Area News

Bigfoot Event Draws Large Crowds to City
Missourian — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

Pacific got its first taste of the popularity of the Bigfoot Monster Trucks last Saturday when the firm celebrated its annual open house at its new world headquarters at 2286 Rose Lane.

County SWAT Team Completes Training
Missourian — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team recently completed 40 hours of training at the Southeast Missouri SWAT training center in Fredericktown.

School Board Favors Bond Issue Proposal
Missourian — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

The Washington School Board will hold a special meeting in May to make a final decision on placing a no-tax rate increase bond issue on the August ballot.

Dave Sinclair Hosts Car Crushing Demo
Missourian — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

Rammunition, the world’s fastest monster truck, roared into Pacific April 23 for a car crushing demonstration at Dave Sinclair Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Flat Creek Bridge Work Will Resume Monday
Missourian — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

Motorists should expect nighttime lane closures on Highway 47 in Union as work on the Flat Creek bridge resumes next week.

Traffic Impact Study Needed
Missourian — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

A traffic study will be the next step in alleviating multiple traffic issues on Highway 47 between Union and St. Clair, but it will come with a hefty price tag.

Mail Delivery To Subdivision Will Be Halted Until Roads Fixed
Missourian — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

The U.S. Postal Service is scheduled to stop mail delivery to the Westwoods subdivision in Lonedell beginning on Monday.

St. Clair Farmers Market Making Plans for a Strong 2016
Missourian — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

The St. Clair Farmers Market will attempt to attract younger visitors this year as it introduces a new program aimed at children.

Nixon Signs Higher Education Bill at ECC
Missourian — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited East Central College Thursday for a ceremonial signing of House Bill 2003 — the higher education budget for fiscal year 2017.

Man Found Dead In Union Creek
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a man found deceased in a Union creek. Police have identified the man as Dustin Hartman, 31. Shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, police responded to Willow and Mulberry. Hartman’s body was found. Police say it appears his body had been there for “some time.” Police do not know the […]

Cultural Night Held for ELL Students in District
Missourian — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

English Language Learners (ELL) students in the Washington School District and their families were invited to a special Cultural Night, held April 14 at the high school.

Federal Disaster Aid Tops $91 Million in Missouri
Missourian — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

More than $91 million in federal assistance is helping Missourians rebuild and recover from floods and storms that struck in December 2015 and January.

Iron Spike Model Train Museum Opens Saturday
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Iron Spike Model Train Museum, 1498 High St., Washington, will hold a grand opening this Saturday, April 30, with trains running in the showroom and the museum from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

UPDATE: Police Identify Body
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Union police have identified the body found in the creek behind Central Elementary as Dustin A. Hartman, 31. No new information has been released. 

Police Arrest Man Suspected in Thefts
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

A foot chase through a Washington neighborhood ended Tuesday morning with the capture of a man suspected in hundreds of thefts from vehicles this year.

Borgia Fest Runs Through Saturday At High School Campus
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

St. Francis Borgia Regional High School’s annual Borgia Fest kicked off Friday afternoon and runs through Saturday evening.

Woman Charged in Daughter’s Murder
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

A Villa Ridge woman is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her 7-year-old daughter Wednesday in a suspected failed murder-suicide attempt.

Hwy. 185 Construction Zone To Reopen Later Today
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

According to the Sullivan School District, Highway 185 construction zone is scheduled to reopen at 2 p.m. Fri., Apr. 29.

Mercy Is Ranked in Top Five Health Care Systems
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and better patient results are just a few metrics used to rank Mercy as one of the top five large health systems in the nation, alongside Mayo.

Interim City Attorney Agrees To Step Aside
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

After months of public wrangling over what some aldermen called an illegal appointment and now faced with a fourth vote that says an interim attorney will not be paid because the board has not approve

SWAT Dispatched After Man Barricades Himself In Garage
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

The Franklin County SWAT and Washington County sheriff’s deputies were able to take a man into custody after he barricaded himself inside a garage and threatened to harm himself Wednesday night. Washington County Sheriff Andy Skiles said deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Calico Creek Farm Court. The subject had […]

Judge Hoven Talks to City Leaders
Missourian — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

Associate Circuit Judge David Hoven said the black robes and austere setting of a courtroom can be off putting, but in chambers and courthouse hallways, judges often reveal their human side.

Bland Man Charged With Child Exploitation
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

A Bland man has been charged with child exploitation after his cell phone was found with approximately 3,000 images of child pornography and child erotica. George Patterson, 46,  was charged in a criminal complaint alleging that he received child pornography.  He appeared for his initial appearance in federal court Thursday afternoon in St. Louis. His […]

McLain Retiring From Mercy
Missourian — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

After more than 20 years in a variety of roles, Mercy Hospital Washington President Terri McLain has announced her plans to retire, effective June 30.

Police Arrest Man Suspected in Thefts After Foot Chase in Washington
Missourian — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

A foot chase through a Washington neighborhood ended Tuesday morning with the capture of a man suspected in hundreds of thefts from vehicles this year.

Annual Children’s Relay Is This Friday at WHS — Over 500 Students to Take Part
Missourian — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

The 11th annual Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay For Life is this Friday, and organizers at Washington High School are busily preparing for more than 500 elementary attendees.

Woman Charged with Murder in Daughter's Death
Missourian — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

A Villa Ridge woman is charged with first-degree murder in Wednesday's shooting death of her 7-year-old daughter.

Pacific Mayor Won’t Replace Two Police Officers
Missourian — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

Mayor Jeff Palmore drew sharp rebukes from aldermen after he announced that he would not replace two police officers who had left the force.

Union Resident Competes, Earns Two Ironman Titles
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

By Gregg Jones

Patrol Seeking Information In Fatal Traffic Crash On Missouri Highway 30
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the driver and vehicle that struck and killed 44-year-old William L. Bentley. Bentley was traveling eastbound on Missouri Highway 30 east of Missouri Route BB on a 2013 Honda NPS50, when he was struck from behind and ejected from the vehicle.  Bentley […]