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Today Paul Pepper and JOY SWEENEY, Executive Director of Council for Drug Free Youth, discuss marijuana use in young people. According to Joy, the challenge in making sure today's youth understand the consequences of their poor choices used to be in dealing with peer pressure, now it's dealing with lackadaisical parents. She says, "the marijuana of today is nothing like the marijuana of the '60s - it's not Woodstock weed anymore...it's like tripping on acid instead of smoking pot." August 18, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about the efforts being made at JCCDFY to impress upon (especially) the youth that they have the power to live a drug-free life. It's easier said than done, and that's because the young brain is not fully developed. According to Joy, "all drugs rewire your brain so that your brain doesn't communicate the way it would if you let it get healthy and reach adulthood." May 20, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about CDFY's methods for teaching school-aged children to live tobacco-free. Joy says, "we are changing the minds and attitudes of the youth; in order to effectively change long-term behavior, we have to change the minds and attitudes of the entire community." February 29, 2016

Today Paul Pepper visits with Council for Drug Free Youth Director JOY SWEENEY, and Project Coordinator LAURA MORRIS, about the need for more long-term community support. "We can teach the children all day long, but if the community doesn't support the teachings, then as they get older they'll think 'oh, it's not that big a deal'." Watch to find out how to get involved! August 11, 2015

Jefferson City Mayor Issues Anti-Marijuana Proclamation

Jun 3, 2015

On Monday, June 1, Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin signed a proclamation to raise awareness to the issue of young people using marijuana recreationally and the harmful effects of doing so.

Today Paul Pepper visits with JOY SWEENEY, Council for Drug Free Youth, about drug and alcohol addiction in children. Did you know that children can get addicted to drugs "in as little as six months?" Please watch this important interview! April 13, 2015

Jefferson City Public Schools

The superintendent of the Jefferson City Public School District announced his retirement at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

Brian Mitchell, superintendent of the 21st largest school district in the state of Missouri, will be stepping down as superintendent after almost six years with the Jefferson City Public Schools. Mitchell was announced as the superintendent on July 1, 2009, replacing Bert Kimble who had served the district for 12 years.

Photo courtesy of the Sweeney family.

19-year-old Derrik Sweeney is relieved to be home in Jefferson City after being detained for a week in a Cairo holding cell. Sweeney, along with three other Americans, was arrested for allegedly throwing fire bombs at police during a protest in Tahrir Square. Sweeney said they were threatened violently and beaten by Egyptian authorities.

However, Sweeney is now back safely in Jefferson City and spent Sunday night celebrating Thanksgiving with his family.

"Just being at home and seeing familiar things – and of course my family – it’s an overwhelming peace," he said.

Photo courtesy of the Sweeney family

The pending release of three American students arrested in Egypt during protests near Cairo's Tahrir Square is the best Thanksgiving gift, the mother of one of the young men said Thursday.

AP: The pending release of three American students arrested in Egypt during protests near Cairo's Tahrir Square is the best Thanksgiving gift, the mother of one of the young men said Thursday.

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One of the three American students arrested during protests in Egypt for allegedly throwing fire bombs at Egyptian police is from Mid Missouri.