Educator making a difference

Peabody Energy created the Leaders in Education program to honor education professionals – from teachers and coaches to librarians and counselors – who are making a profound impact by inspiring, guiding, teaching and leading their students. Honorees are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders and each earns a $1,000 award. Among the 30 regional educators to receive this award is Chesterfield resident Marci Fendelman, eighth-grade communication arts teacher at Hardin Middle in the St. Charles School District. Fendelman was nominated for the award by several of her peers, including Hardin Middle principal, ...

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Desir’s first season with Cleveland requires his trademark perseverance

His first season in a Cleveland Browns uniform hasn’t started well for former Lindenwood University and Francis Howell Central player Pierre Desir. Picked up as a fourth round draft pick, Desir became the first Lindenwood football player taken in the NFL Draft. Cleveland’s scouts liked Desir’s size at 6-foot-1 and 198 pounds. They also liked his athleticism. Desir won the 2013 Cliff Harris Award, given to the nation’s top small college defensive back. He had 33 tackles, eight pass breakups and four interceptions during his senior season. He was a four-time all-MIAA selection, including three first-team honors, and earned All-American ...

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Massa’s offers a trio of locations for good food and fun – of course!

Reputation. It’s central to a restaurant’s success, especially those restaurants that operate multiple locations. Massa’s, Of Course! is such an operation. Its stellar reputation has allowed the brand to flourish from Ballwin to its two St. Charles locations at Winghaven and New Town. “Good people, good food and atmosphere is what keeps brining people back, – no matter where they are,” said Jack Massa, who established Massa’s, Of Course! with his brother Bill. “Each Massa’s location is a little different – of course,” Jack said. “Each place has its own personality. While the menus may be a little different, the ...

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St. Peters postpones e-cigarette vote

St. Peters may pass its own bill banning the purchase and possession of electronic cigarettes by minors smoking, but consideration of that bill has been postponed to the Board of Aldermen’s meeting on Sept. 25. The draft bill was on the board’s work session and regular session on Sept. 11, but Barclay asked that action be delayed because the Missouri State Senate voted Sept. 10 to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of an earlier state bill banning their sale. Barclay said the city should wait for several weeks before passing its own bill. The state law becomes effective in coming ...

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County seeks space shortage solution

There are signs that some St. Charles County government offices may be running out of room for storing data and evidence in criminal cases, training employees and dealing with emergencies. Jennifer George, the county’s assistant director of administration, said those signs include using three semi-truck trailers for evidence storage behind the Sheriff’s Department’s offices off T.R. Hughes Drive in O’Fallon. Those signs also include not having enough meeting room space for the county’s emergency operations center in the basement of the county Justice Center in St. Charles. Parking is limited and space is at a premium for representatives from emergency ...

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Legislature overrides some vetoes, leaves majority of tax-cut bills in place

The Missouri State Legislature voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of several key bills and approximately 47 budget line items during the Wednesday, Sept. 10 annual veto session. Some of the bills included the special interest tax cut bills. The governor had vetoed more than 30 bills and more than 100 budget items, which according to Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles, Senate Pro-Tem) would have provided numerous benefits to the Show-Me state. The 10 special interest tax-break bills overwhelmingly approved by the House and the Senate in June and vetoed by the governor also were up for potential override, ...

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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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