Is business and population growing in Jefferson County? County Executive Dennis Gannon seems to think so. During an interview on KJFF, Gannon said, “The county is booming right now.” He cited an article from the St. Louis Business Journal that talked about an increased amount of roof tops being installed. Gannon says that means people in the county “have the money to do it” and “they probably have a job.” He says that’s possitive. Sales tax numbers for the last two months are up 8.6 percent from this time last year.
EXTRA: Mr. Gannon will give his State of County Address on Monday morning (Feb. 17) at Festus High School. The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Growth Association and will be aired live on 1400 KJFF around 8 o’clock.
Not filling out the census this year could cost us all. That’s the message of U-S Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri. Missouri lost a seat in the house after the 2010 census. Luetkemeyer says, “whenever you under county people in your city, your county, that hurts you when it comes for dollars to be divvied up for the different federal programs.” Missouri loses an estimated thirteen hundred dollars in federal monies for every adult and every child that is not counted, according to the Missouri Foundation for Health. U.S. Census Bureau will mail instructions to every Missouri household early next month.
A bill in the Missouri house has local government officials concerned about receiving their just due from fines collected in court. Recently, the municipal courts in the cities of DeSoto and Festus transferred all their cases to the Jefferson County Circuit Court and no longer will be holding court in their cities. Hillsboro will do the same this summer. House Bill 13-57 would rewrite the law concerning those fines. The new law would send court fines to the state school fund rather than back to the cities. The bill has been read a second time but no hearing has been scheduled as of this week.
The annual Mastodon Fair is coming back to Jefferson College next month. The annual fair is for local students to submit art and science projects that will be judged with the winners receiving scholarship monies. Registration is underway, just go to Mastodon Fair dot org. Deadline is Monday, March 2nd. The Mastodon Fair will be held at the Jefferson College Fieldhouse in Hillsboro the week of March 15th.
The Arnold Chamber of Commerce is hosting a basketball event later this month which will promote anti-bullying. Chair Jacqui Ortmann with the Chamber says the game between the Flight Squad and the Arnold Water Tower Trotters will be held on Saturday, February 29th at Fox High School starting at 6pm. Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased at the door.
Social media helped capture the woman who allegedly stabbed and carjacked a taxi driver in Jefferson County. 21-year old Ajla Zekan of St. Louis was arrested by St. Louis County Police last weekend. She is at the Jefferson County Jail with a 5 hundred thousand dollar cash-only bond.
A pair of juveniles escaped custody for about two hours Sunday afternoon from Jue-Vee in Hillsboro. Police say the public was not in danger but SWAT was on call just in case.
A scammer managed to get 800 dollars in gift cards from an elderly Arnold man. Police say the victim thought he was collecting a refund for a computer problem he bought. The scammer first told the 74-year-old man to buy a 4 hundred dollar Walmart gift card and call the man back with the gift card number. After following the instructions, he told to get a 4 hundred dollar Target gift card and call back with the information. Before the victim realized what was going on… the balances on both cards had been wiped out. Arnold Police have turned the investigation over to the FBI.
Happy St. Louis Day! The city of St. Louis was founded as a fur trading post at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers on February 15th, 1764.