■ Some 130 visitors to a Jan. 16 open house at Comtrea’s new Bridle Ridge Acres site in Hillsboro got to meet the staff of the facility’s soon-to-begin equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning program – eight friendly horses and donkeys. Kevin Carbery was there, and his report is in both the Arnold-Imperial Leader and the Jefferson County Leader.
■ About 40 Herculaneum residents are protesting a Port Authority proposal for a barge fleeting operation they believe will infringe on their property above and along the Mississippi River. A permit is needed from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the residents have let the Corps know they are in opposition. See Steve Taylor’s Page 1 story in the Jefferson County Leader.
■ Arnold city officials say much of the 25 miles of sidewalks throughout the city need to be repaired, but they can’t decide who should pay to fix them – the city or residents whose property abut the sidewalks. After the City Council rejected an ordinance aimed at solving the problem, Arnold Mayor Ron Counts recommended more discussion at a work session. Kim Robertson’s Page 1 story in the Arnold-Imperial Leader explores the issue.
■ Restaurant news in north Jefferson County features an opening and a closing. A Smugala’s Pizza Express is slated to open early next month in Barnhart, in the space where GiGi’s Fresh Cafe formerly operated. But Cafe Arnold, 3946 Jeffco Blvd., recently closed, serving its last meals on Jan. 12. Another Kim Robertson story, in both editions of the paper, has details.
■ The Jefferson County Council has returned to its roots – selecting Renee Reuter (District 2, Imperial) for another one-year term as council chair. Reuter served her first one-year term as council chair in 2011. Steve Taylor talks with Reuter about her goals in both editions of the paper.
■ It’s pothole season, and if you enter a picture of the worst one, you could win a vehicle alignment. See the details in a story on Page 6A in the Arnold-Imperial Leader and on Page 3A in the Jefferson County Leader.
■ This week’s Opinions Section is lively with a humorous Patrick Martin column about the less-than-genuine efforts by the Missouri Legislature to reform campaign financing and an editorial regarding the introduction of a bill by state Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) to institute firing squads as a way of fulfilling death penalty sentences.
■ The Sports Section offers a feature story on Alyssa Carlton, a Seckman High junior who has excelled in track and field for the Jaguars and in summertime AAU competition.
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