Stories by Gerry
As nearly two dozen children dressed as angels began singing in St. Mary’s emergency room Sunday night, a blonde girl in a wheelchair — a patient — perked up and joined the group in singing “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Monday night’s “Academy Jamboree” drew reactions ranging from excitement to apprehension and criticism from some of the several hundred parents and their eighth-graders who came to learn about the new educational system that will start with public school freshmen next fall.
Mid-Missouri residents recall where they were, how they felt
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy a half-century ago today had a profound effect on our nation. In Jefferson City, many of those in our community old enough to remember the killing of the president describe it as a watershed moment in history.
Among the family and friends staked out at the Jefferson City Correctional Center last week in anticipation of Ryan Ferguson’s release was Kevin Green, a convicted killer who was exonerated after 15.5 years in prison.
At Sunday’s town hall meeting to discuss school facilities in Jefferson City’s public school district — the first since voters shot down a proposal for a new high school — more than 80 people expressed concerns and ideas ranging from space problems to the need to preserve any historic buildings in the district.
Chavez Loaiza dutifully answered a News Tribune reporter’s questions about his participation in this year’s Safety Kids’ performances, but he certainly wasn’t intimidated.
Donita’s Catering became Reinhardt Circle on Friday, as former owner Donita Stubinger retired and sold the business to her two children.
Opponent calls TIFs ‘welfare for the rich’
The city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission on Monday unanimously recommended a Capital Mall TIF plan to the City Council, after the mall’s owners said public support is “vital” to their mall redevelopment plan.
The stuff of safety
The Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) first use of a new road treatment intended to reduce wrecks is taking place in Jefferson City, near the Madison Street exit of U.S. 54.
The tax climate of Missouri ranked 16th this year out of all 50 states, according to a new report by the Tax Foundation. The Show-Me State’s rank remains unchanged from 2013 in the 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index.
DirecTV dropped the signals for KMIZ ABC-17 and two sister stations at noon Wednesday over contract disputes.
Rand McNally has highlighted the Capital City’s place on the map, confirming what many of us already knew: Jefferson City is the most beautiful small town in America.
The Jefferson City Police Department is investigating a shooting and stabbing that occurred over the weekend.
As local printing plant RR Donnelley winds down its operations in Jefferson City, many of its 475 employees are starting to seek and find other jobs in various places, while others are taking time off to rest and re-evaluate their careers.
For Jack, a nearly 2-year-old dachshund, winning Saturday’s Dachshund Derby was just another accomplishment in what his owner describes as an extraordinary life.
Jefferson City Jays Coach Ted LePage has already had his 15 minutes of national television fame on the “American Gladiators” show in the ’90s. Now it’s his nephew’s turn.
One of 51 new business licenses for July
A Mitchell, S.D., native hopes to fill a niche through his recently opened Xtreme Trendz store in the strip mall in front of the Stadium Boulevard Walmart. Owner Bob Wieger’s shop is one of 51 businesses granted city business licenses in July.
Two Jefferson City businesses housed in the same building — Good & Perfect Gifts and Central Missouri Athletics — are closing, and the owner of the businesses is looking to sell the building.
Motel getting big remake
Jefferson City’s Super 8 Motel became Oak Tree Inn on Thursday, and is about to embark on a $780,000 renovation.
The Cole County Historical Society’s second Remembering 9/11 event will be today, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the society’s courtyard. Blair Oaks Middle School will hold a Pep and Patriot Assembly at 2 p.m. today.
Red Skye Wireless, which bought Mid-America Wireless’ 10 locations at the beginning of this year, closed its Jefferson City location after just six months.
River Region Credit Union plans to open a new branch at 400 E. Broadway in Ashland in spring 2014.
If you’ve got a winning business idea but not the funding to get it off the ground, a 5-minute business pitch could win you part of a $5,000 prize pot.
Jefferson City has “key characteristics” to support a conference center, but city officials should consider a smaller accompanying hotel than it was seeking and expect the conference center to operate in the red at least for a decade.
Projection given as part of a long-range marketing study
Jefferson City should expect a conference center to operate in the red for at least a decade, even though it has “key characteristics” to support a conference center, City Council members were told Thursday night.
The rodeo clown who drew national attention from a controversial stunt at the Missouri State Fair will make his first performance since then in Jefferson City.
