Stories by Gerry
A smiling Emily Beul sat and chatted at a table with her friends, as they ate barbecue and occasionally stopped to take group photos.
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.
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.
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.
The Roly Poly sandwich shop located in Jefferson City at 512 Ellis Blvd. has been serving up a fresh lunch option for 10 years.
Several homeowners along Geneva Street are breathing a sigh of relief as waters recede from the flooded Gray’s Creek in their backyards.
North Jefferson City appears to have dodged major flooding, and possibly by the thinnest margin ever.
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.
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.
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.
Jefferson City High School’s 2013 class valedictorian, Hughes Lee, urged his fellow classmates at Sunday’s graduation to “dream big, but think small.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week saw the first day of spring and the Runge Center’s native plant sale.
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.
Schulte’s Fresh Foods in Jefferson City is nearly finished with an interior facelift that includes new paint, signs, floors and lighting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women flocked to this weekend’s first WOW (Women’s Official Weekend) Expo to get pampered and browse among the 67 vendors.
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.
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.
KRCG-TV 13 will be sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group as part of a $370 million package deal, pending regulatory approval.
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.
Jefferson City’s Burger King is one of seven in Missouri that hasn’t paid its franchise fees and should cease operating, a lawsuit filed by the Burger King Corporation (BKC) alleges.
Jefferson City High School senior Cassidi Surface wants to go on to earn a degree in political science.
NFIB/Missouri and Associated Industries of Missouri’s annual Small Business Day will be at the Capitol in Jefferson City from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday. Call 866-782-6390.
It's $100 a month, but if you’ve got the need for 105 Mbps of download speed, Mediacom’s got the Internet service for you: Ultra 105.
Price per square foot considerably lower than other properties
General Growth Properties’ most recent quarterly earnings report lists the selling price of Capital Mall at $11 million. GGP sold the mall to F&F Development in December but price wasn't disclosed then.
City issues 27 business licenses in December
After earning a pair of business degrees, Lindsey Pantaleo has turned her passion for photography into a moneymaking venture. She’s one of 27 businesses that Jefferson City issued business licenses to in December.
The Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau is asking the public for help in finding artifacts and memorabilia from the old Missouri State Penitentiary which they can loan to the new MSP Museum.
Jefferson City’s Hope Driskill is about to be in the national spotlight again. The 2011 Miss Missouri USA is a contestant on the new “Survivor” show beginning next month.
It was a barbecue lover’s dream: three of the top barbecue joints in Missouri — heck, the nation — all serving up dishes of their best stuff at the same place. For free.
If you’re a business person seeking collaboration with other business types, consider attending this week’s "Jelly" event. From 8-5 this Wednesday through Friday, a handful of local entrepreneurs will gather at Start Up Jefferson City’s office, 411 Madison St.
Jefferson City has licensed an escort service, perhaps the city’s first. But two phone numbers associated with Lonely Heart Companion Services, which has a web page, don’t work.
When Congress recently passed legislation to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” it also continued a tax credit for wind energy that could give an indirect boost to Jefferson City’s ABB plant.
The former Summit Lake Winery will reopen as Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant around March 1, sporting a full-service, American-style restaurant and expanded bar.
Jefferson City’s first tattoo shop to open is now the first to close. Cadillac Ink, 301 Ash St., which opened shortly after the city lifted a ban on the businesses nearly 3 years ago, recently closed its doors.
General Growth Properties (GGP) has sold Jefferson City’s Capital Mall, and it now is being managed by a Chicago-based property management group that says the mall will stay open and become “bigger and better.”
But progress came at a cost, they add
For more than a year, Jefferson City business owners along a stretch of East McCarty Street have put up with being penned in from one side or the other. A sampling of owners reveals they're generally satisfied with the final result, but believe the street closures may have cost them business.
When Ryan’s Steakhouse closed earlier this year, it left a mega-buffet void in Jefferson City. Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet brings us a 300-item, mostly Chinese-style buffet in its place, thanks to the owner's investment to transform the inside of the building.
For years, seasonal kiosks have popped up at Capital Mall, but lately Jefferson City is starting to see the same thing with chains. Halloween City sets up shop in October near Best Buy, and, for the first time, Toys R Us has an express location at the mall.