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Gerry Tritz

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BizBeat: McKnight expanding in former bakery

McKnight Tire is taking over the old Butternut Bakery near its Jefferson City business on Dunklin Street, planning to open another automotive business there by mid-October.

BizBeat: New craft beer coming to Capital City

A new brewery founded by two former Anheuser-Busch employees has started distributing its beer in Jefferson City.

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Former penitentiary workers trade stories at 10th MSP reunion

Their common bond was sharing a workplace sometimes known for its violence, but former Missouri State Penitentiary workers at a Sunday reunion were all smiles as they shared memories both good and bad.

Director finds distributor for film on JC murder

A controversial Los Angeles film director has found a distributor for his dramatization of the real-life murder of a Jefferson City girl.

Examiner: State should autopsy executed inmates

Examination could resolve claims of brutality, official says

The head of the medical examiner’s office that performed the first autopsy on Michael Brown supports a state law change that would require autopsies for anyone who dies while in custody, including those who are executed.

JC native’s office at center of teen’s autopsy

The St. Louis County medical examiner, whose office performed the first autopsy on Michael Brown, is a Jefferson City native and Jefferson City High School graduate.

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Remembering Fiddlin' Rick

Second tribute to local musician Rick Stokes draws 250 fans and friends

More than 250 people gathered in the memory of the late musician Rick Stokes for an afternoon of dancing and sharing music and memories on Sunday.

Don’t engage with Westboro protesters, officials urge

Lawmen, educators prepare for planned Westboro picketing

While area law enforcement agencies are gearing up for today’s planned picketing by members of an anti-gay group known for picketing soldiers’ funerals, some officials are offering simple advice: ignore them.

Wyn Riley, JC’s first lady of theater, dies at age 78

Wyn Riley, who co-founded Jefferson City’s first theater group in the late 1960s and shaped the now-thriving theater scene here, died Saturday at the age of 78.

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Busch's Florist changing ownership

Jefferson City’s longest continually operating retail business is changing hands. John and Gwen Pelzer have sold Busch’s Florist to Nick and Heather McKague.

Scholastic expands product line in JC

When Scholastic Inc. contracts with area schools to put on book fairs this year, the publishing company will bring the books from its Jefferson City distribution center.

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Men of the Club on tap tonight

The latest edition of “Boys Gone Wild” is set for this evening, as the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City holds its 10th annual Men of the Club fundraiser.

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Good times at the fair

Authorities and organizers both say the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair was a success, with good attendance and few problems.

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160 years and still worshipping strong

A nearly packed house came to celebrate Quinn Chapel AME’s 164th anniversary Sunday afternoon, reflecting on the church’s journey from humble beginnings in a log cabin two decades before the Civil War to its latest move a year ago.

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County horse show highlights skills that go beyond horsemanship

Alicen Jennings tied her horse, Harley, to a trailer and held one hand under its mouth while stroking above its nose with the other before one of her six events at Sunday’s Cole County 4-H and FFA Horse Show.

BizBeat: Former BBQ restaurateur opening daycare

Michael Ferguson, who owned Michael’s Unforgettable BBQ for several years at 2113 Schotthill Woods Road, is starting an unlikely follow-up to that business in the same location: a Christian daycare center.

BizBeat: Furniture store celebrates new storefront, inventory

Bescheinen Family Furniture of Loose Creek is holding a grand opening sale and ribbon-cutting in conjunction with its newly renovated storefront.

BizBeat: State earmarks $24M for small businesses

The U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) released a new quarterly report showing that Missouri has designated nearly $24 million to grow small businesses.

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Blue Sunday gives spirits a lift

Matt Griffin has attended Blue Sunday previously at times to listen to live blues music. This Sunday, he was also there to play it.

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BizBeat: Five downtown tenants losing leases

Former JC Penney’s building may be in line for new owner, remodeling

Hawthorn Bank, which manages the trust that owns the building at 210 E. High St., has told its five tenants that their leases will expire at the end of the month.

BizBeat: Longtime book store closes

Nancy’s Trade-A-Book, a longtime Jefferson City book store at 2219 Missouri Blvd. that specialized in used paperbacks, has called it quits.

BizBeat: Short move for furniture store quadruples space

B&B Quality Furniture is settling in nicely to its new digs at 708 Jefferson St., just a half block up the street from its old Jefferson City location.

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Organizers: Optimal July 4 event

Jefferson City’s Salute to America festival had nice weather, a large attendance and almost nothing in the way of problems, organizers and police reported.

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‘Pork Barrel’ goes from politics to grill

Former JC man, friend parlay pork, panache into barbecue empire

Patriotism and politics go hand in hand, so why not patriotism and pulled pork?

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Infants worldwide will benefit from local gifts

Community Christian Church held its first communitywide baby shower on Sunday afternoon, assembling some 55-60 “layette” packets of infant clothing destined for needy newborns across the world.

