■ He was attractive, charismatic, outgoing. They had fun together, and she looked forward to a long marriage and a happy life. Then the abuse began. Tanisha Napoli’s former husband, Joshua Napoli, is serving a 15-year sentence for stalking her and for assaulting her and their two children. He pleaded guilty to four felonies in the case – one count of adult stalking, one count of domestic assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child – and was sentenced by Div. 6 Circuit Court Judge Troy Cardona on April 14. See Laura Marlow’s Page 1 feature story about Tanisha’s harrowing past and promising future.
■ It turns out there will be no election Nov. 6 to try to remove Mapaville Fire Protection District board member Annette Acre from her seat, after all. Div. 5 Circuit Court Judge Victor Melenbrink ruled Aug. 24 that a petition seeking the recall election did not comply with state law, and he signed an order of prohibition canceling the election. See Laura Marlow’s story.
■ Fox C-6 Board of Education members voted unanimously Aug. 21 to place a $70 million bond issue on the April 2 ballot to fund improvements at schools throughout the district. The bond issue requires a tax increase of 40 cents per $100 assessed valuation and would be paid off in about 20 years, said John Brazeal, the district’s chief financial officer. The measure, called Proposition Safe School Strong Community, requires a 4/7th (57.14) percent) vote for approval.
School officials had considered placing the issue on the November ballot, but decided the extra time would give the district more opportunity to get the word out about its needs and how the bond issue would help address them, Superintendent Jim Wipke said. See Tracey Bruce’s story.
■ The developers of a proposed silica sand quarry at Hwy. 21 and Old Hwy. 21 in the Goldman area north of Hillsboro have filed suit in hopes of reversing the Jefferson County Council’s denial of their plans. St. Peter Sand Co. LLC of Arnold, which had agreed to buy the land contingent upon the county’s approval of a conditional-use permit, and its current owner, Solid Ground Properties LLC of Hillsboro, filed the suit Aug. 7 in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
The suit asks the court to overrule the council’s denial of the permit, claiming that the decision was “unconstitutional, unlawful, unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, involves an abuse of discretion and was not supported by competent evidence.” See Steve Taylor’s story.
■ Hometown pride took on added meaning for Mike Christopher of De Soto at the Aug. 20 De Soto City Council meeting. Christopher and seven other U.S. military veterans were on hand for the council’s ceremony designating De Soto as a Purple Heart City, the seventh in Jefferson County and the 135th designated city, county or roadway in Missouri. Christopher, who turns 70 next month, had served three months with the Army in Vietnam in the spring of 1970 when his unit came under attack by the Viet Cong. He was hit by the blast of a rocket-propelled grenade and lost his right eye, in addition to suffering shrapnel wounds down the right side of his body. See Gordon Bess’ story.
■ The Jefferson County Health Department is partnering with Provident Inc. to provide mental health counseling to county residents starting the first week of September. Counseling sessions will be offered at the department’s Hillsboro and new High Ridge offices, and eventually on the mobile wellness van that started traveling the county and offering health services in April. See Peggy Bess’ story.
■ Patrick Martin has the opinion column this week, laying out his theories on how Donald Trump became president of the U.S.
■ Sports editor Russell Korando covers the first football games in this week paper and previews county soccer teams.
*** Twin City Days is on the horizon, Sept. 6-8. See the lineup of fun activities in the Jefferson County Leader.