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Council moves to slash $31 million from Stenger’s 2018 budget

County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council last year, left to right: 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby and 4th District Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray, D-Black Jack. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

December 19, 2017

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Update: The County Council granted final approval to the 2018 budget with the $31 million in slashed spending at its meeting Dec. 19. The County Council took steps last week to slash $31 million from County Executive Steve Stenger’s proposed...

Mehlville schedule committee urges return to block schedule

Mehlville schedule committee urges return to block schedule

December 14, 2017

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com After more than a year of discussion on how to change the schedule at Oakville and Mehlville high schools, a Mehlville School District committee is recommending that the schools go back to the original block schedule. The Schedule Review Committee...

Planning panel to consider south county projects

Planning panel to consider south county projects

December 8, 2017

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...

Greitens’ appointees oust Missouri education commissioner

Greitens’ appointees oust Missouri education commissioner

December 6, 2017

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Gov. Eric Greitens ousted the state’s top education official through a new State Board of Education majority last week after months of maneuvering. But a south county resident on the board sees the move as a step backward for education...

Some Mehlville test scores up, but district lags behind peers

Students in the Summer Acceleration program held in June 2017 at Blades Elementary in Oakville learn how to make slime.

December 1, 2017

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...

County Council weighs 2018 budget, rejects delaying police precincts

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.

November 29, 2017

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 give higher raises to employees. That is one of several juggling acts they are weighing for the $696 million county...

Despotis files lawsuit against Sunset Hills over Court Drive

Despotis files lawsuit against Sunset Hills over Court Drive

November 28, 2017

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...

McManus still waiting for county OK to open

November 23, 2017

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-Oakv...

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

County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council last year, left to right: 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby and 4th District Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray, D-Black Jack. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

November 21, 2017

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...

UPDATED: Green Park Board of Aldermen OKs adding second county police officer

Green Park Officer Jeremy Hake, right, with Mayor Bob Reinagel at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new McDonald's earlier this month. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

November 20, 2017

The Green Park Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Monday night to adopt an ordinance amending its agreement with the St. Louis County Police Department to add a second neighborhood police officer for the city. The city contracts with the county Police Department for police service, with one Green Park...

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