Gerry Tritz


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Soybeans produce record yields, but less income

It’s confirmed: Missouri’s 2014 bumper soybean crop broke two yield records. But area farmers aren’t laughing all the way to the bank.

Petition seeks statewide vote on marijuana legalization

Between now and May 8, you might be asked to sign a petition seeking a statewide vote on legalizing marijuana in Missouri.

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Lights dimmed for ‘Mr. Christmas’

Every year, Jack Steppelman brightened Jefferson City with his home Christmas lights display, and every year he said it would be his last. On Monday — four days after Christmas — he died at the age of 85.

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Unity through song

About 170 people marched downtown on High Street Sunday afternoon with the simple idea of uniting the community through song.

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Home tour brings note of history

It’s probably apt that Villa Panorama Mansion was included in Sunday’s Heisinger Homes Tour. The home at 1310 Swifts Highway has a history of being open to the community in various ways.

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Military museum grows 7-fold, draws large crowd to opening

About 200 people attended the grand opening of the new Museum of Missouri Military History, which features three times the space as the old museum, interactive displays, virtual exhibits and a 1967 Cobra attack helicopter.

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Faith Voices marchers continue call for justice

About 100 people participated in Sunday’s Faith Voices of Jefferson City march and rally to show solidarity with the residents of Ferguson and to push for police reforms in black communities.

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Bans: Real challenge for libraries

Most efforts to ban books, DVDs come from parents

More Missouri River Regional Library patrons attempt to ban DVDs than books these days, the library’s teen services librarian told a group on Sunday.

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Friends a perfect fit for fundraising

Chicago-area friends Katie Arnold and Samantha Laufer recently quit their jobs and embarked on a yearlong journey of fundraising and fitness across the United States, stopping by Jefferson City on Sunday to lead a fundraiser.

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Liberty Road Baptists packs Christmas gift boxes for Third World kids

It started by packing a few shoe boxes with gifts — a simple way to give Christmas presents to Third World children while also spreading the message of Christianity. Now, tens of thousands of churches are involved in sending millions of boxes a year.

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