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Gerry Tritz

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Herb Sturm Memorial Jam to benefit St. Martins Catholic School

Before Steve Sturm became a successful musician who played at the Grand Old Opry and toured with Travis Tritt, he grew up in a music-loving household where his folks often held jam sessions with other musicians.

County sales tax to fund paving of Swift Road

The Cole County half-cent sales tax, recently reapproved by voters, will fund the paving of a nearly 4-mile stretch of road in the county by the end of the year.

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'Boot camp' a bonanza for dads

Usual crowd of moms at Baby Bonanza, but new dads get in on action, too

While his wife and young daughter checked out the booths at Sunday’s Baby Bonanza, Tyler Berney opted for beer, soda and pizza with the guys.

Library re-opens after water main break

Missouri River Regional Library had been closed after a water main broke near the building at about 3 p.m. Sunday

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Rally round and round the Capitol

Legislation prompts bike protest at statehouse

Cycling advocates rode 98 miles around the Capitol over the weekend to represent the 98 cyclists killed in Missouri since 2000.

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Fulton approves half-cent sales tax

Tax funds parks, stormwater issues

City residents on Tuesday voted decisively to impose a half-cent sales tax for park and stormwater projects.

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Fulton approves sales tax for parks, stormwater

Callaway County voters face various ballot issues

Residents on Tuesday voted decisively to impose a half-cent sales tax on their city for park and stormwater projects. The city voted 792 in favor to 479 opposed to add the new sales tax, or about 60 percent approval.

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Trio of teachers’ classroom efforts draw recognition from local VFW post

A local Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Sunday honored three local teachers for instilling patriotism in their students through class work and community service.

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Next LU classroom will be wetland wonderland

Boasting a different slice of diversity

Lincoln University’s George Washington Carver Farm is establishing a wetland area on 12 acres of its property, bringing with it much of the biodiversity found in natural wetlands, including native plants and animals.

Commission approves senior funding, agreements

The Cole County Commission recently approved an annual appropriation of $10,000 to the Senior Nutrition Center for its work in providing meals/activities to senior citizens in the county.

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Roadblock to dangerous curve

Hayselton residents remain driven to stop access point to development project

Residents along Hayselton Drive are gearing up for the next battle against a proposed development they say would have a dangerous access road and lower property values in their historic neighborhood.

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Assessor’s ads branded as ‘political’

Commission rejects Estes’ bid to cover overspending

The Cole County Commission on Thursday suggested Assessor Chris Estes spent county money for what amounts to political advertising. Estes said the ads were informational, not political, and saved taxpayers money.

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Event center hosting new gigs

The new owners of the West Ridge Event Center, formerly Braykley’s Hall, are experimenting with comedy nights and other forms of entertainment.

County may draw line on funds after $5K for Art Inside the Park

The Cole County Commission on Wednesday agreed to release $5,000 for Art Inside the Park again this year — but it told the event founder this might be the last year the county contributes to it.

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Church as good as its name

Solid Rock congregation offers strength, funds for family battling brain cancer

Some 300 people came to Solid Rock Family Church on Sunday to rally around a Jefferson City woman with a rare form of brain cancer, raising more than $13,000 for her and her family.

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Volunteers clearing way for expanded use of Frog Hollow Nature Trail

Right off the parking lot of the West Edgewood greenway is a hiking/biking trail that’s mostly been hidden for the past 10 years, until a bridge was erected over Wears Creek there last year.

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Livestrong marks first year

Program has already helped 51 rebuild bodies, lives after cancer

Jefferson City’s Livestrong program honored its first year of graduates at a ceremony at St. Mary’s Hospital on Sunday.

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Mid-Missouri fish frys offer up wealth of ‘soul’ food every Friday

Don’t give this up for Lent

For Catholics and other Christians, Lent is a time of prayer and abstinence — 40 days of spiritual discipline in preparation for Easter, the greatest holy day of the Christian year.

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Magical evening aids Special Learning Center

Youngsters take stage in variety show

A group of talented local kids will again fill the shoes of big-name magicians at this year’s eighth annual Moments of Magic on Feb. 19.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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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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'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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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.