The seasonal store, Halloween City, has moved into the former discount furniture store in Jefferson City at 2009 Missouri Blvd.
Jefferson City Chinese restaurant Yen Ching will be closing its dining room for renovations beginning Tuesday.
LeCure & Associates is relocating its Jefferson City office to 3216 N. Ten Mile Drive, Suite A. The new location will be open for business Tuesday.
Volunteers for the project would be welcome
After spending nearly a decade to transform their basement into a model railroad wonderland, Randy and Kenneth Hackman are starting to construct what they believe will be the second largest outdoor garden railroad in the nation.
Six months after the dust has settled, Carroll-Rehma Motors invites local consumers to check out a new dealership experience. A ribbon-cutting will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, followed by an open house until 7 p.m.
Renovations are in full force to the Schotthill Woods Drive restaurant that closed earlier this year after a Jan. 30 fire, the owners say. Oscar’s Classic Diner is expected to reopen in early- to mid-October.
Midwest Block & Brick, headquartered in Jefferson City, recently announced the acquisition of Southern Concrete Products Masonry Division in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Capital Sand tows boat here to strip top levels
Jefferson City got a riverboat casino Monday night — The Kanesville Queen, which was towed from Council Bluffs, Iowa. But rather than taking the shirt off your back, it’s here to get its own top removed.
Jefferson City’s newest restaurant, Everest Cafe, has done something that no other has done: It got me excited about vegetables.
Some organizers and riders at Sunday’s Missouri State Criterium Championships said they believe Jefferson City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau’s push to bring more people downtown for the event worked — and they hope to build on that foundation of support.
Chez Monet owner says moving business to her home has been a dream
Poor Joan Fairfax, owner of the ill-fated Chez Monet, which sadly closed after more than two decades, leaving Fairfax to peddle her bakery items out of her home.
The former downtown Jefferson City location of Chez Monet at 126 E. High Street is being converted to Capitol City Cinema, an independent movie house. The business’ Facebook page said the first phase of the renovations are being completed.
We’re one step closer to being able to eat a spicy chicken biscuit for breakfast — but Chick-fil-A is not coming to Jefferson City as soon as we had hoped. A building permit has been approved, but no opening date is set.
Columbia Dentistry for Children plans to open a Jefferson City location on Aug. 12. The local office will be Capital Dentistry for Children, located at 931 Wildwood Drive in Suite 104.
Among over 35 building permits issued in July
Jim Lewis Tire & Wheel has started an expansion project in Jefferson City that has been planned over the last few years. The business, located at 1300 Missouri Blvd., has operated under the name since 1982.
Katie Lentz’s lay pastor said her supporters have seen “miracle after miracle after miracle” since the Jefferson City intern’s Sunday wreck, and that the truly amazing thing is how many lives she’s touched — both before and after her accident.
Jefferson City police got an unusual assist in making an arrest on Sunday. A fire truck ladder was extended to the roof where suspect Terrian Davis had fled so officers could safely arrest him.
It may be a little-known sporting event in Jefferson City, but the Missouri State Championship Criterium draws some 500 people to Jefferson City each year for what competitive cyclists say is the cycling equivalent of NASCAR.
Analyst: Little growth expected in 2014
RR Donnelley’s Jefferson City plant closure announcement comes just three days after the company released a quarterly financial report that beat Wall Street expectations. On Wednesday, however, a financial analyst said he didn’t see much potential for short-term growth.
It’s just an informal group of local residents bonded by their love of the fringe sport Ultimate Frisbee, but they eventually hope to get enough interest to form a competitive team.
Eleanor Bax projected confidence and poise beyond her 12 years on Sunday as she gave a PowerPoint presentation about a French breed of chicken called salmon Faverolles.
It’s an eye — and ear — catching scene: a nearly 64-year-old man playing the drums out of his van in the Walmart parking lot on Stadium Boulevard, often for hours a day and late into the night.
Bishop T. Larry Kirkland congratulated a nearly packed Quinn Chapel A.M.E. congregation on its new building during Sunday’s dedication service, telling members the church must focus on teaching.
GF Convenience LLC, the parent company of Jefferson City’s Eagle Stop convenience store, has added 10 convenience stores to its fold through the purchase of Mertens Oil.