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Jaycees president fills many roles in fair week

An attorney by day, Erin Wiseman has been troubleshooting and keeping logistics on track at the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair each night this week.

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Russellville band camp upbeat with new director, instruments

The percussion section of Russellville High School’s band has received some extra attention this summer. Besides new band director Nathan Gargus arriving with nearly a decade of competitive drumline experience, community donations added some extra thump to the line’s instruments.

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Building blocks of past, future

Allen Pollock has his business model ready for his retirement

Building neighborhood streets in the 1970s, building miniature-scale figures and tracks in his basement, and building community partnerships over the last 30 years — Allen Pollock’s life has centered around construction.

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Perennial-bed garden named Yard of the Month

After 28 years in the making

A modest yard at the end of an east-side cul-de-sac is so peaceful, angels call it home.

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Young and old team up for aerial adventure with drones

Safety goggles on, the motor hums and then the blue tarps on the Jason Gymnasium floor flap as the four wings of handmade drones force air down for liftoff Thursday morning in Jefferson City.

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Rugen finds enjoyment through the camera lens

Brenda Rugen has a unique view through her camera’s lens.

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Eugene team earns gold at national competition before first anniversary

Less than one year ago, Eugene High School started an FCCLA chapter, and already a two-member team recently returned with a gold award from the national competition.

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'Rebel' with a cause

SCV commander worries respect, tolerance now a ‘one-way street’

Growing up with a changing address as his father moved from U.S. Air Force base to base, Darrell Maples learned to be a “people person” to make new friends from Spain to Texas to Nebraska.

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Doing their Sunday best

Congregation offers a Sunday of labor to help new shelter

Child-sized shovels and muddy shoes showed the younger members of Freshwater Church were just as eager as the adult member to pitch in at the second annual Labor for Your Neighbor Sunday.

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Landmark store led neighborhood revival

Today, 308 W. Dunklin St., is more than a story above the main thoroughfare in Old Munichburg and houses Kas A Designs.

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