Kennedy, with Valley Park, ready to be begin playing football

A new era begins this season for the John F. Kennedy High football program. Kennedy and Valley Park will begin their first co-op football season Friday (Aug. 22) on the road against Jefferson Blue Jays in Festus. In the spring, when Kennedy, located in Manchester, announced Valley Park students were eligible to play football for Kennedy this fall, student athletes and parents at both school were excited. Valley Park has never had a football program. The merging of Kennedy and Valley Park has created full varsity and JV teams playing as Kennedy. The merger also moves Kennedy up to Class ...

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Pledging not to text and drive earns local Girl Scout national Gold Award

Thanks to a Girl Scout project by Lauren Anderson, of Chesterfield, 500 students and adults at Parkway West High have pledged not to text and drive. Texting while driving is an ever-growing concern nationwide and it was this hot-topic that Anderson selected to help her earn her Gold Award, the Girl Scouts’ highest honor possible. “I wanted to bring something relevant to my peers and adults within my sphere of influence. I thought if they heard the message ‘Don’t Text and Drive’ from a teenager, it would have a bigger impact than through a television ad or lecture by an ...

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Lindenwood gridders look to bounce back after rocky 2013 season

  After struggling through a challenging 3-6 campaign and a sub par finish in the Midwest Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 2013, the Lindenwood football Lions are definitely looking to turn those numbers around and get back to the winning ways the program enjoyed just two years ago. “We came into the league and had so much success our first year with eight wins and our team had so many seniors on it and all those guys contributed, so it was much harder to replace them and we had a lot to learn that season,”  Lindenwood coach Patrick Ross. Lindenwood has ...

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Thomas Sowell – The Media and the Mob

Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority. We all know what has happened since then -- and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters. Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything.

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Lutheran High names new coach

Michael Wilhite has been named as the new head boys and girls soccer coach at Lutheran High. Wilhite is a graduate of St. Dominic High, where he was a four-year starter on the Crusaders’ state championship soccer team. He also played at Maryville University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. Following his playing days, Wilhite served as an assistant coach at both Duchesne and at St. Dominic, helping both programs win several state championships. Currently, Wilhite works in the early childhood center in the Kirkwood School District. He and his family reside in St. Charles County. ...

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Westminster Christian Academy moves up kickoff for Saturday’s game

Westminster Christian Academy’s football team will try to beat the heat and Festus by moving up the kickoff of its season opener at home. Due to the forecast for excessive heat this Saturday (Aug. 23), the start time of the first home varsity football game against Festus has been changed to 10 a.m. Concessions will be provided at the game.  

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Enterprising Scout recognized

A Court of Honor recently was held to recognize Samuel Stephens’ achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout. Stephens wanted to create a project that promoted both chess and education. He designed and constructed a concrete bench with a chess board for Green Trails Elementary as his leadership service project. Stephens is a member of Troop 805 in Chesterfield and a recent graduate of the Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students at Lindbergh High in partnership with Parkway.

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Rockwood to study use of academic time, possible policy change

After a request by district residents Larry and Eileen Tyrrell, whose daughter attends Eureka High, Rockwood’s Board of Education agreed on Aug. 7 to let staff study whether to create a new policy, or add to an existing one, in regard to proper use of instructional time. The Tyrrells had told the district that maximizing academic time is critical to improving student achievement. Eileen told the board during public comment on Aug. 7 that wasting class time on movies and games not directly related to the curriculum or exam preparation needs to be addressed by the district. She pointed to ...

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Thomas Sowell – Random Thoughts

Random thoughts on the passing scene: • I don’t know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN’s showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting. • One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess. • It is amazing how ...

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Peace disturbance code amendment heads back to Wildwood Board of Public Safety

A proposal to add anti-harassment language for pedestrians and cyclists to Wildwood’s peace disturbance code has been sent back to the city’s Board of Public Safety for further review. The City Council, during a work session on Aug. 11, voted 12-2 – with Councilmembers Jeffrey Levitt (Ward 7) and Marc Cox (Ward 4) opposed and Ed Marshall (Ward 2) and David Sewell (Ward 6) absent – to send the issue back to the board. Ryan Thomas, the city’s director of public works, said that, at the request of the board, City Attorney Rob Golterman reviewed a St. Louis city law ...

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