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Kris Hilgedick

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Hunger for a new challenge

After more than two decades leading the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, Peggy Kirkpatrick is officially “retiring.”

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Farmers scramble to find transportation for bumper crop

An unusually large fall harvest has filled regional grain elevators to capacity, leaving farmers fewer options for selling and storing their crops this year.

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Chris Engelbrecht — Looking after safety, cleanups in road accidents

As safety and health manager at the Missouri Department of Transportation, Christopher Engelbrecht has seen his fair share of road wrecks. And when a big truck is involved, often there’s a big mess to clean up.

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Simonsen students tackle US Constitution

Can police access information from a personal cell phone? Does the Second Amendment protect all Americans’ rights to own automatic weapons? Can students be compelled to recite Bible verses daily in public school?

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Descendant of unsung explorer will launch skating campaign in JC

Discovering Drouillard

While his name is not exactly shrouded in history, George Drouillard doesn’t enjoy quite the same prominence that Meriwether Lewis, William Clark or even Sacagawea possess today. A descendent of Drouillard’s hopes to change that.

Board wants poll on school plan

The Jefferson City Board of Education on Monday directed central office staff to engage a polling firm to take the local electorate’s temperature over the next few weeks to see if voters may be amenable to supporting an April bond issue.

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Survey: Third of Jefferson City’s teenagers have used tobacco

Teens smoke for the same reason adults report they do: They see it as a way to cope with stress. But Jefferson City may have a bigger problem with teen smoking than most cities.

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Parents share stories of fallen soldiers

As part of the final leg of their visit to Jefferson City, five Gold Star parents were greeted as honored guests at Veterans Day assemblies at Blair Oaks and Calvary Lutheran high schools.

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Hundreds pay tribute to heroes

Flag-waving community, Operation Bugle Boy impress Gold Star families

More than 500 Mid-Missouri veterans gathered in St. Martins to once again to remember the valor of our country’s military heroes.

Events at 3 schools will fight bullying

A rally for youth — called “U.R. Wanted” and designed to share an anti-bullying message — is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Jefferson City's Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Community asked to wave US flags to honor Gold Star families

Organizers of this year’s Operation Bugle Boy event are asking Mid-Missourians to honor the sacrifices of America’s Gold Star families by lining a motorcade route and waving American flags Thursday evening.

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2 surveys measure Jefferson City public educators’ morale

Polls by school district, teachers union offer contrasting pictures

Two separate public opinion surveys offer contrasting portrayals of life for educators in the Jefferson City Public Schools.

Moreau Heights principal reassigned

Retiree named interim principal at elementary school

A third major change in the Jefferson City Public Schools administrative team came to light Thursday, when Moreau Heights Elementary School students were sent home with a letter noting retired principal Stephen Saak will serve in an interim capacity at the building for the remainder of the year.

Amendment 3 draws heavy opposition

Support vanishes for teacher rules, but educators still concerned

Although the campaign that placed Amendment 3 on Tuesday’s ballot has dissolved, opponents are still working furiously this fall to defeat the measure, which — if passed — would prohibit tenure and tie teachers’ salaries to students’ performance.

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Path set for Jefferson City Public Schools’ future

But school board must move quickly for optimal election

A community taskforce charged with creating a 20-year facilities plan for the Jefferson City Public Schools has completed its work, but if school board leaders want to enact the plan in time for the April election, they face a tight deadline.

Heavy turnout hears plan for schools

More than 100 participants came out Tuesday evening to learn more about a new 20-year master plan for the Jefferson City schools that has been in the works for more than a year.

JCPS kicks off search for superintendent

The Jefferson City Board of Education on Monday launched its search for a new superintendent to lead the district.

JC school district to explore new bell schedule

To make school bus transportation available to more students without raising costs, a new bell schedule has been proposed for the Jefferson City Public Schools.

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Tia Griffin engineers prominent projects in city

When it comes to designing engineering projects for Jefferson City, Tia Griffin is the last woman standing. It makes for a busy workday for Griffin, who has worked as a design engineer for the city for eight years and as an intern for three years.

Fly-In event draws wide crowd

Hundreds of people and dozens of pilots took advantage of Saturday’s perfect weather to enjoy Jefferson City Memorial Airport’s Annual Open House and Fly-In.

Benefit dinner supported Wardsville teen with rare cancer

By mid-afternoon Friday, Charles Stone — organizer of a fundraiser for Wardsville teen Bradley Gilbert — wasn’t sure if his team should prepare enough chicken to feed 600 people or 1,600 people.

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Parents, teachers take school board to task

After an outpouring of parental concern about dangerous and disruptive students at Moreau Heights Elementary School, the Jefferson City Board of Education has agreed to investigate allegations that numerous violent acts may have taken place in the school so far this year.

Today's students ill-prepared for life

Today’s students may be the best educated, but they are the least-prepared for life after school, a prominent education reformer warned audiences on Monday.

School district responds to teacher’s lawsuit

Attorney: Misunderstanding may have led to suit

An attorney representing the Jefferson City Public Schools indicated this week that former journalism teacher Karen Ray’s lawsuit against the district originally may have stemmed from a misunderstanding.

Open house will mark 20th year for Prenger Family Center

After 20 years of community service, the Michael W. Prenger Family Center is celebrating the anniversary by opening its doors to the public for the day.

