Area News

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ACT Scores Up, Above State Marks
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

Union High School seniors scored higher on the ACT than in more than 15 years.

Recovery of 4 ATV’s That Had Been Stolen From Robertsville & Villa Ridge Area
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested two man Monday in the investigation of four stolen ATVs from the Robertsville and Villa Ridge areas. David Whitaker, 39, Villa Ridge, is one of the two suspects. Whitaker has been charged with two counts of motor vehicle theft and two counts of receiving stolen property. His bond has been […]

FBI Serves Warrant At Union Business
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

The FBI seized files and electronics from the offices of Stuart B. Millner & Associates in Union Friday, Aug. 28.

State of Missouri Endangered Person Advisory
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

The Union Police Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a missing person incident that occurred at St. Louis City, 08302015.   Missing Is: Isabella Noelle Lavalle, a white female, age 14   Vehicle Information: Gold Chrysler 300, Missouri registration, numerics unknown   Possible Suspects or Associates are believed to be:   Shalaco Jones, […]

UPDATE: Union Teen Found Safe
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

Union police said a 14-year-old girl who had run away from home was found safe.

Additional Charges Filed Against Inmate Accused Of Threatening To Kill Deputy
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

Additional charges have been filed against a man who allegedly threatened to kill a Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy Aug. 20 while being processed in jail. Steven R. Volner, 20, had a loaded gun in his shorts. He told the deputy that he could have and should have killed him, then said he would remember the […]

ACT Average Slips at SCHS
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

After scoring the same as students across Missouri did a year ago, St. Clair High School students who took the ACT in 2015 tested below the state’s composite score but matched the national average, st

‘Unique’ Case Centers on Home Occupation Permit
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

After about 40 minutes of discussion, members of the St. Clair Planning and Zoning Board last month were unsure about how to proceed in regards to granting a home occupancy permit to a man who assembl

Lawsuit Will Be Filed Against Franklin County Commission, Attorney Says
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

It appears that once again the Franklin County Commission is going to be sued over the right of citizens to speak their concerns.

Concrete Plant Is Approved
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

Despite major opposition from residents, the Franklin County Commission Tuesday voted 3-0 to rezone about 12.7 acres in Gray Summit near the Shaw Nature Reserve for a concrete plant.

Lonedell Scores Top State Marks
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2015

Lonedell R-XIV School District students scored above the state average in proficiency in all three of its assessment program test areas, results showed.