New regulations for special events may be coming in Ballwin

The city of Ballwin is considering new rules and regulations for special events. The issue was debated at some length at the July 21 Board of Aldermen meeting, but action was deferred until board input is incorporated into revised ordinance drafts to be considered later. Police Chief Steve Schicker said the purpose of the revised and expanded rules on special events is to make sure Ballwin officials are aware of such plans and have an opportunity to assess what impact, if any, they will have on nearby residents, businesses, property owners and the community in general. Examples of special events ...

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Back to School Sales Tax Holiday runs Aug. 1-3

Back-to-school shoppers will want to mark their calendars for Missouri’s annual, three-day Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, which this year will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 3. During that time period, consumers will not be charged the state sales tax of 4.225 percent on certain back-to-school purchases. Clothing, school supplies, computer software, personal computers and computer peripheral devices are included in the tax-exempted items. Specifically, Missouri statute defines those items as follows: • Clothing is defined as “any article of wearing apparel, including footwear, intended to be worn on or about ...

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Wildwood City Council asked to consider city’s role in Crossings CID

Some Wildwood City Council members are critical of a proposal for the city to take over more financial responsibility for capital assets in the Crossings Community Improvement District (CID). City Administrator Dan Dubruiel explained, during a July 14 council work session, that the district was set up in 2005 when a Town Center agreement was approved, originally with developer Koman Properties, to facilitate development and financing of the Crossings commercial area in the city’s Town Center off Taylor Road. About $9.9 million in bonds – which are set to be paid off in 11 more years – were issued to ...

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Year-long fundraising for Support Dogs

As part of a year-long philanthropy project, the Chesterfield Day School sixth-grade class recently presented a check for more than $2,000 to Support Dogs, Inc., a national nonprofit organization which offers highly skilled assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities. Students raised the funds throughout the 2013-2014 school year by sponsoring bake sales, manning concession stands and other fundraising activities. However, the majority of the funds were raised through the school’s sixth-grade musical, “School House Rock Live! Jr.” Janice Brennan, a trainer from Support Dogs, Inc., thanked the sixth-graders, their parents and teachers for their generosity, noting that the students are ...

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Perfect ACT scores

Several local high school students scored an impressive 36 – the highest possible score – on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. Those students include Abby Lammers and Ryan Wahidi from Parkway North and Catherine Lambert of Marquette High. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite ...

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Thomas Sowell – Cease the Cease-Fires

Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East — Arab and Israeli alike — were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere. It was painful to think that they were going to grow up killing each other. But that is exactly what happened. It is understandable that today many people in many lands just want the fighting between the Israelis and the Palestinians to stop. Calls for a cease-fire are ringing out from the United Nations and from Washington, as well as from ordinary ...

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Weldon seeks to win third in a row at Metropolitan Amateur Championship

Kyle Weldon recently returned the Jim Tom Blair Trophy that the winner of the Metropolitan Amateur Championship keeps until the next tournament. His name is etched on there twice. Weldon, who will be a senior at Kansas State this fall, has a chance at history when the 24th annual tournament gets underway at Westwood Country Club. The Parkway South graduate is one of only three men who have won the region’s top amateur championship back to back. Now he aims for three in a row. Why not”? “I don’t think I feel pressure much at all,” Weldon said. “It’s more ...

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Kansas City woman wins Mid Amateur Championship at Greenbriar Hills Country Club

 Ellen Port was denied the championship in the recent Missouri Women’s Golf Association’s Mid Amateur Championship that was held at Greenbriar Hills Country Club in Kirkwood. Port and defending champion Mindy Coyle, of Columbia, were disqualified for playing the wrong tee. Carmen Titus, of Kansas City, ended up the winner after being the runner-up last summer. The 36-hole stroke play tournament for amateur women aged 25 years and older entered it’s fourth year in the popular event.  A total of 53 women teed it up in two divisions of play.  The Championship Division played at 5,415 yards and par 71 while the ...

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Chaminade’s Jayson Tatum tabbed for Team USA U17 club

  It is definitely a summer that just keeps getting hotter and better for Chaminade basketball standout Jayson Tatum. Tatum, a junior to be at Chaminade, who was recently named the number 1 player in the nation in the Class of 2016 by Scouts.com has been selected to play for and will be representing his country as a member of the USA U17 basketball team. Tatum, a 6-foot-9, guard/forward was picked to be a part of the final 12-man roster that will play in the 2014 FIBA U17 world championships in Dubai, United Emirates Aug. 8-Aug. 16. The tryouts began ...

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