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Break-in at Grasso Plaza store appears to be isolated incident

Pictured above: The window at the Phone Geeks store in Affton is boarded up Tuesday after a weekend burglary in Grasso Plaza. Photo by Erin Achenbach.  A break-in at Grasso Plaza in Affton last weekend appears to be an isolated incident, police said Tuesday. The Affton Southwest Precinct of the St. Louis County Police Department

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Santa gets children’s lists; will be checking twice

Children across South County have been busy meeting with Santa Claus ahead of his Christmas Eve rounds, including Affton’s Oakland House ‘Santa House’ Dec. 12, where children were able to enjoy chocolate chip cookies with Mrs. Claus and take pictures with the ‘Big Guy.’ Photos by Erin Achenbach. 

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New ‘Nutcracker’: South County dance studio is set to perform full ballet for first time

Pictured above: Students at Gateway Dance Conservatory rehearse for the studio’s first full-length production of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ in Pacific Nov. 23. Gateway is a nonprofit studio that meets at The Pavilion at Lemay and provides underprivileged dance students with scholarships and other financial aid, as well as inclusionary classes for students with special needs.

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Crawl, crawl, baby

  Grant’s View Branch of the St. Louis County Library hosted a ‘baby art crawl’ last week. Little ones ages 6 to 16 months were able to get their hands (and bodies) dirty as they crawled around in non-toxic paint on a life-sized canvas, using brushes, toys and their hands to explore the world of

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Flooded homes could get FEMA buyouts

Pictured above: River City Boulevard, at the intersection of Lemay Ferry Road, was inaccessible due to rising floodwater from the River des Peres Thursday, May 30. The Mississippi River, which backs up into the River des Peres, was expected to crest the next Saturday. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com South

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New Page appointments would mean a female-majority police board

Pictured above: Police board members Laurie Westfall, left, and Art Johnson during an emergency meeting of the board held Oct. 29. Photo by Erin Achenbach. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has nominated two new members to the county police board, which if approved would form the first female-majority police board in county history. Page

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Eight of Page’s nine appointees to Board of Freeholders approved; city nods still in limbo

Pictured above: County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas questions County Executive Sam Page’s Board of Freeholders appointees. Photo by Erin Achenbach.  By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The status of the Board of Freeholders that could approve a city-county merger is up in the air after St. Louis County approved its nominees, but the city still

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