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New police chief faces questions over department, racism and her response

Lt. Col. Mary Barton

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 26, 2020

County officials are divided over whether there is systemic racism in the St. Louis County Police Department, with Democratic County Council members and even a member of the police board that just hired Chief Mary Barton questioning the leadership of the brand-new police chief on the issue. Barton took over the...

St. Louis County takes a paid holiday for Juneteenth

St. Louis County takes a paid holiday for Juneteenth

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 25, 2020

St. Louis County officially celebrated Juneteenth again this year, after a decision by County Executive Sam Page to make it a paid holiday for all county employees. Juneteenth fell on Friday, June 19 this year, and the holiday — traditionally celebrated as an Independence Day for African Americans marki...

‘Defund the police’ signs lead to talks about policing with a new perspective

Protesters gathered at the intersection of Gravois and MacKenzie roads to support the Black Lives Matter movement June 6. Some protesters' signs, like that above, called for defunding the police.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 23, 2020

As protests have swept the country for the last month in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a growing movement to “defund the police” is gaining traction with some officials. The idea of defunding the police didn’t have mainstream support before the video capturing the death o...

Videoconferenced public hearing set for Monday on subdivision at Resurrection Cemetery

Videoconferenced public hearing set for Monday on subdivision at Resurrection Cemetery

June 7, 2020

The St. Louis County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Monday on a subdivision proposed for Resurrection Cemetery in Affton. The planning panel will meet for the hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, June 8, by WebEx videoconference only due to COVID-19.  Members of the public who want to attend can at...

St. Louis protests turn violent in Ferguson, six arrests made

The Michael Brown Chosen for Change Foundation posted this photo of Michael Brown Sr. and his youngest daughter Mikelle taken before the press conference on Facebook.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 1, 2020

Police made six arrests overnight in Ferguson as protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis again turned violent as the sun set, echoing a pattern seen across the country. Although protesters Saturday night broke several of the windows at the Ferguson Police Department, police made no...

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...

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...

More oversight is always better than less, even now

More oversight is always better than less, even now

May 2, 2020

Editorial What is the best way to spend the $175 million St. Louis County will receive in federal funds for the coronavirus response? Who should make those decisions? With a corrupt county executive ousted only a year ago and elections for county executive and council members only a few months away, part...

County officials divided on how to spend $175 million in COVID-19 funds

St. Louis County Council Chairwoman Lisa Clancy, D-Affton, reacts as her preferred full appropriation of coronavirus funding fails to move forward as she chairs the council meeting April 21.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 28, 2020

With $175 million in hand in federal stimulus money for the coronavirus response,  St. Louis county government is deeply divided over how to decide how to spend it. The federal government sent the money to St. Louis County by wire transfer April 22. It totals nearly a third of the county’s total b...

Council will meet by video as emergency

Seventh District Councilman Mark Harder and 3rd District Councilman Tim Fitch nominate 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas to serve as presiding officer of the St. Louis County Council at a May 2019 meeting.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 24, 2020

The St. Louis County Council is scheduled to meet for the first time ever by video this week after a state of emergency was declared at all levels of government due to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The council was set to meet Tuesday night — after The Call went to press. Council Chairwoman Lisa...

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