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Businesses pleased by bigger numbers at Thursday Night Live

Heat and humidity didn’t deter the crowds for long at this summer’s fifth and final Thursday Night Live in downtown Jefferson City.

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Festival becomes stage for abortion debate

Where large crowds are gathered at summertime events in Mid-Missouri, Planned Parenthood might be there with a few volunteers asking if people would like to sign a petition.

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Forecast rise of river has folks lining out flood plans

The rising water of the Missouri River is steadily escaping its banks. The current river level brings thoughts of the damage from the ’93 flood back into the memories of residents and businesses that experienced the tragedy 18 years ago.

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Farmers markets cater to local shoppers seeking homegrown produce

If the thought of juicy tomatoes, zucchini and summer squash, farm-fresh eggs and just-picked berries leaves your mouth watering, visit one of the area farmers markets to get the newest pick of the crop.

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Good crowd turns out for Blues, Brews and Brats

It had all the makings of an outdoor festival: grills cooking brats, vendors doling out pulled pork sandwiches, adults drinking adult beverages, kids marveling at hula-hoop dancers, and a soulful blues band picking out tunes.

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Let energy savings shine through

Despite up-front costs, energy upgrades can benefit homeowner, experts say

Energy efficiency sounds good. Saving money sounds even better.

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JC Country Club celebrating 100 years of fun, friendships

Nicholas Monaco remembers the first meal he enjoyed at the Jefferson City Country Club with his late wife, Mildred, in the early 1960s.

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Cross-country race brings ultracyclists through capital

They pay upwards of $20,000 to go without sleep for about nine to 12 days.

First Blues, Brews and Brats on tap this weekend

The second Jefferson City festival district will open its gates Saturday to Blues, Brews and Brats, a live music and food fest in the 100 block of Dunklin Street.

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Parents, educators, youth ministers share how they rein in some fashion trends

Where do trends like sagging pants, short shorts and other dress-code violating trends come from? How do parents and others in authority draw the line when looking good and feeling good means showing too much skin, sporting logos that suggest violence or drug use, or wearing anything suggestive?

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Friends, family turn out to remember missing

“We rarely hear about the more than 140,000 missing and unidentified persons in the U.S. It is truly a silent mass disaster,” B.J. Spamer, program manager at the University of North Texas’ Center for Human Identification, said Friday.

Holts Summit will seek enterprise zone

The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen on Monday approved the development of an application for an Enhanced Enterprise Zone to encourage job growth and business investment in the city.

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C&A Railroad chugs out of history

What once transported cattle, mail, and people from Cedar City to Fulton, is now a remnant of stone footings, clearings in the woods and cuts through the hills.

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Portrait: Alsager finds new life in Jefferson City

After finding her niche, CVB official casts aside plans to leave her hometown

At one time, Sarah Alsager wanted to get away from Jefferson City.

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New cologne inspired by smoky smell of backyard grill

The first barbecue-scented cologne is on the market, making the quintessential smoky sweetness a wearable fragrance without the hassle of grilling in the heat.

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Mid-Missouri Wine Trails offer fun, adventurous getaways

The winemaking industry in Missouri has been around for more than a century and a half with a brief interruption during Prohibition and the years following.

Finding the perfect bra is no simple task, experts say

One of the first bras, created in 1859, looked more like a medieval torture apparatus than a supportive undergarment. Present-day ones have grown more attractive and comfortable, yet no less complicated.

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Jefferson City car dealer closes its doors

Motorists will see an empty lot where the Auffenberg dealership once stood on the southwest corner of Jefferson Street and Stadium Boulevard.

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Cooks whip up fun night for Taste of Home

Cooking enthusiasts flocked Thursday to the Taste of Home Cooking School at Capitol Plaza Hotel.

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KidsFest on tap Saturday in Jefferson City

Downtown festival will feature petting zoo, hayrides and emergency vehicles on display

More than 60 kid-friendly vendors will line portions of High and Madison streets on Saturday for the 28th Annual Kids Fest.

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Annual gathering pays homage to sacrifice of duty

The Jefferson City Veterans Council joined mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons and spouses of veterans to celebrate their service and sacrifice on Monday.

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Volunteers look to bring cemetery back to life

Carolyn Surface Nichols remembers going to picnics near the old Elston Cemetery as a child in the 1950s. She and her friends would play among the headstones and in the yard of the nearby Sardis Union Church while the adults would mow the cemetery grounds, pick weeds and clean stones.

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Calvary celebrates graduation

Seven high school graduates began a new chapter in their lives on Saturday.

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Non-profit to renovate building for community center

The Old Town Revitalization Company announced Wednesday the winner of a bid for the former Homer Cavitte property.

Holts Summit board hears subdivision concerns

Holts Summit aldermen listened to a conversation Monday about the possibility of annexing Hunters Creek, a subdivision north of city limits.

