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Battling drug abuse

Battling drug abuse Police departments across St. Charles County host drug take-back events to help fight prescription drug abuse By Brett Auten It’s all about having an impact on access. Over the past weekend, the Lake Saint Louis Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) gave the public its 14th opportunity in seven years…

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Investing in education

Investing in education Normandy schools to build a new early childhood and kindergarten center and change its elementary school model By Sara Hardin A new early childhood and kindergarten center is coming to Normandy schools, along with a brand new configuration for its elementary school model. The changes come after the unanimous approval of the…

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Connections to jobs

Living in poverty? By Brenda Mahr Did you know over 23,000 African-American men over 18 are living in poverty in St. Louis City (13,351) and County (9,949). Poverty, however, impacts all races and genders and among those over 18, it is estimated that 23.51 percent in St. Louis County and 46.1 percent in St. Louis…

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Nerdy Girlz Book Club

Nerdy Girlz Book Club encourages young girls to become stronger readers By Charlotte Beard Few book clubs have taken off quite like the Nerdy Girlz Book Club. The club, for ages six and up, has garnered quite a bit of attention and been a part of the Annie Malone May Day Parade since its inception…

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Trash to treasure

Wentzville Middle School sixth-graders organize a trash can artwork contest to help tackle litter in city parks By Brett Auten Consider it an art gallery that comes with a guaranteed good feeling. Inspired by a walkabout, Wentzville Middle School sixth-graders organized a trash can artwork contest to raise public awareness to help tackle litter in…

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Importance of colon cancer screening

The importance of colon cancer screening Colon cancer is the fourth most common cancer in both men and women, and the second leading cause of death by cancer in the United States. Screenings, such as colonoscopies, play a vital role in cancer prevention and early detection. By knowing more about colon cancer screening, you can…

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Reimagining West Florissant Avenue

Reimagining West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project looks to the future with major improvements to county thoroughfare By Nicholas Elmes How would you like to see West Florissant Avenue change in the coming years? That is the question being asked of area residents, businesses and stake holders as part of the West Florissant Avenue Great…

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Preventing Identity Theft

Preventing Identity Theft It’s that time of year when your mailbox starts to fill up with sensitive information: credit card statements from those holiday purchases and tax documents from your bank and employer. That’s why it’s this time of the year that we see an increase in cases of identity theft. Identity theft is a…

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Salvation Army fighting for a Merry Christmas

Organization looks to help families in need during the holiday season By Nicholas Elmes Traditionally Christmas has been a time of bounty and joy, but for many families in the St. Louis area, figuring out how to afford to buy presents for their children can be a herculean task. Thankfully hundreds of volunteers and generous…

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Painting for Peace

Artwork created on storefronts after Ferguson riots is being exhibited in galleries throughout the area By Nicholas Elmes Shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown and the ensuing unrest in the Ferguson community, a group of artists and community members stepped up to paint a different picture of the St. Louis community. Armed with paintbrushes,…

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