Staff Reporter, Call Newspapers

Planning panel to consider south county projects

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com The county Planning Commission could decide next week whether to recommend approval of a trio of high-profile zoning decisions in south county. The planning panel could decide as early as its executive session set for Monday, Dec. 11, whether to vote in favor of a storage facility on Lemay

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Greitens’ appointees oust Missouri education commissioner

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Pictured above: From left, State Board of Education members Mike Jones and Vic Lenz, Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven and Affton Superintendent Steve Brotherton visiting an innovative internship program in March 2016 that allows Affton High School students to work at St. Anthony’s Medical Center and the Siteman Cancer Center.

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Some Mehlville test scores up, but district lags behind peers

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville School District improved some of its state test scores this year, but it continues to lag behind other area districts at key grade levels and subjects despite an emphasis last year on improving test scores. Mehlville improved its math scores across several grades, but scores dropped in

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County Council weighs 2018 budget, rejects delaying police precincts

Pictured above: County Executive Steve Stenger announces higher police salaries June 22 along with St. Louis County Fraternal Order of Police President Joe Patterson, left, and police Chief Jon Belmar. By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com County Council members considered and rejected delaying two new police precincts promised under Proposition P so that they could

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Despotis files lawsuit against Sunset Hills over Court Drive

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com The long-simmering dispute over how to develop Court Drive now is headed to a courtroom. Des Peres developer Dr. George Despotis sued the city last week over officials’ repeated denials of commercial rezoning for the various properties Despotis has under contract from former Sunset Hills residents whose properties were

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McManus still waiting for county OK to open

The furor over McManus Construction’s move from Affton to Oakville seemed to end months ago, but a year after initially filing for rezoning, the company has not yet been approved to officially open operations at its new site. The move initially was held up by 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, who cited traffic concerns

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Cuts required, but county not in a fiscal crisis, Stenger says

St. Louis County will have to downsize in the future to maintain a balanced budget, but County Executive Steve Stenger said last week that the county’s fiscal condition is not the “financial crisis” that some County Council members are contending. Council members cite a single paragraph on page 34 of the 362-page, $696 million 2018

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