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Gerry Tritz

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Checking out a Little Library

Girl, 11, opens new chapter in neighborhood reading

Emma Huett, 11, is sharing her love of reading to others in a different sort of way — by starting her own library.

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'Our work is not done'

Call for community action highlights MLK celebration

A Kansas City reverend and community organizer on Sunday urged Second Baptist Church’s congregation to leave the so-called safety of church stained-glass windows and affect change in the community.

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Climate of fear stirs immigration-refugee debate

A presentation on “The Migrant and Refugee Crisis: A Christian Response” at Grace Episcopal Church Sunday morning led to a spirited discussion about a compassionate response balanced with fears of terrorism.

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Here come the brides

Bridal Spectacular sparkles with ideas for future nuptials

Ashley Forck, a bride-to-be, came with friend Crystal Glaze to the annual Bridal Spectacular, hoping to get some ideas for honeymoon locations after her April 16 wedding.

Hallmark store closing at mall

Kirlin’s Hallmark, one of the original Capital Mall stores, announced after Christmas that it plans to close after Jan. 3.

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Local rivers surge out of banks

Scott Randolph stood in the steady downpour, watching at the rising flood waters approaching his home in Osage City late Sunday afternoon. Although he was worried about the potential effect on him, he was more concerned for his neighbors.

Push for tobacco tax takes new road

The association representing Missouri convenience stores and petroleum is making a first-time initiative petition push for higher taxes on cigarettes and tobacco, and it now says it wants the money to go to transportation.

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Kids being kids makes this Nativity special

It wasn’t a slick, well-rehearsed Christmas production, but then again, it wasn’t meant to be.

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What makes Special Learning Center special

At the Special Learning Center, Luke Wildhaber gets regular speech, occupational and physical therapy. Now, he looks forward to going to school, and he comes home happy, eager to show off any new skill he’s learned.

Wreaths for Heroes set for Saturday

The sixth annual Wreaths for Heroes program will take place Saturday, with volunteers laying wreaths at the graves of 1,587 veterans who are buried at the National Cemetery on East McCarty Street.

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Gardeners' 'hidden gem' gets visit from Santa, kids

Grayson Moore, 7, hopped on Santa’s lap, eager to tell the Jolly Old Elf about the skateboard, basketball hoop and cat that he wants for Christmas.

#GivingTuesday: Global campaign filters down to JC

United Way, Lincoln and Salvation Army will work to raise funds

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are household terms. Now, there’s a global push for a new day to be added to your vocabulary: #GivingTuesday.

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‘Angels’ with an Xbox

Gamers surprise area disabled boy for birthday

Ginger Wynn’s son, Dakoyta, was born prematurely with a brain injury that causes cerebral palsy. Fourteen years later, he’s endured a host of medical ailments as well as surgeries that have caused him to have to relearn to walk twice.

Facebook removes, restores Truth Matters MU page

Facebook removed, then restored a page started by a group of University of Missouri alumni seeking a “reasoned response” to racism claims at MU.

MU alumni combat protests with social media campaign

A group of University of Missouri alumni has formed to combat the notion that racism is prevalent at the university, and to work with other groups to bring a “reasoned response” to the recent racial tensions and to any problems that do exist.

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'You won't forget it for the rest of your life'

Prenger brothers bask in respect shown to Honor Flight veterans

When Jefferson City-area brothers Donald and John Prenger finished their respective tours in Vietnam, they didn’t face the hostility that some of their fellow soldiers faced. But they weren’t greeted with open arms either.

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Exhibit features local artists with eye for holiday season

Each of Sunny Hodge’s paintings of animals — mostly dogs — featured on Sunday has a story, and Hodge was excited to tell them all to visitors at Capital Arts “Give the Gift of Art” event.

Making the transition

Second-year program helps children with issues fit in traditional classroom setting

Jefferson City Public Schools’ transition classroom, a little-known program in the Miller Center that serves just a handful of students, is making some transitions of its own.

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Hope Award: Historical Society honors the Hermans

The Cole County Historical Society on Sunday honored longtime downtown business owners Bob and Bobbie Herman with the Hope Award.

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Former governor tells Historical Society how state is beholden to his predecessor

Blair legacy

Former Gov. Bob Holden touted the accomplishments of the late James T. Blair Jr., a fellow Democrat and former Missouri governor, at Sunday’s 74th annual meeting of the Cole County Historical Society.

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Jami Wenzel: Self-made woman balances real estate sales, grocery store ownership

A self-made woman who balances being a grocery store owner and Realtor, Jami Wenzel’s advice to other women might be summed up by the Nike slogan: “Just do it.”

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Sheltered workshop employees treated to annual fall picnic

Abraham Whitten got behind the wheel of a revved-up race car capable of going 170 mph, then followed that up by chatting up four Mizzou cheerleaders, almost convincing one to give him her phone number.

Dyslexia dilemma

Parents, educators given ‘tools’ to cope with disorder

Dyslexia is a cognitive disorder that is often misunderstood, and even schools have a long way to go to understand it and make accommodations for students who have it, a master certified dyslexia tutor told a group of parents and educators on Sunday.

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Piano Praise returns

Three groups of 10 pianists on 5 pianos equals heavenly music

Praise through music is repeatedly encouraged in the Bible, and First Baptist Church is responding in multitude.

