Past South County Times Features

On wintry days with cold rain, ice and snow, most people of sound mind and body are warming by the gas fire and flat screen or doing yoga at the rec center. They are not thinking about their Meramec River heritage.

Longtime Kirkwood resident Liz McCane is proof that it’s never too late to try something different, set new goals and do what you once considered impossible.

One night, Fenton resident Tracy Rumpf received a call about a pregnant dog in labor lying in a ditch. By the time Rumpf found her, the puppies were all dead. She and a friend rushed the dog to the vet, but by the time they arrived it was too late.

What? You haven’t heard of Wattpad? Let the loquacious Michelle Oyola tell you all about this internet phenom headquartered in Toronto, Canada. It’s a platform designed for aspiring writers to publish short stories, poetry and non-fiction. 

Sisters Zari and Nia Carter, of St. Louis, ages 6 and 4 respectively, traveled to the historic Oakland House in Affton last Sunday to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. This year marked the 42nd annual Santa House sponsored by the Affton Historical Society. Each visit includes story time, a pupp…

They were the little train tracks that could. Could do what? The Kirkwood-Carondelet rail line once routed freight around St. Louis City and also delivered a U.S. President to his home, which is now the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in Grantwood Village.

If a public discussion concerns South County teens and the challenges they face, chances are you will see a confident, clear-voiced woman from Sunset Hills “step up” to the microphone.

It’s an unlikely scenario: hotel tycoon befriends nuns and together they build a cultural center for a major Midwest city. Allen Carl Larson has put this story together and he’s had the documents to authenticate the tale for almost five decades.

The regional Board of Freeholders, which has the task of exploring city-county governance, got off to a disappointing start at its first meeting on Nov. 12. Board member Katy Forand of Sunset Hills is unfazed and remains hopeful about that task.

Lindbergh Schools parents have complained since the start of the current school year about a shortage of experienced school bus drivers — a situation that has left kids stranded at their homes, led parents to form carpools and even forced students to provide route directions to hapless rooki…

The “White Rat,” aka Whitey Herzog of Sunset Hills, is back. The beloved manager of the 1980s St. Louis Cardinals is teaming up with Rainbows for Kids to help families dealing with the crisis of children facing serious illness and related health issues.

In the seven years since Affton Plaza began morphing from a sparse, concrete-and-asphalt stretch of retail into a tidy clutch of thriving new businesses, the subtle question has echoed: What’s the next big thing?

Area residents have a lot to keep tabs on when it comes to changes in how they might be governed in the future. Three different entities could have a major impact on local government.

Two self-confessed “gearheads” will peddle their book on the Golden Age of Autos in St. Louie at a car show this Sunday. The site of the book launch and show is the National Museum of Transportation on Barrett Station Road from 1-4 p.m., Oct. 27.

Nature and outdoor teachers all over the state are psyched about the Missouri Environmental Education Association conference coming to St. Louis on Nov. 1-3. Lesli Moylan of Kirkwood is the new executive director of MEEA, and she’s a busy bee these days.

This month marks 30 years from the date that President George W. Bush signed U.S. House Resolution 1529 into law. White Haven in Grantwood Village became a historic site of the National Park Service.