Three North County Businesses Win ‘Big Idea Pitch’ Cash, Plan to Grow

Best Insurance Agency, Corners Frameshop & Gallery, and Paw Purfect Pet Salon each received $10,000 after winning the Big Idea Pitch business plan contest. The competition was organized by North County Inc. in partnership with the Regional Business Council and St. Louis Community Foundation and funded by the U.S. Bank Foundation and the Reinvest North County Fund.

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Planning to Push The Envelope a Bit in 2016


Tom Amsel. pg 2jpgBy Tom Anselm

So it is Happy New Year to you. I trust you are still keeping your resolutions made so earnestly as you nursed yourself back to life on Jan.1. You may recall that last year for 2015 I resolved not to make any resolutions, and was completely successful in keeping that promise. However, I realized that that was the wimpy way out of self-improvement, which is after all, the reason for making resolutions in the first place.

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Help is available with Disaster Distress Hotline

Missouri Flooding also causing Emotional Distress 



The recent flooding has caused many individuals to experience emotional distress.  In these circumstances, feeling unprepared, overwhelmed and confused is normal; however, if these emotions over time interfere with your ability to do regular, daily activities, please seek assistance.    The Department of Mental Health reminds Missourians that help is available by contacting the Disaster Distress Helpline: Disaster Distress Helpline
Phone: 800/985-5990 Text: “TalkWithUs” to 66746

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County Urges Caution During Flooding

Flood Water can contains raw sewage…other dangers

Saint Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and the County Department of Public Health are reminding residents that flood waters can contain raw sewage or other dangers and should be considered a threat to public health. Both are urging caution because of the current and potential flooding in the St. Louis area.   “These heavy rains have already claimed the lives of at least 11 people in rural areas of Missouri and Illinois,” County Executive Steve Stenger said. “I urge all residents to use extreme caution during this dangerous time.”

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of

The Year for the Dining Divas


By Lisa Kampeter

The holidays are always such a busy time of the year. Decorations, shopping, Christmas parties. And not to mention, most of us have to work in between all the decorating, shopping, and partying. But I wouldn’t change it a bit. Every year, I look forward to the Dining Divas Christmas at my house. The time when I officially kick off the holiday season.

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Hazelwood Central Hosts STEM Extravaganza Jan. 26

The Hazelwood School District (HSD) will host its annual STEM Extravaganza on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hazelwood Central High School, 15875 New Halls Ferry Road. This free event is open to the community and designed to showcase educational opportunities for students in pre-k through 12th grade in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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