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Belmar retiring; Page says he wasn’t forced out as the chief

Belmar retiring; Page says he wasn’t forced out as the chief

February 17, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Chief Jon Belmar announced last week that he will retire as the head of the St. Louis County Police Department, effective April 30, but County Executive Sam Page said the chief is not being forced out of the job after six years. The announc...

Hoffman is challenging Gregory for Legislature in 2020 rematch

From left to right; Rep. David Gregory and Erica Hoffman.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

February 11, 2020

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Missouri state Rep. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills, will again have competition for his legislative seat in 2020, with Democrat Erica Hoffman mounting another challenge in the 96th District. Hoffman formally kicked off her campaign for...

Belmar announces he’ll retire as chief of St. Louis County Police Department

Elizabeth Snyder, right, is consoled by St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar, left, following the sentencing for Trenton E. Forster Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Clayton. Forster, 20, was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in the 2016 shooting death of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

February 10, 2020

Chief Jon Belmar announced Monday that he will retire as the head of the St. Louis County Police Department, effective April 30. The announcement comes in the wake of County Executive Sam Page appointing new members to the police board following a $10 million settlement of a discrimination lawsuit aga...

State issues licenses to six marijuana dispensaries for South County

HCI, a marijuana dispensary located in Collinsville, Illinois. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

February 4, 2020

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Medical marijuana dispensaries will open later this year after the state approved licenses for 192 statewide, including 66 in the St. Louis region and six in South County. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received 2,267 ap...

Filing for April election closes; competitive races set for school boards and Sunset Hills

Filing for April election closes; competitive races set for school boards and Sunset Hills

January 23, 2020

Candidate filing closed Tuesday for local elections in April, and this election season is set to be the most competitive South County has seen in several years. The election will be held Tuesday, April 7.  Crestwood mayor, aldermanic seats in Green Park and Sunset Hills and trustee seats in Grantwood Vill...

Deer set to be hunted in county parks, Jefferson Barracks

Deer set to be hunted in county parks, Jefferson Barracks

January 15, 2020

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Deer hunters in Missouri will be able to hunt in St. Louis County parks, including Jefferson Barracks, this fall after legislation passed by the St. Louis County Council went into effect the day after Christmas. The County Council vo...

County, city libraries eliminate all fines in joint effort for equity

Theodore, center, learns simple chemistry concepts during the Mad Mixtures event in Oakville last summer. Photo courtesy of the St. Louis County Library.

January 9, 2020

St. Louis’ two largest library systems are going fine-free starting this month with a “New Year, No Fines” initiative. St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library announced Tuesday they will no longer charge fines on late materials beginning in the new year. The two libraries jointly held a press confe...

Competitive races for Sunset Hills mayor, Mehlville school board after first days of filing

Competitive races for Sunset Hills mayor, Mehlville school board after first days of filing

December 19, 2019

Candidate filing began Tuesday for the April 7 election for Crestwood and Sunset Hills mayor, along with municipal offices and school board positions across South County. So far, the highlights of the April 2020 races will be a competitive race for Sunset Hills Mayor Pat Fribis and at least a five-way ...

All South County schools call off due to expected storm Monday

All South County schools call off due to expected storm Monday

December 15, 2019

All South County schoolchildren will get a snow day Monday, with districts already calling off classes in advance of a pending winter storm expected to continue Monday. Mehlville, Lindbergh, Affton, Bayless, Hancock school districts and the Special School District are all closing due to snowfall and a...

Jill Schupp running for Congress in St. Louis suburbs, challenging Ann Wagner

Jill Schupp running for Congress in St. Louis suburbs, challenging  Ann Wagner

December 4, 2019

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner has a Democratic challenger for 2020. Missouri Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, announced Tuesday that she is running against Wagner in the 2nd Congressional District that covers most of St. Louis County and the St. Louis suburbs, including all of South County. The election wi...

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