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In its 20th year, JB Blast is now under new leadership in Trakas

Pictured above: County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas gives opening remarks at the 20th JB Blast at Jefferson Barracks Park July 3. This year,  Trakas was in charge of the festivities, after the resignation of former County Executive Steve Stenger. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 15, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The 20th edition of the JB Blast in Jefferson Barracks Park, South County’s annual fireworks display, went off without a hitch July 3. Any other year, that wouldn’t be news. But this year, the man who headlined the event for a decade, f...

PHOTOS: A little rain doesn’t stop the JB Blast

Rain didn’t stop South County from enjoying the 20th year of the JB Blast at Jefferson Barracks Park last Wednesday, featuring live music, an appearance from County Executive Sam Page and a fireworks show. This year, County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas was in charge of the festivities, after the resignation of former County Executive Steve Stenger.

July 12, 2019

Rain didn’t stop South County from enjoying the 20th year of the JB Blast at Jefferson Barracks Park last Wednesday, featuring live music, an appearance from County Executive Sam Page and a fireworks show. This year, County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas was in charge of the festivities, after the res...

St. Louis County celebrates Pride Month like never before

Rainbow flags lined the walkway between the county Government Center in Clayton and the courthouse in June. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

July 11, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County emphasized gay pride much more than it ever has before for Pride Month in June, lining the Government Center with rainbow flags and temporarily turning the county logo into a rainbow. Discussion around LGBT Pride events was al...

St. Louis County opens cooling shelter with Salvation Army for third year in a row

Incoming Kennerly kindergarteners Andrew and Hailey enjoy the Popsicles that Principal Todd Morgan handed out.

July 10, 2019

As the hottest months of the year approach this summer, St. Louis County will again operate a cooling shelter in partnership with the Salvation Army for the third year in a row. The County Council approved a $56,900 contract with the Salvation Army to run the shelter on an emergency basis last week...

JB Blast’s 20th annual fireworks display is tonight

JB Blast's 20th annual fireworks display is tonight

July 3, 2019

The JB Blast, south St. Louis County’s biggest Fourth of July celebration, is returning to Jefferson Barracks Park this year for its 20th year. The JB Blast is sponsored by St. Louis County Executive Same Page, County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas, St. Louis County Police, St. Louis County...

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page appoints Beth Orwick as new county counselor

Sam Page is pictured above at a council meeting last summer before he became St. Louis County Executive.  Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

July 1, 2019

Sam Page is pictured above at a council meeting last summer before he became St. Louis County Executive. Last week Page announced his choice for county counselor: Beth Orwick. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced last week that he is appointing prosecutor Bet...

Fourth jail inmate dies; investigation is ongoing

Johnny Shy's friends gather for a vigil outside the Justice Center in March 2019.

June 26, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Multiple investigations are ongoing into practices at the St. Louis County Justice Center after another South County man died after going into the jail — the fourth inmate to die this year. Daniel Stout III, 31, of Affton, died within ...

Page will renegotiate St. Louis County’s Northwest Plaza lease

Then-council chairman Sam Page listens to Police Chief John Belmar during a committee meeting in 2018. Now County Executive, Page will renegotiate the lease for The Crossings, formerly Northwest Plaza mall. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

June 11, 2019

Then-council chairman Sam Page listens to Police Chief John Belmar during a committee meeting last summer. Now County Executive, Page will renegotiate the lease for The Crossings, formerly Northwest Plaza mall. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The o...

FLOODING: Mississippi River forecast to reach second-highest level; South County residents evacuated

County Executive Sam Page sandbags Tuesday in Bellefontaine Neighbors, with the help of volunteers.

June 7, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The Mississippi River will crest later than originally expected and at levels lower than the 1993 flood, but some South County residents have already been evacuated to an emergency shelter and others now have homes on “islands” cut off from ...

Galloway to conduct state audits in St. Louis County post-Stenger

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announces that she will perform an audit of St. Louis County at the St. Louis County Library headquarters May 15, after the County Council voted unanimously to approve an audit May 7. Former County Executive Steve Stenger requested an audit of the county two years ago, but then-council Chairman Sam Page, now the county executive, declined. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

June 4, 2019

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announces that she will perform an audit of St. Louis County at the St. Louis County Library headquarters May 15, after the County Council voted unanimously to approve an audit May 7. Former County Executive Steve Stenger requested an audit of the county two yea...

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