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Lydia Meyer

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2014 brings new and popular hair styles to Mid-Missouri

Three local hair stylists opined on the hair trends of spring 2014, as well as those from last year that the fashion world has not yet relinquished.

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Spring break not just for college students

From a romantic getaway to a family vacation, spring break trips can offer relief from the frigidity of winter and the staleness of routine.

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Cheers to being Irish in Jefferson City

St. Patrick’s a day for all to celebrate, even German friends

Many Jefferson City residents of Irish descent laud the annual arrival of St. Patrick’s Day — and even the not-so-Irish.

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Latest ranking of most stressful jobs may just surprise you

Think your job’s stressful? In his first week on the job, Jefferson City police Lt. Deric Heislen responded to a suicide, a rollover wreck on the Missouri Bridge and stopped a 16-year-old for DWI only to find a loaded handgun in the car.

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Reining in her deafness

Catie Dampf rides tall in saddle as family contends with 2 deaf children

As a speech pathologist, Michelle Dampf never expected her career to have such a personal impact on her life outside the workplace.

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Vinyl takes another spin

Analog recording attracts listeners

While acquiring music via digital downloads is easy, vinyl records may be getting a historic encore from a nationwide audience enraptured by their sound quality and sentimentality.

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Valentine’s Day crafting efforts fun for the receiver, giver

Certainly you can pick up some chocolates or roses at the supermarket for your Valentine’s Day gift, but local crafters say a handmade Valentine’s Day gifts is truly “a sweet gesture” for the recipient and the giver.

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Look cool in the cold

From a knitted infinity scarf to an open cardigan, cold-weather clothing can enable fashionable dress, instead of hinder it.

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Skater has come full circle

From skating in childhood to ascending the podium at the 2006 Winter Olympics, figure skater Sasha Cohen has brought her career full circle.

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‘Missouri River Country’ celebrates history, vitality of river

Book written by former Jefferson City resident

Galvanized by a vision of permanent land preservation along the Missouri River, Dan Burkhardt compiled “Missouri River Country,” a book detailing various attractive aspects of the land surrounding the Missouri River from Hermann to St. Louis.

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Bitter cold can freeze out yen for ice cream

Folks may not be screaming for it, but frozen treats remain popular

Even with the arrival of frigid temperatures and the polar vortex in the Midwest, Jefferson City residents haven’t lost their appetite for ice cream.

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Despite subzero temperatures, few sought shelter at warming centers

Despite subzero temperatures and closings of other warming centers in Jefferson City, the Salvation Army Center of Hope shelter has not noticed a drastic increase in demand, according to Alonzo Bailey, monitor at the local shelter.

Salvation Army drive misses goal for second year

A shortfall of about $45,000 in the annual Tree of Lights Campaign will result in a tighter budget in the upcoming year for the Jefferson City Salvation Army, according to Maj. Kevin Cedervall.

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First Day Hikes

Traipsing over rocks and tree roots, ascending Ozarks bluffs to behold magnificent views of the Lake of the Ozarks is how Kenny Neal will spend his New Year’s Day — and he hopes fellow Missourians will join him.

Columbia airport fund largely untapped

JC officials pleased with investment in program

Approximately 10 months after the creation of the $3 million revenue guarantee fund for the Columbia Regional Airport, the fund remains largely untapped, and its current balance exceeds the initial balance, according to Columbia Finance Director John Blattel.

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Charities: Increased need met with increased holiday giving

After a whirlwind holiday season, coordinators of holiday charity drives reported a promising increase in giving, compared with last year, a fact that comes with one caveat: an increase in local need.

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Capitol Caroling on tap Tuesday

A collection of classic holiday canticles will emanate from the Capitol Rotunda during Capitol Caroling, put on by the Jefferson City High School Fine Arts Department, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Mulberry Street buildings to be demolished

Demolition to create green space in flood plain

With the intent of contributing to the revitalization efforts of the Old Munichberg area, Jefferson City has signed a contract to demolish all existing structures in the 600 block of Mulberry Street, according to Jayme Abbott, neighborhood service coordinator.

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Shopping weekend loses chaos

Cindy Ottman, assistant store manager at the Sears at Capital Mall, said Friday she thinks stores opening Thanksgiving evening, instead of the early morning hours Friday, gave people time to spread out their shopping.

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Dinner to benefit 3-year-old cancer patient

For Jennifer Backes, receiving her son’s cancer diagnosis left her in “complete and utter shock.” An. August 24th benefit will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Loose Creek Community Center and will feature a silent and live auction.

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Powering up a new plan to save energy

With a campaign aimed at reducing energy consumption and cost, Ameren Missouri now offers monetary incentives to customers who update or replace existing heating and cooling systems with alternatives of greater efficiency levels, according to Cara Dolly, energy efficiency expert at Ameren Missouri.

Day care discovers dino disappeared

Since a search for Apatosaurus footprints failed to turn anything up, Apple Tree Academy, a Jefferson City day care center, has placed an ad in the News Tribune classifieds in hopes of finding a missing $600 dinosaur.

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Helias graduate’s mission trip concludes during World Youth Day

Dreams became a reality for 2012 Helias graduate Celina Aur in her faith-inspired journey to South America for mission work. After nurturing abandoned children at a farm in Brazil for nearly a year, Aur concluded her time in Rio de Janeiro with participation in World Youth Day.

