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Mary Barton sworn in today as first female St. Louis County Police chief

Incoming Chief Lt. Col. Mary Barton

April 30, 2020

Lt. Col. Mary Barton, who commands the West County Precinct, was sworn in today as the first female police chief in St. Louis County history. Barton, who has 41 years of experience at the St. Louis County Police Department, is set to lead the department after Chief Jon Belmar retires effective today,...

South County ‘Helpers’ provide aid during COVID-19 crisis

Representatives of the St. Louis Area Foodbank and the Missouri National Guard survey the drop off site on Locust Street for the Fill Up the Pickup Challenge this Saturday.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 30, 2020

Several local residents have formed groups of neighborhood volunteers to serve as the “helpers” for local families in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Facebook groups have been set up in Oakville and Sunset Hills/Crestwood to organize neighborhood captains to help with needs as people are suffer...

Interstate 44 Meramec Bridge lane closures now set for Thursday

Interstate 44 Meramec Bridge lane closures now set for Thursday

April 29, 2020

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing lanes and shifting traffic Thursday, April 30, in two key areas in South County related to ongoing construction on the new Interstate 44 Meramec River Bridge. The work was originally scheduled for last Thursday but was postponed to next week due...

County officials divided on how to spend $175 million in COVID-19 funds

St. Louis County Council Chairwoman Lisa Clancy, D-Affton, reacts as her preferred full appropriation of coronavirus funding fails to move forward as she chairs the council meeting April 21.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 28, 2020

With $175 million in hand in federal stimulus money for the coronavirus response,  St. Louis county government is deeply divided over how to decide how to spend it. The federal government sent the money to St. Louis County by wire transfer April 22. It totals nearly a third of the county’s total b...

Page reopens 33 county parks, including South County’s largest ones

Bicyclists enjoying the paved path at the new Cliff Cave Trail in 2018. Bikers also have the option of an unpaved trail.

April 28, 2020

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced a plan Tuesday to reopen county parks, even as his extended stay-at-home order remains in effect. Page’s announcement at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday opened 33 parks immediately, although he warned that they would be closed again if people don’t use social di...

Lane closures for Interstate 44 Meramec bridge project postponed to next week

Lane closures for Interstate 44 Meramec bridge project postponed to next week

April 23, 2020

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing lanes and shifting traffic in two key areas in South County related to ongoing construction on the new Interstate 44 Meramec River Bridge, in work postponed to next week due to expected rain this weekend. MoDOT was set to close two additional left l...

With $175 million in hand, St. Louis County launches coronavirus spending portal

With $175 million in hand, St. Louis County launches coronavirus spending portal

April 23, 2020

St. Louis County now has $175 million in federal stimulus funds for the coronavirus response on hand, and a transparency portal to track all related spending and contracts is now live on the county website. County Executive Sam Page says any spending associated with the county’s response to the COVI...

Page will not reopen parks any time soon

The grade of the Cliff Cave trail in Oakville, seen here at its May 2018 opening, is no more than 5 percent, which allows those with mobility issues to use it.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 20, 2020

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page will not reopen parks any time soon, despite a push to reopen parks from the three Republican members of the County Council. Page closed the parks April 3, after the state closed some of its parks statewide and one in the St. Louis area. When that happened, the coun...

Lane closures planned this week for Interstate 44 bridge construction

Lane closures planned this week for Interstate 44 bridge construction

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 20, 2020

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing lanes and shifting traffic in two key areas in South County related to ongoing construction on the new Interstate 44 Meramec River Bridge. Construction started in 2018 and is expected to continue through 2022 at the I-44/Interstate 270 inte...

St. Louis County stay-at-home order extended indefinitely, for at least another month

St. Louis County stay-at-home order extended indefinitely, for at least another month

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 16, 2020

St. Louis County and St. Louis city's stay-at-home orders have been extended indefinitely, at least through mid-May. And the announcements came through Twitter. County Executive Sam Page tweeted Thursday, “Our stay-at-home order will be extended for now and I will revisit it in mid-May. We have made ...

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