■ Future De Soto City Council members will have more pocket change to carry around – but that’s all it will be after a vote to increase council members’ pay. The council voted 3-1 Oct. 21 to raise members’ compensation from $600 a year ($50 per month) to $800 annually ($66 per month), with the increase taking effect for each newly elected or reelected member. It’s the first time the City Council compensation has been increased since November 2009, when annual pay rose from $450 to $600 a year. Council members Larry Sanders and Roger Charleville will not receive the raises. Both said they will not serve new terms. See Gordon Bess’ story.
■ The Jefferson County Council will have to decide whether to approve a rezoning request that would allow a 200-unit apartment complex to be built in High Ridge without a clear recommendation from the Jefferson County Planning Commission. The planning board, which advises the County Council on zoning issues, deadlocked 4-4 at its Nov. 14 meeting on the rezoning request from Lorenzo LLC of St. Louis, which wants to build apartments on 16.13 acres at Hwy. 30, Old Sugar Creek Road and Wilderness Lane. See Steve Taylor’s story.
■ For Jefferson Countian Mark Horne and his friends, spending hours together amidst potentially deafening noise in his basement is great way to pass the time. The group of men race slot cars on Horne’s 107-foot-long, four-lane track, which he has named “Slotobahn Road Circuit.” Horne, 54, said he built the track in the basement at his De Soto home years ago when the place he used to race slot cars closed down. See Kevin Carbery’s Page 1 story.
■ The city of Arnold plans to soon enhance its ability to communicate with the community and make it easier for people to locate City Hall and the Police Station. City Council members voted unanimously Nov. 21 to pay Warren Sign Co. in Arnold $123,178 to create an electronic sign to be installed near the entrance to the City Hall and Police Station complex on Jeffco Boulevard, as well as a variety of other signs to be placed around the city. See Tony Krausz’s story.
■ A Catawissa man and a Dittmer man were killed in separate traffic accidents in the county over the Thanksgiving weekend. Michael J. Scarborough, 54, of Catawissa was killed on Thanksgiving in a wreck in Hillsboro, and Paul D. Scaglione, 88, of Dittmer died the next day in an accident in Dittmer. In addition, a Cedar Hill man was arrested in connection with the fatal accident in Dittmer.
■ Marcus Arnold Cinema is providing moviegoers with an early Christmas present.
Renovations at the 14-auditorium movie theatre, 1912 Richardson Road, were completed Nov. 1, and customers are giving the improvements rave reviews, general manager Tammy Carlton said.
“They are loving it,” she said. “They love the new experience.” Renovations, which started at the end of July, touched nearly every part of the theater.
■ Peggy Bess took a trek in Don Robinson State Park, and reports on the experience in her column in the Editorial section. Letters include feedback on the Common Ground feature.
■ Sports editor Russell Korando’s column tells the tale of Hillsboro grad Sam Mock’s college football career at Quincy University. Also, see previews of this year’s varsity boys basketball teams.
*** With a late Thanksgiving, Christmas is gonna come quick. Time to shop! Please do as much locally as you can.