Town & Country Fair Storm Response

The Washington Town & Country Fair has long been known for its volunteer spirit. Fair Board members make a 9-year commitment, taking a week or move of vacation during Fair week--and still pay for their own season pass. Volunteers sell concessions, work gates, parking and more all on behalf of the organizations they serve. Volunteer firefighters wear heavy gear in high temperatures stand at the ready on the motocross track. When severe thunderstorms rolled in the Saturday night of the Fair, over 11,000 fairgoers were safely evacuated from the fairgrounds with just one minor injury reported. A leather goods vendor in his first year at the event told me when he saw the grounds at dawn on Sunday morning, he figured there was no way they would be able to open that day. What he didn't know is how much this community is willing to step up when called....

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

4 days 21 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Senior Volleyball Player Jordan Kriete from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington. Jordan played all the way around on a team that finished the season 26-7-2. Her statistics are impressive.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

2 weeks 4 days ago

If you want to get someone's attention, whisper. That old investment brokerage ad is the opposite of what is going on regarding shootings in Ferguson and Tower Grove. When people threaten violence or blankly label one as a racist, it's very hard to listen. The same holds true for those who sum up the plight of impoverished black communities as "that's how those people are."

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SPORTS CORNER

1 day 3 hours ago

The St. Louis Cardinals are exercising the 2015 option on pitcher John Lackey. The 36-year-old right-hander will earn the league minimum 500-thousand-dollars after making 15.25-million each of the last three seasons. Lackey was acquired from Boston at the trade deadline and his contract had a clause allowing for a league-minimum option after missing the entire 2012 season due to elbow surgery.