sarah A. Lowe, Neal Arthur Shulman, Nikhil Das, Hanna C. Kime, Blake F. Maune, Hannah R. Rodgers and Ethan O. Mathew; from Eureka: Brennen L. Lummus; from Lafayette: Amy H. Cui and Anjana K. Renganathan; from Marquette: Brian M. Schibler, Caleb R. Singer and Nicholas J. Shields; from Parkway Central: Haochen Xu and Christopher H. Zhao; ...

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West County high school football preview

It’s almost time to play football again, but the new season brings changes. Gone are the old Suburban West and Suburban South conferences. The new configurations are based on school enrollments, location and sports offered. Parkway Central reached the Class 5 state championship game for the second time last fall. Coach Mark Goldenberg welcomes back five starters on offense and four on defense for his 12th season as the Colts’ head coach. While the Colts lost several key players from last year’s 13-2 squad, Goldenberg is used to the next class stepping up and keeping the program at a high ...

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‘Grannie Annie’ anthology publishes work of local students

Seventeen local students were among the 48 students whose historical family stories or art were  included in the “Grannie Annie, Vol. 9.” Released in May, the anthology is published by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, a nonprofit organization based in St. Louis that invites students in grades four through eight to interview an older relative, write a story and submit it to the Grannie Annie Foundation for possible publication. Students also are invited to illustrate their stories. After stories have been selected for publication additional illustrations are solicited from students in the St. Louis area. Local published authors include ...

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Editorial: Our perspective

What you are about to read is old news. You get this paper in your mailbox on Wednesday or Thursday, but we actually send it to the printer on the previous Friday. While that piece of information may not seem particularly interesting, it is relevant. We like to think that the delay in our publication forces us to make sure our stories include both information and perspective, that they are not forced by the constraints of the 24/7 news cycle – or the even more demanding need to be the first to send a tweet about some topic or another. ...

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