Area News

Union Girl Abandoned by Companions, Returns Home
Missourian — Posted on Friday September 04, 2015

The 14-year-old Union girl who had run away from home last week was abandoned by her traveling companions once they heard authorities were searching for them.

Building Permits Issued Down From Same Month Last Year
Missourian — Posted on Friday September 04, 2015

Building permits and the total estimated valuation for projects in Washington were down in August compared to the same month last year, according to a report compiled by the city building department.

Theft Suspect On Probation
Missourian — Posted on Friday September 04, 2015

A man who was on probation for prior crimes is back in the Franklin County Jail on new felony charges.

Former Wright City School Superintendent Given Life Prison Term
Missourian — Posted on Friday September 04, 2015

The former Wright City R-II superintendent likely will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering a Springfield couple.

College Trustees Approve Training Center Roof Bid
Missourian — Posted on Friday September 04, 2015

East Central College trustees Monday night approved the first bid for work that will be funded through state capital improvement bonds awarded to the college in May.

Fire Chief Offered Severance Package
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

The Sullivan fire district board voted Thursday to offer a severance package to Rich White, the department’s chief who has been on paid administrative leave since August. The move to offer White severance is not related to performance. More details will be available in the Sept. 9 issue of the Independent News.

Volunteers Remove Trash From River
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

An estimated 8 cubic yards of trash, debris and metal objects were taken out of the Meramec River Saturday, Aug. 22, as part of the sixth annual Pacific Operation Clean Stream effort.

College District Tax Rates Hold Steady
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

The tax rate for residents in the East Central College district will remain unchanged this fiscal year.

School District Sets Property Tax Rate Levy
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

The Meramec Valley R-III School Board set the 2015-16 property tax rate levy at $4.3100 per $100 assessed valuation following a public hearing during the Aug. 26 board meeting.

Bluegrass Bash Bands Play to Sellout Crowd
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Six area bluegrass bands performed before a sellout crowd at the second annual Bluegrass Bash held Saturday, Aug. 29, at Haue Valley Farm on north Thornton Road.

Senior Center Looks to Boost Revenues
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

The Tri-County Senior Center is adding Friday morning bingo to its regular calendar as a way to increase the number of diners, according to Jeannie Guffey, administrator.

District Joins Networks To Prepare Students For College or Career
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

As part of its initiative to ensure all students are college and/or career ready when they graduate, the Washington School District is joining the CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) Netwo

Sullivan Man Fatally Injured Crossing Railroad Tracks
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

A Sullivan man was fatally injured at 10:20 am Thursday morning after he was struck by a eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train. The victim, whose name has not been released, was fatally injured on impact. The victim had been at the Meramec Community Mission and purchased clothing and some puzzles moments prior to the […]

Deputies Arrest Storage Shed Thevies
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

On August 27, at approximately 9:46 AM., deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of West Springfield Road outside of St. Clair.  The reporting party stated there was a dark blue vehicle parked in the back of the storage units.  The caller advised there were two men near the vehicle and described one of them […]

Highway 47 Improvements Await Funds
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Despite traffic counts that exceed highway standards and a growing congestion problem, there still are no plans to upgrade Highway 47 in Franklin County.

R-XI Retention Rate Declines 60 Percent
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Only six students in the Union School District didn’t progress to the next grade with their peers during the 2014-2015 school year — a 60 percent decrease over the previous year.

Thieves Targeted Storage Facilities
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Franklin County authorities are seeking charges against six people accused of stealing items from multiple storage facilities and trading or selling them for drugs.

Mother Assaulted By Son
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

On Monday, August 24, 2015 at approximately 11:10 am, Joyce M. Wright (a white female, age 64 from Sullivan) came to the Sullivan Police Department and reported that she had been assaulted by her son, Jamison Wright (a white male, age 27 from Sullivan), the previous day. Mrs. Wright added that her son had assaulted […]

Sullivan Man Killed by Train Identified
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Sullivan Police have released the name of the 38-year man who was struck and killed by a train there on Thursday morning.

Fundraiser For HALO This Saturday
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Outdoor Gear Will be having a Sidewalk Sale and Fundraiser For HALO on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hot dog, chips and soda will be available for purchase to help raise money for HALO.  Pet adoptions will be available too. Come out and help raise money for HALO while your looking […]

Pedestrian Struck By Train In Downtown Sullivan
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Pedestrian found deceased on Railroad tracks in downtown Sullivan. All three tracks are blocked in town as rescue crew respond to the scene.

Search and Rescue for Johnathan Shay On September 7
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Justice In Name Of has organized a search and rescue for Johnathan Shay St. James, Mo. September 7, 2015 at 8 a.m. location Scott’s Lodge ­ St. James City Park Johnathan Shay went missing July 9, 2015, he is a child living with Autism, Johnathan Shay is a Missing and Endangered child. They are asking for the public’s […]

Registration Open for 26th Annual Balloon Race Parade, Pageant
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

The 26th annual New Haven Hot Air Balloon Race will be held Sept. 25-26 in the New Haven City Park.

District Students Test Above State Average
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Meramec Valley R-III students performed above the state average in three of four state achievement test areas, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) report

Good Health Impacts Student Achievement
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Students in the Meramec Valley R-III School District are learning more about the importance of good health and educators believe it will make them smarter in other subjects.

Grace’s Place Campaign Is Falling Short of Goal
Missourian — Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

The annual giving campaign at Grace’s Place Crisis Nursery is coming to a close, and the organization is still $13,000 short of its $36,000 campaign goal.

Commission Sets 911 Tax at Top Rate
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

The Franklin County Commission last Tuesday approved setting the 911 telephone tax for next year.

Greater St. Louis, Southwest Illinois YMCAs Are Merging — To Create Gateway Region YMCA
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

The YMCA of Greater St. Louis and the YMCA of Southwest Illinois will begin operating as the Gateway Region YMCA beginning Sept. 1.

Authorities Rescue Animals From Home
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

Seventy-eight animals living in “horrendous, filthy conditions” were rescued from a Warren County property Monday, Aug. 31.

Man Charged With Elder Abuse, Domestic Assault
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

A Franklin County man accused of terrorizing and injuring his mother is facing several felony charges, authorities said.