Franklin County MO

World’s Largest Christmas Project Opens Collection Site In Franklin County Nov. 17-24

(Photo courtesy of Samaritans Purse)

Area Residents Help 10 Million Children in Need this Christmas through Operation Christmas Child.

UNION, Mo, October 27, 2014— People across the United States are beginning to fill up their Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes in a global mission to help needy children across the world. 

ECC Celebrates International Education November 17-21

UNION, Mo. - East Central College in Union will hold International Education Week activities Monday-Friday, November 17-21.

Leigh Kolb, ECC English and journalism instructor, noted that International Education Week is an avenue for ECC students, faculty and staff to invite community members to campus so everyone can become more aware of and better understand cultural similarities and differences that make up the world at large.

“We encourage community members to come to campus to participate in any of the free cultural or educational events that we have scheduled,” said Kolb. 

All events are free.  See schedule of events below.

Family Of Six Loses Everything In House Fire - Asking For Your Help

-- On Sunday a tragic fire destroyed a St. Clair family’s home as they lost everything except for the clothes they were wearing when they safely escaped; in fact one of the four children had only a pair of shorts on.

St. Clair and surrounding communities are coming together to help out the mom and dad and their four children by asking for anyone who can help.

Currently the family is staying at a hotel until they can find another home and start rebuilding their lives and memories.  (Below is information on sizes of clothes as well as where items can be dropped off at.)

UPDATE: New Information Released - Lonedell School Put On Lockdown After Threat Of Subject Coming To Shoot 5-Year-Old Student

(UPDATED 11-7-14) Initial statement below.
- The caller reporting the incident involving the Lonedell School was the suspect’s father.  The suspect’s name has not been released since he has not been charged.  He is a 30-year old white male from Richwoods in Washington County.  His condition is not known at this time.

The father reported that his son had called him upset over receiving notice that he was being investigated for alleged sexual abuse with a 5-year old female.  The case apparently originated in Jefferson County but was transferred to Franklin County DFS.  The subject had apparently received a notice that he was to appear at a hearing with Family Services.

Community Invited to ECC for Veterans Day Flag Raising Ceremony

UNION, Mo. - East Central College in Union invites community members to attend a flag raising ceremony in observance of Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 11.  The event will begin at 7:50 a.m. at the flag poles on the south side of Buescher Hall.  A flag detail comprised of ECC students and staff who have served in the United States military will raise the flag during  the singing of the National Anthem.

Capt. Aaron Scroggins, United States Marine Corps Reserve, an ECC employee, will announce a moment of remembrance for those who are currently deployed and the significance of  the ceremony. 

College President Jon Bauer will offer brief closing remarks. "It is fitting that we take an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans, and especially remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the field of battle,” Bauer said.  “Many of our students are veterans, and we are eager to work with them as they prepare for the academic and career paths that lie ahead.”

Driver Of Tractor Trailer Shot At From Behind - Headrest Stops Bullet

PACIFIC, Mo. - Last Friday (October 10) at approximately 8:15 PM, deputies received a call in reference to an assault that occurred in the area of I-44 near the Pacific exit. Eureka Police contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and advised they were out with a tractor trailer that was shot by a passing motorist near the 257 mile marker on east bound 44.

It was reported that St. Louis County Police were with the suspects in the area of I-44 and the 270 interchange, Sherriff Gary Toelke stated in a press release from this morning.

Domestic Violence The Topic At ECC’s October 2 Forum

UNION, MO. - Domestic violence and its impact on families will be the topic of a free forum hosted by East Central College Thursday evening, October 2.

Maggie Menefee, executive director of ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments), will be the opening speaker at 5:30 p.m.  ALIVE provides counseling, shelter, and other services to families in St. Louis and Franklin County who are impacted by domestic violence.

Menefee’s presentation will be followed by several breakout sessions continuing until 7:30 p.m.  Activities will begin in Room 138 in the BC Building on ECC’s Union campus.

Franklin County Bomb Squad Responds To Londell School For Suspicious Package

Londell, Mo.
- This morning Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke released a statement regarding to their response for a report of a suspicious package at the Londell School.

Sheriff Toelke said that at approximately 8:00 AM this morning Franklin County Deputies responded to the Lonedell School in reference to a suspicious package on the school parking-lot.