Stories by Lydia
‘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.
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.
One extraordinary angling experience has capped off 52 years of fishing at Bennett Spring for retired Army veteran and state worker Milt Barr.
From specific interest in a few recreational programs blossomed the efforts toward creating an entire facility: the Southern Boone YMCA.
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.
The iridescent pestilence has returned for the summer — in droves.
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.
Intending to pursue a degree in agribusiness or agricultural education, recent graduate Alicia Twehus lacks no familiarity with the benefits of agriculture.
Sharon Kirchoff isn’t just a familiar face at the State Fair, she brings joy to a wide number of Jefferson Citians
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.
The monumental events of July 20, 1969, appear to be permanently orbiting amongst the memories of several local residents.
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.
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.
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.
Kay Procter believes strongly in prayer.
From prominent billionaires to young children, Michael Hughes has observed a traditional card game bridge social gaps between many people.
Tattoos could leave their impression on more than just an individual’s appearance: They may impact his or her employment opportunities, as well.
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.
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.
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.
From a romantic getaway to a family vacation, spring break trips can offer relief from the frigidity of winter and the staleness of routine.
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.
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.
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.