The voters have spoken

To the Editor: The voters have spoken. They voted for a Democratic party opportunity to adopt the blueprint for obstructionism and gridlock followed so effectively by Mitch McConnell and John Boehner during their years of openly advocating opposition against any bill which might make this president look good — even bills originated by Republicans and subsequently supported by Obama. The immediate question seems to be: Will the president and Democratic leaders adopt that blueprint or will they step up and actually try to find ways to get along with the Republican Congress by employing a new “what’s good for the ...

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Responding to ‘It’s a matter of trust’

To the Editor: The Nov. 5 editorial “It’s a matter of trust” completely ignored the fact that the Monarch Fire Protection District Directors were overwhelmingly elected by the voters/taxpayers of the Fire District. They did not appoint themselves to this position and their mission is no different than any other elected officials, be it legislative bodies or other local boards. They seek to affordably provide quality services to the public. I was elected to serve as a Monarch Director for more than 13 years. During my first seven years on the board, my votes consistently gave the firefighters and their ...

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Westminster bounced out by St. Charles West

For just over a half of play, the Westminster Christian football Wildcats appeared poised to take down the physical and talented St. Charles West Warriors. But an interception return for a touchdown by St. Charles West linebacker Blake Rugraff, turned a 28-21 deficit into a 35-21 hole and the Wildcats could not recover as St. Charles West rolled to a 49-28 Class 4 quarterfinal victory Saturday (Nov. 15) at Westminster Christian Academy. St. Charles West (11-2) moves on to play host to Cape Girardeau Central in a Class 4 semifinal next Friday at 7 p.m. “We just talked about staying ...

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Howell Central wins Class 4 third place game, Zumwalt South ties Smith-Cotton

A day after losing a 2-1 heartbreaker to Lee’s Summit in the Class 4 semifinals at Blue Springs South in Suburban Kansas City, the Francis Howell Central soccer team made sure their first trip to state would not be fruitless. The Spartans bounced back well in the third place game against Rockhurst on Saturday morning, using a pair of second half goals from Kyle Setchfield and a strong effort in-goal from Chase Webert and David Beecher to post a 2-0 victory. Kyle Setchfield put the Spartans on top with an unassisted goal at the 61:43 mark of the second half ...

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Powerful CBC crushes Kirkwood for trip to Class 6 title game

It was a look of satisfaction on CBC running back Calen Taylor's face that said it all. Taylor and his CBC teammates punched their ticket to the Class 6 championship game on Friday night at CBC with a 55-10 thrashing of a very talented Kirkwood Pioneers squad, marked by a dominating performance in all areas of the game.

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Westminster Christian Academy meets St. Charles West in Class 4 football quarterfinals

The Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats will meet the St. Charles West Warriors for the first time on the gridiron. The two teams will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 15) at Westminster in a Class 4 quarterfinal game. Westminster is 11-1. St. Charles West is 10-2, having won its last 10 games after losing its first two games of the season. Wildcats coach Cory Snyder has respect for the Warriors. “St. Charles West has played a tough schedule and have some impressive wins,” Snyder said. “They are a very good football team.” Westminster is not shabby either. The Wildcats are ...

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Westminster Christian Academy cross country boys cap successful season at state meet

The Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats boys cross country team finished its season by tying for the best finish in school history. The Wildcats earned a third-place finish in the Class 3 state meet at the Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.  In 2010, Westminster also finished third. Those are the only two trips to the state podium in school history. Festus won state with 24 points. Notre Dame of Cape Girardeau was second with 86 points. The Wildcats wound up with 136 points. “We were hoping to be in the top four or five teams at state,” coach Doug ...

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Chaminade will play Rockhurst in Class 4 high school boys soccer semifinal

The Chaminade Red Devils meet an familiar opponent in the Class 4 high school boys soccer semifinal game. The Red Devils (24-2-1) will play the Rockhurst Hawklets at 4 p.m. Friday (Nov. 14) at Blue Springs South High School. The Hawklets (21-6) are the defending Class 3 state champions. Rockhurst defeated Timberland last fall. This year, Missouri divided soccer into four classes. So this year will feature the first Class 4 state champion. Chaminade coach Mike Gauvain knows what his club will be facing. “Oh yeah, we get to a Final Four and it seems like Rockhurst is there waiting ...

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Area athletes sign national letters of intent to play in college

Two of the area’s top athletes — distance runner Hannah Long, of Eureka, and basketball player Napheesa Collier, of Incarnate Word Academy — have signed their letters of intent Wednesday (Nov. 12). Long will run at Stanford. Long just won her third consecutive state cross country championship. She has also won state in several events in track and field. Collier will play with the national power Connecticut Huskies, who have won back-to-back national Division I championships. Collier has helped Incarnate Word Academy win back-to-back state championships. Last season, Collier averaged 23.7 points and 10 rebounds a game for the Red ...

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Selvidge Middle, among local schools, to pay tribute to veterans

Small U.S. flags lined the driveway at the entrance to Selvidge Middle School in Ballwin on Nov. 11. and many of those entering the building were clearly well beyond their school years. Inside, an atmosphere of celebration blended with the courteous and respectful attitude of the school’s students and faculty members as they paid tribute to veterans of U.S. Armed Forces on Veterans Day. And, yes, there also were tears as the emotion of the occasion caught up with more than a few – both young and old – attending. This year was the ninth Veterans Day observance at Selvidge. ...

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