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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.
“The pen is mightier than the sword,” was a common saying among speakers at Monday’s deployment ceremony for eight members of the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment at Missouri National Guard headquarters.
Staff looking for more sponsors to fund operations
The Callaway Hills Animal Shelter isn’t able to accommodate the number of animals it has accommodated in the past. The no-kill, privately-funded shelter currently houses 29 dogs and nearly 30 cats because that’s all it can support financially.
Gas chamber deemed less stressful, quicker for some animals
The three veterinarians on the Jefferson City Animal Shelter Advisory Committee have been asked by clients and others about their views on the use of the gas chamber at the shelter. All three endorse the use for wildlife and feral cat euthanasia.
A group of nearly 15 residents met Wednesday evening to discuss concerns they have regarding the operation of the Jefferson City Animal Shelter, specifically concerns regarding the use of a gas chamber for wildlife and feral cat euthanasia.
The Missouri River Regional Library board on Tuesday approved an MRRL Strategic Plan Outline setting a direction for the library to follow over the next three years.
Health department seeks price hike for immunizations
The Cole County Health Department is proposing rate increases for vaccines due to increased costs of immunizations for the Health Department.
The three veterinarians who make up the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee that oversees the Jefferson City Animal Shelter (JCAS) support the use of a gas chamber at the shelter for wildlife and feral cat euthanasia.
City: Gas chamber to only be used when veterinarian unavailable
If you walk out a back door at the Jefferson City Animal Shelter on Hyde Park Road, you’ll see a big furnace for animal cremation and an industrial-sized freezer. What one may not notice is a smaller, white freezer. It’s a gas chamber, used to euthanize wildlife and feral cats.
Committee unaware annual reports to council required
Jefferson City's Animal Shelter Advisory Committee is meeting Monday afternoon for the first time in 11 months, even though the city ordinance that created it specifies the committee should meet quarterly. The committee hasn’t met since Aug. 21, 2012, and according to the city clerk, it has not submitted any annual reports as required.
Funds to help enroll uninsured in health insurance plans
The Community Health Center of Central Missouri is one of 22 in the state to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help enroll the uninsured in new health coverage options through the Affordable Care Act.
McCann tabbed as interim vet, will guide shelter operations
An interim veterinarian will assume the role of shelter veterinarian and Animal Control director at the Jefferson City Animal Shelter effective immediately, according to the Jefferson City Police Department. The department announced Tuesday that Dr. Corey McCann will serve as interim veterinarian at the shelter until a replacement veterinarian is hired.
Records: More than half of cats were euthanized in last two years
More than half of the cats collected the past two years at Jefferson City's animal shelter have been euthanized, according to city records. The kill rate, or percentage of animals euthanized, differs greatly for dogs and cats at JCAS.
If the Missouri Legislature had decided to expand the state’s Medicaid program according to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act during the 2013 legislative session, health coverage would have grown in 2014 to cover as many as 300,000 Missourians in the next three years.
Research by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship shows the transfer of wealth — the transfer of assets from one generation to the next — can strengthen communities as long as the assets stay within the community.
Having grown up in Jefferson City and owning Wise Production Services, John Hickey has seen annual city events evolve into what they are today.
Average rebate per family is $173
Nearly 600,000 Missourians soon will receive more than $60.5 million in rebates from their health insurance companies through a provision in the Affordable Care Act that holds insurance companies accountable for how much of premium dollars they spend on health care.
Veterinarian: Use of gas chamber at heart of dispute
The Jefferson City Animal Shelter veterinarian resigned from her position June 14 and was released early from her month’s notice Thursday.
Mansion program teaches children rules of etiquette
Curtis Nicklas walked around a table with a handful of silverware, placing pieces where he thought they should go.
At times, the only light lighting the roadway during the Tour de Jeff Moonlight Bike Ride early Sunday morning was a yellow supermoon shining in the night sky.
Hospital officials in the Capital City are devising plans to attract physicians to their hospitals in the wake of a projected shortage of doctors.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implications have been on local physicians’ and health care officials’ minds for some time.
The Missouri House of Representatives has formed two interim committees to analyze possibilities for the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health insurance to the poor.
Group collecting cans to build second house
The founders of the local Cans for Habitat recycling program discovered that millions of aluminum cans can help build a home.
