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Councilman Lee Has Budget Concerns

florissant Governemtn buildingBy Carol Arnett

The Florissant City Council held two public hearings on Monday night Oct. 9 with the first on the budget It had been presented to the council at the last council meeting. The city’s fiscal year begins on Nov. 1.

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Lodging and Dining are as Natural as the Landscape in the Shawnee Forest

This is the scene that will greet you each morning from your deck in the duplex cabins at Cave-in-Rock Lodge, Illinois -- Pat Lindsey photo

This is the scene that will greet you each morning from your deck in the duplex cabins at Cave-in-Rock Lodge, Illinois — Pat Lindsey photo

by Pat Lindsey

If you’re expecting to spend the night in a Holiday Inn or have breakfast at McDonald’s while staying in the Shawnee National Forest, you’ve come to the wrong place. Chain motels and fast food restaurants do not exist in this part of southernmost Illinois, where the Ohio River has cut its channel through some of the most unspoiled country in America. It’s the ultimate destination for peace and serenity amidst lush green forests, trails to caves and rock formations, and sleepy river towns.

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Illinois Ozarks are Found in Southernmost Part of the State

Fall Colors in the Illinois Ozarks

Camel Rock in the Garden of the Gods section of the Shawnee Forest in all its Fall glory. (Photo courtesy of Southernmost.Illinois.com.)

By Bob Lindsey

When we told friends that we were going to the Illinois Ozarks for a couple of days, reactions were mixed. “I didn’t know Illinois had any Ozarks–or even hills.”

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North County Churches Uniting Presents Awards for Racial Harmony and Justice

n county churches uniting logoUnder the direction of Barbara K. Thomas and Rance Thomas, the North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU) celebrated its 13th Annual NCCU Awards Dinner on October 8. Senator Gina M. Walsh served as the keynote speaker.

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County Gets Community Policing Grant for Castle Point; $1M to Focus on Relations

STL COUNTY POLICE SHIELD   St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger announced the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program has awarded the County a $1 million grant that will be used in the Castle Point neighborhood in St. Louis County. The three-year grant will focus on innovative strategies promoting partnerships between police and the community. Grant initiatives include:

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Florissant Parks Host Cross Country, Soccer; LHSN Hosts Girls Volleyball

jim's logo copyBy Jim Wieners

Two Florissant City Parks will be sites for the Oct. 21 District Cross Country meet and the Oct. 21-28 Boys Soccer tournament. Meanwhile, Lutheran High School North will host a Class Two Volleyball tournament Oct. 17, 19.

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