Stories by Lydia
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.
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.
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.
From a knitted infinity scarf to an open cardigan, cold-weather clothing can enable fashionable dress, instead of hinder it.
From skating in childhood to ascending the podium at the 2006 Winter Olympics, figure skater Sasha Cohen has brought her career full circle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite the Hollywood-like allure of cunningly capturing rogue clients after cross-country road trips, bail bonding is more about tests and paperwork.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National headlines may point to bleak economic news, but new business owners in Jefferson City have a slightly brighter view of the future.
‘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.
What started out as a small community festival and has turned into a statewide event is returning for its 20th anniversary this weekend.
For Central Dairy, milk delivery is far from a practice of the past.
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.
Attracting numerous students from multiple area art clubs, the Chalk Art Fest left a block of High Street covered in stars and stripes.
Social networking is supposed to help users reunite with friends, but for one group, they’ve reconnected with the past.
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.
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.
A fun hobby turned into a coveted title for local resident Chris Neff, the new world spintop champion.
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.
One positive aspect of the oppressive heat is that it may have reduced the crime at the fair this year.
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.
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.
The heat may have been oppressive this week, but attendance at the Jaycees Cole County Fair didn’t wilt too badly.
One dollar made the difference between winning and losing for Ashland “Jeopardy!” contestant Andrew Bach.
The Fuchsia Band returns. As long-time friends of Paddy Malone’s owners, Alan and Marialee Tatman, the traditional Irish band, from Cork County, Ireland, will perform in Jefferson City once again to benefit local organizations.
Standing water may hasten invasion of insects, experts say
Everyone’s favorite pests are back for the year, but not in the droves many may have expected. Mosquitos have not made a record mass appearance so far this summer despite back-flow in creeks caused by the record floodwater levels.