Stories by Olivia
Throughout its 2013 Community Campaign, the United Way of Central Missouri has echoed a line from the 1979 classic “The Muppet Movie.”
Three women with Jefferson City’s First United Methodist Church are working to keep a longtime Jefferson City resident’s legacy alive. Marylin Durk, Karen Fischer and Carol Galloway are collecting afghans for a program called Afghans for Angels.
Repeat visits to emergency rooms driving up costs
It’s people who don’t have a relationship with a primary care physician who are returning to the hospital’s emergency department time and time again, said Tony Houston with St. Mary’s Health Center. In health care, these individuals are sometimes termed “frequent fliers.”
The user experience on the health insurance exchange website has improved since the site’s Oct. 1 launch, said Jean Leonatti with the Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging (CMAAA).
Silence. Then the sound of repeated gunfire echoed throughout a room at the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s (MSHP) Law Enforcement Academy located at MSHP Headquarters on East Elm Street.
A drumstick for every child
With Thanksgiving less than a month away, the Samaritan Center in Jefferson City is in the midst of collecting 1,600 turkeys for the families the agency serves.
Event to benefit children
The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association has found a way to get some of Missouri’s 1,400 foster kids involved in the agency’s Forget Me Not Gala Nov. 7.
Experts: ACOs could improve health care quality, efficiencies
Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) that have been successful with Medicare could be viable options for Missouri’s Medicaid system, state health experts say.
Poor wages, benefits blamed for Cole County’s 12.3 percent rate
Ashley Varner said there’s currently a war on poverty, and we are not winning it. “I don’t have all the answers,” said Varner, community organizer for Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA). “I’m only working toward helping.”
The highlight of Thursday’s Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Community Alliance course wasn’t the handful of troopers who presented, it was Rocky, the 5-year-old Troop F canine. Rocky and his handler, Cpl. Matt Morice, are on call 24/7 for MSHP.
For people with disabilities and their caregivers
A resource fair at the Capital Mall on Wednesday was a one-stop shop for people with disabilities and their caregivers. The event included nearly 50 booths, with agencies such as Pathways, Capital Region Medical Center and NAMI Missouri.
The Jefferson City School District’s enrollment has increased steadily since 2007, according to a district demographics study completed by Business Information Services of Kansas City.
The Cole County Health Department has renewed its contract for 2014 with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to continue to provide Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services.
Veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) health care programs do not need to take additional action on their health insurance before Jan 1, 2014, to become compliant with the Affordable Care Act. The VA health care programs include the Veterans Health Care Program, the VA Civilian Health and Medical Program and the Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program.
Missouri Highway Patrol Cpl. Eric Stacks said the most difficult thing about investigating a crime scene is not seeing everything, but smelling the smells. Stacks and Cpl. Marcus Reynolds discussed crime scene investigation and polygraph testing at Patrol’s Community Alliance Program on Thursday.
Community donates tools, money
River City Habitat for Humanity has received tool donations and more than $1,200 in monetary donations after tools were stolen from a construction site sometime Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.
One-man volleyball team will raise funds for United Way, PAL
Helias Catholic High School will host a Family Fun Night to benefit the United Way of Central Missouri and the Central Missouri Parochial Athletic League at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Helias.
Capital Region Medical Center officials expect to break ground around the first of the year on a $35 million expansion of the hospital’s Madison Street campus in Jefferson City.
Fights, vandalism and intoxicated individuals continue to frequent Missouri River Regional Library’s park after hours at its facility on Adams Street.
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri has shipped more than 28.7 million pounds of food to its partner agencies in 2013, topping a record set in 2011.
The Dental, Eye and Shoe Program — mostly funded by the United Way of Central Missouri — targets children who fall through the cracks of other programs.
Locked in love
A tradition believed to have originated in Europe has made its way to Jefferson City. Passionate lovers personalize a lock, attach it to a bridge and toss the key into the water to symbolize their relationship together. In recent months, locks have appeared on the Missouri River pedestrian and bike bridge.
Dan Davis said the main priority of Jefferson City Building and Inspection Services is safety. “We don’t get involved in landlord issues and leases,” said Davis, the city’s senior housing inspector.
Thursday’s MSHP Community Alliance Program course included a presentation of the troopers’ stop and approach techniques, an explanation and demonstration of RADAR and an Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC) demonstration.
Performing Saturday at Lake Ozark’s Shawnee Bluff Vineyard
The Oak Ridge Boys are set to play around 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Eldon’s Shawnee Bluff Vineyard, 8 Tol Wood Road, as a part of their 40th anniversary tour.
The Community Health Center of Central Missouri’s (CHCCM) health exchange navigators have had a steady stream of clients seeking enrollment assistance on the state’s health insurance exchange that opened for enrollment Oct. 1.
Jefferson City native Rebecca Neuenswander Welsh and the HALO Foundation are featured in a People Magazine story published today on the magazine’s website, www.people.com.
SSM Health Care, the parent company of St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC), is cutting jobs throughout its health system, but the company will not say where the layoffs will happen and how many jobs will be affected.
For four hours Tuesday, First Baptist Church’s Activity Building at 107 Monroe St. was an American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter mock disaster shelter site.
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.