Sneak peek, 8-15-19

Lynn Fozzy with Zacheus, the zebu steer.

■ After 30 days of roaming around High Ridge and Byrnes Mill, a small zebu steer named Zacheus is safely home. “My husband (James) and I were starting to lose hope,” said Lynn Fozzy, 43, of High Ridge. Fozzy said her family adopted Zacheus as a rescue pet in June. The animal is about 1 year old and weighs approximately 120 pounds, and looks like a miniature cow. She said he went missing July 11 and came home on Saturday. She said she bought Zacheus, who will remain small, for $200 at a horse auction in Farmington. At the time, he looked malnourished and sick. Fozzy said she started nursing him back to health, but he got out of an open gate on July 11. See Katelyn Mary Skaggs’ story.

■ The city of Arnold is taking a mulligan on its golf course. The city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, 2020, will not include funds to operate the Arnold Golf Club. The City Council will vote on the budget during its meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Arnold City Hall, 2101 Jeffco Blvd. “It (the golf course) has been a failure from Day 1,” Arnold Mayor Ron Counts said. “It has never made money. It has not even broken even. It has been subsidized by the city since inception. It is something that has not worked well for our city. “It is not like we haven’t give the golf course a fair chance. I just don’t think we can continue to subsidize this kind of money.” See Tony Krausz’s story.

■ Missouri Gov. Mike Parson sees the benefits of Herculaneum becoming part of a new transportation system utilizing the Mississippi River. On Monday, Parson came to the Herculaneum Fire Department station to see a presentation on a plan to create a new vessel service to transport goods from a port in Louisiana up the river. Presenters included Jefferson County Executive Dennis Gannon and a raft of representatives from transportation entities. “This is a magnificent opportunity,” Parson said. “From a governor’s point of view and a state point of view, we need to put everything on the table and be prepared for the future.” The proposal calls for development of a shipping plan that would start at the Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District, at the mouth of the Mississippi River just south of New Orleans, that could include Herculaneum as the northernmost point of a large-scale shipping operation. See Tony Krausz’s story.

■ The multipurpose tennis, racquetball and pickleball courts at Crystal City Municipal Park received major renovations over the summer months, the head of the city’s Park Board reports. “The basketball courts were renovated in June and the tennis courts were renovated over the last three weeks of July,” said Lonnie Compton, the Park Board president. “We first removed all the fences in June and replaced it with new black fencing.” He said the renovations cost about $62,000, with much of the funding coming from a $40,000 grant from the Jefferson Foundation. See Kevin Carbery’s story.

■ Many gardeners deal with bugs in their flowers. Erma Earls has flowers in her Bug. Flower power and Volkswagen Beetles were calling cards of the hippie movement of the 1960s. Both are on display today in the 3600 block of Telegraph Road, courtesy of Earls, an Arnold great-grandmother. For two years, Earls, 78, has been festooning the shell of a bright yellow 1974 Beetle in her side yard with mass quantities of flowers. The car is likely the largest flower planter in Jefferson County, and one of the most unusual. See Patrick Martin's Page 1 story.

■  Arnold has cut the leash at its latest dog-friendly facility. The Parks and Recreation Department held a grand opening and leash-cutting ceremony for the Ozark Dog Park on the morning of Aug. 9. The event attracted about 100 people and 60 dogs, recreation supervisor Teresa Kohut said. “It was excellent,” said Dave Crutchley, deputy director of the parks department. “It shows how many people love their dog park. I was excited to see that many people come out on a Friday morning.” The dog park, which opened in December 2018, is at 1839 Ozark Drive behind Ferd B. Lang Park. The grand opening featured raffles, pet adoptions and giveaways. See Tony Krausz’s story.

■ Does the Tooth Fairy even care about controlling inflation? Apparently not. See Peggy Bess’ column in the Editorial section, and extra letters this week.

■ In the Sports section, read a feature story about what it takes to develop a championship-level cross county team.

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