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Mehlville Superintendent Gaines: Getting back in school depends on you

Mehlville Superintendent Gaines: Getting back in school depends on you

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 25, 2020

The Mehlville School District will be kicking off school this week with an all-virtual start due to rising COVID-19 cases in South County, and Superintendent Chris Gaines was straightforward about how the school district can open to in-person classes this fall: That decision will depend on actions ta...

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...

Clancy will drop proposal for early-childhood education sales tax

Fifth District Councilwoman Lisa Clancy speaks at her town hall over the fate of Tower Tee at the Affton Community Center March 20, 2019. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 24, 2020

St. Louis County Councilwoman Lisa Clancy, D-Maplewood, said she will drop a proposal to ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax for early-childhood education from the agenda at Tuesday’s County Council meeting, after pushback about the timing and behind-the-scenes crafting of the bill. Clancy...

South County is singled out as the regional hotspot for COVID

The slide shown by the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force last week that singled out South County as a coronavirus hotspot.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 24, 2020

COVID-19 cases have continued to rise in South County in the weeks since it was singled out as a virus hotspot in the St. Louis metropolitan region, even as cases began to decline in other areas. The region’s “red zone” switched from St. Charles County to South County, especially Oakville’s...

Take our poll: Do you agree with Lindbergh Schools’ decision to open K-3 classrooms in person?

Crestwood Elementary students enjoy 'Character Kickball.'

August 22, 2020

Lindbergh Schools is the only South County school district that is not starting the year all-virtual. At Lindbergh, K-3 students are going to start in-person, while 4-12 students will go all-virtual. That is based on research that shows the coronavirus does not spread to younger children as much as older...

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...

Ronnie’s Cinema is reopening Aug. 28, along with Marcus theaters in Arnold and Des Peres

Ronnie's 20 Cinema movie theater

August 20, 2020

Ronnie’s is opening again soon, after being shut down since March due to the coronavirus. The South County movie theater will open Friday, Aug. 28, as part of a phased rollout of theater reopenings in the St. Louis area. Marcus Theatres announced the opening of the following theaters in the St. Louis area,...

Lemay firefighters back on the job after COVID-19 quarantine; only one firefighter tested positive

The Lemay Fire Protection District posted this photo of ServPro cleaning the firehouse in March.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 19, 2020

Things are back to normal at the Lemay Fire Protection District this week after all of its 24 firefighters had to quarantine after one tested positive for COVID-19 Aug. 4. The one-firehouse fire district was left without any staff, and calls had to be taken over by the Mehlville and Affton fire district...

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in every South County ZIP code; task force singles it out as pandemic hotspot

The slide shown by the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force last week that singled out South County as a coronavirus hotspot.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 17, 2020

Coronavirus cases have continued to rise in South County in the week since it was singled out as a virus hotspot in the St. Louis metropolitan region, even as cases began to decline in other areas. Reporting data on case counts and hospital admissions from the four major hospital systems that make up t...

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