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Rebecca Martin

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United Way agencies, community give priceless gifts all year

A Christmas Wish: Part 1

For those facing life’s toughest battles, the Christmas season can mean another challenge to face. For those willing to help, it’s an opportunity to give.

T-shirt kiosk raises eyebrows for some shoppers

Capital Mall’s level of family-friendliness has been called into question by some customers recently, but mall management say no merchandise on display is inappropriate.

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Heisinger Bluffs renovates Riverview assisted living center

Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs senior living center on West Main Street in Jefferson City recently began a $200,000 renovation to its Riverview assisted living neighborhood.

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BizBeat: Calvary’s Gift expands to larger location

Resale shop Calvary’s Gift will start the new year at a new location, moving about a block from its current Jefferson City store.

BizBeat: Technology repair shop migrates across mall

Jefferson City Computer Services, a computer, tablet and cell-phone troubleshooting business, moved to a new location in Capital Mall last week.

BizBeat: Tolson Drug renovation continues

The gradual renovation process at Tolson Drug Store now has made its way to the pharmacy.

Developers want South Side TIF amended

Tax revenues falling short of projections

With sales and property tax revenues in Jefferson City’s South Side falling short of projections made five years ago, the developers of Dunklin Street Properties LLC intend to soon propose amended terms to the South Side Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district.

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Old Munichburg extends geographic boundaries

District to incorporate more of south side

Members of the Old Munichburg Association voted in October to extend the district’s geographic boundaries to incorporate more of Jefferson City’s south side and the core business district.

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BizBeat: Vacant commercial properties await new businesses

Several major commercial properties in Jefferson City have remained vacant for months while owners and realtors attempt to find new tenants to fill them, but announcements may come soon for a few.

BizBeat: Plaza Tire shops merge

The Plaza Tire Service shop at 111 W. Dunklin St. closed at the end of October to merge with the chain’s second Jefferson City location at 1401 Missouri Blvd.

BizBeat: KFC signs down, but still serving

Employees at the KFC at 1923 Christy Drive removed the Jefferson City restaurant’s external signage last week but the restaurant remains open for business.

BizBeat: Seasonal toy store open at Capital Mall

Unique Toys and Games opened Nov. 1 at Capital Mall in Jefferson City, and will be in business there through Jan. 15.

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Facade improvements, renovations continue in downtown JC

It’s almost December, but construction season hasn’t ended in Jefferson City. Three of four active projects participating in the city’s commercial facade program are on High Street.

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Redevelopment gearing up for Jefferson City’s Millbottom area

Redevelopment of the former Ameren power plant in Jefferson City’s Millbottom area is nearing completion, with its first retail tenant under contract, after several years in the works.

BizBeat: Baskin-Robbins closes but may return with Dunkin’ Donuts

Baskin-Robbins closed its ice cream shop on Missouri Boulevard last week to make way for a future combination Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins shop, said Terry Haverkamp, Baskin-Robbins Midwest regional director.

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BizBeat: New High Street hangout to open Dec. 1

Red Tail Lounge will breathe new life into a very old home when it opens in Jefferson City at 623 E. High St. on Dec. 1.

BizBeat: My Sentiments Exactly closes Wednesday

Owner Marinell Walz announced she plans to close specialty stationery shop My Sentiments Exactly on Jefferson City's High Street Wednesday after 29 years in business.

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BizBeat: Historic Cliff Manor Inn for sale

Jefferson City’s only bed and breakfast, Cliff Manor Inn, will close for the season at the end of November and potentially re-open under new management in the spring.

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Board games offer family fun for seasonal parties

Don't leave holiday entertainment to a roll of the dice

When your two sisters and their husbands, an uncle from out of state and 12 nieces and nephews arrive at your house this Thanksgiving, how are you planning to entertain them?

BizBeat: Blackwell’s Garage closes doors

Blackwell’s Garage closed its doors at 901 E. High St. in Jefferson City for the last time Oct. 1 after more than 90 years in business — 33 of those within one family.

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BizBeat: Wine bar now open in The Village Square

New wine bar Vines opened Nov. 1 in The Village Square, and Jefferson City east-enders are grateful for the new entertainment option, said owner Lori Smith.

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One for All to offer day care for elderly, disabled

Open house set for Tuesday

One for All, the pair’s adult day care for the elderly and developmentally disabled, is set to open at 3620 W. Truman Blvd. this month.

BizBeat: Madison’s Cafe completes interior, exterior renovations

After a month of construction work, the scaffolding has been removed to reveal a new look for Madison’s Cafe, the downtown restaurant at 216 Madison St.

Downtown Jefferson City preps for holidays with open house

Downtown Jefferson City is all set for its traditional Downtown Holiday Open House, held every year at the beginning of the holiday season.

BizBeat: Ross department store coming to Capital Mall

A Ross department store will be coming to Jefferson City’s Capital Mall, as a corporate spokesperson from Ross Stores, Inc., has confirmed the national retail chain has signed a lease at the location.

