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Kris Hilgedick

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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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City agrees to changes to help CRMC expansion

To accommodate Capital Region Medical Center’s impending expansion, Jefferson City leaders recently approved a zoning change and four variances to city regulations.

School board hires Kelly Services for substitutes

A temporary staffing agency — Kelly Services — will start providing substitute teachers to the Jefferson City School District starting next fall.

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Living the American dream

Although Vanida Chan’s life embodies all the hallmarks of hard-working Asian success, she is not a Tiger Mom.

Missouri using new high school equivalency exam

After 72 years of using the GED to measure high school academic skills, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has implemented a new exam — the HiSET — to do the job.

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Teachers, staff challenged to change school culture

From 'me to we'

A willingness to adopt the habits of a healthy school culture — one that values collaboration and problem-solving — will lead to improvements in student performance, a motivational speaker told hundreds of local educators this week.

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YMCA looking for 150 people to take Weight Challenge

Want to lose the flab?

The public is invited to join the Jefferson City YMCA’s Weight Challenge, an 85-day exercise and healthy-eating contest designed to help participants lose their extra flab.

Bullies turn their emotional pain against others

Community turns thoughts inward after death of 12-year-old

Jefferson City police have not completed their investigation into the death of 12-year-old Eyana White, but many residents are concerned bullying may have contributed to her death.

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Warm weather draws crowds to Runge Center holiday program

“Nature by Design” was this year’s theme for Holiday Happenings at the Runge Nature Center held Friday and Saturday.

Author to join in special reading of book

At 3 p.m. Saturday at Missouri River Regional Library, Tim O’Mara will join local actors Jack and Tom Renner for a special reading of his new novel, “Crooked Numbers.”

Should academies define school building needs?

Long-range planning group asks if educational program would affect district's plan

Members of a residents’ committee — charged with developing a long-range plan to address Jefferson City Public Schools' space needs — wonders how seven academies would be addressed in light of their work.

JC school facilities graded as 'C' or satisfactory

But 2 elementary, 3 secondary buildings border on ‘unacceptable’

A team of architects from the firm ACI Boland gave the Jefferson City Public Schools a “C” letter grade, in an appraisal they recently did for the district’s Long Range Facilities Planning Committee which met Thursday night.

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Helias psychology students get firsthand experience with youngsters

Psyched about kids

In order to learn more about child development, more than 75 seniors at Helias Catholic High School brought younger children to school with them last week. It’s the 15th time psychology teacher Chris Cooper has organized the exercise for his students.

'Spartan approach' likely for JC Parks-Rec facility

Elevated walking track cited as problem in cost

With $5 million to spend, building a new multipurpose building is going to require a “spartan approach,” the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission learned Tuesday night.

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7 children among homeless after fire

Two families lose much of belongings, Christmas gifts

Seven Jefferson City children from two households lost their homes, and some lost their Christmas presents, when a fire destroyed a two-apartment building at 804 Broadway St. Monday afternoon.

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Two children allowed to return to America with mother

Back from Russia with love

Last summer, when people heard Gaila Trusty’s two pre-teen children had been abducted to Russia by her ex-husband, most of them doubted if she would see them again in America any time soon. But Trusty wasn’t among the doubters.

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Lynn Goggins - Educating the public on all things conservation

Think of Lynn Goggins as one of the wizards behind the green curtain.

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Holocaust survivor shares story with students

For 60 years, Ben Fainer kept silent about the horrific experiences he endured as a victim of the Holocaust.

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St. Joseph school garners $25,000 prize

Cheers and applause broke out at St. Joseph Cathedral School Tuesday morning when students learned they had won U.S. Cellular’s Calling All Communities Campaign.

JC schools weigh Kelly Services for substitutes

Prompted by changes stemming from the Affordable Care Act, the Jefferson City Board of Education on Monday night contemplated hiring an outside contractor —Kelly Services, a temporary staffing agency — to provide substitute teachers for the district.

Nixon presses school accountability issue

Baldrige Performance Excellence Program touted

A statewide education conference aimed at improving Missouri’s schools drew four top Jefferson City Public School administrators to Columbia on Thursday, where they heard Gov. Jay Nixon applaud the state’s teachers, but also call for more accountability.

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Runge program makes kids cry fowl

'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.

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LU president speaks at Chamber Prayer Breakfast

'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.

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Blair Oaks youngsters celebrate a Colonial Thanksgiving

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.

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Crews complete rail bridge across Osage River, eliminating bottleneck

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.

Helias fundraiser brings sweet selections

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.

Education community gears up for legislative session

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.

Jamboree to give students, parents peek at academies

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.

JC public schools eye earlier start in 2014

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.

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JCHS science students turned on to solar power

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?

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Diving deep into life

For two years of his life Jeff Adams lived in the Bahamas on a deserted island called Great Stirrup Cay.

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Helias class offers instruction in real-world necessities

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.

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Bob Shallenberg: Fascinated by PSC work

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.

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Runge program offers paper-making for kids

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.

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Marmaduke house finds new owner

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.

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Students get a taste of justice

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.

School board gets lesson in needs for academies

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.

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Experts: Emphasis on early education beginning to pay dividends

‘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.

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Veterans Day ceremonies reunite Huffman, rescuers

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.

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9/11 victim's father: Blessings rise from tragedy

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.

Ashland looking to form YMCA

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.

Patriotic acts slated for Veterans Day events

"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.

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Historic home near MSP on auction block

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.

Board creating scorecard to gauge schools’ progress

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 apply for vacant school board seat

Two native Jefferson Citians — Steve M. Bruce and Ken Theroff — have expressed interest in filling a vacancy on the Jefferson City Board of Education.

School board members craft mission statement

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.

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Local districts try to make meals tasty, appealing and cost-efffective

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.

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Students study 1950s, changes since then

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.

Nixon promises first step to fully fund school formula

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.