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Recycling Christmas Trees Around St. Louis area

Monday, 30 December 2013 00:54 Published in Around Town
   As the holiday decoration come down, officials across the St. Louis area are reminding residents not to throw out their dried out Christmas trees.  Several local governments are offering recycling and tree disposal services.
   Residents in the City of St. Louis can drop off their old trees between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Forest Park (Lower Muny parking lot), O’Fallon Park (West Florissant and Holly Avenue, picnic grounds No. 4) and Carondelet Park (near Grand Avenue and Holly Hills Drive). 
   Residents in St. Louis County who live in areas without yard waste pick-up services can take trees to one of four commercial locations at a charge of $1.  Those are ORMI Fort Bellefontaine Compost, 13060 County Park Road (Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.); Route 66 Landscape Supply Center, 18900 Franklin Road (weekdays, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.); St. Louis Composting, 39 Old Elam Avenue in Valley Park (weekdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or 11294 Schaeffer Road in Maryland Heights (weekdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
   There are tree dispoal facilities for St. Charles County residents in Lake Saint Louis, O’Fallon, St. Charles, St. Peters and Wentzville. For more information, go to www.stcharlescitymo.gov or call 636-949-3262.
   In Jefferson County, there are locations in Crystal City, High Ridge and Hillsboro. For more information, go to www.jeffcomo.org.
   Metro-east residents can drop off trees at several locations in in Madison County. For more information, go to www.madisoncountyrecycles.com or call 618-296-6647.  There are also several sites in St. Clair County. For more information, go to www.co.st-clair.il.us.
 

Memorial fund set up for slain Alton woman

Friday, 27 December 2013 03:09 Published in Local News
   Friends of a murdered metro-east woman are hoping a memorial fund can raise enough money to cover funeral expenses and a grave marker.  Friends of 30 year old Courtney Coats are hoping to raise about 15-thousand dollars through online donations.  
   Coats' was reported missing November 25th.  Her dismembered body was found last week along the Illinois River near East Hardin, IL. 
   Madison County prosecutors have charged 28 year old Patrick Chase of Alton and 30 year old Brandon Chittum of Collinsville with first-degree murder.  
   Both men are held on $1 million bail. 
   The memorial fund is based online at www.GoFundMe.com. Donations also may be dropped off or mailed to the Jerseyville Banking Center in Jerseyville.
 

SLCC lowers tuition for undocumented students

Friday, 27 December 2013 02:15 Published in Local News
   Students who've graduated from Missouri high schools, but who can't prove their U.S. citizenship or legal immigration status, will soon pay less to enroll in community college classes in St. Louis.  
   Until now, undocumented students have paid the international student rate of $204 per credit hour at all St. Louis Community College campuses.  
   Starting with the semester that begins in January, their tuition rates will be based on where they live.  Those who live in district will pay $98.00 per credit hour -- cutting their tuition bills in half.   
   At least 18 states around the nation, including Illinois, offer similar benefits as a matter of state law.  Missouri does not.
 

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