Stories by Gerry
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 removed, then restored a page started by a group of University of Missouri alumni seeking a “reasoned response” to racism claims at MU.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cole County Historical Society on Sunday honored longtime downtown business owners Bob and Bobbie Herman with the Hope Award.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After 27 years at Immaculate Conception School, Sister Josetta Eveler is leaving a family of many to care for a single family member.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At his 99th birthday celebration at Heisinger Bluffs on Sunday, E. John Knapp was planning his future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Lucas Fitzpatrick has resigned, effective Tuesday, citing new job duties that have created a strain on his time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like the rest of the state, Jefferson City’s school district has struggled to recruit minority employees.
Several inspirational ideas, words in 20-minute speech lacked attribution
Lincoln University’s 2015 commencement speaker appears to have used the wit and wisdom of others — without using attribution.
Jefferson City High School graduated 625 seniors Sunday evening as leaders in the class honored those who helped them along the way, while acknowledging the bonds they have as classmates.
Celebration marks 10th anniversary for Calvary Lutheran High School
Calvary Lutheran High School supporters celebrated the school’s first decade with prayer, song, memories and food Sunday afternoon.
‘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.”
Local developer working with St. Mary’s, other parties
A new plan to renovate the old St. Mary’s Health Center could be similar to a failed plan last year, with at least one key difference: With no state funding, Farmer Development Co. would step into the picture.
But public perception of the incidents often was distorted
An audit that primarily examined behavioral issues at Moreau Heights Elementary School found problems with leadership and inconsistent processes, as well as communications and chain-of-command issues that cause an appearance of “disjointedness” in the district.
Low bid far exceeds planned expense
The Cole County Commission on Tuesday awarded a contract to Air Systems of Columbia to replace the heating/cooling system at the Prenger Family Center.
As early as November, Jefferson City voters could see another funding appeal from the local school district to address what it describes as a critical need to expand facilities.
Jefferson City High School seniors begin graduation festivities
The Rev. Troy Easley told Jefferson City High School graduating seniors success in life isn’t an accident, it’s a choice, and the decisions they make in the next few years will shape their lives.
Andrew and Katherine Sartorius were wide-eyed upon entering the old Exchange Bank on downtown High Street Sunday, as part of the annual “Hidden Spaces, Secret Places” tour.
Mystery solved: roofing company’s drone caught on video
The mysterious flying object video recorded in Jefferson City earlier this week has garnered more than 50,000 views online — and a simple explanation that might disappoint UFO enthusiasts. It was a drone.