Crystal City

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    The Nine Distinct States That Make Up Missouri

    No matter the issue, Missouri has always been labeled as a state of two distinct camps: Yankee vs. Confederate, urban vs. rural, Blue state vs. Red, Calvin pissing on a Ford logo/Calvin pissing on a Chevy logo and — most divisive of all — "Missouri" vs. "Missourah." In reality, though, ... More >>

  • News

    October 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Lawsuit: "Notorious Overseas Oligarch" Trying To Buy Rare Earth Mine in Missouri

    Ahti Vilppula made his millions in media and metals in Europe.​It reads like the plot to a James Bond flick. New complaints added to a federal lawsuit in St. Louis suggest that a Finnish businessman with alleged ties to organized crime in Europe and the Middle East is attempting to gain control of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Crystal City Cave Is Lost In Time

    Photo: Jennifer SilverbergAll in his mine: Tom Kerr has big plans for his cave, but are they realistic?​The Post-Dispatch follows up today on a topic Riverfront Times reported more than three years ago. The story revolves around Jim Kennedy and Tom Kerr. Both are developers who have grand ideas fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Doe Run To Build New Smelter in Herculaneum

    Pollution warnings outside the Herculaneum smelter.​Well, so much for my monologue the other day. As ridiculous as it sounds for Missouri to provide tax incentives to a major polluter owned by a billionaire, state legislators went ahead Friday and approved a proposal to provide Doe Run with financ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Should Missouri Subsidize Lead Company That Poisoned Town and Is Owned by Billionaire?

    Photo: Jennifer SilverbergOutside the Doe Run smelter in Herculaneum.​The Herculaneum-based lead company, Doe Run, made news twice this week for two wildly different issues. On Tuesday, a trial began in St. Louis Circuit Court in which sixteen families from Herculaneum are suing Doe Run on claims ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Concerned Citizens Win Round in Crystal City -- Internet Anonymity at Issue

    A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge erred when he threw out a lawsuit filed by gadflies in Crystal City, the Missouri Court of Appeals said in an opinion released today.Jennifer SilverbergConcerned citizens rose up to fight a smelter in Crystal City -- and won one round today.​The gadflies -- w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Bondsmen Accused of Wiping Man's Genitals with Pepper Spray, Demanding Oral Sex

    Junkie's Bail Bonds presents...​The bail bondsmen found their quarry June 5 in Soulard, a suspect wanted in Jefferson County for probation violation and jumping bail. The man also owed Junkie's Bail Bonds of Crystal City $225, and the bondsmen were going to make sure the suspect paid -- in more wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Dream Comes True for Crystal City: Elliot Davis Comes to Town

    Mayor Schilly, meet Elliot Davis.​For the past two-and-half years a group Crystal City residents have been waging an all-out war with City Hall over a controversial plan to build an iron-ore smelter in the Jefferson County town. The group Concerned Citizens for Crystal City (a.k.a. C4) is dead set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Sunshine Law Case Dismissed; Judge Cites Anonymity of Online Commenters

    A total eclipse of the sun.​A Missouri judge overseeing a Sunshine Law claim has dismissed the lawsuit in a case that ultimately hinged on the identity of commenters to an online forum.In January 2007 a group of residents calling themselves Concerned Citizens for Crystal City (C4) filed suit again ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    State Auditor Condemns Crystal City Officials for Curious Spending, Public Notices

    Crystal City Mayor Tom Schilly​The residents of Crystal City opposed to an iron-ore smelter in their community had one of their wishes come true last week. State Auditor Susan Montee finally released her audit of City Hall. The group Concerned Citizens for Crystal City (C4) org ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    "If You Ever Eat Pickled Eggs and Drink Beer, It Smells Worse Than Them Kind of Farts." Granite City sunrise.Parts of Madison County, Illinois, have the second-most poisonous air in the country, according to a new report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. Most alarming was one particular Granite City neighborhood, located near U.S. Steel Corp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Cave Parties This Weekend: "Greatest Bash Since the Stone Age"

    Organizers are planning two parties this weekend in an old sand mine outside Crystal City that they boast will be the best blowouts in many, many millennia. Greatest party since the Stone Age, they claim. Heading up the efforts is Tom Kerr, owner of the mine and a character who factored heavily in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Crystal City Passes Conditional Use Permit for Smelter

    Crystal City council members passed a conditional use permit Thursday that clears the way for a controversial iron-ore smelter in the Jefferson County town. Opponents of the smelter had hoped to thwart the project during the permitting process last week, but those efforts failed when the council vot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    "Special" Meeting Tonight Likely to Touch on Crystal City Smelter