Fashion show highlights latest trends, gives back

Jefferson City’s fashionistas will have an opportunity to explore the hottest styles at the Jefferson City Council of Clubs Fall Fashion show.

Second teacher suing Jefferson City School District

Former instructor alleges age, gender discrimination

A former Jefferson City High School English teacher has sued the school district, alleging she was subjected to age and gender discrimination, and harassment by the school’s administrators.

Reaction to JCPS educator leaving district

Mitchell announces retirement, accepts job outside education

After nearly six years with the Jefferson City Public Schools, Superintendent Brian Mitchell announced on Wednesday his intention to retire at the end of this school year.

JC superintendent announces retirement

After nearly six years with the Jefferson City Public Schools, Superintendent Brian Mitchell announced today his intention to retire at the end of this school year.

School board opposes Amendment 3

Essentially asking voters to just vote “No,” the Jefferson City Board of Education waded into the Amendment 3 debate on Monday by unanimously approving a resolution opposing it.

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Demeanor, sense of humor make Greg Gaffke a natural and valuable community commodity

Greg Gaffke has an uncanny knack for disarming people with his gentle sense of humor, and over the years that quality had led to a long list of successes as a community volunteer.

Application deadline nearing for Rotary exchange program

Have you ever dreamed of living overseas? If you are a teenager in Mid-Missouri, Rotary Youth Exchange is offering you a chance.

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A coping tool for bullying, substance abuse

Nearly 50 Lewis and Clark Middle School students on Thursday participated in a day-long program aimed at dissuading them from experimenting with alcohol and tobacco, and arming them with the tools they’ll need to halt bullying.

Public presentation on JC school expansion gets final touches

The committee tasked with developing a plan to expand Jefferson City’s schools on Tuesday put the final touches on the two-hour presentation they want to share with the public next month.

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Jefferson City High School principal resigns

Citing a concern that “ongoing complaints have caused him to become a lightning rod for unrest,” Jeff Dodson, principal of Jefferson City High School, has resigned.

Caution greets chamber pitch for school land

Locating a multipurpose facility on land owned by the Jefferson City Public Schools holds the possibility of creating unique synergies, a civic leader said Monday night.

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‘Jazz, at its base, is feel-good music’

Small but happy crowd turns out for Jazzfest and Art Fair

As jazzy riffs washed over his work area, Rodger Francis carefully applied layers of pastel chalk to High Street’s pebbly surface during Saturday's Capital Jazzfest and Capital Street Art Fair..

JCPS panel still cramming for October presentation

Attention shifts to upgrades on elementary schools

A committee charged with devising a future facilities plan for the Jefferson City school district continued to work Thursday night on how to present its ideas to the public.

Seventh-graders study how to resolve conflicts

‘Communication is a learned skill’

Seventh-graders at Lewis and Clark Middle School are studying conflict resolution this month as part of their Contemporary Issues class.

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Jefferson City school academies get rolling

After being discussed for months, the Jefferson City Public Schools kicked off academies with the start of school this fall, and Diane Olson, the director of education programs for Farm Bureau, was the first experiment.

Local ACT scores edge higher

Both Jefferson City, Helias and Blair Oaks high schools saw their average ACT composite scores uptick in 2014, following a statewide trend that saw scores rise for the first time in nearly a decade.

Is discipline a big issue in JC schools?

School district says clear trends don’t emerge from data

The Jefferson City Board of Education recently was given a packet of information containing discipline statistics in the district, but because administrators have changed the way infractions are handled and reported over the past seven years, discerning clear trends from the data is difficult.

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Mother shares her daughter’s cyberbullying story with teens

Tina Meier — the mother of a 13-year-old Missouri girl who committed suicide after being bullied online — spoke to sophomores at Jefferson City High School on Monday afternoon.

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Dave Siebeneck spends his days deep in dough for Schulte’s

If Mid-Missouri had a “Doughnut King,” Dave Siebeneck, bakery manager at Schulte’s Fresh Foods, probably deserves to wear the crown.

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Rosie Anderson-Harper — Helping afflicted build better quality of life

As the director of recovery services at the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Rosie Anderson-Harper focuses on helping individuals with mental health and addiction issues recover a better quality of life.

Jefferson City school board gets another earful

Many problems blamed on administration

Whether speaking from the podium or buttonholing board members in the hallway afterward, about 30 school patrons attended the Board of Education’s monthly meeting to lay bare their deep dismay about concerns they harbor about the management of the Jefferson City Public Schools.

School board meets Sunday to glean info on district ills

Poor discipline, extra work for teachers dominate discussion

When the Jefferson City Board of Education opened itself up to more feedback, John Ruth thought he would hear about a desire for smaller class sizes or the need for more computers.

18 JCHS students honored for academics

Eighteen students at Jefferson City High School have earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

Jefferson City teachers’ experience declining

Former students, teachers say retention issue has festered for years

The Jefferson City Public Schools have seen a steady decline in the number of years of experience of its professional staff, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Schools’ future moves closer to public hearing

Still up in air if public will get to ask questions

After nearly a year of researching approaches to expand the public school facilities in Jefferson City, the committee tasked with the job settled on a date to share their work with the public.