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Lydia Meyer

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Would-be mayors suggest how to improve Jefferson City

Ten winners strode to the stage to receive a medal, a hasty high-five and a board game amidst raucous applause from their classmates.

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Woman launches campaign to save neighbor’s home

‘Watching God answer your prayers is crazy’

Through connections to various social media outlets including Vickie Wieberg’s personal Facebook account, the GoFundMe page for the Amanda Miller family has collected more than $4,000 in two days.

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Salvation Army: Donations fall just short of goal

Despite a bountiful year for the Angel Tree and Adopt-a-Family programs, a shortfall in donations to the Salvation Army may result in budget tightening in 2015, according to Lt. Corps Officer Chris White.

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Trout angler recounts 52 years wading streams at Bennett Spring

One extraordinary angling experience has capped off 52 years of fishing at Bennett Spring for retired Army veteran and state worker Milt Barr.

Jefferson City Area YMCA to open Ashland branch

From specific interest in a few recreational programs blossomed the efforts toward creating an entire facility: the Southern Boone YMCA.

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Memorial Pool hosts doggone lot of fun

At the Park and Recreation’s lively summertime conclusion, a collection of canines transformed the once still Memorial Pool into a frenzy of smiles and splashed chlorine.

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Japanese beetles make return appearance

The iridescent pestilence has returned for the summer — in droves.

YMCA coordinating back to school drive

An independent initiative to bring school supplies to students may provide students with the confidence booster they need to thrive in the classroom, according to Shelly Poire, local YMCA development director.

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Market hog show gives teens valuable lessons ... and cash

Intending to pursue a degree in agribusiness or agricultural education, recent graduate Alicia Twehus lacks no familiarity with the benefits of agriculture.

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Fair’s lady in the ‘happy cart’

Sharon Kirchoff isn’t just a familiar face at the State Fair, she brings joy to a wide number of Jefferson Citians

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Country stars to shine in Mid-Missouri

Pam Tillis coming to Eldon with Lorrie Morgan

Despite her acquisition of the coveted 1994 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year award and an elite membership in the Grand Ole Opry, country singer/songwriter Pam Tillis casually bucks the stereotype of stardom.

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Local residents share moonwalk memories

The monumental events of July 20, 1969, appear to be permanently orbiting amongst the memories of several local residents.

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TLC brings actress Cynthia Nixon to MSP

Instead of the supernatural, a nationally broadcasted television show will showcase the more sinister realities of events that have occurred inside the old Missouri State Penitentiary.

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Salute to America boasts 3 fun days

In an event that covers 17 city blocks, a host of entertainers — from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to live eagles — will share their talents for Jefferson City’s Salute to America celebration.

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Greenway's reach continues to branch out

The constant whir of bicycle tires and pounding of feet around Jefferson City demonstrate local enthusiasm for an ongoing public works project designed to get the public off the couch, proponents of the trail say.

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For family, new home is an answer to prayer

Kay Procter believes strongly in prayer.

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Bridging the gap — Card game attracts people of all ages

From prominent billionaires to young children, Michael Hughes has observed a traditional card game bridge social gaps between many people.

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Acceptance of tattoos in workplace varies from employer to employer

Tattoos could leave their impression on more than just an individual’s appearance: They may impact his or her employment opportunities, as well.

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Thrill of the mushroom hunt

Morel hunters share stories, tips (but not their hunting spots)

Though this year’s morel mushroom hunting season is waning, the popularity of the delectable fungi transcends time, according to local mushroom hunters and experts.

Rain boots, sandals top footwear trends for spring

Put some spring in your step

You may be thinking about chucking those boots in the closet in the belief that we’ve transitioned from winter to spring and sandal-type weather. But be forewarned that fashion boots may make an encore for the warmer months — rain boots, that is.

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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.