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Gerry Tritz

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Unity through song

About 170 people marched downtown on High Street Sunday afternoon with the simple idea of uniting the community through song.

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Home tour brings note of history

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.

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Military museum grows 7-fold, draws large crowd to opening

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.

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Faith Voices marchers continue call for justice

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.

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Bans: Real challenge for libraries

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.

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Friends a perfect fit for fundraising

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.

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Liberty Road Baptists packs Christmas gift boxes for Third World kids

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.

BizBeat: Harbor Freight coming to Jefferson City

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.

Initiative petition to legalize marijuana in Missouri filed

A Columbia-based group supporting marijuana legalization wants Missouri voters to change the Constitution to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana.

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Annual Harvest Festival in Taos brings friends together to help parish, school

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.

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JC man expanding funeral-related businesses

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.

More than just trick-or-treating this Halloween season

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.

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Church-wide effort draws area residents to Westphalia

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.

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Mid-Missouri band joins label, releases record, prepares for tour

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.

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Pastors lead Sunday discussion on racism and equality

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.”

Storms disrupt Thursday Night Live; Sip n' Stroll still on

A “bleak” forecast has lead to the cancellation of today’s Thursday Night Live in downtown Jefferson City, event planner Jill Snodgrass said.

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Crews raze West McCarty Street building

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.

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New Jefferson City fire station draws big crowd

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.

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84-unit retirement complex progressing

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.

Jefferson City losing 70 jobs as DST closes office

Software developer DST Systems Inc. will close its Jefferson City offices on Dec. 31, leaving its 70 employees to transfer or find other jobs.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s hits close to home for ‘stars’ of annual event

For Vicki Clark and her 13 siblings, along with members of their families, Sunday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s was a bittersweet gathering.

BizBeat: Fazoli’s closing Jefferson City restaurant

Fazoli’s, an Italian restaurant chain known for its pasta and unlimited garlic breadsticks, plans to close its Jefferson City location on Oct. 1.

BizBeat: McKnight expanding in former bakery

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.

BizBeat: New craft beer coming to Capital City

A new brewery founded by two former Anheuser-Busch employees has started distributing its beer in Jefferson City.

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Former penitentiary workers trade stories at 10th MSP reunion

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.

Director finds distributor for film on JC murder

A controversial Los Angeles film director has found a distributor for his dramatization of the real-life murder of a Jefferson City girl.

Examiner: State should autopsy executed inmates

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.

JC native’s office at center of teen’s autopsy

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.

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Remembering Fiddlin' Rick

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.

Don’t engage with Westboro protesters, officials urge

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, JC’s first lady of theater, dies at age 78

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.

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Busch's Florist changing ownership

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.

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.