Stories by Olivia
Pharmacy tech job was the right prescription for him
Gary Dey follows what he calls the four P’s of life — police work, politics, public relations/pharmacy and prayer.
Ever wonder about that antique tool?
Missourians had the chance Saturday to have old tools and materials identified by an archaeologist with the Institute for Traditional Ozark Crafts.
The Cole County community remembered and honored those taken by cancer and those who have survived the disease at the Cole County Relay for Life Friday night at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds.
Joe Bax’s position as land survey manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) Central District involves a lot of mapping.
In the home stretch
Officials at St. Mary’s Health Center expect substantial completion of the new facility on Mission Drive in late July with an official move-in date of Nov. 16.
Betsy Dudenhoeffer is taking her passion for nonprofits to the next level, tackling a new role as regional coordinator of the southern/central counties for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.
Will roll out the welcome mat
The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce is in the early stages of implementing a program to introduce new hires at area businesses to Jefferson City’s amenities and resources.
Tessa Ellis, a registered nurse at St. Mary’s Health Center, was awarded the hospital’s first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses last week for the exceptional care and attention she provided a patient during his hospital stay in 2013.
The Sierra Club and Labadie Environmental Organization are urging the state of Missouri to reject proposals to build coal ash ponds or coal ash landfills in state floodplains and to perform ground-water monitoring in the areas of existing ones.
Dual themes for air show
The 26th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Salute to Veterans Celebration is from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Columbia Regional Airport.
Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) has received several applications for the library’s director position previously held by Helen Rigdon, the MRRL board was told Tuesday.
With assist from powder puff teams
Two agencies that typically work in collaboration found themselves in competition Saturday evening at the Blue Tiger Quarterback Club’s 2nd Annual Guns & Hoses & War of Roses at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
Bills lost in shuffle, rush or politics not dead in their eyes
Mid-Missouri lawmakers expect to be back next year trying to get into state law some of their ideas that didn’t make it all the to the governor’s desk this year.
Funding was cut from Medicaid in 2005
Health officials say there’s an unmet need for dental coverage in Missouri, and the General Assembly’s reinstatement of dental funds in Missouri’s budget is a step in the right direction.
Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally liked what the General Assembly accomplished this session.
The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Eric Struemph voiced their support Wednesday at a Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission meeting for a bill in the Legislature that would increase state sales tax by three-quarters of a cent to fund transportation.
“It makes no difference what you have or don’t have, it’s what you give,” said Micca Ruffin, this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient at Tuesday’s 15th Annual Zonta Women of Achievement Yellow Rose Luncheon.
Demetrius Jones is up for national Big Brother of the Year after winning state title
Demetrius Jones has been some sort of mentor throughout most of his adult life.
April Brewer-Drewel is known by kids at Jefferson City's Special Learning Center (SLC) as the “Garden Lady.” The garden has a special meaning for the mother of four.
Racquel Hykes is proud of many of her accomplishments in the year she’s been a breast-feeding peer counselor at the Cole County Health Department.
Commission asks for signs of success in economic development
The Cole County Commission on Wednesday questioned the economic development successes of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce for Cole County.
'Your courage shaped the world for the better'
Veteran Ray Herigon on Tuesday was awarded the Legion of Honor Medal, the highest honor awarded for service in France.
Dr. Christian Thurstone is one of a handful of physicians in the United States who are certified in general, child and adolescent addictions psychiatry.
Twenty-one states and Washington, D.C. have legalized some form of medical marijuana, and if Gov. Jay Nixon signs hemp oil legislation within the next few weeks, Missouri will be added to that list.
Sounds like trouble for young Liam O’Brien
Liam O'Brien was experiencing what 5 percent of school-aged children face — a disorder where they can’t process what they hear.
Jefferson City’s Breakfast Lions Club has taken on the mission of fundraising for a rubberized baseball field for the capital city’s Miracle Baseball League of Central Missouri.
Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing “Missouri Health Works” to Missouri small businesses with fewer than 150 employees, in an effort to offset costs in providing employees’ health insurance.
Official: State exceeded goal by 29 percent
More than 152,000 Missourians selected an insurance plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace during open enrollment from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Family appeals for clemency for drug life sentence
Family and friends of Jeff Mizanskey gathered at the Capitol on Monday to deliver to Gov. Jay Nixon more than 360,000 signatures from a petition asking for Mizanskey’s clemency.
Food collection scheduled on May 10
The National Association of Letter Carriers is hosting the 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive across the country May 10, and all of Jefferson City’s collection will benefit The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.
Nursery rhymes echoed throughout St. Martins Knights of Columbus Hall Thursday as area nursing facility residents participated in the Missouri Health Care Association’s (MHCA) annual Golden Age Games.
Harsh winter depletes stockpile
Due to a harsh winter, Jefferson City staff is requesting a supplemental appropriation of $200,000 to replenish the city’s stockpile of salt and to cover additional overtime expenses.
City Engineer David Bange has met informally with a structural engineer to investigate Georgetown subdivision residents’ concerns with truck traffic causing structural issues to their homes on South Country Club Drive.
Two Jefferson City runners will test their grit, strength and determination this morning in the 118th Boston Marathon.
For Darice and Justin Goetz, it’s hard to put into words what the March of Dimes means to them. March of Dimes research helped to save their daughter's life.
Petitioner's attorney threatens to sue over policy
Missouri River Regional Library board members are drafting an updated facilities use policy in response to petitioners collecting signatures under the library’s front awning.
Two local artists submitted paintings in the Lilly Oncology on Canvas Art Competition, which honors the journeys individuals face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis.
Andrew Taylor Still — the founder of osteopathic medicine — was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians Wednesday at the state Capitol.
The Strut Your Style fashion show and luncheon is May 5 at the Jefferson City Country Club.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced Monday that the state has selected design firm Parsons Brinckerhoff to plan and design a new Fulton State Hospital.
The lawn care and landscaping business is moving in a different direction — using propane-powered lawn mowers to get the job done more efficiently.
One-stop shop for cancer patients opens Monday
St. Mary’s Cancer Center at JCMG (Jefferson City Medical Group) will open its doors to cancer patients Monday.
Rachel Bauer loves that her job as chief of staff for Missouri House Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins allows her to be on the inside track of what’s going on at the Capitol.
5K, variety of activities planned today
River City Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the sale of its first home today with a 5K fun run/walk, lunch, games and a magic show at Jefferson City’s North Pavilion, 927 Fourth St.
Standing up for crime victims can help energize the justice system and make sure it’s held accountable, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told a group of crime victims’ rights advocates at a Capitol ceremony Thursday.
Today marks the beginning of National Public Health Week, which runs through April 13.
In her previous role as administrator for the disease prevention section at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Kristi Campbell missed the environmental side of things.
Experts: Ratio could be tied to increased awareness
James and Heather Brewer dream about the day they can communicate with their son Maddox.
Eight boys graduated Friday from the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City’s Passport to Manhood program.
The United Way of Central Missouri’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee is working to implement a program at child care facilities to help children deal with social and emotional issues.