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Missouri Missing plans 10th anniversary

Published Jun. 7 2017

For 10 years, families of missing Missourians have gathered in Jefferson City in mid-June to raise awareness of their silent...

Family legacy spins to life in antique

Published Jun. 4 2017

When Anna Apollonia Grunbaum crossed the Atlantic Ocean with her new husband, Friedrick Ziegler, as immigrants from Bavaria aboard the...

From yearbook to state director of publications

Published Jun. 4 2017

Twenty-five years after joining the composing operations at the Secretary of State's Office, Julie Stegeman remains as enthusiastic about completing...

Veteran spends retirement serving veterans

Published May. 28 2017

After 27 years serving his country, Shawn Holzhauser now serves other veterans.

Fundraiser to aid veterans' support group

Published May. 28 2017

Jena Tyree left the garage sale at her neighbor's house on Boonville Road last year with more than a few...

Appreciating local firefighters

Published May. 17 2017

Cozy corners filled the 34-year-old home of Craig and Linda Rodick on Missouri 87. The night of April 3, that...

Rain didn't dampen Sunshine's first 5K fundraiser

Published May. 6 2017

Despite last weekend's torrential downpours, there was a little peek of sunshine at the Edgewood Greenway in Jefferson City last...

State Archive rescues flooded documents

Published May. 5 2017

As emergency responders work in flood-ravaged parts of the state to secure individual safety and property security, the Missouri State...

Writing from and for the heart

Published Apr. 30 2017

At age 8, Kelly Smith was filling Big Chief tablets with stories. So, when her parents offered her the choice...

Flash flooding inundates Missouri

Published Apr. 30 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency in response to flooding Saturday across Missouri, as more rain and the...

Calvary Lutheran students work on sharing faith

Published Apr. 27 2017

Freshman Jaelyn Engelbrecht's nerves turned to confidence Wednesday as she participated in Calvary Lutheran High School's 12th annual Witness Workshop.

Amick features Tipton veteran in latest book

Published Apr. 26 2017

The everyday experiences of a Tipton man serving in World War II with the famed Tuskegee Airmen have been captured...

Digging into a varied career

Published Apr. 17 2017

From digging up 1904 World's Fair artifacts to baking miniature pastries to defending public entities in the courtroom, Annie Willis...

State parks remain vital interest 100 years after system began

Published Apr. 16 2017

Missouri's diverse history, geology and landscapes have been preserved for 100 years through the Missouri State Park System.

Museum curator makes history accessible

Published Apr. 9 2017

The largest project Sydney Johnson has worked on — "Here at Home: Missouri in the Great War" — opened Thursday...

Voters pass Russellville school ballot issues

Published Apr. 5 2017

Cole County R-1 School District voters approved two ballot measures Tuesday.

US entry to WWI remembered this week

Published Apr. 2 2017

It was thought to be the war to end all wars 100 years ago. Two local events this week will...

Gillam Family Illusions' to offer more dancing, music, creativity

Published Mar. 31 2017

More dancing, more music and more creativity — that's what familiar audiences can expect from the Gillam Family Illusions' performance...

State archaeological society forming local chapter

Published Mar. 19 2017

Those interested in preserving and learning about the prehistory of Mid-Missouri and beyond now have a local chapter of the...

Mid-Missouri woman looking into life in Missouri River bottom before floods

Published Mar. 12 2017

Susan Sundermeyer grew up in the Missouri River bottom, where her great-grandfather settled the family in 1879.