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Ellisville Council approves Fountain Plaza Lion’s Choice

The Lion’s Choice development set for Ellisville has been given the green light by the City Council, despite the continued protests of nearby Clarkson Valley residents. At a special session on Sept. 11, the council approved a site development plan and conditional use permit for a drive-through in a 4-0 vote, with Councilmembers Matt Pirrello (District 1), Roze Acup (District 3) and Cindy Pool (District 3) absent. The Lion’s Choice will be built next to Clarkson Road at the far north of the Fountain Plaza. That will put the restaurant approximately 36 feet from the property line of the nearest ...

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Parkway approves new policy for use of facilities

Parkway School District’s Board of Education approved a new policy Sept. 10 setting out an updated system for community use of school facilities. Paul Tandy, the district’s director of communications, said that, during the last school year, a committee was formed to study Parkway’s existing “use of premise” policy and guidelines. This policy outlines the procedures to be used by both school-sponsored and non-school sponsored groups when using Parkway’s facilities for activities and events. Tandy said the previous procedures lacked sufficient clarity regarding the prioritization for reserving space by various groups. Additionally, the fee structure contained four different levels, and ...

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Ordinance prohibits parking trailers on streets overnight in Ellisville

The Ellisville City Council has passed an ordinance that prohibits parking trailers overnight on city streets, whether they are attached to a vehicle or not. The ordinance, which was approved on Sept. 17, states that “no trailer attached or unattached to a vehicle shall be parked in the street during the time frame one hour prior to sunset and one hour after sunrise,” and applies to vehicles in the R-1 Single Family Residential Zoning District. Councilmember Gary Voss (District 1) had asked for this ordinance at a meeting on Sept. 3 in order to prevent drivers from colliding with hard-to-see ...

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Outstanding local artists recognized

On Aug. 29, at the Labor Day Queeny Art Fair, six outstanding regional artists were presented with awards given by the Greater St. Louis Art Association (GSLAA) for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts. This special event was the first ever in the 36-year history of the art fair. Awardees were painters Bryan Haynes and Gary Lucy, plein air artist Billyo O’Donnell, photographer Jim Trotter, and sculptors Harry Weber and Don Wiegand. “Our goal is to promote the creation and appreciation of the arts in our community. That includes providing support and recognition to those individuals who contribute to the arts,” ...

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MoDOT to begin work on Route 141/Meramec River Bridge

MoDOT will close up to two lanes in both directions on the Route 141 bridge over the Meramec River this weekend. Crews will close one lane of Route 141 in both directions at the river around the clock starting at 10 p.m. Friday, September 26.  They will close a second lane in both directions, as follows: • 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday • 9 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday • 8 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday. During the lane closure, crews will be completing preventative maintenance on the ...

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Health Capsules: Addicted to phones

Addicted to phones A Baylor University researcher said he was astounded at the findings of his study on college student cellphone use:  College women spend an average of 10 hours a day and male students spend nearly eight hours a day on cellphones. Researcher James Roberts’ survey of 164 college students found that overall, students spend the most time texting (about 94 minutes per day), sending emails (nearly 50 minutes), checking Facebook (nearly 40 minutes), surfing the Internet (about 35 minutes) and listening to music (about 26 minutes). In addition to asking about specific cellphone activities, the survey measured possible ...

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Backstoppalooza returns in support of the BackStoppers

Fresh from the city’s success with its inaugural event last year, Chesterfield’s Police Department is setting the stage for its second annual Backstoppalooza. The concert will be held Oct. 4 from 5-10 p.m. at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veteran's Place Drive.

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Body cameras arrive in Ellisville; other municipalities investigate device

Police officers in the city of Ellisville will soon be sporting body cameras, and other local police departments may not be far behind them. After a City Council meeting on Sept. 17, Ellisville Police Chief Tom Felgate said the department’s shipment of 20 Taser AXON body cameras was due to arrive Sept. 18. The department is currently working on an operational policy for the cameras, and should have the devices in service within the next few weeks, according to Felgate. The cameras plug into a charging dock and upload their recorded data to a cloud server. The 20 cameras cost ...

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