■ Pevely officials are scrambling to replace enough of the estimated $100,000 worth of vehicles and equipment stolen over the weekend from the city’s Street Department building to allow some municipal employees to do their jobs. On Monday evening, the Board of Aldermen held an emergency special meeting to deal with the theft. Board members voted 6-0 to give City Administrator Nathan Schauf authorization to spend up to $12,500 to immediately purchase equipment for Street Department employees to use in their work. See Kevin Carbery’s Page 1 story.
■ Solving a homegrown mystery can be so satisfying. Just ask the Almany family of Jefferson County about that. David Almany, formerly of Festus, recently posted a story to his blog about his dad, the late Donnell “Don” Almany, whose murky origins have been the stuff of family legend for more than 80 years. Dave and his brothers grew up hearing the story of how Don, born in 1931, lost his father at a young age and was abandoned by his alcoholic mother. Decades later, Don still had vivid memories of being a young boy alone in a house in St. Louis for several days before authorities discovered him. Read Laura Marlow’s Page 1 feature story.
■ County Council member Tracey Perry (District 5, Festus) has a little extra time on her hands. She has been forced off the Jefferson R-7 School District Board of Education – for the moment, anyway. The Missouri Attorney General’s office on July 24 issued a preliminary order blocking Perry from “engaging in any activity, or exercising any authority, as a school board member for the Jefferson R-7 School District, subject to further order of this Court.” See Laura Marlow’s story.
■ Lynn Fozzy, 43, of High Ridge has spent the past three weeks searching for a small zebu steer named Zacheus she rescued in June. Fozzy said Zacheus, who is about 1 year old and weighs approximately 120 pounds, looks like a miniature cow. She said she bought Zacheus, who will remain small, 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.
“We tried to catch him and it spooked him into the woods,” she said. See Katelyn Mary Skaggs’ story.
■ St. Joseph Catholic Church has nearly completed the final piece of its vision for the parish, which started in 1995 when it moved from Kimmswick to Imperial, the Rev. Dan Shaughnessy said. The parish is almost finished building the Corpus Christi Center on the west side of the campus at 6020 Old Antonia Road. The 16,000-square-foot center houses a hall, which can be divided into smaller rooms, offices, a commercial kitchen, two conference rooms and a gathering space. The parish also renovated the rectory, upgraded the parking lot and built a playground that is surrounded by a quarter-mile track building. All those improvements cost $6.7 million and were partially funded with $5.1 million the parish’s 2,000 families raised, Shaughnessy said. See Tony Krausz’s story.
■ Arnold is beginning to see the light at the end of the flood tunnel. The city will return its weekly Farmers Market to its home at Arnold City Park, and the City Council has cleared the way to begin paying for rehabilitation of the Arnold Golf Club. Market manager Teresa Kohut said the market will be held at the entrance of Arnold City Park on Saturday, Aug. 3. See Tony Krausz’s story.
■ The Editorial section features a column by Katelyn Mary Skaggs about her travails in trying to find an apartment to rent in Jefferson County. Plus, letter writers weigh in on Mueller (national) and Wieland (local).
■ Way to go, American Legion Post 253 baseball. They get to go to state because of a complicated rule. Sports editor Russell Korando explains it.
*** See you at the West Side Senior Expo at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Northwest High School in Cedar Hill.