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Affton School District changes up start times

Pictured above: Gotsch Intermediate School third-graders in the Affton School District practice wearing their eclipse glasses on the second day of school in 2017. Photo by Gloria Lloyd. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  The Affton School District will have new start times for the 2019-2020 school year after the Affton Board of Education unanimously

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Crestwood adopts resolution against city-county merger

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Crestwood Board of Aldermen is taking an official position against a merger of St. Louis city and St. Louis County. The board adopted a resolution against a city-county merger at its meeting Tuesday night. The resolution, which was approved unanimously by the board 7-0 with Ward 2 Alderman Justin

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Are you ‘ready’ for a natural disaster?

Pictured above: Pictured above: Mark Menning goes through an example emergency kit. Photo by Erin Achenbach.  By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Preparation is the name of the game when it comes to emergency and disaster preparedness, expert Mark Menning said in a presentation at the Crestwood Community Center in February. Menning, the former fire chief

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Cluster home vote delayed once again

Pictured above: A ‘No Cluster Homes’ sign along Robyn Road in Sunset Hills. The vote on the proposed Fischer & Frichtel cluster home development has been delayed for a third time until the April 23 meeting. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The March 12 Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen meeting

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Baumgarth challenges Ryan for Mehlville fire board seat

Pictured above: Ed Ryan (left) and Fred Baumgarth (right) By Erin Achenbach  Staff Reporter  eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  Former firefighter Fred Baumgarth is challenging incumbent Ed Ryan for a seat on the Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors in the election Tuesday, April 2. Baumgarth, 65, 9744 Green Park Road, is a retiree and a newcomer to

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Lindbergh Flyerettes come home with first championship in team’s history

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  The Lindbergh Flyerettes had a strong showing at the 2019 Universal Dance Association National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Florida, including the junior varsity team taking home a championship, a first in the 50-year history of the Flyerettes. “This was a really incredible year… Overall, this is probably one

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Pantherettes Dance Team accomplishes strong finish in top 10 at nationals

Pictured above: The Mehlville Pantherettes.  By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The Mehlville High School Pantherettes dance team took home three top 10 rankings after competing in the National Dance Alliance high-school dance competition in Orlando, Florida, in February. The Pantherettes, who until recently had never competed in the pom and hip-hop categories before, finished

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Oakville Golden Girls clinch first-ever national dance team championship

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com  The Oakville Golden Girls dance team won their first championship in history at the 2019 National Dance Alliance high-school competition in Orlando, Florida, in February. “It’s hard to find a word other than ‘exciting’ that accurately sums it up,” said varsity coach Kayla Hall. “Some mornings I still wake

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