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Kris Hilgedick

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Questionaire helps JC school board look inward

During a four-hour session Tuesday, the Jefferson City Board of Education completed a self-evaluation and spent some time contemplating how they will evaluate Supt. Brian Mitchell this year.

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Artist: Blindness gives a unique perspective

Ember Looten hasn’t let a little hiccup like legal blindness prevent her from dedicating her career to the visual arts.

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St. Martin School principal retiring after 47 years

'It's not just a job'

After 47 years of service in the local Catholic schools, St. Martin School Principal Cathy Wolters is retiring. And she wouldn’t change a thing.

School districts look to dip into reserves

The Jefferson City School District will have to dip into its reserve fund in order to sustain the spending cuts to education that Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday.

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Certain sign of summer

Aquatic center gets upgrade 20 years later

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the Memorial Park Aquatic Center was renovated?

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Blair Oaks seniors praised by counselor

Class of 2014 called special

Smart. Competitive. Funny. Determined. Those were the adjectives used to describe the Blair Oaks High School Class of 2014, whose members graduated Sunday in a commencement ceremony held at the Falcon Athletic Complex.

Jefferson City school board hosting forums

Officials hear residents’ concerns, suggestions during coffee hour

To glean more insight into how the community views the public schools, the Jefferson City board has renewed its efforts to reach out to school district patrons.

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Bill Gerling - Proponent of citizenship education

Life is full of surprises. Bill Gerling rediscovered that last month when the Missouri Bar Association honored him with two awards he wasn’t expecting.

Blair Oaks teachers, staff getting pay hike

The Blair Oaks Board of Education approved pay raises for both faculty and staff at its meeting Tuesday night.

Work to delay ice arena opening by one week

Councilman brings up golf course alcohol ban

In order to accomplish numerous construction projects at Washington Park Ice Arena this summer, the rink will reopen on July 28 — one week later than originally planned, but a far cry from the August and September dates that worried skaters.

School board briefed on instruction priorities

Senior administrators for the Jefferson City Public Schools shared the district’s priorities for instruction at Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting.

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Music lovers are in for sweet surprise

Performed by the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra

Symphonic music lovers who relish hearing something new are in for a sweet surprise Tuesday evening when the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra performs three original works by Mid-Missouri composers.

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Nichols students team up with Habitat for Humanity

Kay Procter is so excited about the new home she is purchasing through Habitat for Humanity that she started packing five months ago.

Gas main break ties up traffic on U.S. 63

A natural gas main break closed traffic along U.S. 63 briefly when a road construction crew accidentally hit a pipe while digging.

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Tractor and farm toy show draws crowd

At the Show-Me Tractor and Farm Toy Show held Saturday, the weather did more than merely cooperate. The blue skies, balmy air, and budding trees were glorious.

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Today’s debate over ‘nullification’ actually began with Founding Fathers

A constitutional duel continues in Missouri legislation

Do state legislatures have the authority — the right — to nullify federal laws, as our own Missouri General Assembly appears poised to do? No doubt our Founding Fathers would recognize this debate as one of their own.

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Beth Dampf named JC Teacher of the Year

Colleagues and administrators alike found it easy to sing Beth Dampf’s praises Thursday evening at a banquet where she was honored as the Jefferson City Public School’s Teacher of the Year.

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Helias revamps school logos, crest to reinforce message

Crusading for a new brand

Leaders at Helias Catholic High School have rebranded the school’s identity with two new logos and a new crest.

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Mid-Missouri artists, performers featured in First Friday Arts Stroll

The streets of downtown Jefferson City will be teeming with creative people the evening of May 2, as the First Friday Arts Stroll gets underway.

Panel explores how to address growing elementary school population

Predictions of a growing student body is driving the work of a subcommittee charged with examining the needs of Jefferson City’s elementary schools.

Long range committee looks at trio of options for future of JCHS

Members of a planning committee on Thursday fleshed out details they’d like to see address problems with overcrowded and aging facilities for Jefferson City high school students.

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Raising children a second time

Conference offers advice, tools for grandparent caregivers

More than 80 grandparents and other kinship caregivers gathered Thursday at First Baptist Church to attend a conference designed to help them navigate the difficult responsibility of raising children who are not their own.

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JC marathoners finish Boston race a year after tragedy

An unexpectedly warm day heightened the level of difficulty for runners of the Boston Marathon on Monday, but both Jefferson City competitors finished the race.

Teens wreck stolen vehicle in Boone County

After colliding with a bridge west of Hartsburg, a group of runaway Iowa teenagers in a stolen vehicle then tried to flee the wreck — three even tried to swim the Missouri River — before they were taken into custody by law enforcement.

