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Missouri education board approves emergency rule freeing up money to expand child care
Missouri’s Board of Education changed a rule on Tuesday that had prevented many child care providers from accessing the $26 million in grant funding allocated by lawmakers this year.
The University of Central Missouri will host 2023 Fall Commencement exercises Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9 in the Multipurpose Building.

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Four fall commencement ceremonies to honor UCM graduates
Thousands of visitors will be welcomed to Warrensburg Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9 as the University of Central Missouri hosts 2023 Fall Commencement exercises in the Multipurpose Building. The celebration brings families, friends and students together for four ceremonies honoring approximately 1,400 individuals who have met undergraduate and graduate degree requirements and are eligible to participate. Anyone who cannot attend but would like to view the ceremonies can do so virtually by visiting the UCM Commencement Livestream page.
Liberty Center to present 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever' this weekend
This week, the Hayden Liberty Center will host a light-hearted play with music. Not quite a musical, the play will still have Christmas music and even a chance to sing along.
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Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven listens to board member comments about commissioner appointee Karla Eslinger.

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Eslinger announced as Missouri’s next commissioner of education

State Sen. Karla Eslinger will be Missouri’s next commissioner of education beginning in June, the State Board of Education announced during its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 5.
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Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission visits Warrensburg, rides River Runner

WARRENSBURG – Representatives from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission met at the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Dec. 5 to support the partnership between Amtrak and the Missouri River Runner, before jumping on board to take a trip to Kansas City.

Police Reports - Dec. 5, 2023

Joseph L. Devereux, 18, was arrested on Oct. 24. The arrest occurred after officers conducted a traffic stop at Maguire and Clark streets. The juvenile passenger in the back seat was arrested for resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The front passenger was arrested for minor in possession of alcohol.
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Olson, Nix, Engel named AVCA All-Americans

Central Missouri redshirt senior Kersti Nix attacks the ball aginst Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Multipurpose Building.
Three members of Jennies volleyball collected NCAA Division II All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Goodwin named MIAA Field Athlete of the Week

Kayla Goodwin’s championship performance in the Happy Holidays Multi pentathlon at Doane University on Dec. 3, in Crete, Nebraska, was good enough for MIAA Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honors.

From left, Larry Michaelsen, Mary McCord and Jaclyn Brandhorst pose for a photo at IBE's 100th company celebration on Friday, Dec. 1 at the University of Central Missouri.

UCM celebrates its 100th IBE company

WARRENSBURG – The University of Central Missouri’s Integrative Business Experience celebrated its 100th company with an event on Friday, Dec. 1 in the Elliott Student Union.

Star-Journal newsroom welcomes new employees

The Warrensburg Star-Journal has welcomed three new employees in the newsroom.

Bank turned brewery: Community-focused Lost Art Taproom 'hops' into new venture

KNOB NOSTER – In a former Knob Noster bank and post office, now lays the foundation of a new brewery, along with a flourishing taproom, that recently celebrated its second full year of operation.

Eck Farms brings new 'buzz' to Warrensburg

WARRENSBURG – Mealworms, European mounts, and a baby bearded dragon named Lucky Lucy: learn about it all at Eck Farms, 1412 S. Maguire St. in Warrensburg.
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Jennifer L. Byford, 43, was arrested on Oct. 2 for shoplifting-stealing.
Warrensburg woman hurt in Johnson County accident
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Warrensburg woman hurt in Johnson accident
Warrensburg man hurt in US 50 deer strike
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Enjoying rosé wines in winter months

If you believe that the rosé wines are strictly for the spring and summer, I have some news for you. A rosé wine can and will brighten even the most dismal days of winter.

Why discussing politics during holidays is good for democracy — and your family

There’s a popular meme which reads: “I just saved a ton of money on Christmas gifts discussing politics during Thanksgiving Dinner.”

Tales of a freelance flocker

One of the things my dad taught me about the working world is that it’s always good to have “multiple revenue streams.” That way, if one stream dries up or slows to a trickle, you’ll have another one to keep you going.
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