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Philip Joens (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0251
Philip Joens is a News Tribune staff writer covering businesses large and small in and around Jefferson City. A Sioux City, Iowa native, he has dabbled in business and sports journalism during most of his young career. Previously he covered technology at the Pacific Coast Business Times in Santa Barbara, California, interned at the Los Angeles Business Journal and on the sports desk at KTIV News 4 in Sioux City. During his free time he umpires baseball and officiates basketball locally, and he enjoys writing poetry and riding his road bike. Follow him on Twitter at @Philip_Joens.

New owners take over IHOP

Published Jun. 24 2018

A Kansas couple recently purchased Jefferson City’s IHOP restaurant at 2011 Missouri Blvd.Annie Khmous and her husband, Mohanad, bought the...

Donations still sought for ‘Hero’s Outing’ golf event

Published Jun. 23 2018

An event to raise money to buy disabled-accessible golf carts is just a chip shot away, but sponsorships and donations...

Area farmers praise passage of House farm bill

Published Jun. 22 2018

The Republican-led U.S. House narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill Thursday that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients.

Local business interests laud sales tax ruling

Published Jun. 22 2018

Local businesses and business groups praised a decision Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court that could allow Missouri to collect...

Missouri chamber offers alternative health plan

Published Jun. 21 2018

After launching a new health insurance plan for its members in November, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry said...

'Pillar of High Street' remembered

Published Jun. 21 2018

To Lorraine Mercurio's friends, she will always be the Pillar of High Street.

Ameren donates 50 air conditioners

Published Jun. 20 2018

As summer heats up, Ameren Missouri wants Central Missouri residents to stay cool.

BizBeat: Credit union to open local community center

Published Jun. 17 2018

A local credit union plans to build a community center on the site of an old restaurant near Jefferson City's...

BizBeat: Downtown Diner closed for good

Published Jun. 17 2018

Owner John Biggs closed Downtown Diner at 127 E. High St. in Jefferson City on June 10.

BizBeat: Green Leaf Cafe to open Monday

Published Jun. 17 2018

The Green Leaf Cafe & Coffee Bar will debut with a soft opening Monday.

Parson stops in Columbia on listening tour

Published Jun. 13 2018

Gov. Mike Parson said he's still considering how to fill the lieutenant governor's seat he vacated after former Gov. Eric...

Eldon robotics mentor teaches students about life, pride

Published Jun. 11 2018

Eldon Upper Elementary School teacher Jerry Barsby dreamed of taking the school's robotics team to the FIRST Robotics Competition in...

Mid-Mo farming groups concerned about status of federal farm bill

Published Jun. 10 2018

With the clock ticking, farming groups around Mid-Missouri worry a new farm bill may not pass Congress before the existing...

Ramifications of Trump tariffs unclear for farmers

Published Jun. 10 2018

As the United States nears full-fledged trade wars with some of its closest trading partners, local farmers worry it could...

Scholastic celebrates 50th anniversary in Jefferson City

Published Jun. 10 2018

Scholastic celebrated its golden anniversary in Jefferson City with an open house Saturday at its local distribution center.

Poor People's Campaign takes on economic justice

Published Jun. 5 2018

For the fourth straight week, Missouri Poor People's Campaign protesters rallied outside the state Capitol on Monday as the series...

Lewis and Clark momument celebrated 10 years later

Published Jun. 3 2018

Local officials will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Trailhead Plaza this week.

BizBeat: New salon open on Jefferson City's west side

Published Jun. 3 2018

A new salon opened May 15 on Jefferson City's west side.Located at 994 Diamond Ridge, Suite 100, Indigo the Salon...

BizBeat: Frenchie's Antique Mall to close in July

Published Jun. 3 2018

Frenchie's Antique Mall will close sometime in July, manager Chris Bogg said.

BizBeat: MOD Pizza sets grand opening

Published Jun. 3 2018

Seattle-based artisan pizza chain MOD Pizza will hold a grand opening at its new Jefferson City location at noon Friday.