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Zika Virus

Sep 28, 2016

Key factors to protect against the Zika virus By Nikol McDonald, MD What is the Zika virus? The Zika virus is not new to medicine, but there is still a lot we don’t know about how it affects pregnancies.  We do know that it can have severe effects, especially in brain development with something called…

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Qualifying for a Mortgage

Sep 22, 2016

Customers call or stop by my office and often ask “How do I know if I will qualify for a loan?”  While each individual situation is unique, there are three main factors that are evaluated and used to determine whether or not a bank extends financing to an individual: credit score, debt to income ratio,…

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Pulling together

Sep 22, 2016

Community rallies around fifth-grader battling bone cancer By Brett Auten In a time of need and support, friends and loved ones are paramount. A local family has been emotionally put through the ringer and an O’Fallon church is doing what it can to help. The Assumption Church is having a BBQ Chicken Dinner on Saturday,…

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Ritenour student helps

Sep 22, 2016

Ritenour junior seeks to help fellow students New non-profit encourages students to achieve goals, make a difference By Nicholas Elmes Ritenour High School junior Daniel Carroll wants his fellow classmates to succeed in life. To achieve that goal he has, with the help of a program called Whatever It Takes, created a new non-profit aimed…

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Annual Free Event in St. Peters

Sep 17, 2016

Celebrate St. Peters kicks off fall in style Annual free event features a carnival, live music and fireworks at 370 Lakeside Park Want to kick off fall 2016 with a weekend of free entertainment from your favorite classic rock bands, carnival rides, family shows, nearly 70 vendors, free parking and tons of fun for your…

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Providing a Safe Space for Teens

Sep 17, 2016

Youth can find lots of resources, activities through Ferguson Youth Initiative By Nicholas Elmes Whether it is providing a safe, and fun, place for teens to hang out after school, sponsoring special events for teens at area rec centers or providing support for a variety of school clubs, the Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI) is a…

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A Family Tradition

Sep 7, 2016

A Fort Zumwalt West student earns the rare distinction of becoming a third-generation Eagle Scout By Brett Auten With his recent achievement, a Fort Zumwalt West sophomore made it back-to-back-to-back for his family. Nicholas Short of O’Fallon became the third generation in his family to have earned the highest ranking in the Boy Scouts of…

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Bringing helping hands together

Sep 6, 2016

Collaboration between organizations that offer their services to North County residents has never been easier since the opening of the new Ferguson-Dellwood Community Resource Center (FDCRC). The center, which celebrated its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 17, provides space for nonprofits and other organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for community residents. Fathers…

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RV Equals Family Recreation

Sep 6, 2016

The RV industry is returning to its roots.  Smaller, lighter travel trailers which can be pulled by todays downsized SUV, vans and pickups are very popular.  Tiny, but creatively designed, these mini trailers can feature bathrooms, kitchens, A/C, furnaces and sleeping for two-to-four people. Incredible!  At the spur of the moment you can hook up…

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