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Tax abatement for Helen’s and hotel is dropped; city doesn’t want to affect Lindbergh Schools

The new Comfort Suites development next to Helen Fitzgerald’s under construction, as seen July 17, 2020.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 24, 2020

Petitions for both a parking garage and tax abatement for Helen’s Fitzgerald’s and a new hotel on Lindbergh Boulevard have been scrapped after a Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen meeting Aug. 11. At the request of the developer, the final vote on a bill that would grant tax incentives to Helen Fitzger...

No bond issue in November: Mehlville measure is on hold

Workers make repairs and repaint the Mehlville School District pool. Photo courtesy of the Mehlville School District.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 24, 2020

The Mehlville Board of Education declined last week to place a no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the Nov. 3 ballot. The board cited concerns that the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the decision to start the school year virtually would present challenges for successfully con...

Mehlville school board decides not to place bond issue for facilities on November ballot

Pictured above, Superintendent Chris Gaines asks supporters at a 2015 rally for Prop R to help him get out the vote so that he can hire reading coaches and keep experienced teachers in the district. Behind him are the Mehlville High School Pantherettes and the Oakville High School Golden Girls.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 20, 2020

The Mehlville Board of Education declined Thursday night to place a no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the Nov. 3 ballot, citing concerns that the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic as well the district’s decision to start the school year virtually would present challenges for successfully ...

Mehlville Board of Education votes on possible bond issue tonight

Pictured above, Superintendent Chris Gaines asks supporters at a 2015 rally for Prop R to help him get out the vote so that he can hire reading coaches and keep experienced teachers in the district. Behind him are the Mehlville High School Pantherettes and the Oakville High School Golden Girls.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 20, 2020

The Mehlville Board of Education will vote tonight — Thursday, Aug. 20 — whether to place a 12-cent no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election. The Board of Education will consider Superintendent Chris Gaines’ recommendation for a no-tax-rate-increase ballot measure for the upcoming...

Despite widespread interest, only one parent speaks on holding Mehlville classes in person

The Point Eagle mascot passes out Chromebooks at a drive-thru event in March 2020.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 17, 2020

With all the discussion going on about whether schools should start in person or virtually this fall, only one parent came to the Mehlville Board of Education’s Aug. 5 meeting where the board decided to start the year all-virtual. One district parent, Chrissy Kaiser, urged the board during public comments to ...

Bob Burns wins a three-way race to take on Trakas

Bob Burns wins a three-way race to take on Trakas

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 13, 2020

Rep. Bob Burns will challenge 6th District St. Louis County Councilman Ernie Trakas in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 3, to see who will serve as the unofficial “mayor of South County.” Trakas, R-Oakville, was elected in 2016 in the 6th District, which represents Oakville, Lemay, Green Park, Co...

Crestwood meetings are staying virtual for now

Birthday parades have become a fun activity during the stay-at-home order in effect in St. Louis County due to the coronavirus. During the parades, residents drive by the birthday celebrant’s house separately in their cars, keeping social distancing. The events are organized online, in Facebook groups like Lindbergh Community Birthday Parades, Oakville Birthday Parades and Mehlville Birthday Parades. Above, Ryan from Crestwood got a parade for his birthday April 6.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 13, 2020

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen will continue to hold its monthly meetings through videoconferencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite a brief discussion earlier this summer to reopen meetings to the public. At the May meeting, Ward 2 Alderman Justin Charboneau asked when it would be possible to re...

Bayless votes for an all-virtual start to the school year

Isad Menkovic, a third-grade student at Oakville Elementary, completes a math lesson.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 6, 2020

The Bayless Board of Education voted at an in-person special meeting Wednesday night to begin the 2020-2021 school year with all-virtual school as coronavirus cases in the St. Louis region continue to climb. By a vote of 6-1, the school board adopted Superintendent Ron Tucker’s recommendation to be...

Mehlville Board of Education votes to start school year virtually

A Mehlville School District employee hands out emergency food boxes from Operation Food Search to students receiving grab-and-go meals while students are out of school during the pandemic.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 5, 2020

The Mehlville Board of Education voted unanimously in an in-person meeting Wednesday night to  start the 2020-2021 school year entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising cases in the St. Louis region.  The meeting took place in the William B. Nottelmann Auditorium at Mehlville High S...

Bayless looks at all-virtual school for first quarter of year

Students at Gateway Dance Conservatory rehearse for the studio’s first full-length production of
Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ in Pacific Nov. 23, 2019. 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. Gateway performed ‘The
Nutcracker’ in December 2019 at Bayless High School. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

August 5, 2020

As coronavirus cases in the St. Louis region continue to climb, the Bayless Board of Education will vote at a special meeting Wednesday night whether to begin the 2020-2021 school year with all-virtual school. The Bayless School District board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug....

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