Stories by Olivia
St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC) has gone completely digital with the implementation of an electronic health records (EHR) system at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 28.
Local medical entities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommend you get your seasonal flu shot as soon as it is available, even though peak flu season typically begins in January.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) conducts a Community Alliance Program every other year in each of its nine troops.
Capital Region, St. Mary's boosting efforts in care of newborns
Capital Region Medical Center and St. Mary’s Health Center are striving to become Missouri Show-Me 5 hospitals. The state certification requires hospitals to carry out five practices regarding newborn breastfeeding and newborn care.
Human trafficking is a reality in Mid-Missouri, and the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition is working to raise awareness and educate people on the issue.
Raising cancer awareness has gone to the dogs.
Andy Fechtel’s parents taught him and his siblings growing up that “the community’s been good to our family and we’re going to be good to the community back.”
What you need to know as six-month enrollment period starts Tuesday
State health exchanges will open for enrollment Oct. 1, allowing the uninsured and the underinsured to shop for health insurance plans that best meet their needs.
Brenda Doyle said the Senior Nutrition Council has nothing to do with finances and everything to do with age. No one is ever forced to pay the suggested contribution of $3.50 per meal, but people must be at least 60 years old to receive the meals, unless their spouse of 60 years or older receives the meals.
Jefferson City lawmaker chairman of interim committee
Missouri legislators are moving forward with an issue that was much debated during the 2013 legislative session — Medicaid.
The Cole County Commission has named Kristi Campbell as the director of the Cole County Health Department, effective Oct. 15.
The new St. Mary’s Health Center on Mission Drive is projected to open in November 2014, two months earlier than originally planned, thanks to dry weather and successful planning.
Basketball game to benefit CASA
A Capital City CASA fundraiser will test the true grit and talent of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers on the basketball court at 6:30 p.m. Monday when they take on the Harlem Ambassadors at Blair Oaks High School in Wardsville.
The Jefferson City Walk to End Alzheimer’s is at 1 p.m. Sunday on the south lawn of the Capitol. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and participants may choose a short walk or a three-mile walk. More at www.alz.org.
State health insurance marketplaces, including Missouri’s, open for enrollment 11 days from today on Oct. 1. The financial assistance and health insurance will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
Record number of vetoes overridden
Missouri lawmakers’ rejection of more than a half-dozen of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes set a new record for successful overrides.
Local legislators: Tax relief must be picked up again
While Rep. Jay Barnes said he isn’t surprised the Missouri House failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a controversial tax-cut bill, the Jefferson City lawmaker thought the vote would be much closer.
Author shares her journey at local library
Jennifer Pharr Davis never once imagined that a five-month hike across the Appalachian Trail after college would inspire her life’s work, but it did.
The Missouri Highway Patrol is hosting a program for community members who want to learn what it does and how it operates.
This year there are 29 vetoed bills for the Missouri Legislature to consider for override beginning Wednesday, and Sen. Mike Kehoe said more than half of them are receiving attention throughout the state.
As a hydrologist for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Water Resources Center, Charlie DuCharme never has a dry day at the office.
For 11-year-old Jonathan Shanks, 10-year-old Jessica Shanks and 11-year-old Katie Baker, the chalk art portion of Saturday’s Capital Jazzfest and Capital Street Art Fair was a chance for them to combine their creativity.
The HALO Foundation is partnering with Global Giving for a 30-day challenge during the month of September.
Falls are the No. 1 cause of death in the construction industry and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promotes three steps for fall prevention — plan, provide and train.
Miss Piggy was the brunt of beauty queen, ham and bacon jokes Thursday at the United Way of Central Missouri’s Community Campaign Kickoff at Capitol Plaza Hotel.
Jefferson City's High Street will be alive with the sound of Jazz music.bThe Capital Jazzfest and Capital Street Art Fair runs from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 and features live jazz music and chalk art downtown.
