Interview with Brian Fletcher

Former Ferguson Mayor Continues Crusade to Promote City’s Virtues

By Tom Anselm

If ever there was a guy who is bullish on the future of Ferguson, it would have to be Brian Fletcher. The Independent News recently talked with the former mayor of that city. He is currently spear-heading the extensive activities of the “I (Heart) Ferguson Committee”. This organization has risen in prominence as an enterprise that has reached 16 countries and 42 states with sales of its yard signs, coffee mugs, cozies, tee shirts and other items emblazoned with the committee’s signature logo. Sales may be the wrong word to use here, since all items are acquired through donation.

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Florissant City Council Uproar

Citizens Pack Florissant Council on Tim Jones

Arrest ….Councilman Issues Apology

By Jeremy Thomas

The Florissant City Council had a packed house from citizens wanting to voice their opinion on the arrest and charges against Councilman Timothy Jones for soliciting prostitution in South St. Louis on Oct. 8. Local media, such as KTVI-Fox 2 and KMOV, were present during the meeting, and Timothy Jones was at his council seat.

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Prep Cross Country & Swimming

Hazelwood West Boys Cross Country Qualifies For Class Four Sectionals

By Jim Wieners

Hazelwood West Boys Cross Country will be sending their team to the Class Four, Sectional Two Meet, Saturday, Nov. 1, at Warrenton High School and the top four Boys and Girls teams, along with runners from teams finishing fifth or lower that finish in the top 30, advance to the state championships May 8 at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.

Hazelwood West Boys scored 90 points and finished fourth Oct. 25 in the District Three meet in Forest Park. St. Louis University High, with seven runners finishing in the top eight, won with 19 points followed by Webster Groves (50), Ladue (86) and West. Senior Tony Mai, a 31st-place finisher (18 minutes, 53 seconds), would not have qualified for sectionals had the Wildcats finished lower than fourth. Junior Jake Decker led the Wildcats with a 14th-place finish (17:28), followed by freshman Ryan Winters (16th-17:37), senior Will Bahan (19th-17:46), senior Keith Clark (20th-17:47) and junior Andrew Daily (26th-18:27).

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District Football continues Saturday, Nov. 1

Hazelwood Central Hosts Class 6, Dist. 2 Football Battle With SLUH

By Jim Wieners

After whitewashing away their first-round opponent in Class Six, District Two Football the Hazelwood Central Hawks will put their 10-0 record, and number one ranking by Missouri Sports Writers and Sportscasters, on the line against the 7-2 St. Louis University High Junior Billikens, also after a one-sided shutout, in a Saturday (Nov. 1), 1 p.m. semifinal at Hazelwood Central.

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John Michael Talbot at St. Norbert

Contemporary Christian music legend and TV host John Michael Talbot will be in concert Saturday, Nov. 15, at St. Norbert Catholic Church at 16455 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant.

Seating is “In the Round.” Tickets are $50 for center seating and $40 for side seating. Call the church office at 831-3874 to order tickets.

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Gov. Nixon. Clint Zweifel Applaud Loan Relief to Ferguson-area Small Businesses

Gov. Jay Nixon and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel have applauded the Small Business Relief Program for surpassing $200,000 in zero-interest loans to small businesses affected by civil unrest in the Ferguson area.

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Men, Women & Children: Not So Smartphone Society

By Sandra Olmsted

Director Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children chronicles what changes smartphones and constant connections done ot not to modern life. However, the changes feel like the 1960s sex farce that attempted to negotiate the societal changes wrought by greater mobility and greater availability of telephones, such as Boeing, Boeing (1965), A Guide for the Married Man (1967) and The Facts of Life (1960).

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