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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...

Sunset Hills doctor pleads guilty to distribution of child pornography related to 16-year-old wife

Ashu Joshi

September 16, 2020

A Sunset Hills doctor pleaded guilty Wednesday to distributing child pornography. Ashu Joshi, 48, of Sunset Hills, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge John A. Ross, signing on to a plea deal that says the former St. Louis University Hospital doctor began a relationship with a 16-year-old...

Man is in custody for shooting in Affton that locked down two schools

Man is in custody for shooting in Affton that locked down two schools

September 16, 2020

A man is in custody following a shooting and altercation Wednesday in Affton that locked down two nearby schools. Officers from the Affton Southwest Precinct of the St. Louis County Police Department responded to the scene at 11:03 a.m. Wednesday in the 6400 block of Vita Drive in Affton and found ...

Grant’s Farm will reopen for unique Halloween Drive-Thru Experience in October

Grant's Farm will reopen for unique Halloween Drive-Thru Experience in October

September 16, 2020

Grant’s Farm has been closed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will reopen for a drive-thru Halloween experience in October. Starting Oct. 1 and running through Oct. 31, Grant’s Farm will welcome guests and ghouls for its first-ever Halloween Drive-Thru Experience, in which for the first ti...

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....

Man wins the lottery at Circle K on Tesson Ferry Road

Man wins the lottery at Circle K on Tesson Ferry Road

September 15, 2020

A St. Louis man hit big in the Missouri Lottery, claiming a large prize. Adam Littrell of St. Louis recently claimed a $77,777 prize on a Missouri Lottery “Triple Red 777’s” Scratchers game. Littrell purchased the winning ticket at Circle K, 9998 Tesson Ferry Road, in Affton. “Triple Red 7...

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...

Longtime Lindbergh administrator Jana Parker leaves to serve as Ferguson-Florissant deputy superintendent

Long Elementary School Principal Jana Parker is the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals' St. Louis Suburban Distinguished Principal for 2016-2017.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

September 15, 2020

A longtime Lindbergh Schools administrator officially departed the district last week to serve as the deputy superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Jana Parker, who served as principal of Long Elementary School in Lindbergh for six years, from 2012 to 2018, before moving to Central ...

Hancock will bring K-2 students back for five days of in-person school

A Hancock student receives a free Playtime Pad tablet from the St. Louis County Library before St. Louis County's mask mandate went into effect for young children.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

September 14, 2020

The Hancock Place School District is bringing back kindergarten through second-grade students for five days of in-person learning in classrooms beginning Thursday, Sept. 17, since the district has enough space for social distancing to prevent COVID-19, the airborne virus that has caused nearly all St...

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