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Kris Hilgedick

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Red, white and new: Varied paths lead to naturalization ceremony

Central Missouri is home to 30 newly minted citizens today, the result of a naturalization ceremony held Thursday afternoon at the Miller Performing Arts Center.

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JC students learn the ropes while helping out

Thursday’s naturalization ceremony served as a real-world civics lesson for the Jefferson City students who attended.

Three JC schools get new principals

Two retirements in the Jefferson City Public Schools recently led to a flurry of leadership changes for Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Simonsen 9th Grade Center and Jefferson City High School this week.

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‘Billboard’ for poor choices

When John Martin was a kid, his dad was an alcoholic and his older brother was a bad influence.

Changing of guard on JC school board

Tami Turner gives emotional farewell

In the wake of last week’s election, two incumbents and a newcomer — John Ruth, Ken Theroff and Stephen Bruce — were sworn in as members of the Jefferson City Board of Education on Monday evening.

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First black Helias graduate shares civil rights experiences

'I was treated very well here'

The first African-American to graduate from Helias Catholic High School recently shared memories of growing up in Jefferson City with a class of sociology students who attend his alma mater.

2 incumbents, challenger elected to JC school board

Two incumbents and a challenger were elected to the Jefferson City Board of Education in Tuesday’s election.

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Underfunded state formula costs schools millions

At Jefferson City, district could spend $743 more per student

If Missouri state lawmakers had fully funded the state’s foundation formula this fiscal year, the Jefferson City Public Schools would have been able to spend $743 more per student.

School committee delays town hall meeting

A committee tasked with hashing out a 20-year facilities plan for the Jefferson City schools opted Thursday night to delay a town hall-style meeting in order to gather more information first.

Learning character at a young age

The Southwest Early Childhood Center earned a groundbreaking award Wednesday when it was named a “Missouri State School of Character.” The honor makes Southwest the first early childhood school in the nation to ever receive such a designation.

Six vie for three seats on Blair Oaks school board

Race features two incumbents, four challengers

As the April 8 election approaches, the growth spurts of Blair Oaks School District have been a point of concern for the six candidates campaigning this spring for the district’s board of education.

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Plenty to cheer about at Pinewood Derby

More than 300 Cub Scouts raced tiny hand-painted cars this weekend at the 2014 Five Rivers District Pinewood Derby.

Five seeking three seats on JC School Board

Desire to serve inspired candidates

Five community members have stepped forward to fill three available seats on the Jefferson City School Board, with an election slated on April 8.

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5 candidates weigh in on issues facing school district

Leading up to the April 8 election, the News Tribune interviewed all five candidates interested in serving on the Jefferson City Board of Education.

Candidates agree East School needs attention

But they differ on how to proceed

Questions about East Elementary School — where test scores are flagging, poverty rates are high and a team of architects rated the facility as “borderline”— are cropping up for the five candidates running for the Jefferson City Board of Education this election season.

East Elementary students immerse themselves in classoom project

East Elementary School third-graders not only dressed up as their favorite creatures Thursday, they also presented what they’ve learned about the animal kingdom with a “Walking and Talking Zoo.”

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Tackling a deeper task

Victorian poetry and Division II football rarely inhabit the same sphere.

Backyard fire threatens homes

A quick save by Jefferson City firefighters prevented a small cover fire from growing into a structure fire Friday morning.

Jefferson City School District hires PR person

A local hospital spokesperson has been tapped to join the Jefferson City Public Schools leadership team.

Running out of room at Blair Oaks

Although Blair Oaks school leaders typically keep an eye on incoming kindergartners and ninth-graders as a way to gauge the district’s growth, next year it might be Blair Oaks Middle School splitting at the seams. And it might take a mobile building to relieve the space crunch.

School board okays pay hike

Deficit will jump to $1.4M

Employees of the Jefferson City Public Schools can look forward to another bump in pay next year.

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One fix for job market

More students are taking a second look at automotive repair, a high-tech career that is always in demand and can’t be outsourced overseas.

Seminar to offer support, help for grandparents raising children

More than 125,000 children in Missouri live in homes where their grandparents, or another relative, are the heads of the household. What’s more, nearly 50,000 of those kids live in homes where grandparents are the primary caregivers, and more than 20,000 have no parent present in the home.

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Steinman vs. Steinman

Hats and wedding rings thrown into contest

Leonard Steinman has run for Jefferson City mayor, Cole County Western District commissioner, Missouri governor and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Students represent diverse countries at Model UN

Thinking outside the US

Nine students affiliated with Lincoln University’s Model United Nations team traveled to St. Louis last week to represent the interests of Azerbaijan, the largest country in the Caucasus region.

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Students offer business ideas in the 'Shark Tank'

Thomas Jefferson Middle School students proved themselves as budding entrepreneurs by presenting ideas for possible products and services they invented.

Ice show goes ‘Wild’

Annual performance features creatures

Jefferson City’s figure skaters will head “Into the Wild” this weekend at the 52nd Annual Ice Show at the Washington Park Ice Arena.

