Brittany Ruess


News Tribune reporter

Recent Stories

Area nonprofit out of energy assistance funds

State agency holds hearing on 2016 federal grant application

Central Missouri Community Action, a regional nonprofit serving eight counties, ran out of its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds early this month, leaving it unable to help needy households with their cooling bills.

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Checking out new users

New library program targets millennials

Participants in the Missouri River Regional Library’s new millennial program went on a treasure hunt of sorts Monday night.

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Community garden, pantries battle low-income hunger, health with fresh food

85-year-old Jack Ryan, who lived through the Great Depression, is leading an effort to provide fresh produce to local food pantries.

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Acts of kindness benefit local veterans, their families

Two Jefferson City veterans were the recipients Saturday of community support through charitable acts. The veterans’ needs were met thanks to a coordinated effort led by local veteran advocate Pat Kerr.

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Report: Missouri ranks 26th in child well-being

A new national report places Missouri in the middle when it comes to child well-being. The Kids Count Data Book, an annual report conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, measures four indicators within four domains.

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Performance offers Special Learning Center students therapeutic opportunity

Spinning around in his wheelchair, 7-year-old Taylor Surprenant smiled as he and 10 other children danced inside the Special Learning Center. Though his movement is limited due to cerebral palsy, the sounds of music and children made Surprenant grin.

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Food 4 Kids feeds thousands this summer

The Food 4 Kids program provides Jefferson City area children, ages 18 and under, with sack lunches daily June 29-Aug. 18, when summer school has ended and the regular school year hasn’t started.

Area firefighters take extra precautions during extreme heat

Battling more than flames

Imagine having to carry around 70 pounds of extra weight when the temperature outside is 90 degrees or hotter.

United Way sets stage for annual campaign with businesses, agencies

When Tami Bock seeks donations for the United Way of Central Missouri 2015 fundraising campaign, she will talk about Ronnie Vieth, a longtime employee of Capitol Projects Inc., a Jefferson City sheltered workshop for disabled adults.

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Hospital expansion plan rejected

Fulton center sought to build 10-bed unit in Columbia

It’s back to the planning stage for supporters of a plan to build a 10-bed hospital in southern Columbia.

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