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BizBeat: Owners of former Yen Ching plan property overhaul

Demolition has already begun in Jefferson City at the building that formerly housed Yen Ching.

BizBeat: Victoria’s Bridal closes, but some brides still waiting

After announcing the decision mid-month, owner Ann Metternich closed Victoria’s Bridal and Formal Wear Boutique in Jefferson City as October ended. However, some customers are still waiting to receive dresses and accessories they ordered and paid for.

BizBeat: McDonald’s holds annual food drive

McDonald’s of Jefferson City has an eventful fall season this year with a one-year renovation celebration at the South Ten Mile Road location and the annual Samaritan Center food drive.

BizBeat: Associated General Contractors merges chapters

The Jefferson City-based Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri and St. Louis-based AGC of St. Louis chapters will merge to form Missouri’s largest construction industry organization effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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Gender gap narrowing, but it's still a career step to watch for women

As women’s earnings and professional advancement improve, the gender gap in the modern workplace is narrowing, but slowly.

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Investing in women's careers can yield dividends

When it comes to career advice, most encouragement for today’s working women involves the “lean in” model popularized by Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 book: commit to your career, take on the right assignments and lots of them, and be willing to work longer hours.

BizBeat: West Main Pizza to serve long-awaited grand opening

The building at 1931 W. Main St. has both perplexed and excited Jefferson City area residents for months, but West Main Pizza is finally ready to serve up a new eatery with a grand opening the week of Nov. 1.

BizBeat: Capital Mall to host new restaurant, salon

Capital Mall in Jefferson City will welcome two new businesses in the coming month: Taco Depot and Hair in Style.

BizBeat: Kwik Kar Wash cleans up Missouri Boulevard property

The recently closed Tiger Express Wash on Jefferson City's Missouri Boulevard is being rinsed, polished and shined to reopen under new ownership next month.

BizBeat: Victoria’s Bridal to close at end of October

Victoria’s Bridal and Formal Wear will close its Jefferson City store at the end of the month after more than 20 years in business.

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Showcase offers networking, publicity for businesses

‘SchmoozaPalooza’ in Jefferson City

Sometimes “schmoozing” isn’t such a bad thing. That was the idea behind the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce’s “SchmoozaPalooza” business showcase on Wednesday.

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Rising from the ashes, Oscar’s named Small Business of Year

Nearly two years ago, Kurt and Lisa Mankin’s business went up in flames. Now rebuilt and risen from the ashes, Oscar’s Classic Diner earned the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business of the Year honor on Wednesday.

Appeal filed in Eldon water-billing lawsuit

Plaintiffs filed an appeal Sept. 4 in a civil lawsuit brought against the City of Eldon regarding municipal water and sewer billing policies.

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Rural economic development grant heads to fall veto session

The funding supporting a bill to provide grants for local economic development in rural areas statewide will depend on the results of the Missouri Legislature’s fall veto session.

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26th annual Shootout revs up Lake

For two days a year in mid-August, the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is all about how much power and speed a driver can coax from his boat.

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Lake Ozark votes to support senior housing project

Fish Haven Estates could be move-in ready by October 2016

The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen’s letter of support for construction of an affordable senior housing community advances development at Fish Haven Road one step further.

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AquaPalooza celebrates summer boating

One might expect to see hundreds of boats on the Lake of the Ozarks any summer weekend. But there’s only one day they are all in one place. That day is AquaPalooza.

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Jay-Day draws families for safety tips, summer activities

Fun with fire safety at the Lake of the Ozarks

Terri Van Klavern wants to make sure no children lose their lives to home fires like her granddaughter Jayden Ling did in 2006. So, for the past eight years, she has shared her family’s tragic story.

Camdenton school officer locks in state honor

Chris Williams, long-time school resource officer (SRO) at the Camdenton R-3 School District, was presented June 26 with the Missouri School Resource Officer of the Year award during the Missouri School Resource Officers Association 2014 Conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.

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High price of freedom to be highlighted at memorial

Remembering Our Fallen display sets up at Lake of the Ozarks post

After the festivities of Independence Day have passed, American Legion Post 624 of Sunrise Beach will offer a stark reminder of what that independence cost. More like 400 reminders, actually.

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Eldon deploys cameras at parks to deter vandals

Eldon city officials have pressed “play” on a long-considered initiative to install surveillance cameras at two parks to combat persistent vandalism.

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Dogs hit high marks at Canine Cannonball

Fur flew at the eighth annual Canine Cannonball at the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend, and so did the dogs wearing it.

Tax revenue swells in Lake area towns

The most recent sales tax receipts for Lake of the Ozarks area cities far exceed what they were a year ago, while year-to-date totals reflect a sustained, but more moderate increase.

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Mid Coast Bike Run revs up Lake of the Ozarks bike season

Motorcyclists got revved up for a season of biking at the Lake of the Ozarks yesterday at the Mid Coast Bike Run hosted by the Noble Eagles of Eldon.

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Farmers markets kick off season at the Lake

The Eldon Farmers Market has plenty of room to grow at its new, larger location next to Lakeview Auto Sales on Business 54 across from the airport.