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JCPS superintendent: ‘Trust takes time’

Educator asking staff about district’s needs, plans to engage public before potential bond issue

Creating a school district bond is far from an overnight process. From the moment Jefferson City School District Superintendent Larry Linthacum started in July, he’s been drawing up plans to resolve the district’s overcrowded classrooms.

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Area school districts laying out plans for how to improve students’ performances

MAP-ping for success

Missouri’s new standardized test scores were a mixed bag of results. Some schools did really well, while others say their scores leave a lot of room for improvement as they adjust to the new standards.

Drug-testing policies of government agencies vary due to Fourth Amendment concerns

Random approach to drug tests?

Even as most private companies have instituted policies to require employee drug testing, the practice is far more restricted for governments, as they have to prove the drug test does not violate the Fourth Amendment’s protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”

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First patients arrive Monday at Capital Region expansion

Physicians will begin seeing patients Monday inside Capital Region Medical Center’s (CRMC) 115,000-square-foot expansion.

Fire investigations crucial, yet complicated in determining causes

Jefferson City fires were in the news at least twice last week — within about 24 hours of each other. Both served to renew attention on two of the firefighters’ jobs — fighting and extinguishing fires, then figuring out what caused them.

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Hundreds turn out for JC Multicultural Fair and Harvest Fest

With a constant line out the gate, Harvest Fest featured complimentary food, drinks, pumpkin painting and tours of the mansion. Hundreds also turned out for the 15th annual Jefferson City Multicultural Fair that went on at the same time across the street.

Lawyers considering next steps in Dixon case

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled Thursday the state made too many mistakes to revoke Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon’s peace officer’s license — without holding new hearings.

NAACP awards social justice advocates at annual dinner

As Reuben Shelton, president of the Missouri Bar Association, celebrated the work of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Saturday night, he remembered how the organization played an integral role in his father’s life.

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Entertainment brings home message of proper dental care

Mid-Missouri pediatric dentist says prevention is key to oral health

A young boy and girl stood in front of their Fatima Elementary classmates earlier this week inside the school gymnasium dressed in white cloth to represent teeth. They volunteered to help illustrate proper dental care during a two-man sketch put on by Delta Dental.

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Greg Medlin — A new avenue to advancing the arts

Whatever is a creative outlet, that’s where Greg Medlin will be found. The technical events manager at the Miller Performing Arts Center started early as a vocalist and instrumentalist, then moved into the visual arts in college.

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Thousands flock to Apple Festival in Versailles

In its 36th year Saturday, the Olde Tyme Apple Festival in Versailles proved why it still holds honors, with thousands of visitors in attendance for more than 20 different activities held throughout weekend.

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Homemade barbecue sauce hits area markets

Ronnie Childs’ barbecue sauce recipe took 10 years to perfect. It took more than 35 years to make it to tables outside the circle of his family and friends.

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BizBeat: Summit Villa nursing home doubling in size

The Guthrie family has owned and managed Summit Villa Assisted Living for five years, and decided this year to add a second 46-bed assisted living facility to make its full capacity 92 beds.

BizBeat: Freeman Mortuary to renovate chapel

A complete renovation of Freeman Mortuary’s second-floor chapel will keep the funeral home from hosting funerals on site for four to six weeks, but it will remain open for family consultations and operations.

BizBeat: Store openings slated at Capital Mall

Two national retailers will open for business in Capital Mall in the coming week.

Jefferson City man dies in car, moped accident

A Jefferson City man driving a moped died after being rear-ended Friday night.

Fire Prevention Week safety: Smoke alarms send message

If I asked you where the smoke alarms are in your home, could you tell me? Like many people, you may not know where they have been installed. However, location matters when it comes to smoke alarms.

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Jefferson City man inducted into swing dance hall of fame

Charles Stone, president of the Jefferson City Swing Dance Club, was inducted Sept. 5 into the American Bop Association (ABA) Hall Of Fame in St. Louis.

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From the Stacks: Advice book provides straightforward tips on grief

One day, a patron came up to the information desk to express her disappointment the title “How to Survive the Loss of a Love” was checked out to someone else. She shared, “This book saved my life.”

Building permits issued in September 2015

Jefferson City issued 33 building permits during September 2015, as follows.