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Gerry Tritz

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BizBeat: Midwest Block acquires division of Southern Concrete Products

Midwest Block & Brick, headquartered in Jefferson City, recently announced the acquisition of Southern Concrete Products Masonry Division in Tennessee and Mississippi.

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Former riverboat casino in Jefferson City to be scrapped (VIDEO)

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 cafe specializes in vegetarian dishes

Jefferson City’s newest restaurant, Everest Cafe, has done something that no other has done: It got me excited about vegetables.

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Crowds up a bit for cycle racing

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.

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BizBeat: You can have your cake, eat it, too

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.

BizBeat: From cakes to cinema

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.

BizBeat: Winner, winner, Chik-fil-A dinner?

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.

BizBeat: Open wide, kids

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.

Jim Lewis Tire expanding size of building

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.

Pastor praises miracles following accident

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.

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Police get assist from firefighters after suspect flees to roof

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.

Criterium championship racing to Jefferson City next weekend

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.

RR Donnelley’s quarterly report exceeded expectations

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.

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What do you get when you mix Frisbees and football?

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.

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Youngsters shine in 4-H public speaking contest

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.

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Beat of a different drummer (VIDEO)

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.

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Quinn Chapel celebrates opening of third building (VIDEO)

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.

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Eagle Stop parent buys 10 convenience stores

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.

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Event benefits teen injured in accident (VIDEO)

A smiling Emily Beul sat and chatted at a table with her friends, as they ate barbecue and occasionally stopped to take group photos.

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Liberty Tree felled by storm

One casualty of the severe storms earlier this month was a 21⁄2-century-old tree that was designated as a “Liberty Tree” during the 1976 bicentennial celebration.

BizBeat: City suffers from deep-fried delicacy deficiency

Long before the fate of Twinkies came into question, Jefferson City faced a more critical dilemma: the lack of a doughnut shop. Dunkin’ Donuts has previously told us that franchise opportunities still exist here in Jefferson City.

BizBeat: Local food company celebrates 500th opening

A cheer for Champs

Champs Chicken, a nationwide-branded food program based in Holts Summit, opened its 500th location Tuesday at the Choctaw Travel Plaza in Poteau, Okla.

BizBeat: Sandwich shop celebrates 10-year anniversary

The Roly Poly sandwich shop located in Jefferson City at 512 Ellis Blvd. has been serving up a fresh lunch option for 10 years.

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Geneva homeowners begin flood cleanup

Several homeowners along Geneva Street are breathing a sigh of relief as waters recede from the flooded Gray’s Creek in their backyards.

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Levee holds as river hits 30.79

North Jefferson City appears to have dodged major flooding, and possibly by the thinnest margin ever.

Capital City hotel up for sale

The owners of the Truman Hotel and Conference Center have been trying to find a buyer, and they’ve reduced the asking price from about $1.95 million to $1.775 million. The Cole County Assessor’s Office said the 2012 assessed value is $4 million.

BizBeat: New girls’ clothing store to open in Capital Mall

The Capital Mall will introduce a new store to Jefferson City beginning in early July. Justice, a girls clothing store targeting the tween market, will begin construction Monday.

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Aur bids fare well to Helias seniors

Helias Catholic High School’s chaplain urged the school’s 186 graduates to continue to be open to the gift of the Holy Spirit and to ask themselves how they can better use the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Graduation days

Jefferson City High School’s 2013 class valedictorian, Hughes Lee, urged his fellow classmates at Sunday’s graduation to “dream big, but think small.”

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JCHS seniors, families pack Miller Center for annual baccalaureate

At Sunday’s Jefferson City High School baccalaureate service, a pastor told members of the graduating class that his faith wasn’t always solid — especially about the time he graduated from high school.

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Wal-Mart confirms Sam's Club plans for JC

A company spokeswoman now confirms it. Sam’s Club is planning to open one of its bulk retail stores in Jefferson City in less than two years.

Number of businesses with unpaid taxes rises

In both Cole County and in Missouri, the number of businesses not paying their taxes to the state have increased since January 2012, while the collective amounts they owe have shrunk.

A sigh of relief — for now

Last week’s spike in water levels at the Missouri River raised the eyebrows of area farmers, city employees and others who have a stake in keeping the river confined to its boundaries.

JC’s only B&B reopening with new owners

Jefferson City’s historic Cliff Manor, which housed Jefferson City’s only bed & breakfast until it closed last November, will reopen around June 1 under new ownership.

Freebie offers lessen sting of Tax Day

A few businesses in Jefferson City are pledging to lessen the financial sting from Uncle Sam on Monday. For example, Sonic is offering half-price drinks and slushes all day.

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3 young girls donate their locks with love

Lynzee Green, 7, has heard her mom, a registered nurse, talk about cancer patients who lose their hair. And she recalls her cousin in Ohio donating her hair when her grandmother had cancer.

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BizBeat: DeLong’s hoists record-size project

Steel fabricator’s expansion made job a possibility

An expansion project completed at Delong’s last summer has enabled the steel fabricator to take on bigger jobs and avoid layoffs in a down economy.

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Storm dumps up to 7 inches of snow in JC; hundred without power

Last week saw the first day of spring and the Runge Center’s native plant sale.

BizBeat: Potential employees, customers misunderstand escort business

Jefferson City’s only licensed escort service is struggling to open. Not because it’s a shady operation, but because it isn’t. It's a companion service, not about sex, the owner says.

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BizBeat: Fresh look for Schulte’s Fresh Foods

Schulte’s Fresh Foods in Jefferson City is nearly finished with an interior facelift that includes new paint, signs, floors and lighting.

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Let the work begin

About 200 supporters of Calvary Lutheran High School attended a ground-breaking ceremony Sunday for a $2.1 million project that will add an auditorium, gym and classrooms to the school.

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BizBeat: Shrunken subs or frivolously filed lawsuits?

Top legal minds are hard at work solving one of the most pressing questions of the day: Are Subway’s footlong sandwiches really 12 inches long? Our reporter's totally anecdotal research says yes.

BizBeat: B.K Bakery taking a day of rest

You might have to stick with church doughnuts on Sundays — B.K. Bakery is making it a day of rest. The Jefferson City pastry shop recently expanded, but has decided to close on Sundays.

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Runge featuring artist’s work

Jefferson City artist Tom Bose’s work is the featured exhibit at the Runge Conservation Center during March and April. Bose has 32 paintings on display, and all but two are watercolors.

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Cheering for cheers

Capital City Cheer supporters packed the JC Penney’s wing of Capital Mall Sunday afternoon to watch girls of all ages put on a show.

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WOWing the crowd

Women flocked to this weekend’s first WOW (Women’s Official Weekend) Expo to get pampered and browse among the 67 vendors.

Who proposes to build a conference center for Jefferson City?

Three developers have different backgrounds, approaches

Three private developers — from Jefferson City, Hannibal and St. Louis — are vying to operate a conference center and accompanying hotel in Jefferson City.

Murder trial could wrap up today

Brandon Chase charged in drug deal turned fatal robbery

Brandon Chase set up a deal to buy marijuana, but whether he also knew about and planned a robbery — which led to a killing — was a theme of the first day of his murder trial on Tuesday.

TV station KRCG to be sold

KRCG-TV 13 will be sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group as part of a $370 million package deal, pending regulatory approval.

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Hope is gone: Driskill voted off ‘Survivor’

Jefferson City’s Hope Driskill survived through three episodes of “Survivor: Caramoan,” but was voted off the island during Wednesday night’s episode. The 2011 Miss Missouri USA was narrowly voted off.