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Kris Hilgedick

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Welcome to Jefferson City

Larry Linthacum gets a warm greeting in his first public appearance

Hundreds of people filed through the Miller Performing Arts Center atrium Monday afternoon in order to greet incoming Superintendent Larry Linthacum.

New schedule allows JCHS students more flexibility

In order to provide Jefferson City High School students the opportunity to enroll in more classes, a new 10-block schedule has been created and will be implemented in the fall.

Calvary Lutheran seeks safety changes on Route B

Speed-limit reduction, flashing lights sought near school

Calvary Lutheran High School leaders have embarked upon a project to make it safer for drivers entering and exiting the school’s property.

Parents: Pleas about East School overcrowding ignored

Elementary school among poorest, overcrowded in district

From the first evening Lisa Sanning visited Jefferson City's East Elementary School last August, she knew her daughter’s fifth-grade class was too crowded.

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Christa Holtzclaw — Sharing state’s wine, grapes

As marketing specialist for the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, Christa Holtzclaw helps the organization share its message with the public.

Poll: Views of JC school projects apathetic, indecisive

The idea of building a second high school in Jefferson City proved more popular with potential voters than a new elementary school or increasing the public schools’ operating levy, according to a telephone survey commissioned by the Board of Education.

Voers won't see school issue on 2015 ballot

Poor East School conditions draw dozens to board meeting

The Jefferson City Board of Education on Monday indicated the time is not ripe to move forward with a plan to expand the district’s facilities, despite impassioned pleas from patrons that some schools are overcrowded.

Jefferson City school board may consider ballot issue

Proposed change to bell schedule tabled; panel to discuss East Elementary plans

If the Jefferson City Board of Education wants to ask voters in April if they are willing to build more facilities in the district, members have two weeks left to act.

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41st Bluegrass Music Awards hosted in Jefferson City

All about pickin,’ playin’ and jammin’

The gentle melodies of a thousand bluegrass tunes drifted through the atrium of the Capital Plaza Hotel this weekend, as hundreds of musicians and enthusiasts traveled to Jefferson City for the 41st Bluegrass Music Awards.

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Helias picks new principal

Moberly assistant will take reins from Sister Jean Dietrich

A Moberly High School administrator will be the new principal of Helias Catholic High School, School President Stephen Jones announced today.

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Science class challenges, excites Simonsen students

Who killed Anna Garcia?

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Proposed legislation targets Missouri Department of Conservation

Pre-filed bills seek changes in agency’s funding, commission

The Missouri Department of Conservation could face serious funding shortfalls if bills pre-filed in the General Assembly wend their way through the legislature this spring.

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A new chapter for Cole County as officials sworn in

Six of Cole County’s elected officials were sworn into office Wednesday, in a brief but well-attended ceremony officiated by Presiding Circuit Court Judge Pat Joyce.

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Road runners sprint into 2015

Thirty-two hardy souls competed in this year’s Ring in the New Year Mile, a short race held annually on the greenway south of West Edgewood Drive.

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Couple's first child is year's first in Jefferson City

Jennifer Rose Wagoner, born at 4:20 a.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, was the first baby born in Jefferson City on New Year’s Day.

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Firefighters rush in to deliver baby girl

Firefighters respond to medical emergencies almost hourly in the Capital City. But delivering a baby?

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Jefferson Citian adopts tough regimen, finishes grueling Ironman Arizona

A few years ago, running a 5K was a pretty big deal for Larry Archer. But today he’s an Ironman athlete — capable of running, swimming and biking more than 226 kilometers in a single day.

Local clothing program in need of volunteers, garments

Now in its 15th year, Dreams to Reality collects donated clothing, undergarments, accessories and shoes, and distributes them to women searching for jobs and those who are already in the workforce.

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A Christmas wish part 7: Making a good first impression

Dreams to Reality helps outfit women for jobs

As a recruiter for Rose International, not only does La’Tosha Nesbit want to make a good first impression, she also wants to help others do the same.

New JCPS superintendent discusses upcoming challenges

Jefferson City school board members hope hiring a new leader will allow the district to have a fresh — and less turbulent — start with parents, students and other patrons who had voiced complaints over problems with student discipline and teacher morale.

