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Thursday, March 15, 2007
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C K Y M 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 M I C A B N S F J St. Charles | THURSDAY | MARCH 15, 2007 | SECTION B | PAGE: B01PC2ME0315 TOP NEWS RUNNING ON IMMIGRATION Martha Rodriguez is running for an aldermanic seat in Valley Park, which has enacted a series of ordinances that target illegal immigrants. Her platform: to stop the city from enforcing the laws, which caused more than 20 Hispanic families to fl ee the city last summer. B3 INSIDE TESTED BY TIME A time capsule opened at a World War I memorial in Webster Groves failed to stand the test of time. The contents were covered with mud and were damaged by water. B3 RAPE ACQUITTAL A former Moline Acres police offi cer accused of trying to rape a woman while on duty in 2005 was acquitted of all four charges. B4 PAYBACK? A Lambert Field contract worker is arrested in Kinloch in what his boss says may be payback for the arrest of an honorary Kinloch offi cer. B4 JO MANNIES AmerenUE is facing yet another challenge. The utility is caught in the midst of a nasty political fi ght between Gov. Matt Blunt and his likely Democratic challenger next year, Attorney General Jay Nixon. B3 SYLVESTER BROWN JR. In a panel discussion about media diversity and niche publications in our region, it was easy to get a little nostalgic about a publication that had a 15-year run, Take Five Magazine. B2 ONLINE FAVORITE FLAVOR In spring, the fancy of St. Louisans young and old turns to ice cream in general and one special spot in particular. So what’s your favorite Ted Drewes fl avor? Join the cool discussion in our Eat at Joe’s forum, online at . COLUMNIST JOHN SONDEREGGER HAS THE DAY OFF. By Jessica Bock ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH WENTZVILLE • Landowners, builders and community leaders spent much of the past year creating, talking — and sometimes arguing — about a tree ordinance for Wentzville. But the bill that fi nally resulted from the work died Wednesday night. Mayor Paul Lambi broke a deadlock by voting against the tree preservation bill. “We have put a lot of work into this. I think we all want to preserve trees,” Lambi said before voting. “Legislation isn’t good legislation just because you’ve worked a long time on it.” The proposal called for developers to maintain 30 percent of tree coverage on residential developments of 3 acres or larger. The city also would have required developers in residential districts to submit tree preservation plans for review. Realtors and home builders cried foul, telling the board that the proposal would increase the cost of home building and decrease property values of those who own land with development potential. And landowners said it infringed on their rights. “To tell someone they can’t develop part of their land, to me, is a violation of personal property rights,” Alderman Patrick Moody said before the meeting. Alderman Robert Smith said Wentzville could preserve more trees in the community in other ways, such as Tree proposal fi nally falls THE BILL • Set coverage rules for developments. CRITICS • Home builders and Realtors cried foul. Colby Winner, 7, plays at Swing-A-Round, 3541 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Charles. His school is on spring break and his mom, Debbie Winner of St. Peters, took Colby and his two brothers to Swing- A-Round for a game of miniature golf and to take swings in the batting cage. Sam Leone | Post-Dispatch By Aisha Sultan ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH RICHWOODS • When Shawn Hornbeck fi rst walked through the doorway of his family’s new home Tuesday evening, his jaw dropped and he backtracked right out of the house. A moment later, he opened the front door again, still smiling ear-to-ear and headed straight toward his new room. He was fl oored again. Shawn stood outside the blue room, with its small plasma television mounted on the wall, an encased poster of his favorite movie, “The Fast and The Furious,” and an iTunes home audio system on his dresser. Shawn’s reactions were described Wednesday morning by a small group that had accompanied Shawn and his family’s tour through the home the night before. Shawn’s parents, Craig and Pam Akers, publicly accepted the keys to the four-bedroom house Wednesday, and the family will move in next week. “It was a little overwhelming,” said John Mattingly Jr., executive vice president with Mattingly Lumber and Millwork in Fenton, who got the ball rolling on the project. Shawn’s aunt, Shari Frazier, has worked for Mattingly’s company for 20 years. When Shawn was found two months ago — four years after he was kidnapped — Mattingly sent an e-mail the next morning to a small group of friends. Within an hour, he got a phone call from a neighbor, John Eilermann, chief executive offi cer of McBride & Son Homes. “We want to help,” Eilermann said Shawn Hornbeck’s family tours new house By Shane Anthony ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH MOSCOW MILLS • A new school for ninth-graders eventually will become the rapidly growing Troy School District’s second high school. The district is to break ground at 1 p.m. today on a $19 million building project that will house all district ninth-graders starting in the fall of next year. Superintendent Terry Morrow said the building would bring relief to Troy Buchanan High School, which has grown to 1,900 students. Chris Chaney, director of guidance for the school district and a guidance counselor at Buchanan, was chosen Tuesday night to become the ninth-grade center’s new principal. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a specialist degree from Lindenwood University. He said he was looking forward to helping establish a new school’s culture and traditions. “This is a great opportunity for us and a pivotal moment in our history,” Chaney said. The Troy district’s growth in Lincoln County has not been as rapid as that of districts in St. Charles County. But Morrow said that could change as the population continued to increase. He said Troy served more than 5,800 students and was growing by 250 students a year. The neighboring Wentzville School District has been growing by about 1,000 students a year for the past several years. Morrow said the district was building the high school in phases. Troy district breaks ground for a second high school A sketch of the 90,000-square-foot school to be built near the intersection of Highways 61 and C in Moscow Mills. 2,000 FEET Post-Dispatch N Cappel Elementary LINCOLN CO. Moscow Mills New school site MM C 61 61 ST. CHARLES CO. WARREN CO. LINCOLN CO. 70 DETAIL AREA 61 Hey batter, batter, batter PLEASE SEE HOUSE | B5 By Mark Schlinkmann ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ST. CHARLES COUNTY • The sons of two longtime elected offi cials are running for the fi rst time themselves — vying to fi ll a vacancy on the St. Charles County Council in the April 3 election. The late father of Democratic nominee Terry Briggs was the mayor of Troy, Mo., for 14 years, and Republican candidate Paul Wynn is the son of a 16-year Brentwood alderman. So far the 4th District campaign has been quiet with no major issues dividing the two — both of whom live in O’Fallon. The winner will fi ll the fi nal 21 months in the term of Republican Doug Funderburk, who resigned after winning a Missouri House seat in November. Wynn, 39, is a former pastor of the New Covenant Church in St. Peters. A West Point graduate, he returned in October after almost a year of duty in Iraq as commander of an Army quartermaster company. He previously served in the Persian Gulf War. He’s been on Army Reserve duty in the St. Louis area since then and said he was considering job offers in business management. “I have the ability to make diffi cult decisions and handle any crisis,” Wynn said. Briggs, 51, is an electrician for Boeing Co. His résumé also includes military service, including four years in the Navy in the late 1970s. He said elective offi ce would be the next step after activity as a subdivision trustee, hospital volunteer, shop steward in his union and active member of his Two sons of offi cials vie for seat on council PLEASE SEE CANDIDATES | B5 PLEASE SEE SCHOOL | B7 PLEASE SEE TREES | B7 COME BACK TOMORROW The Savvy Consumer looks into online customer service. Hitch up your pants Metro WENTZVILLE B01PC1ME0315_6827 1 B01PC1ME0315_6827 1 3/14/2007 23:13:06 3/14/2007 23:13:06

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