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Church-wide effort draws area residents to Westphalia

For Tuscumbia residents Ken and Norma Runge, Sunday’s St. Joseph Catholic Church Fall Picnic in Westphalia was an intimate gathering, despite attendance that more than tripled the size of the small town.

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After 40 years, ‘Mama’ Guerrant prepares to … retire?

She told the ROTC’s students and the Army professionals she didn’t want to spoil last Friday’s “Hall of Fame” celebration — that they shouldn’t make a big deal of her announcement that she’ll retire next summer, at the end of this school year.

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Mid-Missouri band joins label, releases record, prepares for tour

Battling cancer and a new album, Shaman’s Harvest’s lead singer tells all

Local band Shaman’s Harvest has gone through years of struggling — balancing the band with families and part-time jobs. At times, they’ve questioned whether they should continue.

Air Force veteran’s career spans 2 decades, worldwide locations

Through hindsight, Ken Meller’s military career assumes the semblance of a pinball game, with duty assignments bouncing across the bumpers of the United States and into overseas locations in Europe and the Pacific.

Researchers seek to combat bat disease

Researchers studying a deadly bat disease are turning their attention to a type of bacteria that inhibits fungal growth.

Chili cookoff to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is holding its sixth annual chili cookoff from 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in Jefferson City at Prison Brews, 305 Ash St.

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Community rallies for Maelyne fundraiser

Two blocks of downtown Russellville were covered with generosity Saturday as members of the community did their part to support the family of Maelyne Cartee, a second grader recovering from head trauma at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

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Legislator: Highway Patrol answers on training lacking

Third hearing slated on aftermath of merger of highway, water patrols

A Camdenton state legislator is dissatisfied with how the Missouri Highway Patrol is responding to questions in the wake of the May death of a handcuffed man who was in the custody of a trooper.

State agencies, medical centers prepare for Ebola

Both hospitals in Jefferson City — St. Mary’s and Capital Region — have taken a proactive approach to adopting the necessary guidelines for handling any patients who present the symptoms of the Ebola virus.

Big contributions, spending: Looking at campaign finance reports

On Friday, the Washington, D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee gave another $10,700 to the RSLC-Missouri PAC — bringing its total donation to the Missouri political action committee to $210,700.

JC Council looks to create environment for business growth

As Jefferson City prepares to start a new fiscal year Nov. 1, some officials are closely watching the city’s revenues, which have largely remained flat in the last few years.

Generating revenue — What are sources of Jefferson City’s funds?

The News Tribune sat down with Jefferson City officials to discuss the city’s existing revenues and whether, after several years of tight budgets, the city needs to look at increasing its revenues.

JC school district to explore new bell schedule

To make school bus transportation available to more students without raising costs, a new bell schedule has been proposed for the Jefferson City Public Schools.

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Tia Griffin engineers prominent projects in city

When it comes to designing engineering projects for Jefferson City, Tia Griffin is the last woman standing. It makes for a busy workday for Griffin, who has worked as a design engineer for the city for eight years and as an intern for three years.

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Halloween happenings readied at Lake of the Ozarks

From haunted hayrides to costume contests, spooky surprises await the whole family

With more than 25 differenct activities, Halloween at Lake of the Ozarks is abundant with something for the whole family, including costume contest parties, concerts and activities for adults at Lake Area resorts, restaurants and nightclubs, and family-friendly haunted hayrides, trick-or-treat “spooktaculars” and even an appearance from Vlad Dracula.

Fly-In event draws wide crowd

Hundreds of people and dozens of pilots took advantage of Saturday’s perfect weather to enjoy Jefferson City Memorial Airport’s Annual Open House and Fly-In.

Huber expansion will mean more jobs in next 5 years

Huber and Associates celebrated an expansion of the company’s Mid-Missouri headquarters last week.

BizBeat: Victoria’s Bridal to close at end of October

Victoria’s Bridal and Formal Wear will close its Jefferson City store at the end of the month after more than 20 years in business.

BizBeat: Wilson’s Fitness gears up for big move

Wilson’s Fitness has found its Jefferson City home in the Capital Mall for approximately 14 years. It has grown significantly over the years, expanding and making use of the space around it.

BizBeat: Entrepreneurs test their ideas Saturday

The third annual Pitch It & Win It contest will be held Saturday morning. The event, hosted by StartUp JC and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce is designed to let entrepreneurs test their ideas for a new business venture to local business professionals.