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Rebecca Martin

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Russellville restaurant cleared to open

The Russellville Drive In has the green light to reopen following a failed health inspection Aug. 31.

Fire department suspects carbon monoxide in hospitalization of 4 Russellville teens

County health department closes restaurant for sanitation violations

Four teenagers were treated at local hospitals after experiencing suspected carbon monoxide exposure at a Russellville restaurant over the weekend, and the restaurant closed Tuesday after a Cole County Health Department inspection noted multiple violations.

BizBeat: Villa Marie debuts memory care community

Villa Marie skilled nursing facility recently added The Cottages, a separate memory care facility with a focus on activities-based care for patients with dementia.

BizBeat: Seasonal costume store is new mall haunt

Capital Mall is ready for the Halloween enthusiasts of Jefferson City who start preparations early, as seasonal costume store Spirit Halloween opened last week.

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Leona Williams comes home to Mid-Mo

Leona Williams will return to the stage in Mid-Missouri with a concert Sept. 11 at The Millbottom Event Center in Jefferson City. And she promises to deliver what she deems real, classic country music when she performs with her son, Ron Williams, and Irish country musician Tony Kerr.

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BizBeat: Candlewood Suites undergoing total renovation

Jefferson City will be home to a virtually brand-new Candlewood Suites by mid-fall.

BizBeat: Golden China expired

Golden China Restaurant at 2021 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City has closed permanently.

BizBeat: Alyssa’s Garden Boutique grows online girls’ shop to storefront

Amid a mass of purple and pink ruffles, Dana Roberts has grown her successful online business into an accompanying girls’ clothing store in downtown Jefferson City.

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McCaskill gets 'Ladylike'

Senator signs copies of new memoir at MRRL, sets sights on new term

She may have entered the Missouri House of Representatives 30 years ago drawing comments about her long, blonde hair, but Claire McCaskill is a different kind of lady.

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BizBeat: Three Story Coffee brewing Millbottom drink station

Three Story Coffee soon will expand to a second Jefferson City location.

BizBeat: Wardsville salon closes

Perfect Image Tanning & Hair Salon closed for business Aug. 7.

BizBeat: Montessori preschool now in session

Growing Hearts Montessori, located in Jefferson City at 700 W. High St., will begin classes Monday and still has open slots for potential students.

BizBeat: Family Care Associates relocates to JCMG

The physicians of Family Care Associates are now seeing patients at Jefferson City Medical Group.

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BizBeat: October to bring two national retailers to mall

Two national retailers — Ross Dress for Less and rue21 — are slated for October openings at Capital Mall in Jefferson City.

BizBeat: Two Jefferson City restaurants close

Jefferson City is down two international dining options — one Mexican and one Chinese.

BizBeat: Root Cellar now serving lunch

A lunch trip to downtown Jefferson City last week may have produced surprising new options, like the tomato basil gazpacho, roasted veggie polenta bowl or andouille sausage served at Root Cellar Cafe on Wednesday.

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Local low jobless rates posing challenges

‘It’s a double-edged sword’

Cole County continues posting some of its lowest unemployment rates since the recession, at 4.7 percent in June, more than a full percentage point lower than Missouri’s statewide unemployment rate.

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Return on investment: Does abating local tax dollars for businesses pay off for #jcmo?

Some of Jefferson City’s largest companies aren’t paying thousands of dollars in taxes. And local officials are okay with it. Actually, it was their idea.

Hy-Vee extends ‘helpful smiles’ to home delivery, in-store clinic

Hy-Vee in Jefferson City began offering free same-day delivery or in-store pickup for $100 online shopping orders over the last couple of weeks.

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Family af-'fair': Love of agriculture spans generations in Braun family

Three barns full of FFA and 4-H students — and their animals — outlasted Monday’s excessive heat to show the animals and projects they spent the past several months raising and preparing.

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BizBeat: Sam’s Club now open in Jefferson City

Sam’s Club celebrated its grand opening in Jefferson City on Thursday.

BizBeat: Gas Plus station closed

Gas Plus, located in Jefferson City at 501 E. McCarty St., has closed for business.

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BizBeat: Knockerball rolls in new entertainment option

The Knockerball company has 115 U.S. affiliates, and now the equipment is available to rent locally through Knockerball Mid-Missouri.

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Inventor, heal thyself! Device eases chronic pain

If an untreatable medical condition kept you up at night, would you find a way to fix it on your own? Jefferson City inventor Norm Schroeder did.

Remembering 'Greasy Bob' of Pizza Kwik

Owner Bob Huber was the real flavor of the hangout

Jefferson City said goodbye to a 40-year fixture and a beloved community member when Robert “Greasy Bob” Huber, the longtime owner of Pizza Kwik, died on Tuesday.

