Mark Baker

Bakeragr 9 months, 1 week ago on Puri Group purchases Truman Hotel

The Puris only do things that benefit their bottom line. They have no interest in our community. They always want it both ways- they always want to benefit from the work the CVB does to bring events to town but don't want to be annexed and pay the lodging tax that funds the CVB. I am disappointed that they purchased the Truman because my guess is that it will continue to sit for a few more years and decay before they level it and redevelop it with a new hotel and restaurant. It is outdated and needs to go.
I have a love-hate relationship with their Doubletree property as well. While I like that it is a major flag and out of town business travelers enjoy it, I am amazingly frustrated at how they run their restaurant, Sapphire's. It has an amazing view and has nice food, but it has some of the worst service in town.

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Bakeragr 9 months, 2 weeks ago on Eagle Stop parent buys 10 convenience stores

How many stores in Eugene and Russellville? The story lists each town twice. Did they sell the duplicate stores in those towns?
Glad to hear of a local company expanding, and I enjoy the weekly local business updates, keep up the good work.

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Bakeragr 1 year, 3 months ago on Blair Oaks begins looking at expansion

It should have been noted in the article that the architect used by the district is the husband of the Blair Oaks Middle School principal. He's a good architect, but perhaps the district should consider avoiding an obvious conflict of interest.

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Bakeragr 1 year, 9 months ago on Sporting goods store coming to Jefferson City

Sounds great, I appreciate it. My apologies for coming across so bluntly. I am a subscriber of the NT and while there are a lot of things our local paper does well, there are also things it can do better. Thank you for reporting our local news!

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Bakeragr 1 year, 9 months ago on Sporting goods store coming to Jefferson City

Mr. Editor, I've read nearly all of those articles. They are a step in the right direction, however they don't appear to be published on the same day of the week or in the business section. The Columbia Tribune has a consistent Saturday business section with regular columns. "Street Talk" is consistently one of their most popular stories. Something like this would drive readership.

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Bakeragr 1 year, 9 months ago on Sporting goods store coming to Jefferson City

This is a poorly-written article that is old news. I wish the NT would actually do some regular business reporting. If they'd look at the Columbia, Joplin, St. Joseph and Cape Girardeau newspapers, they'd see that all of them have regular columnists that report new businesses opening, licenses filed and they also feel out any rumors in the community. That Dick's was building a store is old news. They've been working on it for quite some time, and it had been rumored for longer than that. Why can't our newspaper try to go after those leads? It would only sell more newspapers and build interest in the growth and betterment of our community.

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Bakeragr 2 years ago on Blair Oaks board to deliberate on principal’s appeal

I'm not sure who you think I am, but I wasn't a write-in candidate. Sorry, you'll have to pick on someone else.

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Bakeragr 2 years ago on Blair Oaks board to deliberate on principal’s appeal

Ginger isn't speaking for just a "few" people. There are hundreds of us in the district, yes IN the district, and we are MAD at the underhanded tactics that have gone on. Look at the school board elections tonight and tell me if you think people aren't paying attention. WE ARE WATCHING and things will be changing, I guarantee it.

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Bakeragr 2 years ago on Blair Oaks board to deliberate on principal’s appeal

Yes, she had them RE-SIGN documents that had been signed the first time and once she turned them over to the board office like she was supposed to, they disappeared. This witch hunt is ridiculous, it has NOTHING to do with test scores, JCLifer. Dr. Jones admitted so himself at the hearing, and has more to do with the fact that he wants someone in as principal that he can have his thumb on and will do his bidding. What a sad, corrupt situation.

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Bakeragr 2 years, 2 months ago on Blair Oaks won't rehire elementary principal

While I won't deny that there were some academic standards that could be improved, those were neither discussed with Mrs. Winslow nor were they part of the reason she was given for her non-renewal of employment. I agree, academics are why the kids are there, but look it up: Nearly every school in Central Missouri has areas to improve upon. This was not one of the reasons given for her dismissal. This whole event has been handled in an unsavory and underhanded manner. This is likely not the last controversial event that will surround the current superintendent Jim Jones, I guarantee it. I challenge someone to look deeper into the school district's finances.

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