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Ballwin considers ‘In God We Trust’ signage for city-owned buildings

The familiar affirmation “In God We Trust” soon could become even more visible in Ballwin. In a unanimous vote, the Ballwin Board of Aldermen has approved a decision to consider the design, locations and cost of placing the national motto on city-owned buildings. Should the city decide to move ahead with the plan, it will have some financial help from the Holy Infant Knights of Columbus. During the public comment portion of the board’s Aug. 18 meeting, Joe Strange, a Knights of Columbus trustee at Holy Infant Catholic Church, said displaying the verbiage, endorsed by the U.S. Congress as the ...

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Shamrocks Pub & Grill: Home to great food and good times

Shamrocks Pub & Grill is a place where the staff knows your name. The restaurant, located at 4177 Veterans Memorial Parkway in St. Peters, prides itself on superior customer service. “Our staff is very one-on-one with our customers,” said Kelly Dent, who owns Shamrocks Pub & Grill with her husband, Kyle, and her parents, Tom and Mary Durst. “We have a lot of regulars, and we care about their lives. They are not just a number. We build relationships with our customers.” Whether it’s a girls’ night out, dinner with the family or a retirement party, Shamrocks Pub and Grill ...

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St. Charles high school football preview

Fort Zumwalt West reached the Class 6 quarterfinals in Neil Nowack’s first season with the Jaguars. For his second season, Nowack has seven starters returning on offense and seven on defense. Still, the Jaguars will have their hands full trying to unseat the Francis Howell Vikings as champions of the Gateway South Athletic Conference.Francis Howell, which reached the sectional round of the Class 6 playoffs, has five starters back on offense and seven on offense. Coach Byran Koch has a hard-working group of seniors he is anxious to see in action this fall. Duchesne coach Charlie Elmendorf enters his 20th ...

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Pressure-free first day

The Francis Howell School District held its annual Transition Day on Aug. 4 for incoming sixth-graders and freshmen. The day is specifically set aside to provide guidance to students transitioning from one level to another. It also helps students become more familiar with their new schools before older students arrive. Sixth-graders and freshmen were the only students in the schools, giving them a chance to meet new people in their grades and learn their way around the school. Students went through an entire school day, starting with an assembly where the students met the principals and other staff members. Students ...

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Parkway Board considers possible staff/student relations policy

One Parkway School District Board of Education member wants to make sure a proposed district policy on staff/student relations focuses as much on students’ contact with staff as vice versa. On Aug. 6, the board gave first-round approval to the policy, which is due for a vote on final approval Aug. 27. The new policy, recommended by the Missouri School Boards Association, will allow the district to be explicit about expectations about appropriate personal contact between staff and students to keep kids safe. The proposed policy, among other things, says staff members have a responsibility to provide an atmosphere conducive ...

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Gary K. Wright Scholarship awarded

Parkway West Middle social studies teacher Jason Lievanos was selected as the Gary K. Wright Scholarship winner for the 2013-14 school year. Lievanos and the other scholarship recipients were honored at a reception at EducationPlus on June 3. The scholarship includes a $1,500 stipend and Lievanos plans to use the funds to become a Kagan-certified trainer to enhance his students’ learning experience. In addition, he will offer workshops and support to teachers across the district. Earlier this year, Lievanos was named the Middle School and Parkway Teacher of the Year.  

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Local artists return to Queeny Park for 36th annual Labor Day art fair

If you love art, Labor Day Weekend means one thing – it’s time again for the Art Fair at Queeny Park. Now in its 36th year, the event showcases original works of fine art and fine craft with 140 juried artists from over 20 states will participating. Among them are Ballwin resident and fine art photographer James (Jim) Gray  and painter Maggie McCarthy, of St. Charles. Gray has been involved in photography most of his life – beginning in high school with an old Kodak camera. “I converted my closet into a darkroom and bought an early single-lens reflex camera,” ...

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National Merit announces final group of awardees

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the final group of National Merit Scholarship winners. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. Local recipients include from Chaminade College Preparatory: Jack C. Yungbluth; from John Burroughs: Sarah A. Lowe, Neal Arthur Shulman, Nikhil Das, Hanna C. Kime, Blake F. Maune, Hannah R. Rodgers and Ethan O. Mathew; from Eureka: Brennen L. Lummus; from Lafayette: Amy H. Cui and Anjana K. Renganathan; from Marquette: Brian M. Schibler, Caleb R. Singer and Nicholas J. Shields; from Parkway Central: Haochen Xu and Christopher H. Zhao; ...

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Health Capsules: Hypertension-related dementia

Hypertension-related dementia Upon review of years of data on thousands of Americans, researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine concluded that having untreated high blood pressure in mid-life appears to increase the risk of cognitive decline in old age. A study designed to track risk factors for atherosclerosis followed more than 15,000 adults for 25 years and included assessments of participants’ cognitive skills. Johns Hopkins researchers tapped into the study data, first gathered when participants were 48-67 years old, and found that compared to those with normal blood pressure readings, people with high blood pressure during midlife had a 6.25 ...

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