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Kris Hilgedick

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Helias suspends search for new principal

Leaders at Helias Catholic High School have temporarily suspended their search for a new principal to serve this fall, choosing instead to divide tasks among administrators and faculty already working in the building, Father Stephen Jones said Thursday.

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Garage damaged in morning fire

A house fire on Westwood Drive damaged the owner’s garage, but the remainder of the building — albeit smoky — likely still will be livable, according to Jefferson City fire personnel.

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Storm damage unlikely to affect Blair Oaks' fall sports

After updating the Blair Oaks Board of Education about Monday evening’s destructive storm, Superintendent Jim Jones segued Tuesday night’s board meeting into a litany of more-ordinary topics.

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High winds rip roofs off parts of two area schools

‘Debris was everywhere’

Straight line-winds whipping through Wardsville on Monday night ripped two-thirds of the roof off the Blair Oak High School gymnasium, soaking the wooden floor and causing an estimated $400,000 in damages.

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Fitness trainer pursues his Olympic dream

From the time he was a boy, Ryan Restemayer dreamed of competing in the Olympics. After years of thinking about his dream, he decided he didn’t want to be one of those guys who never even tried.

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Did Supreme Court uphold, or cross, the line?

With Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision

In the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, did justices push aside accepted tenets of law, in order to give business owners an unprecedented right to impose their religious convictions on employees? Or did they simply uphold cherished ideals of religious freedom?

Committee leaning heavily to two high schools concept

A straw poll of the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee revealed that 18 members of the committee prefer two high schools — or a variation of that idea — while only two want to build a single high school.

Jefferson City district could suffer $750,000 in cuts

Education cuts create ‘extreme challenge’

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to withhold and veto more than $1.1 billion in state funding could mean $750,000 less for Jefferson City public schools’ coffers next school year.

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Car tours the country on road trip for the troops

Tuesday’s bright afternoon sunlight didn’t prevent a small group of veterans and their supporters from congregating on the Capital City Ford Lincoln parking lot to welcome the “High Five Tour Across America.”

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22 years melt away in 10 days

Adopted daughter reunited with biological mom

Two weeks ago, Vickie Wieberg sent a poignant message out into the universe. In a June 3 Facebook post, she talked to her friends about the difficult choice she and her boyfriend made 22 years ago to give their newborn up for adoption.

JCPS budget will expand bus rides

The Jefferson City Board of Education approved a $92.7 million budget last week that provides modest raises for employees, expands busing for high school students and maintains a healthy fund balance.

St. Mary’s new hospital dominates discussion

Chat about how the new St. Marys Health Center will impact Jefferson City's Fourth Ward dominated the discussion at a town hall meeting Saturday.

Kyle Lairmore - At home out in the field

As a kid growing up in Gasconade County, Kyle Lairmore spent his days hunting and fishing in the forests and fields that surrounded his home.

Panel focuses on option of using current JCHS

Presented with three options for new high school facilities last month, a team of volunteers is now tackling the difficult work of whittling today’s wish list into tomorrow’s punch list.

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Board considers expanding drug testing at JCHS

Jefferson City High School could expand its drug-testing program to include organizations beyond sports, Activities Director Mark Caballero told the Board of Education Monday evening.

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New printer will help design lessons take shape at LCMS

As this school year came to a close, teachers at Lewis and Clark Middle School tinkered with a new instrument — a 3-D printer — they plan to fully integrate into their lessons next fall.

Schools eye career readiness

Educators focus on students being prepared for next stage of life

The popularity of career and technical education — sometimes known as “vo-tech” — is on the rise in Missouri’s high schools.

Educators briefed on next generation of science

At Missouri School Boards Association summit

Decades ago as a young elementary teacher, Carrie Launius learned that science — with its hands-on methodology and ease of exploration — was nearly a fail-safe way to encourage recalcitrant learners to try harder.

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Exit, stage right after 34 years of school service

Gara Loskill departs from role in Jefferson City schools

After 34 years of service to the Jefferson City Public Schools, Gara Loskill is officially leaving the stage. Her career has been — metaphorically speaking — a long series of scene changes.

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Her roots are intertwined

Megan Sappington has a sense of kismet — Whether it’s her latest theater production

For Megan Sappington, yoga is the study of life.

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High school plan could cost between 95 and 156 million

Architects outline three options

According to an architect’s estimate, the costs of building or renovating Jefferson City high school facilities range from $95.7 million to $155.9 million.

Planning panel briefed on 3 options for future JCHS

According to an architect’s estimate — shared with the district’s Long Range Facilities Planning Committee for the first time Thursday evening — the cost to build or renovate Jefferson City’s high school facilities will range between $95.7 million to $155.9 million.

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.