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Gerry Tritz

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A brother’s mission

August 1967 – A plane crashes in the Jefferson City area claiming two lives, but the wreckage and one body is never found. Now the pilot’s policeman brother is trying to solve the mystery.

The Vine strings together a new season of music

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church kicks off its fourth annual summer concert series from 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday at The Vine, its outdoor concert venue.

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Wheels of kindness keep turning

The customer service supervisor at the Jefferson City Post Office took customer service to a new level this past weekend.

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Largest JCHS class hears accomplishments, lessons

Jefferson City High School class valedictorian Timothy Ittner told the largest JCHS graduating class in history that he would forgo advice, and instead highlight accomplishments of the class.

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Helias graduates given a challenge for life

The Rev. Colin Franklin told the 183 graduating seniors from Helias Catholic High School having earned a diploma doesn’t mean they’ve reached completion or perfection, but that the task has been handed over to them to continue to pursue what they were created to do in life.

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JCHS seniors learn another set of S’s for success

Pastor Nick Digman delivers JCHS baccalaureate address

Bible Baptist Church Associate Pastor Nick Digman on Sunday urged several dozen members of the Jefferson City High School Class of 2014 to surrender their lives to God and lead a life of service to others.

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Taos, sister city united by German heritage

Taos on Sunday solidified a friendship with Twist, Germany that started 30 years ago when a group of Twist residents visited the small Central Missouri town where some of their ancestors immigrated to in the mid 1800s to escape famine.

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Westphalia native among 50 Marines honored on monument

Nearly 44 years after 1st Lt. Bernard Plassmeyer’s plane went down in South Vietnam, the Westphalia native was among those honored April 25 at Marine Corps Base Quantico near Triangle, Va.

Local minister joins immigration lobbying effort

To attend national faith-based conference

About 20 people attended a Thursday meeting to discuss immigration reform, and one of the attendees will join a nationwide effort in Washington, D.C., next week to lobby Congress on the issue.

Class-action lawsuit filed against Hawthorn Bank

Suit challenges policy on overdraft charges

A class-action lawsuit against Hawthorn Bank alleges the bank has illegally charged customers for overdrafting their accounts.

DirecTV, KOMU in contract dispute

Mid-Missouri DirecTV customers lost signals to KOMU-TV and its affiliate CW network on Friday, after the satellite service and local broadcaster failed to come to a contract renewal agreement.

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A tale of two cities?

Jefferson City — the most beautiful small town in the nation — isn’t even one of the most beautiful towns in Missouri.

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Cheerleaders put on showcase

At an age when most toddlers are still gaining confidence on two feet, Delani Morgans started tumbling and twisting at Capitol City Cheer.

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Spring's new crop — potholes

Today marks the long-awaited arrival of spring, the time of the year that brings a renewal of life … and the revelation of new potholes in city streets.

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Spring break workers

While spring break means relaxing at home for many college students, a group of 13 students from Wisconsin traveled to Jefferson City to spend their break building homes for River City Habitat for Humanity.

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Downtown Irish pub closing its doors

Last call for Mortimer Kegley’s

A downtown staple is closing after 34 years of serving drinks and cheap eats.

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Magic show to benefit Council for Drug Free Youth

Hooked on magic, not drugs

Jefferson City is home to one of the nation’s few family magic acts that performs across the country, and this Saturday you can catch them right here in Jefferson City.

Kehoe builds big campaign warchest

Sen. Mike Kehoe added nearly $100,000 to his campaign funds during the last quarter of 2013, raising his total to nearly a half million.

Moments of Magic to benefit Special Learning Center

Joseph Tran started his incredible journey as a 10-year-old with a deck of cards. He’s since become a student of theater and psychology, an actor and a theater set-builder. He’s worked in film post-production, toured the country as a performer and graduated from college.

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HBA show builds up new and old dreams

This weekend’s HBA Home Show in Jefferson City features more than 120 vendors with expertise covering the gamut in building and remodeling.

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Zeroing in on a state title

Before Allie Ashcraft releases her arrow toward its mark, she draws back her bow and takes aim.

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Calvary Lutheran dedicates latest section of school

Supporters of Calvary Lutheran High School packed the school’s new auditorium Sunday afternoon for the dedication and service of blessing for phase 2 of the school’s construction.

Jefferson City's state reps both eye third terms

Jefferson City’s two state representatives each confirmed on Thursday they plan to seek third terms in the Missouri House, and each has about the same campaign funds entering the 2014 election cycle.

School spokesman announces retirement

David Luther, the Jefferson City School District’s spokesman who’s also the right-hand man to the superintendent, has announced he will retire at the end of the school year.

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Day of dangerous cold settles over Mid-Missouri after deep snow

As city and county road crews on Sunday struggled to keep roads cleared amid a snowstorm and gusting winds, police dealt with the fallout of motorists with vehicles not equipped for this severe weather.

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Missing man called big-hearted

While the Missouri Highway Patrol was expected to restart a search for his body in the Missouri River this morning, Randy Chugg’s family is describing him as big-hearted, hard-working and laid-back, but says he had a tumultuous relationship with his new fiance.

