The Mid County Chamber of Commerce recently named their 2018 Annual Award recipients. The awards will be presented at their 32nd Annual Dinner Auction, Superheroes and Villains, on Friday, October 12. Event details can be found on the event website. Discounted tickets are being offered through September 21st. Business Person of the Year- Richmond Heights
Kay Basta, Barb Summers Real Estate
Selling the communities of Maplewood and Richmond Heights as the best place to live, work, and play, is a family tradition for Kay Basta. Barb Summers Real Estate, originally founded by Kay’s mother and now operated by Kay, has been in Richmond Heights for over 50 years.
The Richmond Heights church, Church of the Living God, held a service for first responders Sunday afternoon at The Heights. Richmond Heights firefighters, EMS and police officers attended, as well as the church members. Church leader, Elder Robert Caruth Jr., said before the service that first responders are the biblical model of what service is about — daily sacrifice, to give of their time and talent. “They sacrifice their lives for us, to minister our community,” he said. Caruth preached about the prophet Elisha.
The owner of the only house not to be demolished for a Menards in a 17-acre Richmond Heights neighborhood still lives there, and says he’s staying. “I like being in Richmond Heights. It’s centrally located — access to everything, so everything is good. Everything is the same,” the owner of 1705 Berkley Avenue, Jelani Aitch said Friday. He won a court decision to keep the house in July 2014.
Etta Dora Bell, pastor of First Church of God, in Richmond Heights for more than 10 years, died Oct. 14. She was 73. Bell was born in Egypt, Mississippi, the sixth of 13 children. She left Mississippi for St.
The Missouri Bar has recognized Missouri State Representative Gina Mitten (District 083) with a Missouri Bar Legislative Award. The organization recognizes Missouri legislators who have made significant contributions to legislation which affects the administration of justice and the integrity of the judiciary, according to its website. Mitten said on Twitter (Mitten is @gcmitts): “Big thanks to @mobarnews for this award, and congrats to all the awardees!”
William Leonard Woods Batterson, a freshman at Truman State University and a 2015 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School was found dead in his room Monday afternoon, KSDK reported. Batterson, of Richmond Heights, was found unresponsive by his roommates Monday afternoon. He was was pronounced dead at a hospital. A cause of death has not been determined, according to KSDK. An autopsy is planned and could take up to eight weeks.
A Richmond Heights man has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and driving on a revoked license. James E. Hughes, 53, of the 7700 block of Weston Place had more than double the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 170 in University City on January 10, causing a crash that killed a father of two, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Hughes was driving the wrong way on southbound 170 about 2:40 a.m. when he crossed three lanes of traffic and hit an oncoming Honda driven by Collin Loveless, 26, of Maryland Heights, according to the Post-Dispatch. Hughes was charged on June 17; his bail was set at $50,000.
A Richmond Heights woman who lost her husband to cancer last summer has donated a mini-library to a park near her home. Nicole Skaggs’ husband, Jason, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in August of 2013. He passed away last July. Skaggs said the community really helped out when her husband was ill. The library is her thanks.
A former manager of a Clayton sandwich shop, a resident of Richmond Heights, was charged on Monday in St. Louis County with stealing over $500, a Class C felony. According to Clayton Police, Marci A. Beasley, 31, of the 1400 block of Hawthorne Place, stole at least $11,916 from the Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Clayton, using the money to gamble and make unspecified purchases. Police say Beasley worked as the general manager of the restaurant. The business’ accountant determined that Beasley had been stealing money from the store’s deposits over a period of several months.
Richmond Heights resident, Adam Elkana-Hale, was a preliminary-round winner on ‘Jeopardy!’ Friday, moving on to the next round, Monday at 4:30 p.m. on KSDK (Channel 5), according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He’s competing with 15 U.S. teachers in a tournament that ends Friday. The top prizes are $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000.
Maplewood United Methodist Church will be participating in the national day of service along with other United Methodist Congregations this fall. On the morning of September 13th MUMC will have several hands on mission opportunities:
Preparing meals for Shalom House, a women’s safe house
Bagging beans and rice for folks who need a nutritious meal
Volunteering at L’Arche Community on a variety of projects
Doing needed home repairs in Maplewood
Signing up to help with the Mosaic Services 5K Run on September 20
Helping with our Second Time Around Shop which will be open that day
MUMC will also host a lawn party during the day, providing a free lunch and fun activities. Folks in the community are invited to stop by for a free hot dog and snow cone from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Also our “Second Hand Shop” will be open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Maplewood United Methodist Church (MUMC) hosted a back to school dance party for area middle school students on Saturday, August 16th. Admission was free, but students were asked to donate cash or non-perishable food items to Weekend on Wheels (WOW), a food program operated by students and faculty at the Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. On weekends, WOW sends nutritious food to the homes of children in the school district with a need. MUMC was thrilled by the generous giving from the more than 40 students and families that attended the dance.
Not only did this group donate a carload of food, but they also donated more than $100 in cash! Their efforts will go a long way in helping get the shelves at the WOW re-stocked for the new school year.
In addition to thanking the students who attended, MUMC would like express their gratitude to Get Happy Productions and the Green Family for donating the DJ services, lights and music for the dance!
A man who’s last address was in Richmond Heights escaped from from the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center Sunday afternoon, STL Today reports. An employee of the psychiatric hospital saw Gregg Atkisson, 27, of the 1000 block of Commodore Drive, climb a twenty-foot downspout onto the roof of the hospital from a courtyard and begin running, according to police. Police searched the area but couldn’t find him. Atkisson is wanted by police and remains at large.
A 75-year-old Richmond Heights man died Wednesday after driving the wrong way on Interstate 44 in Franklin County, Fox2 Now reports. Roy T. Blair drove five miles, going west in the eastbound lanes, before colliding with several other cars at about 4:30 a.m. the Missouri Highway Patrol told Fox 2. Blair’s car sideswiped a vehicle, then continued and hit two more cars. Read the full article in Fox2 Now.