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Seat belt inforcement effort begins today

The Jefferson City Police Department will join other law enforcement agencies across the state starting today for “Click It or Ticket” in an effort to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt violations and to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

Luther receives school public relations legacy award

David Luther, executive director of the Missouri School Public Relations Association, has been selected to receive the 2015 Barry Gaskins Mentor Legacy Award, given by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).

Scouts honor distinguished citizen

Robert Robuck received the first Distinguished Citizen Award from Great Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America. This award recognizes noteworthy and extraordinary leadership of citizens in communities across the United States.

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Lincoln University graduates 419 on Saturday

‘The tassel is worth the hassle’

Lincoln University’s 419 graduates were sent off on a soggy Saturday morning with a rousing speech from motivational speaker Patricia Russell-McCloud, who finished by emphasizing “never” 13 times in telling them to “never give up.”

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Observers: Senate’s end both rare and no big deal

Long-time Missouri Capitol observers kept saying they never had seen the type of filibuster the Senate’s Democrats launched during the session’s final three days. And both parties accused the other of stopping action on bills that still needed to be debated.

Is City Hall staffed appropriately?

City administrator looks at compensation study, new funding source for positions

In the last two years, nearly 20 positions have been eliminated at Jefferson City Hall, and the City Council likely will have to decide in the next budget cycle what the appropriate level of staffing is for the services provided.

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Galloway brings financial experience, young perspective to state auditor’s office

It’s the experience and not the age that matters, new Missouri Auditor Nicole R. Galloway said last week in an interview just two weeks after she took the job.

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New Bloomfield student with Down syndrome graduates

Although Chris Kampeter only attended New Bloomfield High School for one year before graduating Friday, his teachers, family and fellow students agree he has been an inspiration for many.

Holiday inn Express breaks ground in Kingdom City

A new hotel is coming soon along I-70. A Holiday Inn Express will be located near McDonald’s in Kingdom City, between the Phillips 66 station and Carpet Values.

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Dan Lennon — New Tourism director can boast show business pedigree

Missouri’s new director of Tourism knows how to draw a crowd. As a member of a musical family, Dan Lennon entertained for more than a decade at the Lawrence Welk Resort Theater in Branson.

Jefferson City restaurant inspections for April 2015

Jefferson City’s Food Code requires food-service establishments be inspected at least once every six months. The inspections note critical and non-critical violations.

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BizBeat: Ana Marie’s Bridal now open

Jefferson City is back in the bridal business, as its only bridal shop, Ana Marie’s Bridal, officially opened May 2.

BizBeat: New e-cigarette store to open this month

Look Whooo’s Vapin’, a new e-cigarette store on the southeastern side of Jefferson City, is set to open by the end of May.

BizBeat: NuWay celebrates 60th anniversary

NuWay Concrete Forms is celebrating its 60th year in business during 2015, and will host an open house event in Jefferson City Monday to commemorate the anniversary.

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Century home restored to last another 100 years

Marshall Street home receives first Golden Hammer recognition of 2015

A century home has been restored to last at least another century.

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Historic family’s name lives on

From a residential space to government offices, Dix Apartment building remains a landmark

Neighbors of the Dix Apartments at 623 Capitol Ave. are the Walls at the Missouri State Penitentiary, the Col. Darwin Marmaduke House at 700 E. Capitol Ave. and the Lester Shepard Parker House at 624 E. Capitol Ave.

Ask a Master Gardener: From beet planting tips to avoiding feline pests and bare hanging baskets

I planted Detroit Dark Red beet seeds on March 10.

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Containing your garden

Short on space? Want more flexibility? Try container gardening

Using simple and sometimes unexpected materials for container gardening can provide practical solutions for growing plants, according to local Master Gardener Jeanne Schwaller.

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A garden with personality

Colorful flower beds, antique accessories earn Callahan garden May Yard of the Month

A wooded wonderland awaits visitors who trek out to 362 Cannondale to see the May Yard of the Month.

Area residents injured in wrecks

Two local residents were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment after a three-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Jefferson City.