Loss of Ruth Schrader Arft is a loss to Ballwin, West County community

With her warm personality, professionalism and spirit of community volunteerism, Ruth Schrader Arft, who passed away June 18 at the age of 92, made a difference in the lives of so many who knew her and the family business she co-owned, Schrader Funeral Homes & Crematory in Ballwin and Eureka Son-in-law Dennis Goethe, vice president of Schrader and married to ...

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Wildwood decides against widening part of Wild Horse Creek Road

Wildwood’s City Council on June 23 approved an asphalt resurfacing contract for Wild Horse Creek Road, but councilmembers declined to provide more of a shoulder and passing lanes as part of that work. The council gave final approve to legislation authorizing Mayor Tim Woerther to execute a contract for up to $903,000 on behalf of the city with L. Krupp ...

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A ‘tree’ could help quiet noise in Wildwood city hall lobby

A proposed acoustical treatment design service could take root soon in the lobby of Wildwood City Hall. The goal is to help quiet noise. Branching up inside the lobby stairwell, the artistic treatment would vaguely resemble a tree. City Administrator Dan Dubruiel told the City Council on June 23 that city officials have worked since last year to address the ...

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Resurfacing projects on Manchester Road pave the way for Great Streets

The Missouri Department of Transportation on June 11 awarded a $15.5 million contract to Krupp Construction to begin maintenance-related resurfacing on Manchester Road along with work related to the Great Streets Initiative. Included in the approved amount is $10.1 million for road resurfacing from Hwy. 141 in Manchester to Westglen Farms Drive in Wildwood and $5.4 million for the Manchester ...

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Governor’s veto could impact student transfer program

Governor Jay Nixon and the General Assembly appear to be on a collision course again regarding vetoes of critical bills and state budget cuts. On Tuesday, June 24, Nixon vetoed  bills totalling $144.6 million in general revenue spending from the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and restricted $641.6 million in general revenue expenditures – for a total of $786.2 million. His ...

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Rockwood approves deficit budget

The Rockwood School District began its 2014-2015 fiscal year on July 1 with an $8 million deficit budget due to some one-time capital projects and some costs of implementing tuition-free full-day kindergarten. The budget was approved by a vote of 4-1 on June 19, with Sherri Rogers opposed and Matt Doell absent. It calls for total operating revenues of $208,371,674 ...

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News Briefs: City administrator announces retirement

WILDWOOD City administrator announces retirement Dan Dubruiel, Wildwood’s city administrator for more than 10 years, has announced that he’ll retire effective Sept. 26. And the City Council, on June 23, approved proceeding to issue a request for qualifications for search firms to help the city find someone new to fill the post. Dubruiel, 65, said his retirement will allow him ...

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We are Americans

Last week was the Fourth of July. There were barbecues and fireworks, concerts and celebrations. Plenty of air time was given to songs about America and what it means to be an American. But today, life is back to normal. We’re back to arguing about everything from health care to homeland security to our nation’s role in world crises. Last ...

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Enacting Article V of the U.S. Constitution

To the Editor: Many of us in St. Charles County are convinced that the federal government, over several decades, has expanded its authority and control of citizens’ lives in many ways. In recent years this trend has increased its scope. It seems to me, and many others, that the federal government – all branches – is very unlikely to begin ...

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