Stories by Gerry
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
The Himalaya Family Health Care Project is one organization seeking donations in the wake of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal.
An online video of a mysterious object in the Jefferson City sky Sunday evening has drawn thousands of online viewers, but no definitive answers.
A downtown High Street fire Sunday afternoon caused damage to Hair Plaza and smoke damage to nearby businesses, but caused no injuries.
The national commander of the American Legion spoke at the local American Legion on Sunday, saying that addressing brain injuries and post-traumatic stress syndrome among veterans is one of his key priorities.
Individual advocacy still can be effective
You may be just one person — as opposed to a Fortune 500 company with a fleet of high-powered lobbyists — but don’t assume that your voice won’t be heard if you go to Missouri's Capitol.
Two pairs in poker? Somewhat common. Two pairs of calves, not so common.
It was a CrimeStoppers tip that led to the arrest of three people for the killing of Johnny Evans.
It’s said large families aren’t conducive to generosity — siblings are left to fight for a smaller piece of the pie.
All 9 tenants escape unharmed; fate of several pets unknown
A Sunday morning fire destroyed a house containing five rental units at 201 Cherry St., just across Capitol Avenue from the old Missouri State Penitentiary.
Gillam Family Illusions is preparing for its fifth annual show in Jefferson City to benefit the Council for Drug Free Youth, and the local family isn’t resting on its laurels.
Jefferson City police have identified the man killed Sunday afternoon as 52-year-old Johnny Evans of Jefferson City.
Quinn Chapel AME’s youth group unveiled its second annual Black History Museum on Sunday, featuring a dozen prominent African Americans from baseball great Jackie Robinson to author/poet Maya Angelou.
3 JCHS seniors just .05 points apart in GPA; their valedictory message: plan, work hard, believe
If the race for valedictorian at Jefferson City High School was a sporting event, yawning fans might ask for their money back. And the seniors competing for the honor are just fine with that.
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.
Between now and May 8, you might be asked to sign a petition seeking a statewide vote on legalizing marijuana in Missouri.
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.
About 170 people marched downtown on High Street Sunday afternoon with the simple idea of uniting the community through song.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harbor Freight Tools has building plans on file with the city’s Planning and Protective Services Department to locate at the existing building at 2009 Missouri Blvd., across from Furniture Factory Outlet.
A Columbia-based group supporting marijuana legalization wants Missouri voters to change the Constitution to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana.
Mary Jane Henke was enjoying a game of bingo with her husband, Fred, along with their friends and family at Sunday’s St. Francis Xavier Harvest Festival.
After working for local funeral homes since the age of 15, Tyler Woods came to a realization: Burying loved ones shouldn’t bury their families in debt.
While some of Jefferson City’s bigger entertainment events on Halloween have moved to different dates or been canceled, one continues to grow and grow.
For Tuscumbia residents Ken and Norma Runge, Sunday’s St. Joseph Catholic Church Fall Picnic in Westphalia was an intimate gathering, despite attendance that more than tripled the size of the small town.
Battling cancer and a new album, Shaman’s Harvest’s lead singer tells all
Local band Shaman’s Harvest has gone through years of struggling — balancing the band with families and part-time jobs. At times, they’ve questioned whether they should continue.
Speaking at a “Dialogue on Racial Justice” on Sunday, the Revs. John Bennett and W.T. Edmonson talked about their experiences with racism and thoughts on equality, while Edmonson urged the community to “be engaged in the conversation.”
A “bleak” forecast has lead to the cancellation of today’s Thursday Night Live in downtown Jefferson City, event planner Jill Snodgrass said.
The Jefferson City Housing Authority has bought and razed the building that was the last piece in the city’s land-acquisition puzzle to clear the way for a planned conference center just east of Capitol Plaza Hotel.
Hundreds of people streamed through Jefferson City’s newest fire station on Sunday afternoon, describing it as “spacious” and “impressive” as they snacked on hot dogs, chips, cake and punch.
Company expects to open by end of year
Primrose Retirement Communities, which operates 30 retirement communities in 15 states, hopes to open an 84-unit retirement complex on Old Lohman Road in western Cole County by the end of the year.
Software developer DST Systems Inc. will close its Jefferson City offices on Dec. 31, leaving its 70 employees to transfer or find other jobs.
For Vicki Clark and her 13 siblings, along with members of their families, Sunday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s was a bittersweet gathering.