OakHaven names new Head of School

April Powell has been appointed Head of School at OakHaven Montessori School. She replaces co-founder Judy Henrichs, who will continue as administrator in a consulting role. Powell holds a degree in early childhood education and certification as a Montessori Directress. She founded OakHaven with Henrichs in 2008, and has since served as the school’s Director of Education. Through her leadership, the school has achieved official recognition by the Association Montessori International as a fully certified educational institution serving primary school students ages 2 ½ through kindergarten.  

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Outdoor classroom recognized

For the third consecutive year, St. Charles County’s Certified Nature Explore Classroom at Towne Park near Wentzville was nationally recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. “Towne Park’s Certified Nature Explore Classroom is a dynamic, nature-based play and learning space that supports skill development in children by reconnecting them to nature,” said St. Charles County Parks Director Bettie Yahn-Kramer. “Since it opened in May 2012, it has become a very popular place for children, their families and educators across the tri-county area to visit.” Designed for children ages 3-14, the Certified Nature Explore Classroom at ...

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Sales tax holiday coming soon

For the sixth year in a row Missouri residents can take advantage of Missouri’s sales tax holiday on August 1-3 for back-to-school purchases such as clothing, backpacks and school supplies. Cities in Missouri are given the option to participate in this holiday. Nearby cities that will be participating in Missouri sales tax holiday include Cottleville, Lake St. Louis, O’Fallon, St. Charles, Troy, Warrenton and Wentzville. City tax will still apply to consumer purchases in cities that choose not to participate in the tax-free weekend. For more information about items that qualify for the sales tax holiday and a complete list ...

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Local youth tour nation’s capitol

Local youth tour nation’s capitol Ninety-one high school juniors from Missouri participated in the 50th anniversary of National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., June 13-19. Local delegates included O’Fallon residents Alison Boehmer and Elizabeth Citrowske. The seven-day tour provided an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics and community service and to address some of today’s pressing issues. “It was an incredible experience,” said Citrowske. “It was a great combination of food, friends and touring. I never really knew how much ...

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Red-hot Ballwin Post 611 ready for Zone 4 Legion tournament

The postseason drought is over for Ballwin Post 611. Ballwin scored a 9-8 victory over Eureka Post 177 to win the District 10 Tournament and earn a spot in the Zone 4 Tournament in Festus.Ballwin improved to 30-5 overall after going undefeated at 14-0 in district regular season action and 4-0 in the postseason tourney. Post 611’s last district tourney title came in 2006.  The last regular season title was in 2003. However, Ballwin has been more than competitive in the interim, having reached the tourney championship four years in a row from 2009 to 2012 but finishing second each ...

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Eureka Post 177 set to begin defense of Zone 4 Legion championship

A year ago, Eureka Post 177 was riding high heading into the Zone 4 Tournament. Eureka swept through District 10, winning the regular season and postseason tournament titles.Post 177 went on to win the Zone 4 tourney and reach the state tournament where the squad finished second. This year, Eureka has a chance to win another trip to Sedalia. Post 177 finished second in the postseason tournament to earn its berth in the double elimination Zone Tournament. Post 177 will take a 19-19 record (9-5 in District 10 play) in its first game Thursday (July 24) against host Festus (17-10) ...

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Thomas Sowell – Bordering on Madness

In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, “We are as good as you are!” One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history of tragedies around the world is that — regardless of whatever particular issue sets off these clashes — many people see the ultimate stakes as their worth as human beings. On that, there is no room for compromise, but only polarization. That is why playing ...

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Local golfers compete in annual Optimist International Junior Golf Championships

Seven local golfers are among the more than 500 of golf’s top young players who will compete in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The tournament will bring together some of the world’s most talented young competitors, many of whom have the potential to become leading collegiate and professional golfers in the future. Junior golfers ages 10 to 18 will travel from throughout the world to play in the annual tournament. Boyswill compete in the 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18 age divisions whiles the girls will compete in the ...

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Women’s Missouri Mid Amateur Championship begins this week at Greenbriar

The fourth Missouri Women’s Golf Association Mid Amateur Championship begins Thursday (July 24)  at the beautiful Greenbriar Hills Country Club in Kirkwood and two-time defending champion Mindy Coyle will try to make it three in a row. The women will  have a practice round Wednesday before beginning the 36-hole competition. Greenbriar Hills will once again become the battleground for an MWGA title.  The club served as a previous host of the 1969 and 1994 Women’s Amateur Championships. Coyle, of Columbia, who won in (2012 and  2013,  returns to meet players from Missouri and Johnson County, Kan., who are aged 25 and ...

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