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Arnold Days attracts larger crowd after one-year hiatus

Arnold City Park was the place to be last weekend. Parks and Recreation supervisor Teresa Kohut said an estimated 17,000 attended the Arnold Days festival, held Sept. 17 through Sunday at the park. The festival was not held last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the turnout this year...
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Did your city close down its recycling center? Here’s where you can take your recyclables

Some communities in St. Clair County have closed their recycling centers because non-recyclable garbage constantly contaminated collection bins. This was an onging problem in Freeburg that only worsened when Smithton shuttered its recycling center in April because its residents couldn’t follow rules. Other cities like Belleville, Collinsville, Dupo, Millstadt, New...

The Proposal That Wasn't

What appeared to be a marriage proposal happening on an overpass along Interstate 44 turned out to be a prank to solicit honks from drivers. Glendale resident Jessica Buhrman captured a photo of the moment as she was driving on I-44 in south St. Louis County near The Hill on Sept. 18. Hot air balloons from the Great Forest Park Balloon Race are in the background.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Photos: Tower Grove Pride returns for 2021

Thousands of people gathered throughout the day in St. Louis for the 2021 Tower Grove Pride festival at Tower Grove Park on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Photos by Daniel Shular,

Mayor Tishaura O. Jones Appoints Black Women Leaders To Head Streets Department, SLATE

ST. LOUIS - Today, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones announced the appointment of Fredrecka S. McGlown as director of the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) and Betherny Williams as Streets Department Director. Williams will be the first Black woman to lead the Streets Department, and both individuals will start within the next two weeks. “Fredrecka McGlown and Betherny Williams will bring decades of expertise to St. Louis City government,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “Fredrecka Continue Reading

Saint Anthony's celebrates cancer survivors

ALTON — A Friday afternoon drive-by parade celebrated cancer patients and survivors at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center. Mission Partners and supporters celebrated their heroes: those who are facing or endured the fight against the second leading cause of death in the U.S. “I know the personal devastation of...

Leclaire Parkfest set for Oct. 17 in Edwardsville

The 29th Leclaire Parkfest will take place on Sunday, October 17, from Noon to 5 p.m. at Leclaire Park on Hale Avenue in Edwardsville, IL. The festival features three bands: Dixieland/Ragtime Jazz by the Gaslight Squares (Noon – 2:30 pm), followed by Bluegrass and other old-time folk music from the Lodge Brothers (2:30 pm-5 pm) at the bandstand. On the east side of the park, Cousin Mike and the Hoopties will play Americana music (1 pm-3:30 pm). Bin 51 will sell a variety of beer and wines to complement a wide variety of delicious festival food provided by local non-profit organizations and food vendors. Local artisans and crafters will have their work on display and available for purchase. Games, pet adoptions, vintage cars and tractors and other family activities provide something for every age. The St. Andrew’s Relay for Life Team will host the annual Leclaire Parkfest book sale to benefit the American Cancer Society with thousands of books available at bargain prices.
RFT (Riverfront Times)

St. Louis Firms Lose Minority Status Over Claimed 'Cherokee' Ancestry

Four St. Louis companies that sued the city in 2019 over alleged discrimination have (for the second time) been denied minority status over their links to the Missouri-based Northern Cherokee Nation. The self-described "Cherokee tribe" is not recognized by the federal government. It maintains unsupported — and, in some cases,...
St. Louis American

Creve Coeur park renamed in honor of pioneering Black doctor

In the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur, there is a park at the end of a quiet residential lane across from Spoede Elementary School. Its fields, pavilion and playground structures, however, sit on top of a history of racism: it is built on land where pioneering Black opthamologist Howard Phillip Venable and his family were forced out before building their home, though they bought the land and had every right to build the house and the life they’d planned on there.
US News and World Report

Suburban St. Louis Students Walk Out Over Racist Graffiti

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Several hundred students at a suburban St. Louis high school staged a walkout after racist graffiti was found in two separate Parkway Schools high schools. Students at Parkway Central High School walked out of class in protest on Thursday, a day after the racial slurs were...

Community Spotlight: Humanities, our journey

The Mannie Jackson Center for Humanities Foundation opened in 2012, one hundred years after the racially segregated Lincoln School opened. The foundation’s vision was to understand how people interact with their environment and respond to its realities. This type of translational research was designed to use a humanities language to study what actions most profoundly affect people’s lives and behaviors. For example, an early discovery confirmed nearly every household in this rich and beautiful country has been victimized in some way by a legacy of injustice and bias.
St. Louis American

Task force tackles problems that slow women’s success in workforce

Childcare. Wage gaps. Education. Healthcare. Those were included topics on Tuesday, Sept. 14 during a town hall in Florissant held to gather input from local women regarding issues and factors that keep them from fully participating, advancing or succeeding in the workforce. The lunchtime event was organized by United Women’s...
St. Louis American

City’s first Black female city counselor to start Monday

Attorney Sheena Hamilton will make history Monday when she steps into her new role as city counselor, becoming the first Black woman ever to do so in St. Louis. Hamilton was most recently a partner at Dowd Bennett, where she served as a client manager for multiple Fortune 100 companies and government or quasi-government offices. Her extensive experience includes clerking for Judge Catherine D. Perry of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, served as an adjunct professor for Saint Louis University School of Law and served on several law-related boards.