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Hair apparent: Salon styles aren’t as difficult as they might appear

Do you ever leave a salon thinking you can’t re-create that professionally styled look? We spoke to the experts to get tips on how to do just that and more with three just-left-the-salon styles.

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Snapshot: Gwen Edmonson, Holts Summit city clerk

Gwen Edmonson, sometimes known as the wife of W.T. and the mother of T., is the director of adult dance and drama ministries at Second Baptist Church, and keeps a busy day job as City Clerk and office manager for the City of Holts Summit.

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Two local women make Extreme Makeover contribution

Two Jefferson City residents returned last week from a whirlwind trip to Joplin, where rebuilding efforts continue five months after a tornado destroyed nearly 7,000 homes in the city.

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Families celebrate Halloween without gore, scariness

Not so spooky

Two Mid-Missouri families make Halloween fun without the ghouls, goblins and candy overload.

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Young Professionals get tips from business veterans

Area young professionals gathered at the Stained Glass Theatre on Wednesday to learn from seasoned professionals about how to succeed in the workplace and at home.

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Making a good first impression

Tips on how to ignore your nerves and introduce yourself with confidence

Have you ever been in a social situation where you were forced to interact with people you didn’t know?

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JC company on cutting edge of home-integration systems

Glenn Mertens and his team at Smart Solutions Inc. install the kind of technology we once thought would come out of a Jetsons cartoon. It’s now the kind of technology we see every day.

Linn State Tech sets up legal fund over drug testing

Hearing on drug testing case set Oct. 25

Linn State Technical College has announced the establishment of a legal defense fund to raise money for its legal proceedings against the ACLU.

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Vacation by the numbers

Traveling with a group can be more fun, less expensive

If the thought of planning a vacation sounds daunting, consider traveling with a group where all of the arrangements are made for you. You simply show up with some comfortable walking shoes and a camera, or your beachwear and a good book.

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Angie Stiefermann: Voice of calm in emergencies

Angie Stiefermann has always been intrigued by the excitement of emergency situations.

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Family photos don’t have to be cheesy, local experts say

To keep local families from ending up on those embarrassingly awkward family photo websites, we spoke with area photographers about what to wear during family photo sessions.

Holts Summit board proposes $2.9 million budget

A proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2012 was delivered Monday to the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen at its monthly work session.

Free, reduced lunch enrollment up in nearby school districts

Educators point to effects of economy on families

School districts across Callaway and Cole counties are seeing increases in the number of students enrolling in free and reduced lunch programs, and most are attributing it to the effects of the economy on families.

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Students offer their thoughts on how to improve education

Students who may be affected by the proposed changes to Jefferson City High School, or schools depending on what option is chosen, have created academies of their own as part of a class project.

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Dip into color to paint your home

Instead of painting each wall in your home a blah beige or weak white, consider using focal walls, faux finishes and pops of color to accent your home’s decor.

5K to join Holts Summit festival activities

Pre-register to participate by Friday

The sixth-annual Holts Summit Harvest Festival will kick off with a new event this year.

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Interns are getting younger — and they’re not just fetching coffee any more

The internship has moved beyond delivering coffee and picking up dry cleaning. High school and college students are seeking more and more internships at younger and younger ages, trying to boost their resumes and figure out what to do with their lives. The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce led an Internship Initiative this summer as a way to show young people the city has a lot to offer in terms of career prospects.

Suit alleges students pulled from class for drug tests

Linn State Technical College came under fire earlier this week for its mandatory drug testing policy, and is now being sued by five of its students.

Linn State: Drug screenings complete

Officials at Linn State Technical College have not changed their drug screening policy despite complaints from three civil liberties groups.

Financial advisor tabbed for Holts Summit sewer project

Prior work for the city cited for and against firm

The seemingly never-ending sewer improvement project continues as the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen voted Monday to enter into negotiations with a financial advisor.

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Images of terror attacks etched in young minds

Today’s youth still sorting through what attacks really mean

It’s been part of their lives for most of their lives. Children who were 5, 6, 7 years old on Sept. 11, 2001, have only vague memories of the attack on American soil, and yet the events of that day have made an impact on their lives, whether felt directly or indirectly.

Camping can be a great family-bonding experience

After getting a sneak peak at fall temperatures, we can’t wait to get outside and enjoy cooler evenings over a campfire. We’ve sought out a few primitive campsites nearby that offer the joy of the outdoors without the heavy maintenance of owning a camper.

Initiatives trying to bring high-speed Internet to rural areas

Two Mid-Missouri towns awarded federal grants

The lack of reliable Internet access in rural areas has been likened to the lack of electricity in those same areas during the 1930s. In those days, cities boomed with the availability of electricity, while the countryside seemed cut off from modern conveniences.

