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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Rams Give Us a Wild Ride; Mike Matheny Still the Right Guy For Manager

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

On Sunday afternoon I was preparing to get my column ready by talking about the domination of the Seahawks by the Rams. Then by halftime, I was changing the script. By the end of the game I was going to write the same old column, the Rams blow another one.

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State Girls Tennis Singles Qualifier McCluer North’s Boehm Finishes 5th

By Jim Wieners

McCluer North Girls Tennis Singles player Barbara Boehm has done something that very few players from Florissant Valley area schools could able to do, play two days in the Class Two State Tournament and take home a state medal.

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Hazelwood Central, SLUH, CBC, LHSN Host District Openers

By Jim Wieners

After the Hazelwood Central 31-0 home shutout of Columbia-Hickman Oct. 18 head coach Van Vanatta made a comment perhaps about the Hawks but that should include every Missouri State High School Activities Association Football team beginning Friday, Oct. 24.

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Gov. Nixon to Create Commission on Issues Raised by Events in Ferguson

Independent commission will make specific recommendations

Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday announced that he will create an independent commission to study and make specific recommendations for how to make progress on the issues raised by events in Ferguson.  The Governor said the effort must include a thorough and wide-ranging examination of the challenges that were exposed and exacerbated by the death of Michael Brown and its aftermath, and offer specific recommendations for overcoming them.

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Veterans’ Parade in Florissant Nov. 9

A spectacular Veterans’ Parade followed by a presentation of the Veteran of the Year award will be held on Sunday, Nov. 9 beginning at 1 p.m.

This year’s Parade Marshall is David D. Miller, who was last year’s Veteran of the Year. The guest speaker this year will be the 2008 Veteran of the Year Carl Hargus, who served in the Army for 25 years, retiring as a Sergeant Major in 1980. He completed two short terms and two extended long terms in Vietnam with the Special Forces. He earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal among other numerous service medals, citations and badges.

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