Stories by Kris
'Duck, duck, goose'
To escape hordes of shoppers elsewhere, hundreds of visitors dropped by the Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City on Friday to learn more about ducks, geese and other waterfowl.
'If we give to others, it comes back to us'
Lincoln University President Kevin Rome delivered a homily on the meaning of Thanksgiving at the 34th Annual Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce prayer breakfast held Wednesday.
Trip back in time
In honor of Thanksgiving, Blair Oaks elementary students spent Tuesday engaged in a variety of activities that would also have occupied Americans’ earliest settlers.
The last bottleneck on the line between Jefferson City and St. Louis was removed this month when workers finished the 1,200-foot long Osage River rail bridge.
On Tuesday, the Helias Catholic High School Music Boosters hosts its “Just Desserts” fundraiser in support of the school’s musical program. The event raises money for “Parallel Motion,” Helias’ show choir.
Mike Reid, who lobbies the General Assembly on behalf of the Missouri School Boards’ Association, said school funding and student transfers from unaccredited districts are likely to be two of the top issues debated next year.
Eighth-graders who live in the Jefferson City School District are invited to attend the “Academy Jamboree” scheduled Monday night at Jefferson City High School. The event is designed to acquaint students and their parents with seven career academies.
First day of school may be Aug. 14
Classes could start a few days earlier next year — on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 — under a calendar being considered by the Jefferson City Public School’s Board of Education this month.
As the demand for electricity continues to increase — and the need for clean, renewable continues to grow — what will the future of solar energy be?
For two years of his life Jeff Adams lived in the Bahamas on a deserted island called Great Stirrup Cay.
Practical lessons that used to be de rigueur in American schools are making at a comeback at Helias Catholic High School this fall, ever since teacher Ron Vossen was given the go-ahead to teach life skills to his teenage students.
It’s the Missouri Public Service Commission’s job to set utility rates, and through financial analysis, Bob Schallenberg’s job is to make sure commissioners have the information they need.
The wet pulpy fibers settled under the surface of the water in a decidedly murky fashion. But for the three young girls working to press their own sheets of handmade paper on Saturday afternoon, the goop felt like a lot of fun.
A former Missouri state lawmaker purchased one of Jefferson City’s grandest former residences — the Col. Darwin W. Marmaduke House at 700 E. Capitol Ave. — for the sum of $300,000 on Friday. Jeff Schaeperkoetter purchased the house at a public auction.
Students from Helias and Rock Bridge High Schools were given an opportunity to try their hand at practicing the law on Tuesday in a mock trial competition at the Cole County Courthouse.
The success of Jefferson City High School’s seven proposed career academies will rise and fall on the strength of the bonds forged between the business community and the schools, the Board of Education learned Monday night.
‘We keep growing’
Simple experiments, gleaned from a book called “Ollie Oxygen,” kept the children at Southwest Early Childhood Center rapt. But expanding the students’ vocabulary and encouraging them to verbalize their thoughts was the activity’s main point.
In an emotional reunion, veteran Tyler Huffman welcomed to Jefferson City two of the men who saved his life three years ago. Marine Sgt. David Castillo and Navy Corpsman Jesse Miller said they’ve been “overwhelmed” by the warmth of the welcome shown by the Jefferson City community.
David Beamer offers message of inspiration at Operation Bugle Boy dinner
Despite the horrific personal tragedy he and his family suffered on Sept. 11, David Beamer — father of Todd Beamer, the passenger who famously vowed “Let’s Roll” on United Airways Flight 93 — said blessings also emanated from the events of that terrible day.
A YMCA for the southern Boone County community is in the early planning stages — if volunteers can raise enough funding to levitate the project. On Monday evening, about a dozen supporters from Hartsburg and Ashland discussed the next stages of an initiative to raise $500,000 in pledges in the next five years.
"Wave ‘em if you have ‘em"
David Beamer — father of Todd Beamer, the United Airlines passenger who famously vowed “Let’s Roll” before he charged and fought terrorists on Sept. 11 — is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at two Veterans Day events this week.
One of Jefferson City’s grandest former residences — the Missouri State Penitentiary Warden’s House at 700 E. Capitol Ave. — is scheduled to be auctioned to a new owner at noon Nov. 15.
It’s not unusual for organizations to draft strategic plans filled with ideas for improvement, goals they want to reach and strategies to solve problems they hope to rectify.
Two native Jefferson Citians — Steve M. Bruce and Ken Theroff — have expressed interest in filling a vacancy on the Jefferson City Board of Education.