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Athletes collapse in heat; several treated at cross country event

Athletic director: Temperatures were within normal range determined by MSHSAA

Emergency personnel at the Jim Marshall Cross Country Invitational in Jefferson City got a little more than they bargained for Saturday morning, when warm temperatures caused 11 female athletes to seek medical treatment after the varsity race.

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All world the world’s a stage but where would it be without a healthy dose of makeup and wardrobe?

The magic of theater is as much about what happens behind the scenes as on stage. Backstage and pre-show happenings including costume changes, makeup touchups, and the donning of wigs all play a part in transporting an audience to a different place and time.

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Several athletes treated at cross country event

Emergency personnel at the Jim Marshall Cross Country Invitational got a little more than they bargained for Saturday morning, when warm temperatures caused 11 female athletes to seek medical treatment after the varsity race.

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Weekend offers respite, togetherness for wounded lawmen

A Belton-based organization founded by law enforcement officers is out to make wounded officers feel remembered, not forgotten.

One man’s dream turns golden

Linn State Technical College celebrated its 50th anniversary on Wednesday with a kick-off celebration and monument dedication.

Firepits, fireplaces help homeowners bring comforts of inside to back yard

As fall approaches, its cooler temperatures will lure us out of the living room and into the outdoors. However, there is no need to forgo the comfort of a couch.

Holts Summit sets towing fee

If a vehicle is towed in Holts Summit, the owner will now have to pay a $25 processing fee.

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Feeding a need: Cynthia Quetsch felt a call to help

She doesn’t like to use the cliche, “I’ve always wanted to help people,” but for Cynthia Quetsch, it’s true.

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Local moms share how they decided to work inside or outside the home

Everyone — and their mother — has advice about how to be a better mother. And when you add the question of whether Mom should work outside the home or stay home full time, the advice can even get more pointed.

Water district awarded grant in Osage County

Rural water customers in Linn soon will be getting their drinking water from an upgraded facility.

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Little Theatre to present ‘Hairspray’

Big hair, big fun

Tracy Turnblad and her bodacious ’do will grace the stage of Jefferson City's Miller Performing Arts Center in The Little Theatre’s rendition of Hairspray on Aug. 25-28.

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Volunteers renovate Civic Center kitchen

Those enjoying a balanced meal at the Holts Summit soup kitchen may not notice a few changes behind the scenes.

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In the mood to travel? Deals available now

As summer comes to a close, it is now open season for off-season travel.

Holts Summit finances get good marks

The city of Holts Summit was given a clean bill of financial health during its Board of Aldermen meeting Monday.

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Basketball is tip-off for outreach

Second Christian Church camp uses basketball to help boys gain valuable lessons for life

Malcolm Lewis Griffin Jr. knows what it’s like to grow up without a positive role model. Despite what he calls a wild past, he’s become a role model himself, devoting his time to helping the youth of Jefferson City.

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Pam Murray: Devoting time to Holts Summit

Despite being a bit of a nomad for much of her life, Pamela Murray values community.

Track clubs teach fundamentals of running ... and life

“I used to have bad sportsmanship, but track changed me. Everybody’s a winner to me now.”

Runners know the kind of high they get from pounding the pavement or rounding that last curve on the track. Faith Lewis is no different. At 13, her favorite part about running track is working hard.

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Farmers harvest mayhem in combine demo derby

It was a farmer’s dream. Or worst nightmare depending on how you look at it.

Enterprise zone wins approval in Holts Summit

After a brief debate about the true benefit of a tax credit and abatement program, the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen on Monday approved an Enhanced Enterprise Zone within city limits.

Window dressing: Those portals to your home are getting a new treatment

We spoke to a few local interior designers to learn about the latest trends in window treatments. They agreed less is more.

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Children learn timeless, updated etiquette at Mansion

As she sat with her mother at the table, Emily Dulle, 9, proceeded to tell her, politely of course, where to put her purse so waiters won’t trip over it.

Volunteers inspired to give even when it’s not a time of need

If you’re looking for something to do this summer, why not do some good?

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Tour De Jeff set for Sunday morning

Enjoy a ride under the stars at the annual Tour De Jeff moonlight bike ride on Sunday.

Holts Summit Board approves bid for recycling area

Despite bids coming in $14,000 more than expected, the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen on Monday authorized a bid to begin work on a recycling drop-off area at the Greenway Park Civic Center.

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Barbecue at rehabilitation center honors first responders

Local heroes were honored at the first of many family barbeques at Jefferson City Nursing and Rehabilitation.

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Enjoying Missouri's great outdoors

Inexpensive family vacations are within reach considering Jefferson City lies less than three hours from numerous state parks and their accompanying campgrounds.

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Timely summer tips can help you beat the heat

Summer has officially started, bringing its characteristically high temperatures and oppressive humidity, which makes us sweat. A lot. Rather than letting a little perspiration get you down, try these tips to beat the heat.