Week In Review: Missing Girl, Election Filing, State History And More
We know you're busy, so here's a roundup of some of the recent stories featured on the four St. Charles County Patch sites—St. Charles Patch, St. Peters Patch, O'Fallon Patch and Wentzville Patch.
Too busy last week to stay up to date on all the news happening in and around St. Charles County? Not to worry. Patch has your back.
In case you missed them, here were some of the top headlines from the four St. Charles County Patch sites — St. Charles Patch, St. Peters Patch, O'Fallon Patch and Wentzville Patch — over the last few days:
- The Fort Zumwalt School District will not hold an election for the board of education this year. Mike Swaringim and Scott Grasser will be sworn in at the April 15 board of education meeting.
- For the first time in Missouri history, one local school brought home a state championship win for both its boys and girls varsity teams. The St. Dominic High School soccer teams were recognized for their accomplishments, alongside Coach Greg Keller at the Jan. 10 O'Fallon City Council meeting. The St. Dominic girls team record for the season was 28-2 and the boys was 23-5.
- Filing for seats on the O’Fallon City Council ended on Jan. 15. Fifteen candidates have filed in O'Fallon; two for mayor; three for Ward 1; two for Ward 2; two for Ward 3; two for Ward 4 and four for Ward 5.
After an O'Fallon family managed to escape their home that caught fire on Monday night, local paramedics rescued two of their pets that were left behind.Martin Limpert a spokesman for the ambulance district, said that fortunately, all three residents were able to escape unharmed and take one of their dogs with them. But two dogs and a cat were left behind due to smoke in the home. According to Limpert, paramedics successfully revived both dogs using the donated pet oxygen mask kits each ambulance carries.
- St. Charles voters failed to approve a bond issue for the $3.8 million in repairs to the city garage in November. Voters will see the matter again on the April 2013 ballot.
- Eleven people, including a former city councilmember and the owner of a small business near New Town, have filed to run for five St. Charles City Council seats.
- Newly-elected State Rep. Bryan Spencer, R-District 63, worked his last day as a special education teacher for Francis Howell North High School on Jan. 7 and was sworn in as a state legislator on Jan. 9. Now he's fighting to be granted an unpaid leave of absence by the Francis Howell Board of Education which has twice denied his request, he said.
- Nine Francis Howell North High School alumni plus one parent comprise the inaugural class of the FHN Athletic Hall of Fame. Among the inductees is pitcher Mark Buehrle who graduated in 1997. Buehrle, who is currently with the Toronto Blue Jays, is a two-time winner of MLB.com's GIBBY Award and has thrown two perfect games.
- The family of 16-year-old Molly Lindhardt hasn't heard from the missing girl since Monday. St. Peters Police Linhardt as an endangered missing juvenile and are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts call St. Peters Police Department at 636-278-2222. She was last seen at her job at KFC in St. Peters.
- Central County Fire and Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Steve Brown said the gas station at the intersection of Mexico and Spencer Roads was a total loss after a fire Monday afternoon in St. Peters.
- St. Peters Police are looking for a person who they say stole more than $1,500 worth of electronics from Walmart and then assaulted an employee after being confronted.
- After just more than a month of filing being open, two candidates have decided to run for the Ward 3 seat. Incumbent Terri Violet will face off against challenger Michelle Walker. The two candidates both filed on the first day, Dec. 11, meaning no one else decided to run after the first day of filing.
- John Zepaltas, a candidate for Ward 3 Alderman in Wentzville, took his name off the ballot hours after he was recorded on video making a comment to staff members involving an AK-47. Zepaltas, who was upset about the cost overruns for Splash Station, asked how the project got past planners. He then said is was disappointed with Interim City Administrator George Kolb and said "If I had an AK-47..." Another Wentzville official stopped Zepaltas before he could finish the sentence. Kolb said Zepaltas later apologized and said the incident had dealt with itself.
- On Wednesday evening, the Wentzville Board of Aldermen approved the first reading of a bill approving a contract for the employment of a new city administrator, Michael McDowell. McDowell is currently serving as the city manager of Olivette.
- Michael Rhoades, founder and President of Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido-USA, Inc., in Wentzville, was named Wentzville Citizen of the Year for 2012. Rhoades was recognized at the Jan. 16 Wentzville Board of Aldermen meeting and was presented with a placque by Mayor Nick Guccione and Board President Rick Stokes. Rhoades has studied and taught martial arts for twenty-five years. Rhoades' martial arts school recently moved across West Pearce Boulevard to a new, larger location.
- On Tuesday and Wednesday evening, the District's Teachers of the Year and their families received a free dinner and VIP service at Chick-Fil-A.