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Happy homecoming

Local guardsman surprises children with magic appearance

There’s nothing quite so American as a mid-summer church picnic — except, perhaps, one highlighted by a soldier’s return to his family.

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Kevin Wieberg — ‘Spoon-feeding’ the greens

Kevin Wieberg has his hands full of dirt and grass and a truckload of maintenance in his role as parks resources supervisor for Jefferson City’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

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BizBeat: Carrie’s Hallmark to expand next-door after April fire

An April 12 fire that could have fueled disaster for a downtown Jefferson City gift shop ended up offering the business an opportunity for growth.

BizBeat: Panera plans drive-thru restaurant at old Yen Ching property

Panera Bread plans to move its Jefferson City location within the next year or so — but only a few doors down.

Economic strains in Greece to have little impact locally

If you’re wondering how the ongoing financial crisis in Greece might affect your personal investments an ocean away, local financial advisors’ advice is simple: don’t panic.

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BizBeat: Sam’s Club gas station open for members

Jefferson City’s soon-to-open Sam’s Club began doing business at its gas station last Tuesday.

BizBeat: Colton’s to close temporarily for remodel

Colton’s Steak House on Missouri Boulevard will close for roughly two weeks beginning Monday to make way for a major renovation to the building.

BizBeat: Dulle-Trimble sets open house for crematory

Final touches are being completed this week to the new cremation center and 2,700-square-foot building expansion at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home, the first cremation option in Cole County.

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Thursday Night Live attendance dampened by rain

Thursday Night Live’s summer 2015 turnout surpassed last year’s, but only because the downtown Jefferson City entertainment event added an extra week, said event coordinator Jill Snodgrass.

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Baseball team developer, LU to talk about stadium idea

The owners of the Jefferson City Renegades organization continue to seek financing to bring a Frontier League baseball team to Jefferson City, but they have set their sights on a second possible location for the stadium — at Lincoln University.

BizBeat: New signs looming at Capital Mall

Capital Mall is making progress in Jefferson City with plans for new signage both in front of the mall and along the highway.

BizBeat: JC’s Chicken closed

JC’s Chicken, the former KFC restaurant at 1923 Christy Drive, has closed; and the property is under new ownership.

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Soaked fields cripple farmers’ planting, crops

Heavy rains have water-logged local farmers’ corn and soybean production this growing season after last year’s record harvests, threatening low yields for Missouri’s top two agricultural commodities, both billion-dollar industries in the state.

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BizBeat: Jack in the Box eyes July opening

Jefferson City’s new Jack in the Box restaurant is eyeing a target opening date of July 13.

BizBeat: Demolition begins at St. Mary’s Missouri Blvd. buildings

SSM Health is moving forward with plans to demolish two buildings on Missouri Boulevard across from the old St. Mary’s Hospital’s primary campus in Jefferson City.

BizBeat: New landscaping service to open nursery

United Landscape Design is already open for business, offering custom landscape services for residential and commercial customers. The business, located at 2405 Industrial Drive, will open a nursery next month.

BizBeat: FM 104.1 retunes format

Cumulus Media retuned its approach to Jefferson City’s FM 104.1 radio station last week, changing from CBS Sports to popular music from the late 1960s to early 1980s.

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Beauty from all angles

Colorful flowerbeds surrounding the home and eagle carvings landed 606 Ellis the Yard of the Month title

Contest judges from the Central Missouri Master Gardeners and Bittersweet Garden Club lauded the landscaping at 606 Ellis Blvd. — owned by Brenda Franken and cared for by Linda Lenox.

BizBeat: Zaxby’s coming to Jefferson City next year

Zaxby’s, a fast-food restaurant chain known for its chicken-dominated menu, plans to open a Jefferson City franchise location by the end of summer 2016.

BizBeat: Spirit Bar to replace Kat-A-Tonic

A new bar is set to open soon in the old Budweiser Inn building at 1102 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City.

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BizBeat: JC Mattress Factory spruces up showroom

Furniture Showrooms by JC Mattress Factory, on Horner Road in Jefferson City, is freshening up its main showroom with new paint and carpet, as well as updating bathrooms.

BizBeat: Rue21 en route to Capital Mall

A new clothing store, rue21, is making its way to Jefferson City's Capital Mall, with an opening set for this fall.

BizBeat: Supplement Superstores to fill Missouri Boulevard storefront

Wholesale dietary supplement retailer Supplement Superstores plans to open a Jefferson City location next month.

A helping hand to local business owners

C&S Business Services owner Paula Benne takes time once a month to bounce business ideas off people who don’t even work in her industry. But to her, their input is invaluable.

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BizBeat: Jefferson City photographer captures new studio office

A desire to take better photos of her children has evolved into a full-time photography business for Janelle Harris of Jefferson City.