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▪ Barbecue fans are mourning the closing of an O’Fallon eatery only six months after it opened for business.
Fire-N-Smoke Wood-Fired Kitchen has shut down its restaurant at 1214 Central Park Plaza because “it was a bad area for our concept,” according to owners.
The “fast casual” atmosphere wasn’t profitable in O’Fallon, they said. But the eatery’s Troy location remains open.
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▪ Police are looking for help locating a suspect who robbed a Mascoutah gas station while he was armed with a knife.
The man, who was wearing a brown coat, escaped. A tracking dog traced his scent to a set of fresh car tire tracks in the snow.
▪ You’re going to have to change your routine if you have kids in the Mascoutah school system.
District 19 leaders have decided to change the start and end times of the school day to allow more opportunities to hold 40-minute special classes.
High school students will attend class from 7:55 a.m. until 2:35 p.m. in the fall. Times have also changed for middle- and grade-school students.