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Charter plan would create minimum police standards

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Minimum police standards are one step closer to being enshrined in the St. Louis County Charter after the county Charter Commission voted last week to advance the county’s first police requirements. The commission voted to move forward with drafting a proposal that would add minimum police standards to the

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Sunset Hills city budget challenged as sales go online

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Sunset Hills saw a $4.5 million increase in taxable sales from 2017 to 2018, but the city is still facing challenges from a loss of brick-and-mortar stores and an increase in internet sales. City Administrator Eric Sterman said in his budget presentation to the aldermen Nov. 12 that Sunset

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New ‘Nutcracker’: South County dance studio is set to perform full ballet for first time

Pictured above: Students at Gateway Dance Conservatory rehearse for the studio’s first full-length production of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ in Pacific Nov. 23. Gateway is a nonprofit studio that meets at The Pavilion at Lemay and provides underprivileged dance students with scholarships and other financial aid, as well as inclusionary classes for students with special needs.

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Secretary of state warns of online misinformation with South County GOP legislators

Pictured above: Rep. David Gregory addresses the Tesson Ferry Republican Club in July 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft joined local legislators for a town hall last month, discussing online misinformation, medical marijuana, election security, the 2019 legislative session and more. Reps. David Gregory,

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Mehlville state test scores go up; DESE changes test again

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville School District showed academic improvement in key statewide test scores released last month, but yet another change in how Missouri reports its scores makes it impossible to directly compare test scores over time. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE, released the 2019 Missouri

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Pretzel Pretzel will open on Tesson Ferry

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Pretzel Pretzel, the pretzel shop that earned a devoted following since it debuted in Affton in 2017, will be moving to a new storefront in the former Pizza Hut building on Tesson Ferry Road sometime early next year. Partners Anthony Simmons and Amber Scurlock operated Pretzel Pretzel’s first location

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Flooded homes could get FEMA buyouts

Pictured above: River City Boulevard, at the intersection of Lemay Ferry Road, was inaccessible due to rising floodwater from the River des Peres Thursday, May 30. The Mississippi River, which backs up into the River des Peres, was expected to crest the next Saturday. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com South

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Crestwood budget has City Hall upgrades

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Crestwood Ways and Means Committee recommended the city’s proposed 2020 budget after a nearly three-hour meeting in October, with aldermen making no changes or amendments to the budget as it was presented. As currently proposed, the budget projects total revenues of $13.81 million and total expenditures of $14.84

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