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Rebecca Martin

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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.

BizBeat: Frosted Art Studio sweetens High Street space

After six months of renovation, Frosted Art Studio is baking in its new Jefferson City location at 202 E. High St.

BizBeat: Stores shift at Capital Mall

The retail lineup at Capital Mall in Jefferson City continues to shift as construction on a building expansion for the new Ross department store progresses.

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BizBeat: YMCA West renovation fit for use

Jefferson City West YMCA’s year-long renovation project is near completion, as the fitness center’s new locker rooms and group exercise room are already in use.

BizBeat: Root Cellar opens downtown grocery

Root Cellar, a grocery store that sells primarily locally-grown and produced as well as organic foods, opened Wednesday in downtown Jefferson City.

BizBeat: Grand opening for ‘Grand’ historic building

A piece of Hartsburg history has made its way back to the 21st century. The Hartsburg Grand: A Special Event Center will host its grand opening this coming weekend after years of renovation to the late 1890s building.

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Jefferson City pastor: Payday loans raise moral issues

A Jefferson City religious leader is taking a stand against what she believes are predatory lending practices across the country. Rev. Cassandra Gould joined in on a national effort to more closely regulate the practices of payday and title loan companies.

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BizBeat: Dulle-Trimble plans for crematory to be operational in July

Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home made a significant step this week toward opening Cole County’s only cremation center — bringing in the 31,000-pound cremation unit itself.

BizBeat: Centertown Antiques to close in June

Centertown Antiques will close shop this summer after five years in business. The store's last day of operation will be June 30.

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A guide to bluegrass festivals in Mid-America

Strummin' & pickin' & singin'

Not every concert requires you to pack in your own lawn chairs and lodging. But if you’re willing to cart the extra gear, you could set up camp at some of the richest musical experiences to be had in Middle America.

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Capital Region expansion on track for September opening

Capital Region Medical Center expects its 115,000-square-foot expansion to the Madison Street hospital to be substantially completed by July 28 and operational by early September.

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Zonta honors Peggy Kirkpatrick

Angela Hirsch, Yvonne Matthews named Women of Achievement

The Zonta Club of Jefferson City celebrated the sweet successes of several women in the community during its annual Yellow Rose Luncheon on Tuesday — chief of whom was Peggy Kirkpatrick, who became the organization’s 13th Mrs. William H. Weldon Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

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BizBeat: Ana Marie’s Bridal now open

Jefferson City is back in the bridal business, as its only bridal shop, Ana Marie’s Bridal, officially opened May 2.

BizBeat: New e-cigarette store to open this month

Look Whooo’s Vapin’, a new e-cigarette store on the southeastern side of Jefferson City, is set to open by the end of May.

BizBeat: NuWay celebrates 60th anniversary

NuWay Concrete Forms is celebrating its 60th year in business during 2015, and will host an open house event in Jefferson City Monday to commemorate the anniversary.

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‘Sneaky Salt’ tour uses humor, surprise to promote healthier eating

Spicing up the message

Some of the worst health risk factors can really sneak up on you — and so can the things that cause them. That was the idea behind the American Heart Association’s “Sneaky Salt” tour of Jefferson City Wednesday.

Sharing history through America’s pastime

MRRL event tonight discusses Kansas City Monarchs’ time in Jefferson City

The Jefferson City Mohawks, Jefferson City Redbirds and Jefferson City Dodgers have more in common than their status as historical hometown baseball teams — each team also played against the Kansas City Monarchs at some point between 1922-54.

Columbia airport closed to air traffic

The Columbia Regional Airport closed to air traffic as of 3 p.m. today after an outbound aircraft on the taxi for takeoff left the taxiway and became stuck.

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BizBeat: Downtown businesses recovering from fire damage

Three Jefferson City businesses continue to recover after fire and smoke damaged their buildings and inventory last month.

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BizBeat: EMS Professionals relocates, adds retail space

EMS Professionals Inc., a Jefferson City area business providing uniforms and equipment for emergency medical and law enforcement professionals, has both relocated and added a retail storefront.

BizBeat: Capital Mall finds spot for Claire’s

Claire’s boutique will make its way to a permanent spot in Capital Mall later this year after moving to make room for the new Ross department store under construction.

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BizBeat: Sam’s Club announces tentative July 23 opening

Sam’s Club is tentatively set to open its Jefferson City store July 23.

BizBeat: Shrunken Head under new ownership

Popular Jefferson City nightlife spot Shrunken Head Tropic Lounge is under a new head when it comes to ownership.

BizBeat: Hot Spot diversifies with convenience store

Hot Spot Tanning & Hardware in Holts Summit dropped the video-rental portion of its business in April, but this month the business will replace it something new.

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Debate swirls around whether increase in minimum wage would hurt business

Some believe current minimum-wage rates don’t keep pace with today’s cost of living. But others believe minimum wage is high enough as is; and except for the state’s automatic cost-of-living adjustment, minimum-wage law has not changed in Missouri since 2006.

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Federal program to help downtown plan for permanent farmers market

A primary goal of downtown Jefferson City’s Local Foods, Local Places initiative is to create a successful, vibrant farmers market to increase opportunities for local farmers, as well as market sales, visitors and vendors.

BizBeat: Locally-grown grocery takes root downtown

Downtown Jefferson City will welcome its only full-service grocery store when Columbia-based Root Cellar takes root next month.

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BizBeat: Central Dairy getting cooler

Jefferson City's Madison Street skyline is changing slightly, as Central Dairy adds a new building expansion.

BizBeat: The Village Square to expand parking

The Jefferson City Council recently approved rezoning of two East High Street properties to allow for mixed residential and commercial use, which will allow The Village Square to add a parking annex.

BizBeat: The Archery Shack closed

The Archery Shack, a family-owned archery instruction and outdoor equipment retailer in Cole County, closed Feb. 28, according to a post on the business’ Facebook page.

Jefferson City March home sales statistics

Jefferson City’s March home sales bucked national trends, which were down, by increasing by 17 percent over the same month a year ago, Average local sales prices increased 16 percent.

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Historical Society hosts an elegant affair

Annual fashion show features spring styles, former first ladies’ gowns

Jefferson City area women modeling this season’s fashions were the stars of the Cole County Historical Society’s fashion show Monday — but so were women like Carolyn Bond, Lori Holden and Margaret Stephens, Missouri first ladies whose preserved inaugural gowns were on display at the event.

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Support building for Renegades

Social media interest in semi-pro baseball outpaces funding

A push to bring minor-league baseball back to Mid-Missouri is advancing, as the potential team owners now believe they have enough community support to start financing the project.

BizBeat: Busch’s Florist sprouts third location

Longtime Jefferson City business Busch’s Florist will open its third Mid-Missouri location Monday in Linn.

BizBeat: Day Solutions serves as habilitation resource

Speech therapist Danielle Schwartz opened Day Solutions Inc. in Jefferson City to serve local individuals with developmental disabilities in a new way.