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Raising livestock gives young Cole Countians new perspective

Sellers at the market livestock auction took home more than just a payoff and an empty trailer. Wednesday evening’s market livestock auction marked the culmination of many months of livestock training and care for local 4-H and FFA members.

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Jefferson City Jaycees Fair boasts big name performers, tradition, change of pace

For those looking for a unique entertainment venue with renowned performances, along with family-friendly activities, Mid-Missourians can find both at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fair, according to Fair Chairman Mike Freeman.

Community works to fill void after father dies

Life for Simon Kumeso Makanda’s family took an unexpected turn for the worse after a July 6 car accident claimed his life. The Makanda family, which immigrated from the Congo, has attended services at First Assembly of God Church in Jefferson City for about a year.

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Ponds, lakes, rivers and streams showing impact of drought

From hosting skiers, boaters and fishermen to providing nourishment to livestock, bodies of water play a major role in everything from tourism to agriculture, especially in the summer — and some may be in danger of drying up.

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Eagles to mark 65 years in Jefferson City

Functioning as a social club and charitable organization for more than half a century, the Jefferson City-based chapter of the Eagles Club is celebrating its 65th anniversary this month.

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Chef: Opening own business has been rewarding

Despite a stagnant economy and widespread personal and family frugality, The Grand Cafe, the latest local establishment offering upscale, casual dining has blossomed, according to owner Ben Huhman.

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Bail bondsmen endure tough rules, customers for their role in justice

Despite the Hollywood-like allure of cunningly capturing rogue clients after cross-country road trips, bail bonding is more about tests and paperwork.

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Raising, showing livestock offers valuable lessons

Despite oppressive triple-digit temperatures, Cole County contestants and their livestock braved the heat in order to compete in the annual 4-H market goat show Tuesday evening.

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Economy woes have curbed Mid-Missourians’ appetites for dining out

In an economy sluggishly trudging forward after a lackluster second quarter, the most grim consequences of the Great Recession may have faded from the minds of many people. For many restaurant owners whose business is dependent on consumers’ lack of frugality, however, the effects of the recession have had a noticeably long-lasting effect.

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More than 40 business licenses issued in February

Exploiting the hasty pace of a working-class lunch hour, a local entrepreneur is carving out his niche as a provider of quality dishes for customers with a cluttered schedule.

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TV show to feature green chopper

With the help of attention from a celebrity biker and his acclaimed TV show, the National Biodiesel Board will be promoting a custom-built motorcycle capable of running on biodiesel fuel the next few months.

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Secondhand clothing shops offer trendy clothes to variety of clientele

The negative connotation of secondhand clothing could be becoming a thing of the past, as at least four local shops now cater to the increasing trend.

Creeped out: Haunted house fun

If you’re looking for family fun this Halloween, stay in Jefferson City (see last Thursday’s Escape). If you’re looking for true terror, go to Columbia.

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Tattoo artist: Time was right to open shop

National headlines may point to bleak economic news, but new business owners in Jefferson City have a slightly brighter view of the future.

Students, community to join together to fight hunger

‘You can make a difference’

Set for Sunday is Jefferson City’s annual CROP Walk, a campaign against world hunger, which also benefits the Samaritan Center.

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20th annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival set for this weekend

What started out as a small community festival and has turned into a statewide event is returning for its 20th anniversary this weekend.

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Trends helping old-fashioned businesses

For Central Dairy, milk delivery is far from a practice of the past.

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Jayettes working on comeback

Former members of spirited group looking to elevate level of school spirit, pride

The Jefferson City Jayettes, a long-lost high school pep club, will be making a comeback — at least temporarily.

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Students participate in Chalk Art Fest downtown

Attracting numerous students from multiple area art clubs, the Chalk Art Fest left a block of High Street covered in stars and stripes.

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Former resident surprised by popularity of Facebook group

Social networking is supposed to help users reunite with friends, but for one group, they’ve reconnected with the past.

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When business going in the tank is good

One of Jefferson City's new businesses focuses on saltwater creatures for homes

Though still hundreds of miles from any ocean, tropical fish and corals are the focus of a new pet store, Sharkey’s, located on Industrial Drive.

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Bark-B-Que draws about 2,400 dog lovers to Memorial Park

Even the “dog days” of summer didn’t negatively impact attendance of the Bark-B-Que, a community event for canine owners and enthusiasts that took place at Memorial Park.

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Local resident is tops with tops

A fun hobby turned into a coveted title for local resident Chris Neff, the new world spintop champion.

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Flood threat, summer heat hit growers in pocketbook

With the current river level holding steady at about 25 feet, now just 2 feet above flood stage, the idea of an imminent flood threat is out of the minds of many Mid-Missourians.

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Sheriff's Department: ‘Best fair’ in terms of trouble

One positive aspect of the oppressive heat is that it may have reduced the crime at the fair this year.

Heat, economy blamed for attendance drop at fair

Jaycees: ‘The heat killed us’

Despite disappointingly sparse attendance at the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair, it was a success, according to fair chairman Joe Heard.

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Dogs get in on fair competition

With wagging, panting dogs performing a variety of maneuvers in attempts to earn their owners a coveted blue ribbon, the first official 4-H dog show officially was kicked off Saturday at Memorial Park, as part of the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair.