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Gerry Tritz

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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.

School district seeks to recruit minority employees

Like the rest of the state, Jefferson City’s school district has struggled to recruit minority employees.

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Parts of Lincoln University graduation speech plagiarized

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.

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625 JCHS seniors offered hope, pride, love

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.

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10 years of building Christian leaders

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.

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Lincoln University graduates 419 on Saturday

‘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.”

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Plan for old hospital in works

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.

Audit reveals problems at Moreau Heights school

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.

Prenger Center contract approved

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.

Facility expansion discussion continues at JCPS

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.

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‘Success is not an accident’

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.

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From rough to ready for living

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.

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Identified flying object

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.