Circle Of Concern scholarships awarded

Several students are college-bound with some help from Circle Of Concern. The local nonprofit awarded grants to a total of 13 seniors who graduated from local high schools this past spring, with 11 of them residing in West County. In addition, scholarships were awarded to seven of last year’s winners for their second year of college. This year’s scholarship awards totaled $25,000. First-year recipients include Phillip Sansone from Fulton School at St. Albans; Hannah Petry from Eureka; Lewis Werner from Lafayette; Jessica Phung from Marquette; Ben London from Rockwood Summit; An Hseih, Sarah Larara and Sarah Munir from Parkway West; ...

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Wildwood examines allowing residents to combine properties for deer hunting

Wildwood’s Board of Public Safety, as early as this month, could review proposals for deer management which include the possibility of letting some adjacent homeowners combine their properties to meet the 3-acre minimum requirement to allow for hunting. During a July 8 discussion of the issue by the City Council’s Administration and Public Works subcommittee, Director of Public Works Ryan Thomas said he recently met with officials from both the St. Louis County Police Department (which protects Wildwood under contract) and the Missouri Department of Conservation, for what was planned as a discussion regarding the coordination of hunting in Wildwood ...

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A glowing success

The Wildwood Business Association (WBA) recently donated $4,480 to the Wildwood YMCA, the result of the WBA’s most successful Balloon Glow event to date. The annual Holiday Balloon Glow was originally scheduled for December; however, severe weather necessitated that the event be rescheduled for April. The end result was the highest attendance in four years and also the largest donations amount raised to date to benefit the Wildwood YMCA. Organizers credited the following sponsors for the event’s success: (Gold Sponsors) Living Word Church, St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, Cherry Hills Family Eye Care, Lakeside Exteriors, West Newsmagazine, The city of Wildwood ...

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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 (Ward 2) said. “There are a lot of ash trees in Manchester.” Just how many ash trees exist within Manchester is unknown, according to Public Works Director Bob Ruck, but the city will inventory and assess the condition of its ...

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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 voted 4 to 3 – with commissioners Dennis Bolazina, Rob Cima and Board of Aldermen representative Fred Meyland-Smith opposed – to approve a preliminary site development plan proposal for St. Austin School, a private independent Catholic elementary school, to be ...

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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 Mary Elizabeth Ott ruled the Monarch Board of Directors must promote one of the three firefighter/paramedics on the then-current promotion list to a captain’s position. Further, the judge said the board cannot conduct any further promotion testing until one of ...

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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 hang around for a good show during the Architectural Review Board meeting. During the board meeting, Ellisville Square owner Brixmor Property Group made a brief presentation to councilmembers regarding proposed changes to the empty K-Mart. The K-Mart building is to ...

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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 I do to stop their traffic violations?” Ritchey asked the board. “This is fast becoming a high-traffic area.” Ritchey, who has a hearing impairment, said speeders and stop sign violators are a danger to others, especially to children and the ...

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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 45 recalls so far this year, totaling more than 28 million cars. The auto industry as a whole is only expected to sell 16 million cars this year. So what gives? What is the cause of the skyrocketing number of ...

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