But note of caution added
Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL) received a clean 2012 audit, but auditor recommendations included MRRL board oversight of the library’s finances. The MRRL board approved the audit at its monthly meeting Tuesday.
The Redeem Project is hosting an open house from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1436 Hough St.
Biggest gap exists between blacks, whites when it comes to pregnant women, infants, children
The Missouri Foundation for Health released a report last week that outlines health disparities that exist between the state’s black and white populations. According to the report, data analyzed from 2006-10, the rate of black mothers with inadequate prenatal care in Cole County is more than triple the rate for white mothers.
Residents of Cole County made a giant step toward a cure for cancer June 7-8, walking through the night during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
Today's event offers variety of activities
For Tim Tinnin, Angiepalooza is much more than a music festival. The family-friendly event today at the Jefferson City Jaycees fairgrounds honors his late wife. Bands include Shaman’s Harvest, Squigglefish, Neon Knight, The Dam Band, Soul Root, Double Down, Five Turn Knot, Complete Strangers and The Kay Brothers.
The United Way of Central Missouri announced its 2013 Community Campaign leadership, $1.7 million campaign goal and one-time grant recipients Wednesday at the Special Learning Center.
Rotary, Guard generate tons of goodwill and hope
Area Rotarians and the Missouri National Guard are shouldering a heavy load — tons and tons of vital goods for Panamanians in need.
Local hospital and economic development officials say expanding health care facilities in Jefferson City strengthens the local economy and improves the overall image of the community. Three of the largest health care entities in Jefferson City have either recently expanded, are currently in the process of building an entirely new facility or are in the beginning stages of planning expansion.
Dee Ann McKinney said she is blessed to have worked in her field for her entire career. As research manager for the Missouri Division of Tourism, McKinney not only manages the research program, but also manages the customer service aspect of the department.
‘A natural fit’
Every element of Jefferson City Medical Group’s (JCMG) new Women and Children’s Center was designed with the patients’ needs in mind.
Carrie Fleig said she wanted to become involved with Capital City CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, because many people in the community don’t realize the situations children sometimes encounter.
Two businesses sitting on Oil Well Road near the Jefferson City airport are closed until flooding in the Capital View Drainage District subsides.
Pathways Community Health, a nonprofit community mental health center, will break ground on a $1 million apartment complex in Jefferson City at 10 a.m. Friday at 3415 N. Ten Mile Drive.
This week’s rain and thunderstorms flooded a Missouri House of Representatives hearing room and unfinished storage space at the Capitol on Friday morning.
The city is disassembling a barn that is believed to have resided on Rainbow Drive in Binder Park for more than 75 years, and prior to then resided at another location.
This week is the 13th annual State Employee Recognition Week in Missouri, and various state agencies are celebrating in different ways.
Travis Mankin ready for another summer games of Special Olympics
Special Olympics Missouri has become a permanent part of Travis Mankin’s life.
ACA, sequestration and fewer patients force cuts
Capital Region Medical Center and St. Mary’s Health Center will lose millions of dollars over the next few years because of various federal payment cuts, officials with the two hospitals have said.
Even though Missouri doesn’t have a large number of roller coasters like some states, roller coaster enthusiast Jennifer Lovesee-Mast said the state has a roller coaster for everyone.
Capital Region Medical Center announced Friday a $35 million expansion to its Madison Street facility, allowing the Jefferson City hospital to consolidate specialty care and physician services into one setting.
Location promoted at Las Vegas convention
St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC) officials are in the early stages of working with Sansone Group of St. Louis to market the hospital’s current property at 100 St. Mary’s Medical Plaza for reuse.
Capital Region Medical Center (CRMC) announced Friday a $35 million expansion to its main campus at 1125 Madison St.
MRRL to tackle goals to better serve patrons
Missouri River Regional Library Director Helen Rigdon presented a tentative strategic plan for 2013-16. The goals are: to enhance e-collections, strengthen virtual presence and improve the physical experience for patrons.
After a more than six-month suspension, Jefferson City cardiologist Dr. Randall E. Meyer can again practice medicine, but with restrictions.
Rep. Jeanie Riddle, whose district includes parts of Cole and Callaway Counties, said the Second Injury Fund was a major issue to accomplish, but her priority — legislation to repair and renovate Fulton State Hospital — was attached to bonding legislation that died in the Senate.
The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association (CMFCAA) is spending the month of May, which has been named Foster Care Awareness Month, honoring everything and everyone involved with foster care.