⚡️ Eureka Explosion, Golf Glory & A New French Café

👋 Good Morning, West County!

In today’s ⚡️ West County Pulse newsletter:

  • 🏠 A Eureka House Explosion

  • ⛳️ A Junior Golf Champ

  • 🥐 A French Café Expansion

Let’s jump into today’s newsletter!

Jared Michel


🚒 Firefighters Respond to Massive Home Blast

Firefighters battled a sudden house explosion near Eureka on Friday night. The blast, felt miles away, drew a multi-department response to River Ends Drive. Crews meticulously searched the debris until Saturday morning. Two occupants are safe, while authorities are still locating a third resident.

🏌️ CBC's Ackermann Swings to Junior Am Victory

CBC's Harper Ackermann just hit a hole-in-one for his golf career! The rising senior clinched the Metropolitan Junior Amateur title with a sizzling 17-under-par performance. Ackermann's steady nerves and precise shots led to a record-breaking round at Aberdeen Golf Club, providing a much-needed confidence boost for future tournaments.

🏐 Serving Up Success for At-Risk Youth

The Chesterfield Sports Association recently fully funded a summer camp for underserved youth at their sports complex. The program went beyond sports skills, incorporating discussions about life choices and consequences. Young adult counselors from the community guided campers, fostering a sense of belonging and growth in a supportive environment.

👮 New Cops on the Block: STL Co. Welcomes 21

St. Louis County just got a little safer! Twenty-one new officers, including the county's first-ever police legacy, graduated from the academy. With the force currently at 956 officers, these fresh recruits are a much-needed boost. They're fired up and ready to protect their community!


🥐 New Café Joins French Fave in Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur's culinary scene just got a French twist! La Bonne Bouchée, the beloved French restaurant and patisserie, has expanded its offerings with a new café. The grand opening on 6/25 featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony and live coverage by 105.7 The Point. Locals can now enjoy coffee and smoothies alongside their favorite French treats.

🎀 Lumiere Lights Up Senior Living Scene

A touch of Paris has arrived in Chesterfield! The Lumiere of Chesterfield, a new retirement and assisted living facility, celebrated its grand opening last week. This luxurious community, just 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis, offers personalized care and French-inspired amenities. Large windows illuminate the apartments and common areas, symbolizing the facility's namesake.

🚜 Bulldozers Set for Mall Makeover Magic

Chesterfield's skyline is about to change dramatically! The Staenberg Group has announced October 15 as the start date for Chesterfield Mall's demolition. This six-month process paves the way for a $2 billion mixed-use development called Downtown Chesterfield, featuring apartments, offices, retail spaces, and a hotel.

🍽️ Cheesecake Factory: Gone But Not Forgotten

Chesterfield's cheesecake lovers, don't despair! The Cheesecake Factory at the Chesterfield Mall is closing August 31, but it might not be gone for good. Developer Tim Lowe has hinted at a possible return as part of the upcoming $2 billion Downtown Chesterfield project.


Creve Coeur

🖥️ City Permits Go Digital: No Lines, No Wait

Creve Coeur just flipped the switch on convenience! The city's new online permitting tool will revolutionizing how residents handle building-related tasks. From submitting applications to scheduling inspections, everything's now at your fingertips. Say goodbye to paperwork. Checkout the new permitting portal here.

🎸 Rock Your Summer in Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur is reminding residents about its 2024 Recreation Program Guide. The city wants to ensure everyone's aware of the summer activities available, including concerts, youth sports, and fitness programs. This friendly nudge aims to help residents plan their summer fun and take full advantage of local recreational offerings. Checkout the full program guide here.


🌿 Ellisville Debates Drive-Thru Dispensary

Ellisville's City Council is weighing the pros and cons of a drive-thru cannabis dispensary. The proposed shop would replace the old Steak 'n Shake on Manchester Road, offering pre-ordered products for pickup. Initially opposed, neighboring Silky's Frozen Custard now supports the idea, citing potential improvements for both businesses.


🚒 New Chief Takes the Helm in Eureka

Eureka's firefighting force is under new command. The Board of Directors has promoted Assistant Chief Scott Barthelmass to Fire Chief, following Greg Brown's retirement. Brown's three-decade tenure of exemplary leadership comes to an end, as Barthelmass gears up to lead the department into its next chapter.

🚔 Eureka PD's History Night at 6

The Eureka Police Department is presenting its history tonight at 6pm. The event, held at the firehouse on 109, will showcase the evolution of local law enforcement. Attendees will learn about the department's journey from its early days to the present, including changes in equipment, tactics, and community relations over the years.


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📆 This Week


Summer Concert: Spectrum Band @ Faust Park, 7pm to 9pm


Twin Oaks Concert in the Park: Laytham & Holmes @ Twin Oaks Park, 6:30pm to 9pm


Stars & Stripes 5K, 10K, and Kids Fun Run @ Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, 8:30am
Manchester 4th of July Celebration @ Schroeder Park, 6pm
Eureka Independence Day Celebration in Downtown Eureka, 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Chesterfield 4th of July Fireworks @ Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, 6:30pm
Ellisville Independence Day Festivities @ Bluebird Park, 7pm
Six Flags 4th of July Fireworks @ Six Flags, 9:05pm


Creve Coeur Plein Air Art Event @ Millenium Park, All day

📆➡️ Next Week

Sunday July 7th

Creve Coeur Plein Air Art Event @ Millenium Park, All day

Monday July 8th

Creve Coeur Plein Air Art Event @ Millenium Park, All day

Tuesday July 9th

Creve Coeur Plein Air Art Event @ Millenium Park, All day
Summer Concert: The Hey Days @ Faust Park, 7pm to 9pm

Wednesday July 10th

Creve Coeur Plein Air Art Event @ Millenium Park, All day
Ballwin Summer Concert: Fanfare @ New Ballwin Park, 7pm to 9pm

Thursday July 11th

Creve Coeur Plein Air Art Event Reception @ Millenium Park, All day
Creve Coeur Summer Concert: Jeremiah Johnson @ Millenium Park, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ellisville Concert: Showdown @ Bluebird Park, 7pm to 9pm

Saturday July 13th

Sounds of Summer: Night Fever & Dancing Queen @ Chesterfield Amphitheater, 6pm


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