Area News

Brush Fire Burns More Than 10 Wooded Acres
Missourian — Posted on Saturday March 25, 2017

Firefighters with the St. Clair Fire Protection District fought a large brush fire for three hours Thursday night in the 500 block of Wild Blackberry Drive.

Schatz Bill Could Fund Scottrade Renovations - Would Allow Up to $6 Million
Missourian — Posted on Saturday March 25, 2017

A bill filed by State Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, has been garnering quite a bit of attention in recent days.

Contract Awarded for Acousticsn For Franklin County Courtrooms
Missourian — Posted on Saturday March 25, 2017

Insulation in three courtrooms will be installed at the Franklin County Judicial Center to prevent heavy rains from disrupting court proceedings.

Abandoned Vehicle Recovered At Bourbeuse River Access
Missourian — Posted on Saturday March 25, 2017

An older-model Pontiac Sunbird was recovered under a large brush pile on the Bourbeuse River bank at the Reiker Ford Access Wednesday afternoon.

Federal Cuts Would Hurt Local Libraries - May Disable Courier Service
Missourian — Posted on Saturday March 25, 2017

Proposed federal cuts to libraries could cripple services statewide and limit technology upgrades locally.

Neighbors Object To Wedding Venue - Proposal Before County P&Z
Missourian — Posted on Saturday March 25, 2017

Nearly a dozen people who live near the site of a proposed wedding venue spoke out against it at Tuesday’s Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

Franklin County Flu Cases Continue to Rise at Slower Pace
Missourian — Posted on Saturday March 25, 2017

With spring in the air many county residents are not thinking about winter colds and flu anymore, but they are still out there.

Sponsors Drawn for 2017 Fair Queen Contestants
Missourian — Posted on Friday March 24, 2017

Sponsors for the 22 Washington Town and Country Fair Queen candidates were randomly drawn Saturday night at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

Man’s Body Found While Crews Fought Brush Fire Near St. Clair
Missourian — Posted on Friday March 24, 2017

The body of a 65-year-old man was recovered Thursday morning while fire crews fought a brush fire near St. Clair.

Kidnapping Warrant issued for Sullivan Man
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Friday March 24, 2017

On Mar. 23. at around 2:30 p.m., deputies responded to the 450 block of East Springfield in Sullivan for a disturbance. On their arrival, deputies spoke to two witnesses who told them a male subject was holding a female inside the residence against her will. The witnesses advised they heard the female crying and believed she […]

Sullivan Man Charged With Kidnapping
Missourian — Posted on Friday March 24, 2017

A county man was charged Friday, March 24, with kidnapping for allegedly holding a woman against her will at a Sullivan area home.

City Council Approves Weber Farms Annexation
Missourian — Posted on Friday March 24, 2017

The Washington City Council Monday approved the voluntary annexation of 10.95 acres for a residential subdivision.

SCHS Theatre Presents ‘Anatomy of Gray’
Missourian — Posted on Friday March 24, 2017

The St. Clair High School theater department will present “Anatomy of Gray” as its spring play.

Airport Closure Makes Its Final Approach
Missourian — Posted on Friday March 24, 2017

City Administrator Travis Dierker told the board of aldermen Monday night that the airport closure is in its final approach.

Board Completes Another Step For Grant Submission
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Friday March 24, 2017

The Bourbon Board of Aldermen held a public hearing Thursday, completing another step towards submitting a community development block grant (CDBG) that would rebuild Pine Street. Residents in attendance helped answer a Needs Assessment document that is submitted with the grant. Questions on the survey pertained to the city’s infrastructure, law enforcement, services and more. […]

County Transportation Safety Subcommittee In Holding Pattern - Name, Bylaws In Question
Missourian — Posted on Friday March 24, 2017

After several months of review, the formation of a Franklin County safety subcommittee is still in a holding pattern.

County Takes Step Toward 911 Answering Upgrades - 117,000 Emergency Calls in 2016
Missourian — Posted on Friday March 24, 2017

Franklin County took a step toward upgrading and improving 911 communications Tuesday officially requesting proposals for a 911 phone system upgrade.

Proposed Bill Would Give Roads Back to Counties - County Could Not Handle Burden
Missourian — Posted on Friday March 24, 2017

Franklin County commissioners are against a Senate bill, which would put 7,000 miles of roads back under county control and the counties would then be responsible for their maintenance.

Parks to Retire After Nearly Two Decades - Longest Serving Prosecuting Attorney
Missourian — Posted on Thursday March 23, 2017

After almost two decades in office, the longest serving prosecuting attorney in Franklin County history has decided to call it quits.

East-West Gateway to Hold Open House in Pacific in April
Missourian — Posted on Thursday March 23, 2017

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGW) will host an open house July 13 to show its 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in Pacific.

ECC Culinary Students Operating Restaurant
Missourian — Posted on Thursday March 23, 2017

Gourmet food, excellent service and a small bill — that’s what visitors will get at The Restaurant at Prairie Dell.

Council OKs Special Use Permit for Car Lot
Missourian — Posted on Thursday March 23, 2017

The Washington City Council Monday approved the special use permit request for a vehicle sale business to move across East Fifth Street.

Union Offers New Summer School Program - Cash Incentives for Good Attendance
Missourian — Posted on Thursday March 23, 2017

Union R-XI students in kindergarten through eighth grade will have an opportunity to earn money this summer by maintaining good attendance during summer school through a new program being offered by the district.

Petition Started to Convert School Into Community Center
Missourian — Posted on Thursday March 23, 2017

With the Meramec Valley R-III School District asking voters to approve a bond issue in April that would make the old Pacific Public School, now the Community School, obsolete, a groundswell of public comment has emerged to convert the venerable…

MoDOT Moving on County Road Projects - Summer/Fall Will Be Busy
Missourian — Posted on Thursday March 23, 2017

With spring in the air, the big orange trucks of Missouri Department of Transportation are hanging up their snow plows and preparing for the onslaught of summer road construction.

Big Turnout for Open House
Missourian — Posted on Thursday March 23, 2017

The Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) grant program that has helped revitalize historic sections of 140 Missouri cities has set its sight on Pacific, which its officials say has an old downtown core that is ripe for revitalization.

Early Childhood Center Building Design Unveiled
Missourian — Posted on Thursday March 23, 2017

An architectural rendering of a proposed new Early Childhood Center building to combine three Meramec Valley R-III School District preschool programs was on display in the district boardroom March 15.

Body Discovered In Burning Wooded Area
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday March 23, 2017

A body was discovered in a burning wooded area early Thursday morning in the 2100 block of Springfield Road in St. Clair. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Billy Barrett, 65. At this time, Barrett’s death appears to be accidental. A preliminary investigation revealed that Barrett had been suffering from medical conditions […]

Chipman Presents to Thompson
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday March 23, 2017

State Representative Jason Chipman (right) presents a certificate to Navy veteran James Leonard Thompson during a ceremony to honor his service Saturday at the American Legion Post 81 Hall.

Local American Family Insurance Agent Marilyn Lakaner Earns Top Honor For Customer Service
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday March 23, 2017

Marilyn Lakaner, an American Family Insurance agent in Sullivan, has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. “Our vision is to be the most trusted and valued customer-driven insurance company, so we salute these agents who have earned the highest praise from customers, and […]