Washington Girl Scout Recipient of Top Girl Scout National Honor

Pictured: Jamielee Buenemann who recently received Girl Scouting’s highest award for her innovative and advanced project focusing on renewable energy. Photo courtesy Kathryn Kiefer (Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri)

WASHINGTON, MO - Jamielee Buenemann, a 2015 graduate of Washington High School and one of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s graduating seniors, was one of only 10 young women nationwide to receive the award.

She completed her Girl Scout Gold Award by researching, designing and constructing a residential-scale wind turbine almost entirely from recycled materials, raising awareness in her community about the accessibility and affordability for renewable energy.

"Being named a National Young Woman of Distinction is the highest honor a girl can earn through Girl Scouts, and it is emblematic of her vision, resolve, and commitment to putting her skills to work to make the world a better place," said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.

MDC Encourages People To “Be Bear Aware”

Black bears are on the move in spring and summer so avoid feeding them and other activities that can lead to problems. (Photo courtesy of MDC)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians to be “bear aware” this spring and summer. Black bears are on the move this time of year.

According MDC Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer, most black bears that cause problems in Missouri are young males that are looking for new homes in spring and early summer after dispersing from their mothers’ home ranges. In their search for food, these young males may come into contact with humans and cause problems.

Girl Scouts Break Record For Donated Cookies

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri donate 54,000 packages of cookies to USO of Missouri. (Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.)

--At the beginning of each troop meeting, Girl Scouts recite the Girl Scout Promise, pledging to serve their country and help people at all times.

Girl Scouts in eastern Missouri have made good on that pledge, combining their hard work during Cookie Season with the generosity of their customers to donate more than 54,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the USO of Missouri. This surpasses the number of cookies donated in previous years.

Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week and Statewide Tornado Drill

March 2 to 6 awareness campaign calls attention to preparing for tornadoes, severe storms, lightning and flooding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In advance of severe weather season in Missouri, the National Weather Service, the State Emergency Management Agency and local emergency managers are promoting Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 2-6, to help Missourians be prepared for dangerous tornadoes, severe storms, lightning and flooding.

Missouri’s 41st annual Statewide Tornado Drill will be held on Tuesday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. If severe weather is in the forecast for March 3, the drill will be moved to Thursday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts Get In Gear

New program with Pole Position Raceway sparks a love of STEM in young girls. (Kathryn Kiefer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri)

---“Girl Scouts, start your engines!” shouts a man standing on the side of a track. Teenage girls sit in high-powered electric go karts mere inches off the ground and grip the steering wheels of their vehicles. In their minds, the girls are preparing to compete against one another, zooming and zipping around the track. What they might not realize, however, is how the race they’re about to begin will help guide their future.

BREAKING NEWS: NAACP Activist Begin March From Ferguson To Jefferson City Traveling Through Franklin County On Monday

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. - Sheriff Gary Toelke released a statement regarding reports of a group of individuals marching from Ferguson, Mo to Jefferson City.  NOTE: The group began their march on Sunday.

Sheriff Toelke said this morning confirming reports by various media agencies that a group of individuals will be marching from Ferguson, Missouri to Jefferson City, Missouri this week. 

Part of their route travels through Franklin County.  It is “estimated” that they will enter Franklin County sometime Monday morning or early afternoon. 

Gov. Jay Nixon Statement Following St. Louis County Grand Jury Decision

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement regarding the announcement of the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision in the investigation into the death of Michael Brown:

While the 12 men and women on the St. Louis County grand jury have concluded their work, the rest of us have much more work to do in order to use the lessons we have learned these past four months to create safer, stronger and more united communities.

BREAKING NEWS: Hunter Hayes Concert On Thursday Cancelled Due To State Of Emergency

Photo by Kyle Quick of Hunter Hayes at the Gasconade County Fair.

ST. LOUIS, Mo – (November 19, 2014) Earlier this afternoon it was announced that out of respect for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's declaration declaring a state of emergency in Missouri, Hunter Hayes’ Thursday, November 20 show at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis has been cancelled.

Tickets will be reimbursed at the point of purchase.

BREAKING NEWS: Nixon Announces National Guard To Support Law Enforcement Efforts In Event Of Unrest In Ferguson

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today signed an executive order activating the Missouri National Guard to support law enforcement during any period of unrest that might occur following the grand jury’s decision concerning the investigation into the death of Michael Brown.  The Governor said the Guard will provide support for law enforcement’s objectives of maintaining safety and protecting constitutional rights.