St. Louis County to rename Packwood Park

A section of St. Louis County’s Packwood Park, which is leased to the city of Wildwood, would be renamed Bluff View Park under legislation being considered by the St. Louis County Council. “The (new) name fits in better with what we are doing there,” said Tom Ott, the county’s acting director of parks and recreation. “At the end of the property, you have a magnificent view of the Meramec River valley.” That view is found along the nearly completed 2.5-mile Bluff View Trail, a hiking and biking trail that Wildwood is developing on land owned by St. Louis County within ...

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Thomas Sowell – Beware of Our Betters

Thomas Sowell

Jonathan Gruber’s several videotaped remarks about the gross deceptions that got ObamaCare passed in Congress should tell us a lot about the Obama administration. And the way that the mainstream media hesitated for days to even mention what Professor Gruber said, while they obsessed over unsubstantiated charges against Bill Cosby, should tell us a lot about the media. Whatever did or did not happen between Bill Cosby and various women is not likely to affect the lives of 300 million Americans. But ObamaCare does. For both the politicians and the media, this was not just an isolated incident. Gruber’s videotaped ...

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Legislation allows new use for KinderCare site

Wildwood’s City Council, on Nov. 10, gave final approval by a vote of 15 to 0 to legislation allowing a change of use for the former KinderCare day care center, located at 16375 Pierside Lane, at Old Manchester Road. Councilmember David Sewell (Ward 6) was absent. The owners of the property have asked the city to allow use of the site for retail, office, medical or dental activities, noting that the site had been limited to use as a child care or nursery school facility. KinderCare had been on the site for 17 years, although it did not extend its ...

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Rockwood Board votes down request to change policy development process

Rockwood’s Board of Education, on Nov. 13, failed to pass, by a 3-4 vote, a request to allow staff to investigate a proposed change in the district’s policy development procedure. Board Members Dominqué Paul, Rob Castle and Sherri Rogers voted in favor of the plan. A Problem/Issue/Need (PIN) form was completed by Paul, asking for a change in the procedure to include a question and answer session, or some opportunity for the community to participate during policy review meetings. “Now, people can listen in at these meetings but they can’t suggest anything,” Paul said. “The meetings don’t incorporate the public ...

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Canines take center stage at West County’s own Museum of The Dog

Each Thanksgiving, thousands leave the dinner table and head to the TV to watch champions compete – not on the gridiron but in the show ring. These champions are four-legged athletes vying for Best of Show honors at The National Dog Show. Locally, the event will be closely followed by Stephen George, executive director of the AKC Museum of The Dog. A unique facility located in the 1853 Jarville House within Queeny Park, the museum  houses the world’s largest collection of canine-related art and artifacts dedicated to man’s best friend. “There isn’t any other museum anywhere on the globe that’s ...

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Rockwood’s Board authorizes further investigation of district’s capital needs

Rockwood’s Board of Education, on Nov. 13, approved allowing Superintendent Eric Knost and his staff to further investigate plans to address an array of capital needs districtwide, including the cost-effectiveness of going from grass to turf stadium fields at district high schools. Knost, along with Chief Financial and Legislative Officer Tim Rooney and Director of Facilities Services Chris Freund, presented the board with an annual assessment of district needs that included a 683-item master list. “For many years, the district used bond issues to fund the capital needs of the district but the last two bond issues were not successful,” ...

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Eureka’s Long set to run in Foot Locker’s Midwest Regional cross country race

Fresh off winning another state cross country championship and signing a college letter of intent with Stanford, Eureka senior Hannah Long will keep on running. Long will compete Saturday (Nov. 29) in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional. She will be running in the high school girls division on the Wayne Dannehl Cross Country Course at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis. As a junior, she finished fifth last year with a time of 17 minutes, 46 seconds. As a sophomore, Long came in seventh in 17:33. The high school division of the  regional is open to ...

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Chesterfield reviews pet ownership, texting while driving ordinances

The city of Chesterfield is considering new ordinances to limit the number of dogs and cats that can be kept on residential property and to prohibit texting while operating a motor vehicle. A third measure under review is designed to tighten the city’s laws on prostitution. The animal measure will make it illegal for anyone to have more than four dogs or six cats on residential property. The total number of permitted dogs and cats is six, with no more than four of those being canines. Police Chief Ray Johnson said the ordinance is the result of continuing complaints about ...

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Girl Scout award project promotes healthy eating

Converting a patch of earth into a children’s vegetable garden at her church’s preschool is Elise Kammeyer’s way to encourage healthy eating, fight childhood obesity and achieve her Girl Scout Gold Award project. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest national award that a Girl Scout can earn, with only about 1 percent of all Girl Scouts achieving this level. Kammeyer is a Parkway West senior and a Girl Scout Ambassador in Troop 472. “My project helped preschoolers learn about healthy food and their environment, along with some basic plant science,” Kammeyer said in a presentation at Lord of ...

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High school swimming

In the recent state swimming and diving championships at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters, Parkway North senior Jared Dachroeden finished fifth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 45.74 seconds. Vikings coach Bart Prosser said he was impressed with Dachroeden’s performance. “It was a school record and his personal best,” Prosser said. “He also holds the 100 back school record and it was his personal best at state.” Dachroeden finished 10th at state in the 100 back with a time of 53.62 seconds. Last year, Dachroeden reached the finals but did not medal. The top eight at ...

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