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At the roots of his music

With his knack for turning old trash into musical treasure, Travis Naughton is having way too much fun for a man who’s trying to sing the blues.

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Tim Decker - Working for child welfare

Strengthening the child welfare workforce is one of Tim Decker’s toughest challenges and top priorities.

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Red, white and new: Varied paths lead to naturalization ceremony

Central Missouri is home to 30 newly minted citizens today, the result of a naturalization ceremony held Thursday afternoon at the Miller Performing Arts Center.

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JC students learn the ropes while helping out

Thursday’s naturalization ceremony served as a real-world civics lesson for the Jefferson City students who attended.

Three JC schools get new principals

Two retirements in the Jefferson City Public Schools recently led to a flurry of leadership changes for Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Simonsen 9th Grade Center and Jefferson City High School this week.

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‘Billboard’ for poor choices

When John Martin was a kid, his dad was an alcoholic and his older brother was a bad influence.

Changing of guard on JC school board

Tami Turner gives emotional farewell

In the wake of last week’s election, two incumbents and a newcomer — John Ruth, Ken Theroff and Stephen Bruce — were sworn in as members of the Jefferson City Board of Education on Monday evening.

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First black Helias graduate shares civil rights experiences

'I was treated very well here'

The first African-American to graduate from Helias Catholic High School recently shared memories of growing up in Jefferson City with a class of sociology students who attend his alma mater.

2 incumbents, challenger elected to JC school board

Two incumbents and a challenger were elected to the Jefferson City Board of Education in Tuesday’s election.

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Underfunded state formula costs schools millions

At Jefferson City, district could spend $743 more per student

If Missouri state lawmakers had fully funded the state’s foundation formula this fiscal year, the Jefferson City Public Schools would have been able to spend $743 more per student.

School committee delays town hall meeting

A committee tasked with hashing out a 20-year facilities plan for the Jefferson City schools opted Thursday night to delay a town hall-style meeting in order to gather more information first.

Learning character at a young age

The Southwest Early Childhood Center earned a groundbreaking award Wednesday when it was named a “Missouri State School of Character.” The honor makes Southwest the first early childhood school in the nation to ever receive such a designation.

Six vie for three seats on Blair Oaks school board

Race features two incumbents, four challengers

As the April 8 election approaches, the growth spurts of Blair Oaks School District have been a point of concern for the six candidates campaigning this spring for the district’s board of education.

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Plenty to cheer about at Pinewood Derby

More than 300 Cub Scouts raced tiny hand-painted cars this weekend at the 2014 Five Rivers District Pinewood Derby.

Five seeking three seats on JC School Board

Desire to serve inspired candidates

Five community members have stepped forward to fill three available seats on the Jefferson City School Board, with an election slated on April 8.

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5 candidates weigh in on issues facing school district

Leading up to the April 8 election, the News Tribune interviewed all five candidates interested in serving on the Jefferson City Board of Education.

Candidates agree East School needs attention

But they differ on how to proceed

Questions about East Elementary School — where test scores are flagging, poverty rates are high and a team of architects rated the facility as “borderline”— are cropping up for the five candidates running for the Jefferson City Board of Education this election season.

East Elementary students immerse themselves in classoom project

East Elementary School third-graders not only dressed up as their favorite creatures Thursday, they also presented what they’ve learned about the animal kingdom with a “Walking and Talking Zoo.”

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Tackling a deeper task

Victorian poetry and Division II football rarely inhabit the same sphere.

Backyard fire threatens homes

A quick save by Jefferson City firefighters prevented a small cover fire from growing into a structure fire Friday morning.

Jefferson City School District hires PR person

A local hospital spokesperson has been tapped to join the Jefferson City Public Schools leadership team.

Running out of room at Blair Oaks

Although Blair Oaks school leaders typically keep an eye on incoming kindergartners and ninth-graders as a way to gauge the district’s growth, next year it might be Blair Oaks Middle School splitting at the seams. And it might take a mobile building to relieve the space crunch.

School board okays pay hike

Deficit will jump to $1.4M

Employees of the Jefferson City Public Schools can look forward to another bump in pay next year.

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One fix for job market

More students are taking a second look at automotive repair, a high-tech career that is always in demand and can’t be outsourced overseas.

Seminar to offer support, help for grandparents raising children

More than 125,000 children in Missouri live in homes where their grandparents, or another relative, are the heads of the household. What’s more, nearly 50,000 of those kids live in homes where grandparents are the primary caregivers, and more than 20,000 have no parent present in the home.

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Steinman vs. Steinman

Hats and wedding rings thrown into contest

Leonard Steinman has run for Jefferson City mayor, Cole County Western District commissioner, Missouri governor and the U.S. House of Representatives.