Jefferson County reports five COVID deaths in November
Jefferson County has seen 14 COVID-19 deaths so far this respiratory season, which began Oct. 1 and runs through mid-May, the Jefferson County Health Department reported. During October, nine COVID-related deaths were reported. In November, an additional five deaths were reported, according to the Health Department. From Oct. 1 to...
Voters may be asked to approve countywide 3-percent sales tax
It looks like voters across Jefferson County will be asked in April to approve a 3-percent sales tax to be charged on recreational marijuana purchases. The County Council voted 6-0 on Nov. 27 to give preliminary approval to placing the issue on the April 2 ballot. The council may take a final vote on Dec. 11.
German language high school teacher, St. Louis teens forge ties through Judaism
Every spring, Alan Kirby’s classroom at Seckman High School in Jefferson County, Mo. shifts gears from its regular curriculum for one day. Kirby teaches German at the school, which is located about 30 miles south of St. Louis. During this special session, his students learn all about Judaism. That’s when Seckman’s class hosts a group of Jewish teenagers from the St. Louis area who talk about their faith.
Public hearing set for Hardie roadwork plans
The public will get its first chance to get a glimpse at the James Hardie Industries manufacturing plant project proposed for Crystal City – or at least, some of the roads that will lead to it – at a public meeting tomorrow. The Jefferson County Public Works Department...
Arnold man arrested for alleged felony stealing
A 59-year-old Arnold man was arrested for allegedly stealing two heated blankets from the Walmart department store, 2201 Michigan Ave. The blankets were worth $249.96, Arnold Police reported. Officers were called at about 9:10 p.m. Nov. 17 by an employee who allegedly believed the man was leaving the store without...
OUTDOORS: Bird feeder bush bursts forth with bad berries for first time
A colossal quandary showed up in my backyard this winter, so I'm reaching out to Leader readers for opinions. My unrelenting efforts against honeysuckle bushes are well documented, so I'll start with a confession. I have always suspected that an early leafing shrub just beyond my bird feeder had some...
Celebrate the arts at Jefferson County Library this holiday season
The Jefferson County Library is celebrating the arts with its ongoing pARTy promotion that features a wide range of free activities for people of all ages. The promotion, which began Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 20, has two special events coming up. The first is an open house set...
Just one more day to enter holiday photo contest
Only one day is left to enter the Leader’s Family Holiday Album photo contest!. The Leader invites Jefferson County, Eureka and Wildwood-area readers to enter for a chance to win a $200 cash prize. Readers may send photos of themselves and their family members and friends celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas,...
THE COUNTY LINE: Even with loss, Hillsboro blazed an exciting trail for county football
I’ve watched Mizzou’s home football games on TV this season, but until I stepped out onto Faurot Field on Saturday, I hadn’t appreciated the immense size of the stadium. I’m used to walking the sidelines at high schools in Jefferson County and the surrounding area, where there might be 1,000 people for a good game. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing quite as exciting as being that close to the action, where you can hear the hits, coaches calling out plays and alignments and sometimes the agony of an injury.
Playground in Ukraine dedicated to Jefferson County man
Because of the help of some Jefferson County residents, children in a small war-torn village in Ukraine have a playground where they can enjoy and find a bit of normalcy. Kathy Kohlberg, a Festus High School graduate who lives in Barnhart, spearheaded the project, which has another Jefferson County connection.
Fenton man suspected of stealing from convenience store
A 44-year-old Fenton man is suspected of breaking into and stealing from the Winter Park Market, 1010 Old Hwy. 141, in the Jefferson County portion of Fenton. The man allegedly stole Lottery scratcher tickets, THC vapes, glass pipes, lighters and cigarettes, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported. The Sheriff’s...
New Eagle Scout Machalek helps lead the way for females
Miranda Machalek recently became the first female from Festus to attain the rank of Eagle Scout in Scouts BSA, formerly the Boy Scouts of America. Machalek, 15, joined Troop 474G that meets at Simpson Elementary School in Arnold because there was no similar group closer to her home. She is a sophomore at Festus High School.
Flood Warning by NWS
Instruction: Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.
Jefferson County man accused of sexual exploitation of a minor
A man from Pevely, Missouri accused of recording his sexual abuse of a minor was arrested and appeared in federal court in St. Louis Tuesday. Matthew Gamel, 36, was indicted on November 8 on one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of receipt of child pornography. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
Mineral Point Man Injured
(Jefferson County, MO) A Mineral Point man, 20 year old Holten B. Jarvis, is recovering from moderate injuries after he was hurt in a one vehicle accident involving a pick up truck Saturday night at 10:15 in Jefferson County. According to Highway Patrol reports Jarvis was driving south on Highway 21, south of Amvets Drive. The report shows JArvis was driving too fast for road conditions and his pickup ran off the left side of the highway and crashed into a ditch. Jarvis, who was not wearing a seat belt when the wreck took place, was taken to Mercy Hospital Jefferson.
Jeffco Shop With a Cop ready to help 550 kids
(Jefferson County) The two shopping days for the children selected to participate in Jeffco Shop with a Cop will take place this week. The kids along with the 1st Responders will be at the DeSoto Walmart tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, and at the Twin City Walmart on Thursday morning. Captain Lewis Pippen with the Festus Police Department is the Vice-President of Jeffco Shop with a Cop. He says the day starts with busing the kids from their schools to the Walmarts.
Items stolen from construction company’s trailer south of Arnold
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of items from a construction company’s trailer that was in the 4900 block of Jeffco Boulevard south of Arnold. Tools, walk-boards and ladders were stolen, police reported. The Sheriff’s Office does not provide estimated values for stolen items.
Arnold hires Wegge as backup judge
The city of Arnold has hired former Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Forrest Wegge to serve as a Municipal Court judge. Wegge will only act as the judge when the city’s primary municipal judge, Stephen “Todd” Hamby, is not available. City Administrator Bryan Richison said Hamby is paid...
April election filing period starts Dec. 5
Those who intend to run for public office in the April 2 general election may begin filing on Tuesday, Dec. 5, and the filing period ends Tuesday, Dec. 26. Candidates on the April ballot will run for seats on boards or councils that govern cities, school districts and fire, ambulance, water, sewer and road districts.