'Boys & Girls Club changed my life'
He’s known at the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City as Mr. D. Kids emulate him. They ask him where he got his gym shoes, and what he likes to read. Twenty-six-year-old Donell Burns is a mentor.
The Missouri River Regional Library is moving forward with a study that could map out the next 10 years of repairs and improvements to its facility.
One Jefferson City physician is part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, a federal program that licenses physicians and outlines requirements for physical examinations for truck and bus drivers.
Robert Brandt has been unemployed for more than six months.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says a tax-cut bill up for debate during September’s veto session is important for Missouri in terms of competing economically with other states.
60 Bigs in 60 Days
Missouri Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters is on a mission to enlist 60 Bigs in 60 Days. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nonprofit agency that matches adult mentors, known as Bigs, with children ages 6-17, known as Littles.
After serving as director of the Cole County Health Department for nearly three years, Dr. Marie Peoples has accepted a position out of state. Peoples has also served on the Jefferson City School Board since July 2010.
Naught-Naught Agency is hosting the 21st annual Boost BBQ fundraiser from 4:30-7 p.m. today at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Road.
The Missouri River Regional Library board has begun work on a $3.11 million draft budget for 2014.
Three major medical entities in Jefferson City — Jefferson City Medical Group (JCMG), Capital Region Medical Center (CRMC) and St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC) — conduct lung cancer screening, a procedure recently recommended in a draft by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Christmas stockings made for food banks
The Missouri River Quilt Guild is making Christmas stockings for local food pantries to use for their Christmas fundraising efforts. The group is accepting stocking donations in Jefferson City at Three Story Coffee, 122 E. Dunklin St.
Green Berry Acres faces closure, sale unless local group can raise funds to maintain it
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland (GSMH) is giving a local troop leaders and community members a chance to save Green Berry Acres.
The priest who helped during a recent car accident which caused a stir on social media has been identified. Rev. Patrick Dowling of the Diocese of Jefferson City identifies himself as the one who prayed with Katie Lentz in Ralls County.
In some way or another, Tim Lueckenhoff has always been involved with sports.
Missouri is one of 19 states and U.S. territories where obesity among low-income preschoolers declined from 2008-11, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
‘I felt like my job was done’
Joseph Gulino said his retirement from his position as principal at St. Peter Interparish School was a calling from God. “Walking the halls and being in the classrooms, I felt like my job was done,” Gulino said.
As grounds supervisor for Missouri’s Department of Conservation, Doug Starke is responsible for maintaining nearly 160 acres of grounds, including trails, prairie, woodlands, savannah, glade and forest. Of course, he has a little help.
She witnessed head-on collision injuring Katie Lentz
Debi Shafer was driving home from Iowa on Missouri 19 near Center on Sunday morning when she witnessed the head-on collision that left Katie Lentz trapped.
Cole County lost about 1 percent of its workforce with last week's announced closing of RR Donnelley’s plant in Jefferson City. But the loss of about 500 manufacturing jobs in one fell swoop pales in comparison to the loss of state jobs over the past decade, local officials say.
Crews began transporting prefabricated bathrooms to the construction site of the new St. Mary’s Health Center on Mission Drive two weeks ago. The $200 million project continues to be on budget and ahead of schedule, with an opening date of early 2015,
A group of 15 Japanese exchange students who were directly affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, are in Mid-Missouri this week as a part of the TOMODACHI Summer Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program.
Poodle skirts, Chuck Taylors and black leather jackets were a common sight on kiddos Monday evening in the Little Mr. and Miss Show at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fair.
At the 2013 Jefferson City Jaycees Fair
Mike Freeman, chairman of the 2013 Jefferson City Jaycees Fair, said every year fair organizers strive to host five nights of national entertainment. The fair kicks off Monday and runs through Aug. 3. See www.jeffcityjaycees.org/fair
For Claire Briggs, the fun thing about being a Democrat is that many people in Jefferson City are not. The 18-year-old attended President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday in Warrensburg with three other Jefferson City Democrats — Brendan Harrison, Ellie Bush and Paula Willmarth.