Tim Fitch

Deer set to be hunted in county parks, Jefferson Barracks

Pictured above: Deer at Jefferson Barracks Park. Photo by Erin Achenbach.  By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Deer hunters in Missouri will be able to hunt in St. Louis County parks, including Jefferson Barracks, this fall after legislation passed by the St. Louis County Council went into effect the day after Christmas. The County Council

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Clancy elected chair of council; GOP rejected as vice chair

Pictured above: 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 glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Democrats are officially back in control of

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Our Call: Council GOP fumbles its chance to shine for voters

Editorial In the 30 years The Call has been covering St. Louis County government, it has historically been the Democrats on the County Council who have repressed free speech and public comment, while Republicans have been the voice of reason arguing that residents should have more access to their public officials. Democrats wanted public comments

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Verdict could signal end for Belmar as chief of St. Louis County police

Pictured above: St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar announces the newly instated Special Response Unit in 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com A St. Louis County jury handed down a $20 million verdict against the St. Louis County Police Department Oct. 25 for allegedly discriminating against an Oakville

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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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Freeholders grilled by council; city ones fail

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The St. Louis County Council grilled County Executive Sam Page’s nine prospective appointees to the 19-member Board of Freeholders last week on issues ranging from their views on a potential city-county merger to whether they feel they can represent unincorporated areas even though they mostly live in cities. The

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Loop Trolley set to derail without new county cash

Pictured above: County Executive Steve Stenger did not attend the March 12, 2015 groundbreaking for the Loop Trolley. Officials in attendance, from left, were Les Sterman of the Loop Trolley Committee; Susan Trautman, executive director, Great Rivers Greenway; St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay; Joe Edwards; Mokhtee Ahmad, region administrator of Region 7 for the Federal Transit

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Unincorporated residents get more representation in zoning plans

Pictured above: A map of the unincorporated portions of south St. Louis County. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Officials in St. Louis County are looking at various initiatives to give unincorporated county residents more representation on the county Planning Commission and in local zoning decisions. The St. Louis County Planning Commission only governs zoning

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