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Dee Baebler is stepping down as Sunset Hills alderman

Dee Baebler

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2020

Longtime Sunset Hills Ward 1 Alderman Dee Baebler will no longer serve in her post after she and husband move this month from Sunset Hills to the city of St. Louis. Baebler said she plans to resign Sept. 21. Baebler is the longest-serving alderman on the board, representing Ward 1 for a decade after...

Known for work with federal courts, Doug Burris tapped as head of troubled St. Louis County jail

The Buzz Westfall St. Louis County Justice Center, as seen in June 2019. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

September 16, 2020

The troubled St. Louis County jail will get its third director in three weeks in Doug Burris, a nationally known retired federal probation officer who will take the job as acting jail director starting Sept. 28 and then become permanent director once the County Council approves. After the Aug. 28 re...

New Sunset Hills city administrator resigns as Wentzville alderman to remove any conflict of interest

Brittany Gillett

September 16, 2020

Brittany Gillett was officially hired this week as the new Sunset Hills city administrator, and she resigned her position as alderman in Wentzville after the vote, effective Sept. 23. Gillett posted to her Facebook page that she would resign because of her new position in Sunset Hills. The Sunset Hil...

Crestwood will set its 2020 tax rate at videoconferenced hearing next week

Crestwood will set its 2020 tax rate at videoconferenced hearing next week

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 15, 2020

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 22 to set the city’s 2020 tax rate at 60 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for residential property and 82.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for commercial property. The Board of Aldermen will meet virtually at 7 pm....

St. Louis County school districts, including Mehlville and Lindbergh, weigh whether to postpone fall sports as parents protest

The rain-delayed matchup between Lindbergh High School and Mehlville High School Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, had all the ingredients of a state playoff game, despite being the first week of the 2019 season. Mehlville fell to Lindbergh 17-10. Photo by Bill Milligan.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

September 15, 2020

St. Louis County school districts, including Mehlville and Lindbergh, are weighing whether to postpone fall sports to the spring as parents protest the county’s sports restrictions aimed at preventing COVID-19 among teenagers. Surrounding counties such as Jefferson and St. Charles have started their...

Oakville still adds more COVID-19 cases than any other ZIP code, but cases trending down from August highs

The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force presented this slide Sept. 9, 2020, showing Oakville with the most cases of any other ZIP code in the 15-county region.

September 11, 2020

Oakville is again the ZIP code seeing the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the entire St. Louis metropolitan region, but the number of cases is down from the highs of a month ago. The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force again singled out Oakville in data released Wednesday as the ZIP c...

All Lindbergh elementary students will return to in-person school next week

Students arrive at Long Elementary School for the first day of classes Thursday, Aug. 27.

September 11, 2020

All elementary students in Lindbergh Schools will be attending classes partially in person starting next week, as the district expands in-person classes to students in fourth and fifth grades. The district started the school year in August under its “Green Light Plan” with K-3 students in school bui...

Mehlville K-2 students will move from all-virtual to in-person school

An Oakville Elementary student the first day of school.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

The Mehlville School District is bringing back preschool and kindergarten through second-grade students for in-person learning in classrooms beginning Tuesday, Sept. 22, the district announced Thursday. The move follows St. Louis County’s switch Wednesday to recommend K-2 students resume classes in pe...

St. Louis County could open playgrounds soon, following cities like Crestwood

Mehlville’s John Cary Early Childhood students Emma Kitchell and Yaneli Juarez-Carrillo check out their playground the first week at school in 2018.

By Gloria Lloyd, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

St. Louis County-owned playgrounds are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic even after playgrounds in county municipalities like Crestwood have reopened, but that could change in the next week as the county looks to reopen its own parks too. The county Department of Parks and Recreation has sub...

Call volumes increase for Mehlville Fire District, but not due to COVID-19

Mehlville Fire Protection District critical-care paramedics, in a photo provided by the fire district.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 9, 2020

The Mehlville Fire Protection District’s call volume is increasing, but not because of increased COVID-19 calls. In a COVID-19 update at the MFPD Board of Directors meeting held Aug. 26, Chief Brian Hendricks said that the district’s call volume has been increasing to pre-COVID numbers but not du...

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