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Kris Hilgedick

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The guardian for 240 people

County public administrator to retire at 81

After 16 years of service as Cole County public administrator, Marilyn Schmutzler has decided to step down.

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It’s all Greek to these Jefferson City students

Ancient languages may be dead but JCHS Greek Club’s activities are far from it

For several students in George Vellios’s classical studies and Latin courses, their love of all things Greek was initially inspired by Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

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Luttrell named Teacher of the Year after just five years

‘Truly creative and gifted’

Jeff Luttrell, a youthful newcomer to the teaching profession, was selected as the 2015 Jefferson City Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

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Gobbler season near end

Turkey hunters finding smaller populations of birds this year

As dawn gently filtered through the treetops, hunter Tory Smith crouched patiently by the bole of an enormous oak.

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JC school board looking at options to address overcrowding

‘We’re completely out of space’

Jefferson City’s schools are “completely out of space” and it’s time to start looking for ways to expand facilities to meet the demands of growing class sizes, the district’s chief financial officer told the Board of Education last week.

Public to see JC schools behavior survey in 3 weeks

School district’s contract with KC law firm reviewed

The Jefferson City School District Board of Education in November engaged a Kansas City law firm to provide legal services, in an effort to better understand concerns about student behavior within the district.

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Project allows JCHS students to learn advanced scientific concepts

With Project Lead the Way (PLW) courses, Jefferson City High School students are learning scientific concepts most professional engineers didn’t encounter until they stepped onto a college campus.

School board policies on openness get new look

The Jefferson City Board of Education agreed on Monday to examine its policies regarding how it communicates with the public and how open forums are handled at its regular meetings.

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Maryville community praises leadership of incoming JCPS superintendent

At 6 feet, 7 inches tall, Larry Linthacum, the incoming superintendent of the Jefferson City Public Schools tends to stand out in any crowd.

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Helias Foundation eyes $350K goal

Breakfast at high school opens new campaign

Helias High School supporters kicked off their annual fundraising campaign Wednesday with a breakfast for several dozen guests in the school’s commons area. The foundation hopes to raise $350,000 this year.

Extra security approved for 8 JC elementary schools

The Jefferson City Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved $1.57 million in spending to improve the safety and security of eight elementary schools in the district.

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See Sturm and friends sing

Returns home to pay homage to his late father

When Steve Sturm was a kid, he loved making music so much he would stack up books and magazines from the family collection to create a drum kit of sorts in the living room.

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Helias planning for $4.5M expansion

Leaders of Helias Catholic High School are in the final stages of a planning process that could allow them to break ground on a $4.5 million building expansion this June.

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Terry Imhoff — Engineer right at home with Mid-Missouri projects

As a high school student in California, Missouri, Terry Imhoff already had a clear idea of what he wanted from life. A quick study of the microfilm cards in the high school library revealed engineering was a good profession for math-proficient students.

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10 years old and off to college?

‘College 101’ program gives fifth-graders a glimpse at life and academics at Mizzou

More than 170 fifth-graders from three Jefferson City elementary schools signed up for “College 101” on Tuesday and passed the class with flying colors.

New school board members take seats

Ruth moves up to president

The Jefferson City Board of Education experienced a changing of the guard Monday.

New plan to revamp schools

Moreau Heights work may not be delayed another year

An alternative plan could allow the Jefferson City Public Schools to move forward with $2 million for improvements for Moreau Heights in a year and still be able to spend $3.1 million on renovations at East Elementary School this summer.

JCPS announces Moreau Heights Elementary principal

A former Jefferson City Teacher of the Year has been hired to serve as principal at Moreau Heights Elementary School.

Swing dancing popular for all ages

Convention set in Jefferson City

It’s time to swing into spring!

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Murray, Couty win Jefferson City school board seats

Voters on Tuesday gave their support to the two candidates who made it clear they are interested in pursuing changes within the Jefferson City Public School system.

Exercise in patience

New Ashland YMCA nearly ready for opening day

Workers spent Monday putting the finishing touches on the Southern Boone YMCA, scheduled to open in a week.

School board candidates eye importance of communication with constituents

As part of the News Tribune’s election coverage, candidates for the Jefferson City Board of Education were asked for their thoughts on soliciting input from constituents. Specifically, they were asked: “If elected, how would you engage with school district residents and seek their input on school issues?”

School board candidates offer views on discipline approach

Could restorative justice be a solution to Jefferson City’s school discipline issues?

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Prison Brews catches fire, no significant damage

A small fire at Prison Brews Saturday morning likely will mean the restaurant will be out of the wood-fired pizza business for a few days, but it didn’t cause any significant damage to the structure.

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Library to receive additional state funding

The Missouri River Regional Library system is expecting to receive an additional $53,000 in funding as a result of Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision on Friday to release millions in state funding.

Renfrow out-raises school board competitors

In the race for the Jefferson City Board of Education, Dan Renfrow has raised more funds than his competitors.

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.