Staff reporter for Call Newspapers. Email me at eachenbach@callnewspapers.com and follow me on Twitter: @eaachenbach

Bayless teacher one of 33 nationwide to receive $25,000 Milken Award

Pictured above, Therese Shain, a special-education teacher at Bayless Elementary, smiles for photos after receiving a $25,000 Milken Educator Award Wednesday morning. Shain is one of 33 educators nationwide to receive the award in 2018-2019. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A Bayless Elementary School teacher was awarded one of education’s

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Sunshine Law change is a ‘crisis to access’

By Ian Nickens, Gaelle Fournier and Kelsey Wu of the Columbia Missourian and Erin Achenbach of the Call Missouri House members approved changes in the state Sunshine Law last week that would make communications between public officials at all levels of government and their constituents largely immune to public-records requests. The changes, amended to a

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Sunset Hills overhauls Planning Commission

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen overhauled the Planning and Zoning Commission last month in an unusual competitive vote for a city committee. Current Planning and Zoning member Steve Young and former longtime Police Advisory Board President Frank Pellegrini were both unanimously appointed to represent Ward 3 on the

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Crestwood changes policy to take fewer bids

By Erin Achenbach  Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The city of Crestwood just updated its purchasing policy, which had been untouched for 15 years. The Board of Aldermen identified the change as a 2018 priority in an effort to modernize and improve overall efficiency of the city’s operations. The new policy allows the city to purchase budgeted

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Green Park comes under budget by more than $1 million

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenach@callnewspapers.com The city of Green Park is starting 2019 with a $238,651 surplus budget after coming in under budget by more than $1.1 million last year. The Board of Aldermen passed the city’s $2.4 million 2019 budget unanimously Dec. 17. The city ended 2018 with a $3,667,527 total ending balance

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Mehlville expands universal breakfast to Forder Elementary

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville School District will be running a universal free breakfast pilot program at Forder Elementary School starting this week and continuing through March 15, with the unanimous approval of the Board of Education. A universal free breakfast program is a complete breakfast available at no cost to all

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Crestwood McDonald’s set for makeover

Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Crestwood McDonald’s will be getting a makeover after the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a plan last week for the fast-food restaurant to demolish and rebuild its current location at 9915 Watson Road, where it has been operating for 60 years. The Crestwood McDonald’s is a historic one, since

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Legislation adding money to foundation formula takes it away from south county

Pictured above: Mehlville’s John Cary Early Childhood students Emma Kitchell and Yaneli Juarez-Carrillo check out their playground the first week at school in August 2018. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Legislation that would add money to Missouri’s foundation formula for public schools is being considered by the Legislature, but even with extra money spent

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Federal judge dismisses Friendship Village discrimination lawsuit

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit last week against Friendship Village filed by a married lesbian couple who alleged that they were discriminated against when the retirement community declined to let them move in. U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton ruled that the federal Fair Housing Act does not

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Crestwood looks to host medical marijuana sites

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  Medical marijuana may soon be setting up shop in Crestwood after Missouri voters legalized it in the November 2018 election. Amendment 2 was passed by nearly 66 percent of Missouri voters and gives the Department of Health and Senior Services authority on how to regulate operations and growing facilities,

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