Christian school moving to new home

It's one of more than 35 building permits issued in November

Lighthouse Preparatory Academy (LPA) — a Christian, university-model school for sixth- to 12th-graders — will soon have its own home in Jefferson City at 3414 Emerald Lane.

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Homes for the holidays

Of all the gorgeous decorations in Marlene Carlson’s three-level home behind the country club, it was a pair of blown glass mercury spheres on the dining room table that caught the eyes of some during Sunday’s Heisinger Auxiliary Christmas Homes Tour.

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Angel Procession spreads joy of Christmas music at SMHC — for last time at old hosptial

As nearly two dozen children dressed as angels began singing in St. Mary’s emergency room Sunday night, a blonde girl in a wheelchair — a patient — perked up and joined the group in singing “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

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Parents, students get closer look at academies with ‘jamboree’

Monday night’s “Academy Jamboree” drew reactions ranging from excitement to apprehension and criticism from some of the several hundred parents and their eighth-graders who came to learn about the new educational system that will start with public school freshmen next fall.

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The day normalcy died: JFK's assassination forever changed lives

Mid-Missouri residents recall where they were, how they felt

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy a half-century ago today had a profound effect on our nation. In Jefferson City, many of those in our community old enough to remember the killing of the president describe it as a watershed moment in history.

Kindred spirits

Among the family and friends staked out at the Jefferson City Correctional Center last week in anticipation of Ryan Ferguson’s release was Kevin Green, a convicted killer who was exonerated after 15.5 years in prison.

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Dozens turn out to work on school space problems

At Sunday’s town hall meeting to discuss school facilities in Jefferson City’s public school district — the first since voters shot down a proposal for a new high school — more than 80 people expressed concerns and ideas ranging from space problems to the need to preserve any historic buildings in the district.

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Jefferson City Safety Kids troupe wraps up its annual message tour

Chavez Loaiza dutifully answered a News Tribune reporter’s questions about his participation in this year’s Safety Kids’ performances, but he certainly wasn’t intimidated.

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BizBeat: Catering business reinvented

Donita’s Catering became Reinhardt Circle on Friday, as former owner Donita Stubinger retired and sold the business to her two children.

Panel backs TIF plan for Mall

Opponent calls TIFs ‘welfare for the rich’

The city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission on Monday unanimously recommended a Capital Mall TIF plan to the City Council, after the mall’s owners said public support is “vital” to their mall redevelopment plan.

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Taking some of the threat out of a dangerous curve

The stuff of safety

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) first use of a new road treatment intended to reduce wrecks is taking place in Jefferson City, near the Madison Street exit of U.S. 54.

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Report: Missouri’s tax climate ranked 16th

The tax climate of Missouri ranked 16th this year out of all 50 states, according to a new report by the Tax Foundation. The Show-Me State’s rank remains unchanged from 2013 in the 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index.

DirecTV drops signals for local ABC station

DirecTV dropped the signals for KMIZ ABC-17 and two sister stations at noon Wednesday over contract disputes.

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Jefferson City takes top prize as Most Beautiful City in contest

Rand McNally has highlighted the Capital City’s place on the map, confirming what many of us already knew: Jefferson City is the most beautiful small town in America.

Shooting, stabbing reported early Sunday

The Jefferson City Police Department is investigating a shooting and stabbing that occurred over the weekend.

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Shifts start ending at RR Donnelley

As local printing plant RR Donnelley winds down its operations in Jefferson City, many of its 475 employees are starting to seek and find other jobs in various places, while others are taking time off to rest and re-evaluate their careers.

Dachshund race winner has other talents

For Jack, a nearly 2-year-old dachshund, winning Saturday’s Dachshund Derby was just another accomplishment in what his owner describes as an extraordinary life.

Wheelan joins 39th season of Saturday Night Live

Jefferson City Jays Coach Ted LePage has already had his 15 minutes of national television fame on the “American Gladiators” show in the ’90s. Now it’s his nephew’s turn.

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Business hopes to fill market for young adult clothing

One of 51 new business licenses for July

A Mitchell, S.D., native hopes to fill a niche through his recently opened Xtreme Trendz store in the strip mall in front of the Stadium Boulevard Walmart. Owner Bob Wieger’s shop is one of 51 businesses granted city business licenses in July.

Two Jefferson City shops in same building closing

Two Jefferson City businesses housed in the same building — Good & Perfect Gifts and Central Missouri Athletics — are closing, and the owner of the businesses is looking to sell the building.

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Super 8 now an Oak Tree

Motel getting big remake

Jefferson City’s Super 8 Motel became Oak Tree Inn on Thursday, and is about to embark on a $780,000 renovation.

Local tributes to remember 9/11 attacks

The Cole County Historical Society’s second Remembering 9/11 event will be today, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the society’s courtyard. Blair Oaks Middle School will hold a Pep and Patriot Assembly at 2 p.m. today.

BizBeat: Red Skye Wireless closes after 6 months

Red Skye Wireless, which bought Mid-America Wireless’ 10 locations at the beginning of this year, closed its Jefferson City location after just six months.

BizBeat: River Region Credit Union branches out

River Region Credit Union plans to open a new branch at 400 E. Broadway in Ashland in spring 2014.