At a work “retreat” Wednesday afternoon, the Jefferson City Board of Education crafted a new mission statement and talked extensively about finding new ways to measure how well the district performs on a long list of goals laid out in a strategic plan approved earlier this fall.
Food service managers for both the Jefferson City and Blair Oaks public school districts have reported they’ve been able to successfully adapt to a host of nutrition reforms implemented under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
On the 50th day of the school year, almost 50 second-graders at Jefferson City's South Elementary studied the life and times of the 1950s with a sock hop, hula hoop contest and root beer floats.
Calls it ‘significant down payment’
Gov. Jay Nixon said his fiscal year 2015 budget will “make a significant down payment” on his commitment to fully fund the foundation formula for Missouri’s public schools by the end of his term— a goal that will require hundreds of millions of additional dollars for Missouri’s classrooms.
As the Department of Mental Health’s director of children’s clinical services, Patsy Carter knows kids must form strong and caring bonds with their caretakers in order to thrive in this world.
The Jefferson City Board of Education toured the renovations at South Elementary School, prior to convening for its regular monthly meeting Monday night.
District briefing students, parents on new academic model
Eighth-graders enrolled in the Jefferson City Public Schools are preparing to be the first class to enter the seven new academies currently under development for the fall of 2014.
Too many students may not be college, career ready, experts say
Americans today live with an unease that the educational system they have traditionally relied upon to prepare students for economic success is missing the mark.
Not too many 14-year-old cheerleaders pose for their Homecoming pictures with their own AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in hand.
An ACT prep course held at Blair Oaks High School might be expanded to accommodate all interested students.
If you hear someone singing Elvis Presley tunes over the intercom at Schnucks, don’t get all shook up.
RACS volunteers cover downtown with yarn cozies
Jefferson City, you’ve been yarn bombed in colorful shades of string. On Saturday, volunteers from the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service didn’t let a little rain wash away their plan to wrap High Street in enough colorful art to draw attention to the problem of domestic violence.
New statue commissioned for Helias grotto
Helias Catholic High School supporters have temporarily placed a steel cross in the empty grotto where a statue of Jesus and the Virgin Mary stood until vandals wrecked it last April.
The Missouri National Guard has “delayed drill weekend activities until the (federal) government resumes normal operations,” Maj. Tammy Spicer said Tuesday.
Math class project offers moving taste
In the darkened classroom the students knelt on the floor in a small circle. In their midst, a scattering of small machines jittered to and fro.
Annual event set for Saturday
lthough the German word "Gemütlichkeit" has no exact translation into English — it means a mix of “coziness,” “friendliness” and “no need to hurry” — it’s exactly the kind of feeling organizers of the Old Munichburg Association’s Oktoberfest hope to foster from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Historian Gary Kremer touted the Jefferson City Public Schools “incredible record” Tuesday evening at the JCPS Foundation’s Annual Gala held at the Capital Plaza Hotel.
Blair Oaks varsity cheerleaders take state title
As the Blair Oaks varsity squad waited for the final outcome of the state cheerleading championship, they didn’t believe they were going to win. They looked quite dejected as they sat in the stands at the Hearnes Center in Columbia after finishing their performance.
Several to be honored by JCPS Foundation
While it’s not certain Mary Virginia Polson Stapleton is the oldest Jefferson City High School alumni alive today, at 99 years old she’s definitely a member of an exclusive club. On Tuesday, she’ll be recognized at the Jefferson City Public School Foundation’s annual gala at Capitol Plaza Hotel.
‘No one wanted to see any harm come to Jacob’
When an Ashland teen sent that threatening text message to a friend less than two weeks ago, was it just an awkward adolescent prank that went awry? Whatever it was, it set in motion a tragedy that has left many Mid-Missourians lamenting the violence that pervades society.
After four decades of steady use, the Jefferson City Day Care Center on Myrtle Drive is slated for $500,000 in needed renovations.
Jefferson City Public School leaders are working to recruit more faculty members who reflect the makeup of the student body, but the district hasn’t yet seen a marked increase in the diversity of the workforce.
A committee of community volunteers met for the first time en masse on Saturday to talk about the future of the Jefferson City Public Schools.
As a hospital operations specialist for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Andy Atkinson coordinates the work of the state’s nine comprehensive psychiatric service facilities, including Fulton State Hospital.
Dozens of students plant field of 2,976 U.S. flags to mark anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks
When people say “We remember” in conjunction with the events of Sept. 11, what do they mean?
The Cole County Historical Society’s second Remembering 9/11 event will be today, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the society’s courtyard. Blair Oaks Middle School will hold a Pep and Patriot Assembly at 2 p.m. today.