Manchester takes first steps to defend against tree-killing pest

By WILLIAM POE The emerald ash borer may soon be invading Manchester, and the city plans to defend against the pest by managing the city’s stock of park and street trees – and potentially helping subdivisions and neighborhood groups deal with the tree blight. “When it gets here, we will see a lot of ash trees dying,” Alderman Mike Clement ...

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Town & Country to consider new school on South Woods Mill Road

Some Town & Country residents and members of the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission are concerned about the potential for traffic problems if a new private school is allowed to be built on South Woods Mill Road. On July 8, the commission held the continuation of a public hearing from their May 28 meeting (to address traffic concerns) and then ...

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Judge rules in favor of firefighters

A St. Louis County Circuit Court judge has ruled in favor of Monarch FPD firefighters in a lawsuit filed last year challenging the district board’s failure to make a promotion to captain from those on an existing eligibility list. The board allowed the list to expire in favor of conducting new eligibility testing. In a decision entered July 8, Judge ...

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Ellisville working on filling vacancies around city

A potential facelift for “Ellisville Square,” the location of the former K-Mart shopping center at the northwest corner of Clarkson and Manchester Roads, was revealed at Ellisville City Hall on July 16. Residents, gathered in the City Council chambers, received snippets of information throughout the council’s regular meeting, and were encouraged by Mayor Adam Paul to “grab some popcorn” and ...

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Voters to decide on transportation sales tax

On July 9, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a list containing $4.8 billion worth of transportation-related construction projects. On Aug. 5, voters will decide if those projects will receive the funding needed to see them through to fruition.

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News Briefs: Resident seeks speed control on Hanna Road

MANCHESTER Resident seeks speed control on Hanna Road Manchester aldermen on July 8 heard but took no action on a proposal from David Ritchey, a resident of Hanna Bend Court, for a double-fine zone to deter speeders and other motorists who he said routinely fail to honor stop signs on Hanna Road between Manchester and Big Bend roads. “What can ...

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Total Recall

Think about this for a second: In 2013, there were 45 percent more cars recalled than there were cars sold. Over the past decade, recalls are up 4 percent while sales are down 10 percent. This year automakers will easily eclipse a rather dubious mark and surpass 2004’s record of 30 million total cars recalled. Most famously, GM has issued ...

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Ellisville development

To the Editor: Ellisville resident Robert Kerr’s criticism of our Economic Development Commission is not shared by the rest of us residents. Walmart was only coming to Ellisville if we taxpayers gave them over $10 million in tax increment financing. Other businesses, including the “mom and pop” ones, did not get a dime from Ellisville. How long would his idea ...

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Regarding Common Core

To the Editor: Wow! Your June 25 issue had two powerful articles. Tricia Reichardt’s Letter to the Editor, “Common Core: The real stealth jihad,” was a knockout description of how Common Core lowers the learning bar. Overwhelm, Overpower, and Overtake were three detailed sections describing destruction of each child’s unique talents to follow distant strangers’ agenda. Parents’ protests are ignored. ...

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Has World War III begun?

To the Editor: How are we going to know when World War III has begun? I mean the non-nuclear WW3. Does it start with the capture of Crimea by Russians? Does it start with the Chinese military declaring its dominance over Japanese, Philippine and Vietnamese islands in the South and East China Seas? Does it start with poison gas used ...

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