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Kris Hilgedick

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Blair Oaks team bound for LifeSmart nationals in Seattle

A Blair Oaks student group beat out 12 others teams to capture the Missouri State LifeSmarts Championship by successfully fielding questions about real-life marketplace issues in Jefferson City in February.

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Not all about the bass

Artie Langston's musical roots spread from Jefferson City across the nation before returning to LU

When Artie Langston was a young man, he devoted himself to his music.

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School board candidates say biggest challenge is lack of confidence, trust

During a forum, each of the five candidates for Jefferson City Board of Education opined on the district’s No. 1 challenge. Most alluded to a breakdown in teacher morale and trust in school leaders as the district’s top concern.

Funding tops educators’ legislative priorities

Missouri’s schools will not be fully funded under a budget proposal approved by the Missouri House on Thursday, but the plan did increase funding by about $74 million.

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Lynda Zimmerman — Helping Mid-Missouri stay healthy

As a nutrition and health specialist for University of Missouri Extension in Cole County, Lynda Zimmerman oversees numerous programs designed to help Mid-Missourians live healthier lives.

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Truman State trumpeter coming to Jefferson City

As a professor of trumpet at Truman State University, Gregory Jones will be the guest performer at the Jefferson City Symphonic Band’s concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Lutheran High School.

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Five offer ideas for seat on school board

About 55 Jefferson City residents gathered Tuesday to listen as five candidates for the Jefferson City Board of Education faced off at a forum on the Lincoln University campus.

JCPS keeps edge despite tight budget

District battles below average per pupil spending

The Jefferson City Public Schools have managed to keep faculty salaries high and student-teacher ratios low despite being one of the most-underfunded districts in the state, the Board of Education was told Monday.

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JCHS speech-debate team heads to state competition

Three ninth-graders qualified for the state competition when they competed last weekend at the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) District Tournament at Parkway South High School.

Art auction to benefit HALO foundation

Do you have some empty space on your walls? Or in your heart?

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Candidates: Rift with teachers must be healed

Five seeking two school board seats offer perspectives

Healing the rift that has developed between the Jefferson City Public School Board of Education and many of the district’s teachers is something all five board candidates say they view as a priority.

JCPS extends school bus contract

First Student, one of the largest providers of school bus services in the United States, will continue to transport students for the Jefferson City Public Schools.

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JCHS student proposes bill to expand gifted education

A Jefferson City teenager has proposed a bill to expand gifted education in Missouri, which he hopes state lawmakers will pick up and embrace as their own.

No plate like home

LU panel discusses healthy food availability, public policy

Two dozen people gathered on the Lincoln University campus Monday evening to attend the free public forum, “There’s No Plate Like Home.”

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More young women trying their hands at non-traditional skills at Nichols Career Center

When Jennifer Nesmeyer, a 17-year-old senior at Blair Oaks High School, tells people she wants to be a welder, they often don’t believe her. Even Kenny Thomas, the welding instructor at Nichols Career Center, didn’t take her seriously at first.

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Home show draws serious shoppers

Icy weather didn’t deter serious shoppers from attending the Home Builders Association’s Home Show held at the Firley YMCA on Friday and Saturday.

Winter weather woes cause treacherous road conditions, wrecks

A dose of wintry weather that deposited freezing sleet, rain and snow on Mid-Missouri’s roadways created difficulties for unsuspecting drivers Friday evening.

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Marcullus yearbook recognized in national publication

Small, but mighty.

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JCPS staff honored at breakfast

Twenty-seven staff employed by the Jefferson City Public Schools were honored Thursday morning at a breakfast held in the atrium of the Miller Performing Arts Center.

Academy director to retire from JCPS

After 40 years in public education and seven years serving the Jefferson City Public Schools, Director of Academies Myron Graber announced his impending retirement, effective June 30.

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JCHS students protest 10-block schedule

Frigid temperatures didn’t deter nearly 20 Jefferson City High School students from picketing Jefferson City Public Schools central office administrators on Wednesday.

James named new JCHS principal

A transplanted Texan will be returning home to his native Mid-Missouri to serve as Jefferson City High School principal this summer.

JCHS tabs Mid-Mo. native for new principal

Robert “Bob” James has been named the principal of Jefferson City High School, according to a news release the district issued Tuesday.

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Leader of WatchDOGS

Belair dad starts chapter of fathers program

As a civilian firefighter at Fort Leonard Wood, Derrick Smith knows what it feels like to be a watchdog who responds to emergencies when the calls arrive.

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Candidates share perspectives on overcrowding at JC schools

Although the perception of overcrowding is greatest at East Elementary, three other Jefferson City Public schools — Belair, Lawson and Pioneer Trail — also appear to be over capacity, according to a comparison of January class-size data and capacity estimates.

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Board candidates voice views on JC district’s challenges, opportunities

In this school board Q&A

A five-way race is set for the Jefferson City School Board, with one incumbent and four challengers seeking two seats on the April 7 ballot.

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Ron Lankford — A love of public education

As deputy commissioner for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Ron Lankford oversees the division responsible for distributing all federal and state funds to local school districts and other agencies that provide education-related services.

JC schools move toward 10-block schedule for high school

The Jefferson City Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to implement policies that will make it easier for Jefferson City High School to transition to a new 10-block schedule.

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Hendricks vows to promote inclusion, diversity

Meet the candidates

Adrian Hendricks II serves as the Central Missouri youth development specialist for Lincoln University’s Cooperative Extension, helping to build educational programming for youth in an eight-county area.

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Renfrow says schools suffering from ‘broken process’

Meet the candidates

Dan Renfrow has numerous attachments to the Jefferson City Public Schools.

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Michael Couty promotes transparency and communication on new school board

Meet the candidates

Michael Couty — who serves as juvenile court administrator at the Prenger Family Center, where he is responsible for all juvenile justice issues in Cole County — was the first candidate to publicly announce his campaign.

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Incumbent Joy Sweeney says her experience on board is an asset

Meet the candidates

First elected in 2009, Sweeney is the only incumbent trying to retain her seat on the board.

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Murray cites retaining teachers, improving morale as priorities

Meet the candidates

As a member of the school district’s Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, Pam Murray has been a proponent for vocational and technical education as a part of the total curriculum.

Helias announces restructuring, some staff reductions

Helias Catholic High School will be implementing a series of faculty changes — including eliminating some positions and hiring a person to work with special-needs students — in order to improve the school’s financial circumstances, according to a press release issued Friday.

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East School rooms shuffled to address crowding

Parents: Solution less than ideal, but class sizes will be lower

Although crowded conditions at Jefferson City's East Elementary School will not be fixed this year, attempts to improve the situation were put into motion this week.

Board examines Jefferson City Public Schools strategic goals

3 primary problems surface in strategic planning focus groups

The Jefferson City Board of Education learned more about the status of the district’s strategic planning efforts at a work session Monday.

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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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