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St. Mary's says it will continue to market hospital

St. Mary’s Health Center officials said it is “disappointed” about Gov. Jay Nixon’s line-item veto on Tuesday of $6 million in funds for the reuse of the current St. Mary’s campus.

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Operation Closure: Seeking answers to a 47-year-old mystery

Randy Roby arrived in Jefferson City on Wednesday, 47 years after his first trip here in the wake of a fatal airplane crash that took the life of his brother, Tom.

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Black bear hit, killed in Maries County

Meta man unable to avoid young bear

Meta resident Jeremy Deardeuff comes from a family that’s no stranger to the Mid-Missouri outdoors or wildlife.

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Attitude her key to a century of life

Celebrating her birthday with a packed room of people at Hyder Apartments Sunday afternoon, Maxine Farber said she made it to 100 by “doing all the wrong things: eating too much sugar, too much friend food, too much wine.”

A brother’s mission

August 1967 – A plane crashes in the Jefferson City area claiming two lives, but the wreckage and one body is never found. Now the pilot’s policeman brother is trying to solve the mystery.

The Vine strings together a new season of music

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church kicks off its fourth annual summer concert series from 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday at The Vine, its outdoor concert venue.

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Wheels of kindness keep turning

The customer service supervisor at the Jefferson City Post Office took customer service to a new level this past weekend.

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Largest JCHS class hears accomplishments, lessons

Jefferson City High School class valedictorian Timothy Ittner told the largest JCHS graduating class in history that he would forgo advice, and instead highlight accomplishments of the class.

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Helias graduates given a challenge for life

The Rev. Colin Franklin told the 183 graduating seniors from Helias Catholic High School having earned a diploma doesn’t mean they’ve reached completion or perfection, but that the task has been handed over to them to continue to pursue what they were created to do in life.

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JCHS seniors learn another set of S’s for success

Pastor Nick Digman delivers JCHS baccalaureate address

Bible Baptist Church Associate Pastor Nick Digman on Sunday urged several dozen members of the Jefferson City High School Class of 2014 to surrender their lives to God and lead a life of service to others.

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Taos, sister city united by German heritage

Taos on Sunday solidified a friendship with Twist, Germany that started 30 years ago when a group of Twist residents visited the small Central Missouri town where some of their ancestors immigrated to in the mid 1800s to escape famine.

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Westphalia native among 50 Marines honored on monument

Nearly 44 years after 1st Lt. Bernard Plassmeyer’s plane went down in South Vietnam, the Westphalia native was among those honored April 25 at Marine Corps Base Quantico near Triangle, Va.

Local minister joins immigration lobbying effort

To attend national faith-based conference

About 20 people attended a Thursday meeting to discuss immigration reform, and one of the attendees will join a nationwide effort in Washington, D.C., next week to lobby Congress on the issue.

Class-action lawsuit filed against Hawthorn Bank

Suit challenges policy on overdraft charges

A class-action lawsuit against Hawthorn Bank alleges the bank has illegally charged customers for overdrafting their accounts.

DirecTV, KOMU in contract dispute

Mid-Missouri DirecTV customers lost signals to KOMU-TV and its affiliate CW network on Friday, after the satellite service and local broadcaster failed to come to a contract renewal agreement.

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A tale of two cities?

Jefferson City — the most beautiful small town in the nation — isn’t even one of the most beautiful towns in Missouri.

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Cheerleaders put on showcase

At an age when most toddlers are still gaining confidence on two feet, Delani Morgans started tumbling and twisting at Capitol City Cheer.

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Spring's new crop — potholes

Today marks the long-awaited arrival of spring, the time of the year that brings a renewal of life … and the revelation of new potholes in city streets.

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Spring break workers

While spring break means relaxing at home for many college students, a group of 13 students from Wisconsin traveled to Jefferson City to spend their break building homes for River City Habitat for Humanity.

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Downtown Irish pub closing its doors

Last call for Mortimer Kegley’s

A downtown staple is closing after 34 years of serving drinks and cheap eats.

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Magic show to benefit Council for Drug Free Youth

Hooked on magic, not drugs

Jefferson City is home to one of the nation’s few family magic acts that performs across the country, and this Saturday you can catch them right here in Jefferson City.

Kehoe builds big campaign warchest

Sen. Mike Kehoe added nearly $100,000 to his campaign funds during the last quarter of 2013, raising his total to nearly a half million.

Moments of Magic to benefit Special Learning Center

Joseph Tran started his incredible journey as a 10-year-old with a deck of cards. He’s since become a student of theater and psychology, an actor and a theater set-builder. He’s worked in film post-production, toured the country as a performer and graduated from college.

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HBA show builds up new and old dreams

This weekend’s HBA Home Show in Jefferson City features more than 120 vendors with expertise covering the gamut in building and remodeling.

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Zeroing in on a state title

Before Allie Ashcraft releases her arrow toward its mark, she draws back her bow and takes aim.