en Students in Chatfield’s special needs program provide stockings for troops <img src="" alt="Stephanie Ratke, receptionist at Chatfield Senior High School, helps Paige Cutter pack items into a Christmas stocking." title="Stephanie Ratke, receptionist at Chatfield Senior High School, helps Paige Cutter pack items into a Christmas stocking." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> For the 12th year, students in Chatfield Senior High School&rsquo;s special needs program gathered to stuff stockings for American troops at home and abroad.</p> <p> Toiletries, candy, snacks and toys filled the red and green stockings as Chatfield students, veterans and other community members worked in an assembly line to load each with care.</p> <p> Decked out in Santa hats, reindeer antlers and festive Christmas sweaters, Chatfield students laughed together before the event officially kicked off last Thursday.</p> Man steals car, robs pharmacy and bank in South Jeffco <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A man has been arrested after stealing a car in Lakewood and robbing several businesses in South Jeffco over the weekend.</p> Jeffco approves 2018 budget <p> The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners adopted the proposed 2018 budget in which the county&rsquo;s expenditures are projected to outpace its revenue. However, the commissioners urged at the Dec. 5 meeting that this cannot be a continuing trend.<br /> In the 2018 budget, the county has estimated $432.2 million in revenues and $556.1 million in expenses.<br /> Thus, Jeffco staff has budgeted $101.4 million in intra-county transactions and will withdraw $22.5 million from the county&rsquo;s fund balance to make up the difference.<br /> Two South Jeffco teachers win Jeffco Hero Awards <img src="" alt="Alisha Lindsey, social studies teacher at Bradford K-8 North, poses for a photo outside of her classroom." title="Alisha Lindsey, social studies teacher at Bradford K-8 North, poses for a photo outside of her classroom." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A teacher can influence a student for a lifetime.</p> <p> This year, two South Jeffco teachers &mdash; Barb Weisiger, a gifted and talented teacher at Coronado Elementary School, and Alisha Lindsey, a middle school teacher from Bradford K-8 North &mdash; were recognized with a Jeffco Hero Award last month. It&rsquo;s the second year in a row that two of the winners have come from the area.</p> Pre-trial motions hearing continued for former Morrison officer <p> The motions hearing has been continued in the case of a former Morrison police officer arrested in connection with theft, attempt to influence a public servant, embezzlement and forgery.</p> <p> Anthony Paul Joiner, 38, will return to court Monday for a pre-trial motions hearing, though there were talks of a plea deal in court on Thursday.</p> <p> Joiner, once second-in-command at the Morrison Police Department, is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the town between December 2010 and February 2016. He was indicted in July on 29 counts and pleaded not guilty in October.</p> Suspect sought in beauty supply store robbery <p> The Jefferson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office is searching for a man accused of robbing a Sally Beauty in South Jeffco on Monday morning.</p> <p> The suspect, described by the sheriff&rsquo;s office as a thin, black male, was armed when he robbed the beauty supply store around 9:20 a.m. He was last seen wearing a black cap, black bandana, black pants and a light beige coat and carrying a white plastic bag with a red heart on it. The suspect is said to be around 6 feet tall and in his 20s.</p> Morrison town board approves budget <p> Morrison&rsquo;s town board on Dec. 5 unanimously approved the 2018 budget, a spending plan that will require the town to transfer approximately $624,000 from its reserves.</p> <p> The town expects to begin 2018 with $4.45 million in its general fund balance and $1.38 million in its utility fund balance. With $2.34 million estimated in general fund revenues and $2.96 million estimated in expenditures, Morrison plan to transfer $624,261 from its general fund reserves. Doing so would leave approximately $3.82 million in the town&rsquo;s general fund balance at the year&rsquo;s end.</p> Local zoologist encourages Colorow students to do what they love <p> Students at Colorow Elementary learned about animals of all sorts on Dec. 6 when Dave Johnson visited the school.</p> <p> Johnson, a zoologist at the Denver Zoo, conservationist and self-proclaimed &ldquo;animal nerd,&rdquo; shared his experiences working with animals in Colorado and across the world, and showed photos and treasures from his travels.</p>