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Missouri farms finding new ways to sell locally amid the pandemic

Penelope Ritchie of Barnview Fields & Farm fixes the produce display during the Oakville Community Market.

By Colleen Wouters, Missouri Information Corps

July 5, 2020

A new website and “Food Finder” map are connecting Missourians with their nearest farm-to-table food options. The new site is meeting a need arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year, Buckeye Acres, a farm just north of Warrensburg, Missouri, had a website but customers couldn’t use i...

Lindbergh responds to George Floyd’s death and protests

About 60 protesters with a range of colorful signs lined both sides of Gravois Road in Affton June 6 to show support for ‘Black Lives Matter’ and against racism. Some drivers passing by raised their fists in support.

July 4, 2020

Lindbergh Schools Superintendent Tony Lake sent an email to district parents last month responding to nationwide protests about the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck.  Outrage over Floyd’s death led to more than a week of nationwide protests, inc...

Lindbergh looking for residents and parents to serve on school board advisory committees

Patrick Bruno drives a big rig in Lindbergh High School's socially distanced parade for 2020 graduates.

July 3, 2020

The Lindbergh Board of Education is inviting Lindbergh Schools residents to serve on one of five board advisory committees, which are designed to allow board members to seek input and advice on key issues, and promote widespread involvement and participation throughout the district. Lindbergh’s B...

Affton food truck haven 9 Mile Garden opens today

Affton food truck haven 9 Mile Garden opens today

July 3, 2020

Starting today, Missouri’s first food truck garden is now open in South County. The 9 Mile Garden on Gravois Road in Affton is officially open, debuting on Fourth of July weekend with a rotating lineup of 30 food trucks for lunch and dinner six days a week. The Affton Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutt...

Coronavirus makes status of future Mehlville bond issue uncertain

Mehlville Board of Education member Jean Pretto and CFO Marshall Crutcher discuss the 2020 budget during a meeting June 5, 2019 at Mehlville High School.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

July 3, 2020

This is the first in a two-part series about a potential Mehlville School District bond issue. See the second article in this two-part series in the July 9 print edition of The Call. In the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mehlville School District is wondering if it will be able to mov...

Where to see Fourth of July fireworks this year

Rain didn’t stop South County from enjoying the 20th year of the JB Blast at Jefferson Barracks
Park Wednesday, July 3, 2019, featuring live music, an appearance from County Executive Sam Page and
a fireworks show. This year, County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas was in charge of the
festivities, after the resignation of former County Executive Steve Stenger. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 3, 2020

Fourth of July traditions like the JB Blast and Fair St. Louis are postponed or canceled this year, but drive-in fireworks will provide some options for those wanting to still see a dazzling display in the sky this weekend. A new summer tradition in South County is also set to kick off with the highly ant...

Crestwood issues RFP to find a new mall developer, supported by owner UrbanStreet

The empty Crestwood mall site, with the buildings demolished and the site leveled, as seen in May 2019.

July 2, 2020

The city of Crestwood has issued a request for proposals to find a new developer for the former Crestwood mall site, which is currently owned by Chicago-based UrbanStreet Group. “The City is committed to encouraging redevelopment of the Mall site,” said Mayor Grant Mabie in a news release. “We ...

Webster Groves Fourth of July fireworks and parade are postponed this year

Rain didn’t stop South County from enjoying the 20th year of the JB Blast at Jefferson Barracks
Park Wednesday, July 3, 2019, featuring live music, an appearance from County Executive Sam Page and
a fireworks show. This year, County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas was in charge of the
festivities, after the resignation of former County Executive Steve Stenger. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 2, 2020

The Webster Groves Fourth of July fireworks have been postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Webster Groves Community Days parade and Fourth of July fireworks have been a tradition for generations, with residents staking claim to good parade viewing spots days before the morning parade....

PowerPlex will host drive-in fireworks for Fourth of July

PowerPlex will host drive-in fireworks for Fourth of July

July 2, 2020

Fourth of July fireworks will be added to the lineup of graduations and concerts taking place at the 500-car Drive-In St. Louis venue at the PowerPlex site at the former St. Louis Mills mall. With annual traditions like the JB Blast and Fair St. Louis postponed or canceled this year due to the coronavirus pa...

Bill Gianino, one of South County’s best-known restaurant owners, dies

The Gianino's family of restaurants posted this tribute to patriarch Bill Gianino after his death Friday.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

July 2, 2020

One of South County’s best-known restaurant owners, Bill Gianino, died Friday at his family farm in Cuba, Missouri. William “Bill” Gianino, 69, owned the self-named Gianino’s family of restaurants that started in Oakville with Bill Gianino’s and Frankie G’s, which are next to each other in...

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