Kris Hilgedick

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Former resident’s first novel earns good notices

The debut novel of a former Helias graduate is being hailed as “masterful,” “mesmerizing” and “well-crafted” by a host of national reviewers this fall.

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5th-graders retell story of first Thanksgiving

Jennifer Bearden’s fifth-grade class buzzed with suppressed excitement Monday as the students readied themselves for the Thanksgiving pageant they’d prepared for the families.

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Helias hosts ‘sweet’ fundraiser for Show Choir Tuesday

For the seventh year in a row, the Helias Show Choir is inviting the public to “Just Desserts,” a fundraiser intended to help students travel to their competitions. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Helias Gym.

State funding has failed to keep pace with growing education needs

Despite improvements in several state revenue categories, funding for Missouri’s public schools likely will continue to remain constrained. And it’s doubtful lawmakers will fully fund the formula that divides money among Missouri’s more than 500 school districts, something that hasn’t happened since 2009.

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Helias honors grandparents’ love, generosity

More than 1,000 people enjoyed a classic Thanksgiving feast at Helias Catholic High School’s sixth annual Grandparents’ Day on Thursday.

Online poll to gauge community's goals for new JCPS superintendent

What are the leadership characteristics of an effective school superintendent?

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Hunger for a new challenge

After more than two decades leading the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, Peggy Kirkpatrick is officially “retiring.”

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Farmers scramble to find transportation for bumper crop

An unusually large fall harvest has filled regional grain elevators to capacity, leaving farmers fewer options for selling and storing their crops this year.

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Chris Engelbrecht — Looking after safety, cleanups in road accidents

As safety and health manager at the Missouri Department of Transportation, Christopher Engelbrecht has seen his fair share of road wrecks. And when a big truck is involved, often there’s a big mess to clean up.

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Simonsen students tackle US Constitution

Can police access information from a personal cell phone? Does the Second Amendment protect all Americans’ rights to own automatic weapons? Can students be compelled to recite Bible verses daily in public school?

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