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Volume 3, Number 20

Banking and Finance
People in the News

Brad Baker
Brad Baker joins Whitlock, Selim & Keehn, LLP with nearly 25 years of public accounting and private business experience. After 17 years working in Honolulu, Hawaii, Brad returned to Webb City in 2002 and continued his accounting work.

Jay Logal
Jay Logal joins Whitlock, Selim & Keehn, LLP and brings more than 16 years of experience in accounting. Thirteen of the years have been dedicated to public accounting.

Mark Lamb
Mark Lamb joins Whitlock, Selim & Keehn, LLP with more than 25 years of public accounting experience in almost every area of tax.

Business Services
General News
Best Buy call center to add 350 jobs in Joplin
Robert L. Roach, Journal Senior Staff Reporter
JOPLIN, Mo. — New jobs are being created on the west end of town in the Systems and Services Technology building. Best Buy is opening a call center here, through its partnership with the NCO Group.

People in the News

Shiloh Burchfield
Shiloh Burchfield, E.I. joins the Allgeier, Martin and Associates' Power Transmission Line Group.

Special Report
Developer's Insight: D.L. Rogers Corp.
Robert L. Roach, Journal Senior Staff Reporter

WEBB CITY, Mo. — "We just bought the Sonic franchise for this area about a year ago," said Charlie Bragg, construction superintendent for D.L. Rogers Corp. "We've been remodeling the drive-ins, trying to get done with the other sites."

Journal Reporter Robert L. Roach continues his series this week in an interview with one of the Sonic franchise owners in the region and their efforts to remake their business appearance and develop their market share.

General News
Todays News
Crowder student publication garners award
NEOSHO, Mo. — The Sentry, the campus newspaper of Crowder College, was recently named as the best community college newspaper by the Missouri Collegiate Media Association.

People in the News

Crystal Ott
Crystal Ott, a recent graduate of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, will represent her alma mater at the National Education for Women's Leadership program at the University of Oklahoma. Ott is one of 30 female undergraduates from across the state selected to participate.

Elizabeth Perrey
Elizabeth Marie Perrey, Pittsburg State University senior from Joplin, is one of 100 students nationwide selected by the Phi Kappa Phi honor society for the Fellowship and Award of Excellence. The award will allow Perrey to pursue a master's in international business at the University of Wollongong in Wollongong, Australia.

John Rutledge
John Rutledge, automotive technology instructor at Franklin Technology Center, has been named the 2008 Teacher of the Year for the Joplin School District. As Joplin's Teacher of the Year, he is now eligible to apply for Missouri Teacher of the Year. 

Health Care
General News

Missouri long term care costs increases continue
Joplin Business Journal
ST. LOUIS — The cost of nursing home care in St. Louis, the most expensive city in Missouri for this type of care, has increased 57 percent since 2004, according to an annual Cost of Care Survey released today by Genworth Financial.


Joplin CVB marks National Tourism Week
Joplin Business Journal
JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau opened National Tourism Week May 12 on the steps of City Hall, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the unveiling of new signage for Route 66.

Todays News

Benefit concert set for Picher tornado victims
Joplin Business Journal
MIAMI, Okla. — Responding to the devastating news of the recent killer tornado in Picher, Okla., national recording artist Ernestine Dillard, the Tulsa Praise Orchestra and the Historic Coleman Theatre in Miami are teaming up for a special benefit concert to raise funds for the American Red Cross.

Featured Article
Air Midwest pulling out earlier than planned
JOPLIN, Mo. — Citing the escalating price of aviation fuel that is costing the company to lose "million of dollars," Air Midwest, operated by Mesa Air, may be pulling the plug on Joplin sooner than expected, according to a May 14 announcement from the air carrier.

DOT taps Island Air to service Joplin Regional Airport
JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin's air service will continue to Kansas City, according to the recent Essential Air Service award given by the U.S. Department of Transportation to Island Air. The Hawaiian-based carrier will provide three flights a day to Kansas City and will receive an annual subsidy of $1,276,818.

People in the News
Todays News

Con-way announces CEO Constellation Award winners
Joplin Business Journal
SAN MATEO, Calif. — Five exemplary employees of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) are the winners of the company's second annual CEO Constellation Awards, its highest employee recognition. Winners are selected for extraordinary achievement, performance and leadership, as well as best representing the company's core values of integrity, commitment and excellence.

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