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Volume 1, Number 24

People in the News


Chad Wagoner, M.D., St. John’s Regional Medical Center
John Derrick, Journal Guest Writer

   Family Practitioner Chad Wagoner, M.D., has joined St. John’s Regional Medical Center at the Carthage Medical Facility, 1615 Hazel Ave. He will be working with Drs. Heath Dillard and Roger Sacry.



Colleen Harshman, St. John’s Regional Medical Center
John Derrick, Journal Guest Writer

 Following 58 years of service, Colleen Harshman, LPN, is retiring from St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin. The hospital held a reception for her in mid-July.



Michael Zeigler, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School
John Derrick, Journal Guest Writer
 A new director of technology has been added to staff at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School. Michael Zeigler, arrives in Joplin from his most recent post as technology director and advanced placement computer sciences teacher at Sage Ridge School in Reno, Nev.

Mike McCracken, Commerce Bank
John Derrick, Journal Guest Writer
 Mike McCracken, Cassville, has been named community president of Commerce Bank's Barry County division.

Monthly Driver Awards - Contract Freighters, Inc.
John Derrick, Journal Guest Writer

Contract Freighters, Inc., an international truckload carrier based in Joplin, has announced the monthly driver award recipients for June 2006:

Charles Spitler, Donald Mehojah, Ronald Mehojah, Ken Petrey, Roger Bolan and Ray Poland



New board appointments announced at St. John’s
John Derrick, Journal Guest Writer
 St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, has made new appointments to the hospital board of directors.

Thomas A. Burke, Robert R. Kampstra, Modine Manufacturing Inc.
John Derrick, Journal Guest Writer
 Modine Manufacturing Inc. has promoted two key individuals.  Thomas A. Burke, who has been with Modine since May 2005 as executive vice president, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer.  Robert R. Kampstra, who has been assistant controller at Modine since March 2006, has been promoted to corporate controller.

Business Services
General News
Todays News


Cox Business Services secures GSA approval
ATLANTA — Federal agencies in California, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma can now purchase telecommunications services from Cox Business Services, thanks to the company's placement on the highly coveted General Services Administration's, GSA, Local Service Agreement list.

Construction
Featured Article


Newman Brothers Building: style and strength
JOPLIN, Mo. — Built in 1910, the classical Chicago style mercantile building has long been a city landmark, with its large windows, marble and brick exterior, large exterior copper canopy and cornice works, Ionic style columns on the main floor, and Tuscan columns on other floors.

Education
Upper-Right
PSU, MSSU receive grants

PSU gets $500,000 boost for nursing program,  MSSU grant to benefit area business community



Energy
Todays News


Empire: earnings, dividends report; conference call planned
JOPLIN, Mo —The Board of Directors for Empire District Electric Co. (NYSE: EDE) declared at their July 27 meeting a quarterly dividend of $0.32 per share on common stock payable Sept. 15, 2006, to holders of record as of Sept. 1, 2006.

Profiles
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PROFILE: Bill Gipson, Empire District

Bill Gipson, president and chief executive officer of The Empire District Electric Company, has been found to be such a leader, assuming the corner office on the fourth floor about four years ago after spending 20-plus years working in various other roles with the utility.



Government and Politics
General News
Todays News


Nearly 100 communities closer to DREAM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Matt Blunt announced Aug. 2  that 98 Missouri communities responded to his invitation to become one of the state’s designated DREAM (Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri) communities and that all who applied will benefit from the initiative.

Health Care
Special Report


Corporate wellness extends to employees’ physical health
Companies seeking a way to reduce the cost of health insurance are finding that providing wellness practices on-site or offering incentives for preventive care are making a difference

Legal
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EaglePicher announces confirmation of plan for reorganization
 INKSTER, Mich. — EaglePicher Inc. announced recently that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio has entered an order confirming the joint plan of reorganization for the company and its debtor affiliates under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Lower-Right
Missouri readies for third year of sales tax “holiday”
The Missouri Legislature in 2004 established a tax holiday during a three-day period beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ending at midnight on the Sunday following.  This year, the tax holiday will be on August 4-6.  Items such as clothing, paper, pens, computers and others, many of which meet the needs of students returning to school, are exempt from state sales tax. 

Manufacturing
Todays News
Prestige Cabinets to bring jobs to Columbus

COLUMBUS,  Kan. – Prestige Cabinets, Inc., Neodesha, Kan., Columbus Economic Development Corp., and State of Kansas officials have announced that Prestige will be expanding its business into the 187,178 square foot former Ace Electric plant in Columbus. The expansion will represent the expanded capacity for the high volume production of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry done at Prestige.

 



Public Companies
ConAgra sells its refrigerated meat businesses
OMAHA, Neb. — ConAgra Foods Inc. (NYSE:CAG), one of America's leading packaged food companies, announced July 31, 2006 that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its refrigerated meats businesses to Smithfield Foods (NYSE:SFD).



Tyson sees worse loss for year
SPRINGDALE, Ark — Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN), announced July 31 a loss of $0.15 per diluted share ($52 million) for the third fiscal quarter ended July 1, 2006, compared to $0.36 diluted earnings per share ($131 million) in the same quarter last year.

Retail
Gov. Blunt encourages families to take advantage of sales tax holiday

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- ­Gov. Matt Blunt is encouraging all Missouri families preparing to send their children back-to-school to take advantage of the sales tax holiday on August 4 through August 6.



Transportation
Mesa Air announces non-stop service to Dallas

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Mesa Air Group, operating as Air Midwest/US Airways Express, on Aug. 1 announced on an agreement with the City of Joplin to provide non-stop service from Joplin Regional Airport to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport beginning on Oct. 5.



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