A group of home-schooled students will face a new test Saturday when they play their first ever high school football game.
The Central Panthers junior-varsity team is the brainchild of Coach Bob Schembre, an associate pastor at Rockport Baptist Church in Arnold. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Schembre formed the Mid-East Missouri Homeschool Football Association and the team in the spring after discovering interest among families in his church who home-school.
The 14 boys, mostly 12-14 year olds, will play both offense and defense when the Panthers travel to Clarksville, Missouri to play the Clopton-Elsberry Indian Hawks.
Schembre told the paper that next year, he hopes to add a North team of players from O’Fallon, Wentzville and St. Charles, and a South team with players from the Jackson and Cape Girardeau areas. He'd also like to add a varsity team next year.
Developer Paul McKee's NorthSide Regeneration Project remains up in the air. The St. Louis TIF Commission delayed a vote yesterday on changes to the $390 million dollar TIF plan after residents demand more information.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that residents of the near-northside neighborhood spent nearly two hours criticizing McKee for failing to include them in his plans, and at least one key alderman threatened to block the project unless neighborhood concerns are addressed.
McKee says he's held more than 140 community meetings since unveiling plan four years ago.
Fast food workers are expected to walk off the job in 50 cities Thursday, including at least two restaurants in St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an afternoon rally is also planned at the Old Courthouse downtown.
The workers are demanding a $15 per hour pay rate. Striking workers have said that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and Missouri's minimum wage of $7.35 per hour are too low.
Scott DeFife, spokesman for the National Restaurant Association is calling today's strikes "a bit of orchestrated theater." DeFife says it's a move by unions to grow their memberships.
Previous St. Louis-area walkouts took place in May and July.