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Shelley Gabert

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Cooking from the Heartland

Jefferson City native comes home with James Beard-nominated cookbook

When Adam Sappington grew up in Jefferson City, he definitely appreciated good food. That love of heartland cuisine inspired the successful chef to create recipes for his restaurant and first cookbook, “Heartlandia.”

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Titanic violin on display in Branson for exclusive showing

Music plays on

The famous wreckage of the Titanic, first discovered in 1985 off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, continues to speak from its deep grave in the North Atlantic.

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Jefferson City native wins Grammy

Jefferson City native Sarah Tannehill Anderson has gone from singing in Jefferson City High School groups to accepting her second Grammy Award earlier this week.

Turning criticism into charitable contribution

Hollywood actress working with HALO Foundation

A Hollywood actress turned the flack she received from the gown she wore at the Golden Globes into a donation to The HALO Foundation, an international charitable organization started by a Jefferson City native.

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Alberta Rich - 95 years young

At 95, Alberta “Bertie” Rich still lives on her own, cooks and drives. Her “B-Rich” personalized license plate is familiar to many in her hometown of California, Missouri, where she’s known for her delicious pies and her involvement with the United Church of Christ.

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Dancing with a star at Capital Ritz

Former DWTS hoofer gives lessons

Addison Linhardt, a junior at Helias Catholic High School, has a hard time finding any boys her age who can dance the tango, or any ballroom dance for that matter. That hasn’t stopped her, though, and on Wednesday evening, she landed the ultimate dance partner in Jonathan Roberts, a professional ballroom dancer known for his seven seasons on “Dancing with the Stars.”

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Dr. Paige Hedgpath: Optometrist set her career goals early, knowing she could achieve them

In her 16th year of practice as an optometrist, Dr. Paige Hedgpath has been committed to the eye health of hundreds of local patients.

Film fest in Columbia spotlights female filmmakers

The eighth annual Citizen Jane Film Festival (CJFF) premieres Oct. 23 and runs through Oct. 25 in Columbia, featuring shorts, feature films and documentaries along with panel discussions and other special events.

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Scriptwriting contest tells Missouri stories

The second annual Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship is underway, and screenplays and original television pilot scripts set in Missouri are currently being accepted from writers throughout the U.S.

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Kas Jacquot celebrates 40 years of jewelry-making

The first jewelry Kas Jacquot ever made was a simple, silver turquoise ring for her then 15-year-old daughter, Toni Michelle.

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Local actor’s film premieres at Sundance

The last time we caught up with actor Avery Phillips, the 10-year-old was working on “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” a full-length feature film about Leia, a young girl held captive for 17 years and is then reunited with her parents.

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Doe's Night Out raises funds for Community Breast Cancer Project

As the first day of deer season was well underway on Saturday, a group of area women gathered together for a special evening. While there would be dinner and dancing this was not your typical girl’s night out, but a Doe’s Night Out – The “Breast” Party in Town.

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Greenway alive with 'wildflowers'

Anyone driving on Edgewood Drive or walking along the greenway may have noticed some unusually large flower art installations that have sprouted up in the past few weeks.

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Getting away with acting

While he isn’t a household name or famous by any means, Charlie Weber Jr. is a working actor in Hollywood.

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Local man named region’s older worker of year

A 77-year-old employee at Lowe’s in Jefferson City was honored Tuesday as Missouri’s Region 5 winner in the 24th annual “Outstanding Older Workers of the Year” contest.

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Fashion show raises funds for local breast care project

Strutting their style

The ladies who lunch came out in a big way to support breast cancer awareness at the Strut your Style fashion show/luncheon on May 5 at the Jefferson City Country Club.

Branson documentary to show at Jefferson City venue

After a successful run on the film festival circuit, two Mid-Missouri filmmakers will bring “We Always Lie to Strangers” to Capitol City Cinema in downtown Jefferson City.

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Jefferson City artist featured in Parkinson's calendar

A longtime advocate for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Judi Jecmen is one of 13 artists in the country whose artwork was selected to appear in the organization’s nationally distributed 2014 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calender.

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Party celebrates volunteerism

Brenda Doyle, director of senior services for Cole Country, organized a party to honor and thank the volunteers of Cole County for their service to dozens of organizations in the community.

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Third annual fashion show raises funds for First Lady collection

The Cole County Historical Society, CCHS, presented its third annual fashion show/fundraiser luncheon Monday at the Jefferson City Country Club.

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WOW Expo aims to offer fun, information for women

The second annual Women’s Official Weekend (WOW) Expo begins on Saturday at the Capital Mall. The two-day event, presented by Central Missouri Promotions, will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sunday.

Capital 8 throwing Oscar watch party

The Goodrich Capital 8 Theater is throwing an Oscar watch party on Sunday. Admission is free, and will feature trivia contests and prize giveaways during the commercial breaks of the live broadcast, starting at 6 p.m.

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Old hands at the game

Poker night has long been a popular male pastime, but for one group of friends it has been a tradition they’ve shared for the past 44 years.

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JC girl working to make it in Hollywood

After four years paying her dues in the entertainment business, Avery Phillips has landed her first big role in an upcoming movie. That’s impressive for any actor toiling away in Hollywood, much less one who’s only 9.

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Downtown independent theater debuts with Churchill documentary

The first official screening event at Capitol City Cinema on Tuesday may have been a bit thrown together, but it served as a preview of the exciting potential for the permanent independent theater on High Street.

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Bigger roles coming his way

Jefferson City native changes focus to bolster acting career

After decades as an actor in Los Angeles, John Michael Herndon’s career seems to be finally taking off.

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JC native making his mark in movie business

Sharing his vision with others

His belongings sit in a storage facility here in his hometown, but Jefferson City native Andrew Droz Palermo has been on the move. A graphic designer, photographer and cinematographer, the 29-year-old’s career has taken off this past year in a big way.

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Supernatural thriller makes its way to Jefferson City (VIDEO)

Capital 8 Theatres to screen 'Apparitional' on Saturday

A bit of Hollywood is coming to Jefferson City this Saturday when “Apparitional,” a supernatural thriller shot at the now closed Missouri State Penitentiary late last year, premieres with a red carpet followed by a midnight screening at the Goodrich Capital 8 Theatres.

Local models showcase fashion for charity event

What’s on the catwalk, JC?

A mix of styles from the past and present marked The Cole County Historical Society’s Finishing Touch Fashion and Vintage Accessory Show on Monday.

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Regular vehicle maintenance will keep you running longer, cheaper

Like with our own health, a preventative approach to car maintenance can ward off some major problems down the road.

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From simple to elaborate, fashion made a bold statement at Inaugural Ball

An evening of elegance, ambiance

There was no official Hollywood-style red carpet Monday evening at the Inaugural Ball, but I had no trouble finding fashion savvy guests roaming freely throughout the Missouri Capitol for this final event in a day full of activities.

Local woman is national spokeswoman for American Heart Association

Christie Thompson always thought she was the picture of health.