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South County Election Guide 2020: June 2

South County Election Guide 2020: June 2

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 29, 2020

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, June 2 to weigh a number of candidates and in Crestwood, decide on a sales-tax extension. The election was originally set to happen in April, but Gov. Mike Parson postponed it to June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the delay at the polls, residents of ...

Five candidates seeking three seats on the Affton Board of Education

Five candidates seeking three seats on the Affton Board of Education

May 29, 2020

Due to COVID-19, coverage of the race for the Affton Board of Education has been limited, with a League of Women Voters forum called off. Here are the candidate profiles collected by the Affton School District. Name: Justin Carney Occupation: Urban Planner Years you have lived in the distr...

Tapawingo threatens to sue to stop city survey

This aerial shot from Google Maps shows some of the streets of Tapawingo, around Tapawingo National Golf Club.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 28, 2020

Attorneys for the Manors at Tapawingo subdivision have threatened to take the city to court if aldermen send out a survey seeking residents’ views on taking over the subdivision’s private streets. The idea of the city taking over the streets has been an issue off and on for a decade, but tensio...

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...

Historic NASA/SpaceX flight will launch St. Louis County astronaut to space this weekend

From left, Demo-2 crew members Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley pose for a photo after speaking to members of the media on May 20, 2020, at the Launch and Landing Facility runway following the crew’s arrival to the Florida spaceport.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 27, 2020

Update: The launch Wednesday was scrubbed due to weather, with the next attempt at 2:22 p.m. Central time Saturday, then another launch window Sunday.  For the first time since 2011, American astronauts are launching into space on an American rocket from American soil, and one of the historic mission...

Parson moves up Medicaid expansion vote to August from November election

Gov. Mike Parson gets his flu shot in October 2019.

May 27, 2020

Voters will weigh a citizen-led ballot measure on Medicaid expansion in August, after Gov. Mike Parson moved it up from the November election. During Parson’s COVID-19 briefing Tuesday, the governor announced that he is placing Medicaid expansion on the ballot for the Aug. 4 primary election. The group ...

Election tension running high in Sunset Hills

Billy Busch, center, with incoming Sunset Hills Mayor Pat Fribis and Ward 1 Alderman Dee Baebler at a Super Bowl party, in a picture posted to Fribis' Facebook page for her mayoral candidacy in 2016.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

May 26, 2020

With general municipal elections looming next week, tensions among Sunset Hills officials were on display at what was supposed to have been the board’s last meeting before the originally scheduled April election. For breaking news including an ethics complaint made by Ward 1 Alderman Ann McMunn a...

In outrage over Lake of the Ozarks parties, St. Louis County and state ask revelers to quarantine

A screenshot from a video posted on Twitter of the parties at Lake of the Ozarks.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 26, 2020

St. Louis County and the states of Missouri and Kansas have issued travel advisories and quarantine requests for anyone who traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend and did not socially distance. Anyone who had close contact with others without the recommended precautions during ...

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...

Police union endorses Mark Mantovani in county executive race

Mark Mantovani talks with Amy Stuber of Creve Coeur and John Snodgrass of Richmond Heights at his watch party in August 2018 after absentee results came in. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 26, 2020

The St. Louis County Police Association is endorsing Mark Mantovani for county executive in the upcoming Democratic primary. The election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, with Mantovani and county Assessor Jake Zimmerman challenging County Executive Sam Page for the Democratic nod. “As a civic ...

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