    The Crystal City Planning & Zoning Committee will hold a "special" meeting tonight ostensibly to discuss a controversial smelter project slated for construction in the Jefferson County municipality. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall and is expected include a public comment session, al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Opponents of Crystal City Smelter Poised for Thursday Night Showdown

    This just in from the Concerned Citizens for Crystal City (C4). Mining concern Wings Enterprises of Sullivan, Missouri, is moving forward with its plans to build a controversial iron-ore smelter in the Jefferson County town of Crystal City.On Thursday night, the Crystal City Planning and Zoning Boar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Citizens' Group Lands Purchase of Festus Airport

    In a unanimous decision, the Festus City Council agreed last night to sell its municipal airport to an investor group that plans to expand the facility's runway while also creating a mixed-use development on the property. The group of nearly 50 investors, calling themselves Citizens for Airport Econ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Sale of Airport Could Clear Way for Iron-Ore Smelter

    Remember the controversy last year surrounding a proposed iron-ore smelter in Crystal City? I do, but then that's because I spent weeks journeying to Jefferson County to report on a citizens group's effort to derail the project despite the wishes of City Hall and developer Jim Kennedy of Wings Enter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Crystal City Smelter Lands in Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal reports today on the ongoing debate to bring an iron-ore smelter to Crystal City. Click image for a higher-resolution version. The story, "Jobs Unwanted," compares Crystal City to that of many factory towns looking to revive themselves as the nation’s economy transfo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    Anti-Smelter Slate Wins in Crystal City

    Residents of Crystal City couldn't keep their elected officials from approving a plan last December to bring an iron-ore smelter to their Jefferson County township. Yesterday many of those same residents expressed their continued disapproval for the project in the one place their opinions count: the ... More >>

  • News

    February 6, 2008
  • News

    January 16, 2008


    Crystal City forges one hell of a deal.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 28, 2007

    This Week's Issue

    Keegan Hamilton makes a stop on Waterford Crystal Drive in Dardenne Prairie, where lives were forever altered by cyberspace. There's a big stink in Crystal City over plans for an iron-ore smelter. Join Chad Garrison, and take a whiff. In the stirring documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Un ... More >>

  • News

    November 28, 2007


    Lawsuits fly as Crystal City residents try to stop construction of a pig iron production plant.

  • News

    March 8, 2006

    Death Cleaners

    Meet the people who scrape up the most godawful messes in Missouri

  • News

    September 1, 2004


    The answer to Larry Bird's prayers for a white basketball savior might reside just off Highway 67 in Poplar Bluff

  • News

    December 31, 2003

    Know News?

    The year in review: A quiz (For answers, see last page)

  • News

    December 26, 2001

    Heavy-Metal Racket

    John Chamis and other residents of lead-contaminated Herculaneum are tired of getting jerked around by regulators and by Doe Run. They're demanding answers -- and results.

  • News

    November 21, 2001
  • News

    September 19, 2001

    Keepin' It Real

    Cherokee Street is trying to reclaim its working-class heritage. But the power brokers have made their peace with poverty.

  • News

    June 27, 2001

    Going Ape

    Suzy the Chimp is dead, her teenage killer faces charges and there's bad blood all around

  • News

    January 17, 2001

    Cementing a Deal

    A giant quarry and the world's largest cement kiln are being welcomed by Ste. Genevieve County. But the operation may leave St. Louis gasping for air.

  • News

    February 16, 2000

    News-Telegraph Dies, Victim of Drug Overdose

    The major news outlet for St. Louis' gay and lesbian community folds; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles

  • News

    September 22, 1999


    Crystal City golden boy Bill Bradley owns up to toking, then turns the tables on his inquisitors

  • News

    August 25, 1999
  • News

    August 18, 1999


    Presidential candidate George W. Bush's campaign is raking in big bucks from St. Louis' wealthiest suburbs -- but those same donors are also ingratiating themselves with Democratic contenders

  • News

    July 14, 1999

    Short Cuts

    Radio Free St. Louis Goes to Jail; Ald Bauer, Get Your Ass Out of Town; The Crotchety Senator from Crystal City

  • News

    November 25, 1998

    Of Wetlands and Wal-Marts

    One development at a time, Missouri has lost 87 percent of its wetlands. And that means more floods, more damage, more levees, more bucks. The story of one Supercenter and how progress comes at a price.