• Scenes of Celebration

    As students across West County marked the end of the school year, memorable celebrations abounded fr...

Monarch hires new interim fire chief as district prepares for personnel search

The Monarch Fire Protection District has hired an interim fire chief, while the Board of Directors looks to begin the search for a permanent candidate to that position. Wayne Charles “Chuck” Marsonette was announced as the interim fire chief on June 24. Marsonette had previously worked for West County Fire and EMS from 1997 to 2008, starting as a firefighter/paramedic and eventually working his way up to the position of chief training officer. Prior to that, Marsonette worked at Des Peres Department of Public Safety as a police officer, firefighter and paramedic. He also has recently worked with Reliant Care ...

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Port, Seo tied for lead after two rounds of women’s state amateur championship

Don’t look now but eight-time state champion Ellen Port is in good shape to win her ninth title. Port, who is the John Burroughs golf coach, is tied with Chesterfield’s Hanule Seo at 2-under in the Missouri Women’s Golf Association’s Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of Creekmoor in Raymore. Port began the second round two shots back. She started off Wednesday (July 9) with a birdie on the first hole. Steady pars and two more birdies landed Port in the lead with her score of 3-under 69. That gives Port a 2-under 142 for the tournament. Recent University of Oregon ...

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Jasper ready to tee it up and play in ninth Metropolitan Open Championship

Shawn Jasper always circles the dates for the Metropolitan Open Championship on his calendar. It gives the Marthasville native a chance to play in a local event. It doesn’t hurt that he was won the tournament twice, either. Jasper and a total of 65 golf professionals from St. Louis and around the country along with some of the area’s elite amateur will tee it up Thursday (July 10) in the ninth Metropolitan Open Championship on the Lewis and Clark Course at the Country Club of St. Albans. The professionals will compete for a $15,000 first-place check. After two rounds, there ...

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Greenhouse project being investigated for Lafayette High

Rockwood School District’s Board of Education recently voted to allow Principal John Shaughnessy and other staff to formally investigate the possibility of a building an attached greenhouse on the west side of the Lafayette High building in Wildwood, facing Hwy. 109. Shaughnessy told the board that the possible greenhouse project would be a collaborative partnership opportunity between local nurseries, community businesses and the district. The greenhouse would provide an onsite pre-vocational work opportunity for self-contained Special School District students, Shaughnessy said. “We found that these kids are regularly sent to job sites such as the local YMCA to obtain skills,” ...

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Transportation tax project list approved by Highways and Transportation commission

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a list containing $4.8 billion worth of transportation-related construction projects on July 9. The project list details where the money raised by a proposed three-quarters-of-a-cent sales tax increase would be spent, if voters approve the increase in the Aug. 5 election. According to a MoDOT press release, the provisions for the tax increase mandate that a list of the projects to be funded by the increase must be presented to the voters in order to allow them to make an informed decision. “This list is the culmination of years of work, with collaboration ...

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Rapp out as Kennedy soccer coach; O’Connell and Madison take charge

There will be a new look in leadership on the sidelines for the John F. Kennedy High School soccer program when school resumes in August. After 30 years of running the show as the boys and girls soccer coach at the school, Tom Rapp was let go. In Rapp’s place will be two new faces. Bob O’ Connell takes over the boys program and Rob Madison will lead the girls program. Madison, 26, and a 2006 Kennedy graduate, will also help out as an assistant coach for the boys team. He is also a 201o graduate of Truman State University and played soccer there as well. Madison ...

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Thomas Sowell – America’s Birthday

Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America’s upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America — and have long made “America” a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world. All is not lost. But all could be lost — especially if too many of us take freedom for granted and focus our attention on other things, like electronic gadgets and the antics of ...

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Thomas Sowell – A Lame Duck Country?

Pundits are pointing to President Barack Obama’s recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another “lame duck” president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office. That has happened to other presidents. But it is extremely unlikely to happen to this president. There are reasons why other presidents have become impotent during their last years in office. But those reasons do not apply to Barack Obama. The Constitution of the United States does not give presidents the power to carry out major policy changes without the cooperation of other branches of government. ...

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Thomas Sowell – A Bitter After-taste

The news from Iraq that Islamic terrorists have now taken over cities that American troops liberated during the Iraq war must have left an especially bitter after-taste to Americans who lost a loved one who died taking one of those cities, or to a survivor who came back without an arm or leg, or with other traumas to body or mind. Surely we need to learn something from a tragedy of this magnitude. Some say that we should never have gone into Iraq in the first place. Others say we should never have pulled our troops out when we did, ...

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Thomas Sowell – Amnesty Lite Is Still Amnesty

Not since a 42-to-1 underdog named Buster Douglas knocked out undefeated heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990 has there been an upset like economics professor Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary in Virginia. You couldn’t write a script like this for a movie and have it be believable. Congressman Eric Cantor, with all kinds of name recognition, and outspending his opponent by 5 million dollars to $100,000, lost 55 percent to 45 percent against somebody that virtually nobody ever heard of before. Polls, incidentally, had predicted that Cantor would defeat Brat 62 percent to ...

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