Stories by Gerry
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.
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.