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STL County Library Director resigns

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 04:41 Published in Local News

   The St. Louis County Library is looking for new leadership after the library director resigned without warning.  

   Many library staffers were stunned to learn by email Tuesday that St. Louis County Library Director Charles Pace had resigned.  The email from the president of the library board of trustees, Lynn Beckwith Junior, didn't say why Pace had stepped down.  

   Pace has been at the helm of the 20 branch library system for the past seven years.  He's credited with helping to persuade voters to approve the library's first tax-rate increase in almost 30 years.  But he was also fined by the Missouri Ethics Commission in March for failing to put the library's name on some materials promoting the tax increase.  

   Beckwith's email indicated that Pace's resignation is retroactive to July 12.

Grafton Ferry to reopen Friday

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 04:34 Published in Local News

   Business owners in Grafton, Illinois expect the tourist trade to pick up after this Friday.  That's when the Grafton Ferry will start running again after being closed for the past three years.  The ferry spans the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers between Missouri and Illinois.

   The city of Grafton bought the landings and spent $200,000 dredging the river to remove silt buildup.  The city is working on a federal grant to help cover the cost of maintaining the channel.  

   The 12 minute ferry ride from St. Charles to Grafton will cost $8 one way, $15 round trip.  The ferry will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

   The city will celebrate the reopening with a public ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Friday morning at the Grafton launch. 

Trayvon Martin's father to speak on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 03:03 Published in National News

   WASHINGTON (AP) - The father of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will be on Capitol Hill for a hearing addressing the challenges faced by African-American boys and men.

   Tracy Martin will give opening remarks Wednesday at the inaugural hearing of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Illinois Congressman Danny Davis are the co-chairs of the newly formed caucus. Both are Democrats.

   The hearing will also feature remarks by David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans; Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson; and Kweisi Mfume, a former congressman and NAACP president.

   Earlier this month, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted of second degree murder in the slaying of the 17 year old Martin, who was unarmed.

   

 

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