Stories by Angie
Elizabeth Prenger is one of 91 in Blair Oaks High School’s graduating class of 2012. It is a class that shares many memories and at least one common trait: competitiveness.
For the 26 children who graduated from the Special Learning Center on Thursday, it was more than a rite of passage — it was the celebration of accomplished goals and hard work.
Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) recently received a grant that was used to purchase 36 new 19-inch LED, environmentally friendly, mercury-free EnergyStar computer monitors.
When a person decides to become a foster parent, he or she commits to taking care of and loving children who may come from the worst of circumstances.
Requests for help continue to grow, charity’s director says
The food gathered Saturday during the annual Food Carriers Food Drive will help restock empty shelves at the Samaritan Center and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, along with various other local food banks that will benefit from the drive.
As far as they know, a “Bridgewalk” across Jefferson City's bike bridge on the Missouri River is something new, and they hope to make it their trademark fundraiser each year.
In 2006, Bob Haslag had been retired for five years and was looking for something to do when his phone rang one day.
On Friday during a celebration of Nurses Week, Lyndsey Hees, a Lincoln University nursing student, was awarded the first Sister Mary Jean Ryan Lincoln University Nursing Scholarship.
Mike Beck is a man who in his own right deserves honor and recognition. Like most other veterans, however, he prefers to focus on honoring others.
Sometimes the person you fall in love with is not the person you thought they were at all. Sometimes, the issue is small, and a compromise can be made. But for some, tension begins to build, tempers flare and eventually violence occurs.
“A Good American” has been selected as the 2012 Capital Read hosted by Missouri River Regional Library.
Osage City landmark being razed for railroad bridge
The demolition of an Osage City landmark started Wednesday.
Hoping to reach out to other families affected by Down syndrome, a team of volunteer families have come together to form The Central Missouri Down Syndrome Family Network.
Veronica Thomas is excited and ready to leave her mark on the annual Reading Buddies program at Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City.
Male relationships explored
When Scene One opens its doors at 7 p.m. today, the audience will be in for a shock.
Storytelling itself is an art and a longstanding tradition in oral history that is said to be “addictive.”
Getting an early start on learning will be a big focus of Jefferson City’s efforts to celebrate Week of the Young Child this year, which begins Sunday and ends April 28.
Twenty-two years ago, Alease Howard walked out of her home on Marshall Street where Jefferson City High School students used to gather, doing “what high school kids do before school,” looked down and found a class ring.
Peggy Talken recalls the long, stressful hours she and her family spent during her mother’s final hours of fighting cancer.
As aspiring nurses, the members of Lincoln University’s Student Nurses Association chose to care for others.
April Brewer loves getting her hands in the dirt, and she loves the Special Learning Center.
Greg Rackers loves to see a smile, give a smile and share a smile.
Evaluations key to education improvements, careers, experts say
Evaluating teachers’ performance would be a key component for district administrators deciding which teachers would be laid off, under provisions of a bill the Missouri Senate debated last week.
“It is time to shine” is the slogan for SERVE Jeff City, a local volunteer group hoping to organize about 300 volunteers to work April 21 on various beautification projects throughout the city.
Lincoln University’s Dance Troupe wants you to go on a journey with them. “The Journey” is the theme for the 36th annual spring dance recital.
Two days after a 14-hour hearing about why a Blair Oaks elementary school principal’s contract wasn’t renewed, a closed school board meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday to review the hearing’s transcripts and potentially make a decision on her appeal.
An idea, a thought and a hope that the National Guard would agree to transport goods to those living in Panama is how the mission started.
Some at hearing upset focus not on more important issues
Since hearing on Feb. 10 that Blair Oaks Elementary School Principal Lorie Winslow’s contract would not be renewed for the next school year, parents have rallied around her.
Mike Sapp has served the county for five years as the only officer responding to nuisance calls and complaints.
The non-renewal of a contract for a Blair Oaks Elementary School principal has rallied parents and community members for months.
The Jefferson City/Cole County Library Board unanimously voted to have a 10-cent levy increase placed on the Cole County ballot in August.
Educator requests explanation for non-renewal
Blair Oaks Elementary Principal Lorie Winslow has requested an open hearing on the school board’s February decision not to renew her contract.
The Missouri River Regional Library board has recommended putting a 10-cent levy increase on the August ballot to help make repairs to an aging library and to meet rising day-to-day operating expenses.
Before she was even thinking about a career, Marilyn Sharp would spend Sundays after church combing and styling her aunt’s hair.
Hand-sanded curves, customplaced axles, strategic weight placed in strategic locations. Hoping their car is the fastest, their design the coolest.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, some of the city’s first Girl Scouts and integral leaders of their time are hoping local, current Girl Scouts would join them for a tea to share stories and history.
For years, Roberta and Bob Gumm would go to the annual Missouri River Regional/ABLE book Sale at the Capital Mall, browsing and buying the books. They would look for mysteries and novels; he looked for technical manuals.
Cooking dinner already seems like a daunting task after a day of work.
Brian Bray is the man to thank for the 14,000-plus DVD collection at Missouri River Regional Library.
Fifty years ago, skaters began the tradition of an annual ice show, and when they take to the ice for the annual ice show this month, organizers say everything from the costumes to songs and tributes are meant to, in some way, honor the 50 years of hard work and education from the skating community in Jefferson City.
Organizers estimate Scouting for Food collected 20,000 pounds
In just a few hours of work, spread out over a week, local Boys Scouts were able to raise more than 20,000 pounds of food during the annual Scouting for Food food drive this weekend.
Late last month, Family Counseling Center not only celebrated 40 years of providing mental health services to Mid-Missouri Families, the group also announced its merger with Compass Health.
About 20 people showed up to support elementary principal Lorie Winslow at Wednesday’s special school board meeting for the Blair Oaks School District. But Greg Russell, board president, announced the issues in the closed session would not be pertain to Winslow or any other personnel issues.
The United Way of Central Missouri does not plan to cut services for seniors like its Columbia-based counterpart, local officials say.
The Blair Oaks school board officially announced Wednesday that the panel had voted 6-1 to not renew the contract of its elementary school principal, after an eight-hour meeting in which more than 150 people turned out to speak in her support.
The regularly scheduled Blair Oaks School board meeting was anything but normal Tuesday night when more than 100 people filled the middle school library to voice support for an elementary principal whose contract was not being renewed.
Officials fear expense will force cuts in some counties
Despite the room being chilly, seven volunteers stood in an assembly line, packing beanie weenies, beefaroni, juice boxes, fruit cups, cereal and vanilla wafers for 899 Cole County children who receive a Buddy Pack.
No one likes to get shots, and Jessi Kempker, RN, immunization coordinator for the Cole County Health Department, knows that firsthand.
The United Way of Central Missouri is now officially ready for 2012.
Since the beginning of the year, heroin has appeared in the news with increasing frequency — reports of overdoses, arrests linked to robberies and assaults with ties to the Capital City’s newest and fastest growing drug problem.