■ Kelly Eberhardt stood only 4 feet, 2 inches, but the effect she had on people around her was substantial, her sister-in-law said. “She was very petite, but she had a big heart and lots of energy,” said Debra Hull of Villa Ridge. Eberhardt, 49, was killed June 29 in an apparent murder-suicide in Cedar Hill, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported. Jeffrey J. Bauer, 57, reportedly shot her multiple times before shooting and killing himself. See Steve Taylor’s profile of Eberhardt.
■ Kerry and Susan Wright have received national and local attention for the 1-acre garden at their Jefferson County home, which features 800-900 conifers – cone-bearing trees with evergreen, needle-like or scale-like leaves. The Wrights’ Festus-area garden was one of five St. Louis-area gardens recognized at the American Conifer Society’s 2019 Central Region Annual Meeting, held late last month in St. Louis. According to the organization, the Wrights’ garden is one of “St. Louis area’s finest private gardens” and “captures the beauty of Missouri Hill Country.” See McKenzie Knapp’s Page 1 feature story.
■ Motorists who patronize gas stations in unincorporated Jefferson County will have to pay in advance with a credit card or cash before they pump their gas. The Jefferson County Council passed an ordinance Monday night (July 8) creating the new rule. See Steve Taylor’s story.
■ Pevely’s new police chief, Alan Eickhoff, is no stranger to working under challenging conditions. Eickhoff, 63, took over the Pevely Police chief job on July 1 and will be paid an $80,000 annual salary. He is coming to Pevely after a nearly five-year stint in Ferguson as its assistant chief/lieutenant colonel. “The week of the Michael Brown shooting in August 2014 was my first week in the Ferguson Police Department,” Eickhoff said. See Kevin Carbery’s story.
■ The July 1 Pevely Board of Aldermen meeting was canceled after Ward 2 Alderwoman Linda Hahn walked out, claiming she had not received board documents in time to prepare for the meeting. When she left the meeting, only four board members remained, and since it takes five members to make a quorum, the meeting was canceled, city officials said. See Kevin Carbery’s story.
■ The Editorial section includes a Patrick Martin column on language abuses and an editorial calling out the Jefferson County Council for votes on a proposed sales tax for countyparks.
■ Ron Wilhelm has crunched the numbers and he doesn’t like what he sees. Schools in the Missouri State High School Activities Association recently voted 148-54 to reduce the amount of matches a wrestler can have before districts begin, from 50 to 45. Wilhelm has been doing the mental math and he says the new rule doesn’t add up. See Sports editor Russell Korando’s column.
■ All editions of the July 11 Leader include promotion for the Jefferson County Fair, set for July 18-21 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
*** Mark your calendar for the July 31 West Side Senior Expo.