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Kris Hilgedick

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Protested taxes leave schools in pinch

Ameren tops all utilities in protests; JC school board eyes shortfall

Revenues for the Jefferson City Public Schools are down $439,000 after several corporations protested their Cole County property tax bills last summer.

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This year seems severe after mild winters

Does this winter feel like it’s been a little more brutal than usual? Climatologists say it’s not because this year has been a dramatic outlier, it’s just that a series of milder winters has adjusted our expectations in recent years.

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Clearing a path: City crews attack snowy streets as a team

Even as snowplow crews worked furiously all day to remove snow from Jefferson City’s streets, their efforts weren’t enough to contend with the mass of flakes that fell throughout Tuesday afternoon.

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Singing her praises

More than merely learning about music, Kiesha Daulton wants her students to feel a “real sense of belonging” at school.

‘Pops’ Concert sure to delight

The Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday will present a tribute to some of the most memorable and romantic musical hits of the 20th century, with a selection by Russian Composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky added for good measure.

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Cook-off raises money for Camp Quality USA

Saturday’s icy conditions may have dampened the size of the crowd at the Navy Club Ship’s Annual Chili Cook-Off, but not their enthusiasm.

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United Way honors volunteers

Annual luncheon offers send-off to chairman, campaign chairs

Jefferson City is a place where neighbors believe in helping neighbors, United Way of Central Missouri President Ann Bax told a gathering of supporters Friday.

State chamber promotes more funding for virtual learning

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday raised concerns that Missouri’s efforts to bring online education opportunities to the state’s elementary and secondary students have fallen behind other states’.

Getting data for school choice

Supporters of the school-choice movement visited the Capitol on Tuesday in an effort to inform themselves — and lawmakers — about the impact vouchers, education savings accounts and tax credit scholarships could have on education in Missouri.

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Rise in propane price squeezes Mid-Missourians

Prices have doubled

The price of a gallon of propane has risen by $2 since Monday, pushed upward by the frigid weather conditions that have gripped the Midwest and Northeast this winter.

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'Dream big': Miss Missouri inspires Callaway Hills students

Callaway Hills Elementary students had a chance to pull aside the green curtain Friday morning and take a peek into the life of Shelby Ringdahl, Miss Missouri 2013.

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4-H Tech Club readies its robot for state contest

Riveted on robots

The Cole County 4-H Tech Club, which built its own small robot, is slated to compete in the Missouri FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship March 1 in Rolla.

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Students let fly in Lewis and Clark archery program

Lewis and Clark Middle School students escaped Tuesday’s frigid temperatures by practicing their archery skills indoors. All grade levels and physical education classes participate in the middle school’s archery unit.

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Terry Schoonover - Helping make dreams come true

As customer service manager for the Missouri Lottery, Terry Schoonover delights in confirming the wildest dreams of the state’s winning lottery players.

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Teachers briefed on protocol for dealing with school intruder

‘Locked down is not enough’

Four days after a Roswell, N.M., boy with a sawed-off shotgun seriously wounded two peers in a middle school gymnasium and the same day two students were shot in a Philadelphia school gym, the Blair Oaks’ faculty spent Friday learning new ways to respond to dangerous intruders.

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.