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Gerry Tritz

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Jefferson City takes top prize as Most Beautiful City in contest

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.

Shooting, stabbing reported early Sunday

The Jefferson City Police Department is investigating a shooting and stabbing that occurred over the weekend.

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Shifts start ending at RR Donnelley

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.

Dachshund race winner has other talents

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.

Wheelan joins 39th season of Saturday Night Live

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.

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Business hopes to fill market for young adult clothing

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 shops in same building closing

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.

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Super 8 now an Oak Tree

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.

Local tributes to remember 9/11 attacks

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.

BizBeat: Red Skye Wireless closes after 6 months

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.

BizBeat: River Region Credit Union branches out

River Region Credit Union plans to open a new branch at 400 E. Broadway in Ashland in spring 2014.

Pitch It & Win It competition on tap

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.

Conference center expected to lose money for first 10 years

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.

Consultant: Conference Center to lose money before it makes money

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.

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Controversial clown headed to Jefferson City (VIDEO)

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.

BizBeat: Fall moves in with Halloween store

The seasonal store, Halloween City, has moved into the former discount furniture store in Jefferson City at 2009 Missouri Blvd.

BizBeat: Yen Ching restaurant gets a facelift

Jefferson City Chinese restaurant Yen Ching will be closing its dining room for renovations beginning Tuesday.

BizBeat: LeCure & Associates relocate

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.

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Father, son building large garden railroad (VIDEO)

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.

BizBeat: Carroll-Rehma Motors renovates Linn dealership

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.

BizBeat: Oscar’s Diner hits home stretch in renovations

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.

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.”