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Call Newspapers celebrates ‘Women in History’ in 2020

Call Newspapers celebrates 'Women in History' in 2020

April 13, 2020

Taking nominations from readers, Call Newspapers featured four women with South County ties as "Women in History" during the month of March. Here's a look back at these extraordinary women and their accomplishments. Enjoy reading about these women who have changed or are changing their communities...

Women in History: Midwest BankCentre’s Veta Jeffery develops community

Veta Jeffery

By Bill Milligan, For the Call

March 27, 2020

Lemay Bank began its existence early last century by aiding the South County community. Today the bank, now known as Midwest BankCentre, has taken that challenge countywide. Midwest BankCentre Senior Vice President for Community Development Veta Jeffery is in charge of that effort. She has led similar...

Women in History: New Oakville principal destined to be a teacher, loves job in Oakville

Tamara Sunkett

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2020

From the very beginning, Oakville High School Principal Tamara Sunkett knew she was destined to be a teacher. Both of the East St. Louis native’s parents were educators, and Sunkett grew up around the education system. Both of her parents were lifelong educators, each spending 40 years working in ed...

Women in History: Jessica Grib is a survivor who now helps others

Jessica Grib with her husband Kevin, son Noah and daughter Amelia.

By Bill Milligan and Erin Achenbach

March 11, 2020

Some say it takes a village to raise a child, but the birth of Concord resident Jessica Grib’s second child proves that sometimes it takes a village to save the mother. Grib survived massive heart failure after giving birth to her second child in 2016, something her doctors called a “miracle.”...

Women in History: Mayor Pat Fribis has long history of service

Women in History: Mayor Pat Fribis has long history of service

April 4, 2019

By Bill Milligan For the Call Sunset Hills Mayor Pat Fribis has been associated with city government for 35 of her 39 years as a resident. Her first involvement in politics was when she went door-to-door to gather signatures on a petition to convince city officials to build the first Sunset Hills city pool in the 1980s. At that time, Fribi...

Women in History: Day care teacher’s life is all about the children

Women in History: Day care teacher’s life is all about the children

March 28, 2019

By Bill Milligan For the Call Judy Holley is anything but an ordinary woman. You might call her an ordinary hero who truly wants to make a difference with the young children of her community. The day care teacher at Noah’s Ark Day Care Center, 5001 Little Rock Road in Concord, has a large family, whi...

Women in History: Samantha Apple is blazing the way for new female wrestlers, all the way to state finals

Pictured above: Samantha Apple takes 4th place at the state wrestling tournament.

March 21, 2019

By Bill Milligan For the Call In south county’s own version of the movie “Fighting with My Family,” a female wrestler at Mehlville High School is trailblazing her way through competition after competition, inspired by her wrestling family. MHS junior Samantha Apple finished fourth in the sta...

Women in History: Enid Barnes has made history come to life at Sappington House for last five decades

Enid Barnes. Photo Courtesy of the Sappington-Concord Historical Society.

March 13, 2019

By Bill Milligan For the Call Enid Chandler Barnes has been a volunteer at the Sappington House in Crestwood for the past 50 years, and today she’s working to get back to her post to keep its history alive and relevant. Barnes, 90, of Riverview Drive in Sunset Hills, started ...

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