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100+ grandchildren on hand for Eugene couple’s Grandparents Day

Leonard and Rosemary Kempker of Eugene will celebrate Grandparents Day today in grand style, like they do with many other notable events throughout the year.

Bringing ‘good vibes’

Organizer pleased with first-time dance music event, hoped for larger attendance

The local man behind a first-of-a-kind dance music festival in Jefferson City over the weekend said the event was “awesome” despite a lower-than-expected turnout.

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Longtime Immaculate Conception sister accepts new calling

After 27 years at Immaculate Conception School, Sister Josetta Eveler is leaving a family of many to care for a single family member.

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Not too neighborly

Interchange project draws complaints from some residents; others keep eye on future

Neighbors of the Lafayette Street interchange give the project mixed reviews so far, with some saying it’s creating noise and safety issues, and others saying it creates temporary inconveniences for a long-term benefit.

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'Their sacrifice is not forgotten'

70 years since end of WWII marked with wreath-laying

Two World War II veterans on Sunday honored one of their fallen comrades — and all WWII vets who made the ultimate sacrifice — by placing a wreath at his grave during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

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Scores rally round Confederate battle flag

Some 150 people joined a Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) rally Sunday at the Capitol in support and defense of the Confederate battle flag, which has come under fire in recent months.

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Quinn Chapel offers prayers on anniversary of shooting

About 55 people attended Quinn Chapel AME’s one-year anniversary commemoration of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, with the local NAACP president saying not enough has been done to address such situations.

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85-year-old trying to solve lifelong puzzle

Off and on for nearly seven decades, a Jefferson City woman has been puzzled after receiving a nearly 600-year-old gift accompanied by a cryptic note. Now 85, Sue Overland is making one more attempt at solving a mystery from far in her past.

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99 and looking ahead

At his 99th birthday celebration at Heisinger Bluffs on Sunday, E. John Knapp was planning his future.

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Confederate flag rally planned for Saturday

Event set to begin in Fulton, end in Jefferson City

A Fulton man who recently formed the Missouri Confederate American Flag Supporters is organizing a Fulton-to-Jefferson City rally for the Confederate flag on Saturday.

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Feeling July chill

Ice arena opens season with a frosty day of fun

Jefferson City’s parks department held a skating/ice cream party for its supporters on Sunday, in advance of today’s reopening of the Washington Park Ice Arena for the season.

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JC fundraiser a first for Jack in the Box chain

Pre-opening event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

For a fundraiser to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), a group of local VIPs were selected to sample Jack in the Box menu items one day before the restaurant officially opened.

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Mid-Missouri native spots F-16 pilot after NC collision

A Taos, Mo., native who now serves in the U.S. Coast Guard was among those who rescued the pilot of an F-16 fighter jet involved in a mid-air crash on Tuesday.

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Local woman bitten by copperhead

Doris Smith remains hospitalized after snake strikes on July 4

A local woman has been hospitalized since the Fourth of July after she reached down to pick up what she thought was a stick and was struck by a copperhead.

Salute success

Few problems, good weather and revenues … and a marriage proposal

Jefferson City once again played host to some 50,000 people celebrating the country’s independence, and officials said the weather played a part in making the festival financially successful and without any major problems.

Holts Summit mayor tenders resignation

Holts Summit Mayor Lucas Fitzpatrick has resigned, effective Tuesday, citing new job duties that have created a strain on his time.

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Central United’s new pastor wants church more involved in neighborhood

Central United Church of Christ’s started as a neighborhood church for German immigrants, and its new pastor wants to reconnect the church to the neighborhood.

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Quinn Chapel feels love of area residents

More than two dozen area residents showed up before Quinn Chapel AME’s Sunday morning church service to show their support for the church in the wake of nine killings at an AME church in Charleston, S.C.

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Jessica Thiele — Finding rewards in a community of animals

For Jessica Thiele, the new veterinarian at Jefferson City”s Animal Shelter, making the move from a veterinary hospital is a big move, but a welcome one.

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Church program feeds youngsters during summer break

Kids streamed into Second Christian Church in Jefferson City over the lunch hour on Tuesday, some with parents and some by themselves, to take the church up on its offer for a sack lunch.

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Getting dirty for some good clean fun

Mud run offers family fun, funds for CLHS boosters

At Sunday’s Family Fun Mud Run, the lead of the race featured a neck-and-neck battle for first place between the overall male winner — a college freshman — and the overall female winner — a soon-to-be seventh-grader.

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United Way sets goal, leadership team

The United Way of Central Missouri announced Barb Prasad and Matt Tollerton as co-chairs for its upcoming fundraising campaign, which has a $1.8 million goal.

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Vision for outdoor garden railroad keeps chugging along

Train show set for Capital Mall this weekend

Two years ago, Randy Hackman and his father, Kenneth, set out to create the second-largest outdoor model railroad that’s open to the public.

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New eye on things

Helias installing new security system

When Helias Catholic High School students return this fall, the school will be equipped with a new Internet-based security camera system.

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Islamophobia, war on terror assailed

The U.S. War on Terror has ruined the lives of many innocent people and led to a general decline in civil liberties, according to speakers at a Capital Area Interfaith Alliance event on Sunday.

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Helias graduates told to 'live for others'

160 students pick up diplomas on Sunday

At Helias Catholic High School’s graduation Mass on Sunday, the Rev. Nicholas Reid told the school’s 160 graduates that the point of their lives is to live for others.

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