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Eric Niemeyer — Helping conservation-minded landowners

As a private land conservationist, Eric Niemeyer works with landowners interested in improving habitat not only for quail, but for all of Missouri’s flora and fauna.

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4-H’ers add R — for robots

MU chancellor impressed by youngsters and their contraptions

Students with a passion for robotics shared their work with a group of University of Missouri leaders Thursday afternoon at the Cole County Extension Center in Jefferson City.

Four file for Jefferson City school board

Three challengers and an incumbent have filed for two open seats on the Jefferson City Board of Education on Tuesday, the first day of filing.

Public schools get good audit report

An audit of the Jefferson City Public Schools revealed the district is in good fiscal condition, accountant Jim McGinnis reported last week.

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WWII veteran tells LCMS students about Honor Flight, war

Lesson in sacrifice

History leaped to life on Thursday when Charles Foster, a soldier in World War II, shared his Honor Flight experiences — and his war-time memories — with a group of Lewis and Clark Middle School students.

Handing off the future

JC football foundation sets change of leadership

The end of one era came to a close, and a new one was launched, as the Jefferson City Public Schools Football Boosters Foundation announced a change of leadership Monday evening.

Capitol Caroling celebrates Christmas across the globe

This year’s Capitol Caroling concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Missouri Capitol, will feature treasured traditional hymns, songs and carols from around the globe.

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JCHS class gives young entrepreneurs hands-on business experience

By launching their own business startup company, a team of budding entrepreneurs at Nichols Career Center is learning what it takes to turn a profit.

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‘Journey for Justice’ marchers arriving after day of heckling, support

End of march in sight

After facing quite a bit of racial invective in Rosebud on Tuesday, a group of marchers braced themselves for more of the same as they marched westward through Osage County on Wednesday.

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"Journey for Justice" marchers near Capital City

NAACP staging teach-in tonight at JC church

After facing quite a bit of racial invective in Rosebud on Tuesday, a group of marchers braced themselves for more of the same as they marched westward through Osage County on Wednesday.

Missouri educators warily eye next legislative session

Observers of the Missouri General Assembly believe several education bills that didn’t make it to the finish line last spring likely will be filed again. The first day to submit new bills for the next legislative session is Monday.

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Warm weather a plus for Small Business Saturday

Peaceful protest downtown doesn’t hinder Jefferson City shopping

Gorgeous weather gave sales a lift on Small Business Saturday, as avid shoppers wandered in and out of retail shops all over Jefferson City.

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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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Descendant of unsung explorer will launch skating campaign in JC

Discovering Drouillard

While his name is not exactly shrouded in history, George Drouillard doesn’t enjoy quite the same prominence that Meriwether Lewis, William Clark or even Sacagawea possess today. A descendent of Drouillard’s hopes to change that.

Board wants poll on school plan

The Jefferson City Board of Education on Monday directed central office staff to engage a polling firm to take the local electorate’s temperature over the next few weeks to see if voters may be amenable to supporting an April bond issue.

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Survey: Third of Jefferson City’s teenagers have used tobacco

Teens smoke for the same reason adults report they do: They see it as a way to cope with stress. But Jefferson City may have a bigger problem with teen smoking than most cities.

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Parents share stories of fallen soldiers

As part of the final leg of their visit to Jefferson City, five Gold Star parents were greeted as honored guests at Veterans Day assemblies at Blair Oaks and Calvary Lutheran high schools.

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Hundreds pay tribute to heroes

Flag-waving community, Operation Bugle Boy impress Gold Star families

More than 500 Mid-Missouri veterans gathered in St. Martins to once again to remember the valor of our country’s military heroes.

Events at 3 schools will fight bullying

A rally for youth — called “U.R. Wanted” and designed to share an anti-bullying message — is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Jefferson City's Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Community asked to wave US flags to honor Gold Star families

Organizers of this year’s Operation Bugle Boy event are asking Mid-Missourians to honor the sacrifices of America’s Gold Star families by lining a motorcade route and waving American flags Thursday evening.

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2 surveys measure Jefferson City public educators’ morale

Polls by school district, teachers union offer contrasting pictures

Two separate public opinion surveys offer contrasting portrayals of life for educators in the Jefferson City Public Schools.

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