Category: St. Louis County Blog

Eric Vickers, one of the region’s most prominent civil rights lawyers and activists passes away

Eric Vickers, one of the City of St. Louis’ most well-known lawyers and activists passed away at the age of 65 from pancreatic cancer on Friday, leaving behind a legacy of a man who took part in prolific battles in which he combated racism and bigotry within the area. According to the Riverfront Times, Vickers was born during  Feb. 16, 1953 at Peoples Hospital, an all-black hospital in St. Louis because his mother refused to have […]

St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund director announces departure

The executive director of the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (CSF) announced on Wednesday that she will leave her post at the end of April to pursue other career interests. Connie Cunningham, the executive director, who had previously headed the Missouri Family Health Council before working for the county, said she was proud to serve the region and is confident that CSF will be in safe hands after her departure. “I am grateful for having […]

STL County Council to vote on legislation that would raise the requirements for county’s animal shelter director

Feature image by Dave Parker The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday may finally vote on legislation that would require the county’s animal shelter director be a licensed veterinarian. The bill sponsored by Councilwoman Hazel Erby stems from constituents voicing their concerns about the conditions of the county’s animal shelters and the qualifications and conduct of the recently removed Director Beth Vesco-Mock, who wasn’t a veterinarian.  During various public forums at St. Louis County Council […]

Krewson, Stenger ask governor to fill long vacated Bi-State Development Board seat

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger sent a letter to Governor Eric Greitens on Wednesday requesting that he fill a long vacant position on the Bi-State Development Agency board. Krewson and Stenger originally requested the governor to fill the seat back in August and submitted potential nominees to fill one Missouri vacancy and to replace four Missouri members on the Bi-State Development Agency board whose terms have expired. The main […]

Special prosecutor asks for the removal of St. Louis County Councilman Ernie Trakas for violating county charter

A St. Charles County special prosecutor on Saturday asked the St. Louis County courts to remove Councilman Ernie Trakas from his position, deeming that he violated the county charter by working for three area school districts. According to Tim Lohmar, a St. Charles County prosecutor, Trakas violated the charter by providing contracted legal work for Sikeston, Cape Girardeau, and Jefferson City. Lohmar was assigned to the case in February by St. Louis County Circuit Judge Douglas Beach […]

Clayton Times Profile: Brandon Nickelson, Clayton’s Craft Beer Cellar Owner

There’s plenty of places for Claytonites to grab a drink within city limits, but with almost 1,000 different craft beers to choose from — it would be hard to go wrong with Craft Beer Cellar. Located at 8113 Maryland Ave., Clayton’s Craft Beer Cellar first got its start in 2014 and offers an obvious plethora of beers to take home, there’s even a small bar located at the back of the store where customers can grab […]

RELEASE: Innovative new resources available for North St. Louis County residents

Clayton, MO., April 5, 2018—Family and Workforce Centers of America (FWCA) this week begins operation of a neighborhood resource center designed to strengthen families at its new North County location, 26 North Oaks Plaza in Northwoods. A variety of social and workforces services for St. Louis County residents will be available at the site. “FWCA is a long-time partner of St. Louis County in providing workforce development and social services,” said St. Louis County Executive […]

Democratic challenger for 2nd District earns End Citizens United endorsement

One of the Democratic challengers for 2nd Congressional District in Missouri received an endorsement on Wednesday from a national organization that supports candidates who champion campaign finance reform. Cort VanOstran, a political newcomer, and visiting lecturer at Washington University School of Law announced that he received the endorsement of End Citizens United (ECU). VanOstran is running for the 2nd Congressional District, which is currently held by Republican Congresswoman Ann Wagner who is seeking re-election. The […]

St. Louis County Issues request for proposal for Police Body Cameras

St. Louis County on Wednesday announced that it issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to equip the county’s police officers and patrol cars with cameras with the funds allocated from Proposition P. Proposition P is a half-cent sales tax that’s expected to generate $80 million a year for public safety. It was passed in April 2017 with sixty-three percent of St. Louis County voters voting in favor of the tax. “The goal of the camera […]

RELEASE: Mark Mantovani Already Breaks his Own Ethics Platform

Candidate Mark Mantovani unveiled a TV advertisement promoting his ethics plan where he promises not to take campaign contributions from vendors who have contracts with St. Louis County. Mantovani has already broken that promise by accepting thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from County vendors. “Mark Mantovani has not only broken the promise on his own ethics plan, but has already been cited for campaign violations by the Missouri Ethics Commission,” said Campaign Spokesman Ed […]