Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A local Kirksville grocer shuts down for good
  • Missouri lawmakers considering allowing casinos to loan money to their patrons
  • Columbia residents unsure of future of neighborhood trees
  • Kirksville shows highest growth of any NE Missouri city
  • University of Missouri hosting Rwanda symposium for public

Kirksville shows most growth in northeast Missouri

Apr 27, 2012
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Kirksville led northeast Missouri in job postings over the last few months thanks in part to the Northeast Regional Medical Center, based in Kirksville.

Kirksville grocery store shuts down

Apr 27, 2012
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A locally-owned Kirksville grocery store is closing.  Near and Far Downtown Grocery sells produce from local farmers to stock its shelves. Velda Salt opened the store with her husband after having success at the farmer’s market. But she says the college town environment, and its seasonal nature, made it tough to be profitable year-round.

“More than half of our clientele are students," said Salt. "But it’s not just the students, because when school is out the professors are gone, a lot of them. The community…overall the town decreases.”

One Truman State University student was surprised when her private Facebook status went public.

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Truman State University administrators created a coalition to find ways to adjust to budget cuts earlier this month.  Now, the student member of the coalition, Ryan Nely is forming a similar coalition of all students.

Photo from the Kirksville City Council website

Kirksville Regional economic development, Inc has announced its new Director of Job Creation.