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Kris Hilgedick

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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.

Moreau Heights principal reassigned

Retiree named interim principal at elementary school

A third major change in the Jefferson City Public Schools administrative team came to light Thursday, when Moreau Heights Elementary School students were sent home with a letter noting retired principal Stephen Saak will serve in an interim capacity at the building for the remainder of the year.

Amendment 3 draws heavy opposition

Support vanishes for teacher rules, but educators still concerned

Although the campaign that placed Amendment 3 on Tuesday’s ballot has dissolved, opponents are still working furiously this fall to defeat the measure, which — if passed — would prohibit tenure and tie teachers’ salaries to students’ performance.

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Path set for Jefferson City Public Schools’ future

But school board must move quickly for optimal election

A community taskforce charged with creating a 20-year facilities plan for the Jefferson City Public Schools has completed its work, but if school board leaders want to enact the plan in time for the April election, they face a tight deadline.

Heavy turnout hears plan for schools

More than 100 participants came out Tuesday evening to learn more about a new 20-year master plan for the Jefferson City schools that has been in the works for more than a year.

JCPS kicks off search for superintendent

The Jefferson City Board of Education on Monday launched its search for a new superintendent to lead the district.

JC school district to explore new bell schedule

To make school bus transportation available to more students without raising costs, a new bell schedule has been proposed for the Jefferson City Public Schools.

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Tia Griffin engineers prominent projects in city

When it comes to designing engineering projects for Jefferson City, Tia Griffin is the last woman standing. It makes for a busy workday for Griffin, who has worked as a design engineer for the city for eight years and as an intern for three years.

Fly-In event draws wide crowd

Hundreds of people and dozens of pilots took advantage of Saturday’s perfect weather to enjoy Jefferson City Memorial Airport’s Annual Open House and Fly-In.

Benefit dinner supported Wardsville teen with rare cancer

By mid-afternoon Friday, Charles Stone — organizer of a fundraiser for Wardsville teen Bradley Gilbert — wasn’t sure if his team should prepare enough chicken to feed 600 people or 1,600 people.

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Parents, teachers take school board to task

After an outpouring of parental concern about dangerous and disruptive students at Moreau Heights Elementary School, the Jefferson City Board of Education has agreed to investigate allegations that numerous violent acts may have taken place in the school so far this year.

Today's students ill-prepared for life

Today’s students may be the best educated, but they are the least-prepared for life after school, a prominent education reformer warned audiences on Monday.

School district responds to teacher’s lawsuit

Attorney: Misunderstanding may have led to suit

An attorney representing the Jefferson City Public Schools indicated this week that former journalism teacher Karen Ray’s lawsuit against the district originally may have stemmed from a misunderstanding.

Open house will mark 20th year for Prenger Family Center

After 20 years of community service, the Michael W. Prenger Family Center is celebrating the anniversary by opening its doors to the public for the day.

Fashion show highlights latest trends, gives back

Jefferson City’s fashionistas will have an opportunity to explore the hottest styles at the Jefferson City Council of Clubs Fall Fashion show.

Second teacher suing Jefferson City School District

Former instructor alleges age, gender discrimination

A former Jefferson City High School English teacher has sued the school district, alleging she was subjected to age and gender discrimination, and harassment by the school’s administrators.

Reaction to JCPS educator leaving district

Mitchell announces retirement, accepts job outside education

After nearly six years with the Jefferson City Public Schools, Superintendent Brian Mitchell announced on Wednesday his intention to retire at the end of this school year.

JC superintendent announces retirement

After nearly six years with the Jefferson City Public Schools, Superintendent Brian Mitchell announced today his intention to retire at the end of this school year.

School board opposes Amendment 3

Essentially asking voters to just vote “No,” the Jefferson City Board of Education waded into the Amendment 3 debate on Monday by unanimously approving a resolution opposing it.

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Demeanor, sense of humor make Greg Gaffke a natural and valuable community commodity

Greg Gaffke has an uncanny knack for disarming people with his gentle sense of humor, and over the years that quality had led to a long list of successes as a community volunteer.

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