Stories by Gerry
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.
Fazoli’s, an Italian restaurant chain known for its pasta and unlimited garlic breadsticks, plans to close its Jefferson City location on Oct. 1.
McKnight Tire is taking over the old Butternut Bakery near its Jefferson City business on Dunklin Street, planning to open another automotive business there by mid-October.
A new brewery founded by two former Anheuser-Busch employees has started distributing its beer in Jefferson City.
Their common bond was sharing a workplace sometimes known for its violence, but former Missouri State Penitentiary workers at a Sunday reunion were all smiles as they shared memories both good and bad.
A controversial Los Angeles film director has found a distributor for his dramatization of the real-life murder of a Jefferson City girl.
Examination could resolve claims of brutality, official says
The head of the medical examiner’s office that performed the first autopsy on Michael Brown supports a state law change that would require autopsies for anyone who dies while in custody, including those who are executed.
The St. Louis County medical examiner, whose office performed the first autopsy on Michael Brown, is a Jefferson City native and Jefferson City High School graduate.
Second tribute to local musician Rick Stokes draws 250 fans and friends
More than 250 people gathered in the memory of the late musician Rick Stokes for an afternoon of dancing and sharing music and memories on Sunday.
Lawmen, educators prepare for planned Westboro picketing
While area law enforcement agencies are gearing up for today’s planned picketing by members of an anti-gay group known for picketing soldiers’ funerals, some officials are offering simple advice: ignore them.
Wyn Riley, who co-founded Jefferson City’s first theater group in the late 1960s and shaped the now-thriving theater scene here, died Saturday at the age of 78.
Jefferson City’s longest continually operating retail business is changing hands. John and Gwen Pelzer have sold Busch’s Florist to Nick and Heather McKague.
When Scholastic Inc. contracts with area schools to put on book fairs this year, the publishing company will bring the books from its Jefferson City distribution center.
The latest edition of “Boys Gone Wild” is set for this evening, as the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City holds its 10th annual Men of the Club fundraiser.
Authorities and organizers both say the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair was a success, with good attendance and few problems.
A nearly packed house came to celebrate Quinn Chapel AME’s 164th anniversary Sunday afternoon, reflecting on the church’s journey from humble beginnings in a log cabin two decades before the Civil War to its latest move a year ago.
Alicen Jennings tied her horse, Harley, to a trailer and held one hand under its mouth while stroking above its nose with the other before one of her six events at Sunday’s Cole County 4-H and FFA Horse Show.
Michael Ferguson, who owned Michael’s Unforgettable BBQ for several years at 2113 Schotthill Woods Road, is starting an unlikely follow-up to that business in the same location: a Christian daycare center.
Bescheinen Family Furniture of Loose Creek is holding a grand opening sale and ribbon-cutting in conjunction with its newly renovated storefront.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) released a new quarterly report showing that Missouri has designated nearly $24 million to grow small businesses.
Matt Griffin has attended Blue Sunday previously at times to listen to live blues music. This Sunday, he was also there to play it.
Former JC Penney’s building may be in line for new owner, remodeling
Hawthorn Bank, which manages the trust that owns the building at 210 E. High St., has told its five tenants that their leases will expire at the end of the month.
Nancy’s Trade-A-Book, a longtime Jefferson City book store at 2219 Missouri Blvd. that specialized in used paperbacks, has called it quits.
B&B Quality Furniture is settling in nicely to its new digs at 708 Jefferson St., just a half block up the street from its old Jefferson City location.
Jefferson City’s Salute to America festival had nice weather, a large attendance and almost nothing in the way of problems, organizers and police reported.
Former JC man, friend parlay pork, panache into barbecue empire
Patriotism and politics go hand in hand, so why not patriotism and pulled pork?
Community Christian Church held its first communitywide baby shower on Sunday afternoon, assembling some 55-60 “layette” packets of infant clothing destined for needy newborns across the world.
St. Mary’s Health Center officials said it is “disappointed” about Gov. Jay Nixon’s line-item veto on Tuesday of $6 million in funds for the reuse of the current St. Mary’s campus.