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Small spaces in the bathroom can create BIG problems

Tips can help keep the busiest room in the house clean, clutter-free

We use it every day for washing our faces, our hands and everything else. Sometimes, we just use it to take care of “business.” Whatever its function, the bathroom is the smallest, yet most important, room in the house.

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Zonta Club honors service of women who inspired others

Nearly 800 people gathered Tuesday for Zonta Jefferson City’s 12th Annual Yellow Rose Luncheon, “A Celebration of Mentoring.”

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Experts: Preschools can bolster social, academic skills of a child

School will soon be out for the summer, but if you have 3- and 4-year-olds at home, summer is the perfect time to consider preschool options for next fall.

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Neighbors join forces to sell stuff

Crowded streets will be the rule around Delta Place and Riverwood Drive on Saturday as five homes will host garage sales.

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Bus driver encourages young charges to try their hands at writing poetry

The driver of School Bus No. 6 does more than drive students to and from school.

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Author of 340 travel guides still appreciates his Mid-Missouri roots

Arthur Frommer thought Jefferson City was the Athens of America when he lived here as a boy in the 1930s and ’40s.

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Teacher, students string together service project for cancer patients

On a mission to find service projects for his leadership class, Jefferson City High School teacher Chad Rizner stumbled upon a possibility while watching the CBS morning news.

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LU parking lot uses pavers, environmentally friendly design

Another effort to go green is being completed in Jefferson City.

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Donna Deetz is always on the move

From volunteer work to running two businesses to rehabbing a trio of properties

To say Donna Deetz is involved is an understatement. The list of organizations for which she is a chairwoman, member, organizer or treasurer is long, but she also owns three businesses.

Capital hosts homeless resource fair

More than a dozen agencies came together under one roof Friday to offer services to the homeless.

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Group celebrates sesquicentennial with Civil War era music

In commemoration of this year’s Civil War sesquicentennial, the Jefferson City Cantorum will sing the songs of the era in its 43rd spring concert during Mother’s Day weekend.

Holts Summit to add motorcycle to police fleet

A motorcycle will be joining the fleet of police vehicles in Holts Summit.

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130-year-old St. Thomas church dedicating new altar

After eight years, the altar at St. Thomas The Apostle Church is complete.

Terracing can help you tame that all-too common hillside

In hilly Jefferson City, sloping lawns are the norm, creating beautiful landscapes — and erosion problems. Building a terraced garden is one solution. Terraces separate a long slope into shorter, level steps, like a staircase, making a steep hill into a manageable garden less prone to erosion.

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Local family flies exchange student’s family in for Easter

The last time Julio Cortez’s family came to visit him in Jefferson City, they traveled two days by train.

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Local author overcomes obstacles to create children's book

The year 2003 was a difficult one for Carolyn Oetting.

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Be a good sport ... And parents, we’re not just talking to the kids

As the major leagues gear up for the spring season, local youth gear up for spring play, too. On most evenings, local baseball, softball and soccer teams are practicing on lighted fields throughout the city. Research shows children involved in youth sports graduate at higher rates, develop positive team-building and leadership skills, and become responsible adults.

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Bronze turtle finds home at nature center

Runge Nature Center dedicated a new life-size bronze turtle to six volunteers Saturday. Jan Burrus, Golda Trower, Gail Oehrke, Clarence (Gabby) Higgins, Nadine Marshall and Pearl Gentili gave more than 22,000 combined hours of service to the center during their lifetimes.

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Students help teach quake-preparedness in film

Gov. Jay Nixon recognized a fourth-grade class at Thorpe Gordon Elementary on Friday for helping to educate more than 6,000 people about earthquake preparedness.

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Homeless man fights his way back with his work ethic, a little help from community

Christopher Pickett used to hate himself.

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Annual fundraiser offers tasty barbecue dishes this weekend

Barbecue aficionados unite Friday and Saturday at the 5th Annual Capital City Cook-Off at the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fairgrounds.

Linn State regents vote to raise tuition, fees

LINN — Linn State Technical College has not raised tuition or fees for the last two years. But due to increasing costs and decreasing state aid, the Board of Regents voted to raise both on Tuesday.

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Officials take a spin on new bicycle bridge

After its first weekend open to the public, the new bicycle/pedestrian bridge welcomed officials who were instrumental in completing the project.

Holts Summit aldermen pass resolution for second reactor

What could have turned into a lengthy discussion about a proposed resolution was cut short by quick thinking at the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen meeting Monday.

Ireland is ‘a beautiful mix of medieval and modern’

If you’ve dreamed of visiting the Emerald Isle, tips from our local experts may help send you on your way. “The entire place is everything, mythologically and magically speaking, everyone says it is,” said Allen Tatman, owner of Paddy Malone’s Pub, 700 W. Main St.