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MoDOT officials warn that costs for road construction are exploding
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The cost of planned construction on Highway 30 east of St. Clair has ballooned by 33 percent in one year. And it’s not the only project seeing price hikes.
Honor Flight to take flight for first time since 2020
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Don Northington, who served in the U.S. Navy at the tail end of World War II, has been trying to go on an Honor Flight for some time now. Between leading the Washington School District as superintendent, presiding over the…
Storms wash out private road near Leslie
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Residents living on a privately-owned road near Leslie are looking for solutions after recent rain washed out the road and cut off access to their homes.
Schmieder adds Union city collector to duties
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Union Assistant City Administrator and Economic Development Director James Schmieder is taking on yet another title — city collector.
Two arrested after fleeing scene of early morning crash
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Two people are facing criminal charges after authorities say they fled the scene of an early morning vehicle crash near Union.
Friends Foundation celebrates 50 years
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State transportation plan could list Route 47
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A big question about the future of Highway 47 in Franklin County is expected to be answered at a Wednesday meeting of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
WWII memories expected to be rekindled at festival set for Saturday in Washington
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It has been more than 28,000 days since the end of World War II, but on Saturday Nathan Pinter and his fellow co-organizers are hoping to roll back the hands of time for the area’s surviving WWII veterans, their families…
Supreme Court's potential rollback of Roe v. Wade sparks protests in Union
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With the Supreme Court now expected to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion rights advocates spent the weekend holding rallies around the country, including in Union.
City Council votes to repair trash compactor, approve vacation rental
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Monday night, the Washington City Council voted to spend $65,000 repairing a trash compactor at the city landfill and to approve a permit for a new vacation rental from Ed Schmelz and his development company ELS Properties.
Judge: Suspect in MetroLink fatal shooting mentally unfit for trial
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A St. Louis judge has determined that the man accused of shooting and killing a Franklin County man, who worked as a security officer at a MetroLink station in January 2021, does not have the “mental fitness” necessary for the…
Firefighters, police officers, and others to square off in charity softball tourney
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On Sunday, department members from several area emergency services departments will compete in a charity softball tournament, Running Code Against Cancer’s “Battle Between the Badges.”
Legislators approve new map, sending Franklin County to Second Congressional District
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The possibility of Franklin County switching Congressional districts is leading to excitement and some confusion.
Gerald man gets probation for stealing car, police chase
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A Gerald man who stole a car and then led police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 44 in November 2019 was sentenced last month to serve five years of supervised probation in lieu of serving a prison sentence, according…
COVID-19 prevalence remains low in Franklin County
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Wastewater monitoring data, which examines the amount of viral material in sewage, shows low levels of COVID-19 in the county.
St. Clair High School student killed, two others hurt in crash
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A St. Clair High School student was killed and two others were injured in a one-vehicle crash on a rural Franklin County highway, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and school district officials.
Judicial candidates report campaign donations as primary election date nears
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Fundraising for judicial races is heating up heading into the Aug. 2 primary elections.
Poppy Days are returning this weekend in Washington
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Honor America’s military veterans by contributing to the annual Poppy Days collection Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, in Washington.
Franklin County Humane Society at maximum capacity with cats, dogs
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The Franklin County Humane Society is full of furry friends who need a home — so full that it’s running out of space to keep them.
New Haven leaders hope to woo hotel developers to community
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New Haven officials are in the first steps of bringing a potential hotel to the town.
Sullivan woodworker's creations bound for Paramount Studios' Yellowstone series
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Paramount’s critically acclaimed “Yellowstone” TV series will feature two lecterns made in Franklin County, the latest high-profile customer of Sullivan-based Executive Wood Products.
Sullivan man faces gun crime charges after allegedly shooting after mobile home
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The case against a Sullivan man who police say knowingly fired a 12-gauge shotgun at a mobile home in Beaufort in February 2022 will continue, with his arraignment now scheduled for May 24.
Snow plows a year late and many dollars more
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May brings flowers and snow plows. At least that’s the case for Franklin County.
Augusta residents charged in connection to Gerald burglary
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Two rural Augusta residents are facing criminal charges in connection to the May 1, burglary of a rural Franklin County home near Gerald, according to electronic court records.
Discrimination case against Washington district dismissed
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Former Navy junior ROTC instructor Timothy Raines’ lawsuit against the Washington School District has been dismissed by 20th Circuit Judge Ryan Helfrich.