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Gerry Tritz

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Scholastic expands product line in JC

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.

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Men of the Club on tap tonight

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.

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Good times at the fair

Authorities and organizers both say the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair was a success, with good attendance and few problems.

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160 years and still worshipping strong

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.

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County horse show highlights skills that go beyond horsemanship

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.

BizBeat: Former BBQ restaurateur opening daycare

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.

BizBeat: Furniture store celebrates new storefront, inventory

Bescheinen Family Furniture of Loose Creek is holding a grand opening sale and ribbon-cutting in conjunction with its newly renovated storefront.

BizBeat: State earmarks $24M for small businesses

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.

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Blue Sunday gives spirits a lift

Matt Griffin has attended Blue Sunday previously at times to listen to live blues music. This Sunday, he was also there to play it.

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BizBeat: Five downtown tenants losing leases

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.

BizBeat: Longtime book store closes

Nancy’s Trade-A-Book, a longtime Jefferson City book store at 2219 Missouri Blvd. that specialized in used paperbacks, has called it quits.

BizBeat: Short move for furniture store quadruples space

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.

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Organizers: Optimal July 4 event

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.

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‘Pork Barrel’ goes from politics to grill

Former JC man, friend parlay pork, panache into barbecue empire

Patriotism and politics go hand in hand, so why not patriotism and pulled pork?

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Infants worldwide will benefit from local gifts

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.

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St. Mary's says it will continue to market hospital

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.

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Operation Closure: Seeking answers to a 47-year-old mystery

Randy Roby arrived in Jefferson City on Wednesday, 47 years after his first trip here in the wake of a fatal airplane crash that took the life of his brother, Tom.

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Black bear hit, killed in Maries County

Meta man unable to avoid young bear

Meta resident Jeremy Deardeuff comes from a family that’s no stranger to the Mid-Missouri outdoors or wildlife.

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Attitude her key to a century of life

Celebrating her birthday with a packed room of people at Hyder Apartments Sunday afternoon, Maxine Farber said she made it to 100 by “doing all the wrong things: eating too much sugar, too much friend food, too much wine.”

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.