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Trakas assistant’s sexual harassment claim settled for $60,000

Councilmen Sam Page, Ernie Trakas and Mark Harder read over documents at the Ethics Committee meeting July 24, 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 28, 2020

St. Louis County settled a sexual harassment claim against 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, for $60,000 despite an outside law firm finding there was no evidence of wrongdoing. The settlement between the county, Trakas and his former legislative assistant Annette Read gives her $48,000 and...

Small-business relief grant is open to apply by May 31

Curbside pickup was open at Helen Fitzgerald's in Sunset Hills March 18.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 26, 2020

St. Louis County businesses can apply for $15,000 grants if they have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, ahead of a Sunday deadline. The $17.5 million in the Small Business Relief Grant program will be distributed equally among the seven County Council districts, with each council member awardi...

Five candidates running for three seats on the Mehlville school board in June 2 races

Students at Oakville Elementary participate in 'Kids Voting' for the November 2018 election.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 23, 2020

Five candidates are seeking three seats on the Mehlville Board of Education in the June 2 election, which is rescheduled from April due to the coronavirus pandemic. Incumbents Peggy Hassler and Jean Pretto, both of Oakville, are running for re-election. Pretto was first elected in 2014 and re-elec...

‘Biggest little annual Memorial Day’ celebration will not happen this year

Lindbergh High School student Rachel Nieters performs during the Sappington-Concord Historical Society's 2016 Memorial Day celebration in this photo courtesy of Marilyn Muegge. Rachel also performed in the 2017 ceremony.

May 23, 2020

The Sappington-Concord Historical Society has canceled the “biggest little annual Memorial Day celebration in South County” for this year. The event usually takes place the morning of Memorial Day on the green at St. Lucas United Church of Christ, 11735 Denny Road. “The green” is the large open lawn just ...

Memorial Day ceremony at Jefferson Barracks canceled, but cemetery visitors still allowed

Marc Garcia plays the trumpet at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery ceremony. Photo by Bill Milligan.

May 20, 2020

The typical Memorial Day ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery will not happen this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration announced last week it will commemorate Memorial Day this year with solemn wreath-laying ceremonies, rather t...

St. Louis County Library will reopen next month for curbside books

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

May 19, 2020

After a two-month total shutdown, the St. Louis County Library will begin offering limited book-lending services starting next month. Book drops at all 20 St. Louis County Library locations will reopen to the public Tuesday, May 26, the library announced. Patrons may return books, music and movies to ...

County Council still has questions about small business grants as deadline looms

New 5th District Councilwoman Lisa Clancy, center, listens to members of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership board testify Jan. 15, 2019, along with 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, left, and 7th District Councilman Mark Harder. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 15, 2020

BREAKING: The county executive's office emailed County Council members late Friday afternoon, after this article was published, to postpone the deadline to apply for the grants from Sunday, May 17 to Sunday, May 31. Council members will now submit their recommendations for funding by June 15, not Jun...

South County Center and other malls will reopen Monday

Some businesses were forced to close by St. Louis County's March 21 stay-at-home order, but others like the Macy's at South County Center, seen above during the stay-at-home order, voluntarily closed before that.

May 14, 2020

South County Center and other malls in the St. Louis area, including West County Center, the Galleria and Plaza Frontenac, will reopen Monday when St. Louis County begins to lift its stay-at-home order. The malls have been closed for roughly two months during the coronavirus outbreak. The malls are r...

Judge dismisses Christians’ lawsuit challenging St. Louis County stay-at-home order

Judge dismisses Christians' lawsuit challenging St. Louis County stay-at-home order

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 13, 2020

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of Christians alleging that St. Louis County’s stay-at-home order violates their religious freedom by banning large in-person church services. In the lawsuit filed April 28 and dismissed Sunday, St. Louis County residents Lauren Hawse, husband...

Mercy furloughs workers, cuts jobs starting this week; unclear how many at Mercy South

‘Code Sunshine’ is a welcome birthday gift: After being admitted for COVID-19 to Mercy Hospital South on his daughter’s birthday, April 2, Bill finally went home last week with his wife, Lynn – on his own 68th birthday. Bill, a COVID-19 patient who only wanted to provide his first name, spent three weeks at Mercy Hospital South, with a week on a ventilator and two weeks in intensive care. He was treated with convalescent plasma donated by someone recovered from COVID-19. 
Mercy South calls a ‘Code Sunshine’ to celebrate with COVID-19 patients as they leave the hospital. After Bill left through the lobby with Lynn to cheers from workers lining the halls, some of his nurses and therapists signed his shirt with their motto ‘Stayin’ Alive.’

May 12, 2020

Mercy is furloughing employees and cutting jobs across its four-state system starting this week due to the coronavirus, but it’s unclear how many of those layoffs and job cuts will happen in St. Louis. The furloughs will start this week and continue through the end of July, as needed, Mercy said in...

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