Executive Editor, Call Newspapers

Stenger seeks state audit of county contract process

Contract process tainted by retribution, Stenger alleging By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com County Executive Steve Stenger asked the state auditor last week to conduct an audit of how the county approves road and bridge projects, alleging that the County Council has tainted the process with political retribution. Besides examining how the county approves and

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Lindbergh board begins eyeing tax hike, superintendent search

With just weeks of experience, the new Lindbergh Board of Education is already pondering two of the most important decisions school board members make —  a tax-rate increase and the search for the next superintendent. At the annual “Lindbergh Traditions” workshop, designed to educate new board members about how Lindbergh traditionally functions and about the

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Pulte Group to pull out of market here entirely

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Homebuilder Pulte Group is pulling out of the St. Louis market entirely and dropping three projects in south county, including its contentious plan for villas on Court Drive in Sunset Hills. A spokeswoman for Pulte said that the developer will finish building its remaining projects, but is backing out

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Conflict between Stenger, council could end up in court

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com With County Executive Steve Stenger and a majority of the County Council increasingly at odds, the council chairman speculated last week that the conflict could go to court. Four members of the seven-member council believe they are at a crossroads in their continuing faceoff with Stenger, who refuses to

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Councilman slated to introduce bill for McManus rezoning

Trakas undecided whether he will vote in favor of move   By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com   Although 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, agreed last week to introduce legislation for a construction firm to move to the former Tee Time Family Fun Center, he has not yet decided whether to support the project.

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South county citizens prepared for flooding

Lindbergh Schools misses three days; Mehlville calls off classes for two days   By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com   The Meramec River reached near-record levels last week after hitting new highs in December 2015, but this time south county residents were more prepared. For the second time in 16 months, residents and businesses in

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Trakas blocks construction firm’s move to new site

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com A construction company’s move to the former Tee Time Family Fun Center is being blocked by 6th District County Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, who sees the project as wrong for south county. McManus Construction Co. owner Rob McManus already bought the now-closed Tee Time property at 4631 Lemay Ferry

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