Water taste odd?

Some JC residents note oily taste

A spike in the Missouri River levels has caused an odd taste to the water in Jefferson City supplied by Missouri American Water, but a spokeswoman for the company said the water is safe to drink and should return to its normal taste within a day or two.

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Downtown shops consider alternative funding plan

Plans to beautify and maintain Jefferson City’s downtown inched forward Monday afternoon, after a three-member work team discussed the possibility of creating a Community Improvement District.

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How do you fix Jefferson City's East School?

Elementary school struggles with outdated building, challenging demographics, poor academic scores

Now 75 years old, East Elementary’s facilities have been deemed lacking. The school also struggles with challenging demographics and poor academic scores.

Jefferson City School District apologizes for mock letter

Jefferson City Public School leaders issued an apology this week for a misunderstanding over a mock letter than was intended to illustrate a lesson, but was misinterpreted by some people when it was circulated on Facebook.

‘Defining moment’ for Missouri schools

Making the case that the state’s economy is directly tied to the quality of its public educational system, Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday told an assembly of school leaders that Missouri is at a “defining moment” in history.

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Roy Kempker: Leading the snow fight in south Callaway

As a maintenance supervisor for the Missouri Department of Transportation, Roy Kempker lives and dies by the weather — which is why he has half a dozen forecasting apps on his smartphone.

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Protested taxes leave schools in pinch

Ameren tops all utilities in protests; JC school board eyes shortfall

Revenues for the Jefferson City Public Schools are down $439,000 after several corporations protested their Cole County property tax bills last summer.

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This year seems severe after mild winters

Does this winter feel like it’s been a little more brutal than usual? Climatologists say it’s not because this year has been a dramatic outlier, it’s just that a series of milder winters has adjusted our expectations in recent years.

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Clearing a path: City crews attack snowy streets as a team

Even as snowplow crews worked furiously all day to remove snow from Jefferson City’s streets, their efforts weren’t enough to contend with the mass of flakes that fell throughout Tuesday afternoon.

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Singing her praises

More than merely learning about music, Kiesha Daulton wants her students to feel a “real sense of belonging” at school.

‘Pops’ Concert sure to delight

The Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday will present a tribute to some of the most memorable and romantic musical hits of the 20th century, with a selection by Russian Composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky added for good measure.

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Cook-off raises money for Camp Quality USA

Saturday’s icy conditions may have dampened the size of the crowd at the Navy Club Ship’s Annual Chili Cook-Off, but not their enthusiasm.

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United Way honors volunteers

Annual luncheon offers send-off to chairman, campaign chairs

Jefferson City is a place where neighbors believe in helping neighbors, United Way of Central Missouri President Ann Bax told a gathering of supporters Friday.

State chamber promotes more funding for virtual learning

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday raised concerns that Missouri’s efforts to bring online education opportunities to the state’s elementary and secondary students have fallen behind other states’.

Getting data for school choice

Supporters of the school-choice movement visited the Capitol on Tuesday in an effort to inform themselves — and lawmakers — about the impact vouchers, education savings accounts and tax credit scholarships could have on education in Missouri.

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Rise in propane price squeezes Mid-Missourians

Prices have doubled

The price of a gallon of propane has risen by $2 since Monday, pushed upward by the frigid weather conditions that have gripped the Midwest and Northeast this winter.

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'Dream big': Miss Missouri inspires Callaway Hills students

Callaway Hills Elementary students had a chance to pull aside the green curtain Friday morning and take a peek into the life of Shelby Ringdahl, Miss Missouri 2013.

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4-H Tech Club readies its robot for state contest

Riveted on robots

The Cole County 4-H Tech Club, which built its own small robot, is slated to compete in the Missouri FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship March 1 in Rolla.

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Students let fly in Lewis and Clark archery program

Lewis and Clark Middle School students escaped Tuesday’s frigid temperatures by practicing their archery skills indoors. All grade levels and physical education classes participate in the middle school’s archery unit.

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Terry Schoonover - Helping make dreams come true

As customer service manager for the Missouri Lottery, Terry Schoonover delights in confirming the wildest dreams of the state’s winning lottery players.

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Teachers briefed on protocol for dealing with school intruder

‘Locked down is not enough’

Four days after a Roswell, N.M., boy with a sawed-off shotgun seriously wounded two peers in a middle school gymnasium and the same day two students were shot in a Philadelphia school gym, the Blair Oaks’ faculty spent Friday learning new ways to respond to dangerous intruders.

Cole County Commission discusses Lafayette improvements

In an effort to create a fresh new “gateway” to Jefferson City, the intersection of Lafayette Street and U.S. 50 could get a bold look when road improvements proposed by the Missouri Department of Transportation move forward.

Report: 1 in 4 Missouri kids lives in poverty

More Missourians are slipping into poverty every year, a coalition of activists said Wednesday.

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