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Joplin manager candidate accepts Miami position

by David Mink, JRBJ reporter Joplin city manager candidate Dean Kruithof – who was set to interview for the position Nov. 1 – removed himself unexpectedly from the running this week. Kruithof accepted a position as the city manager for Miami, Okla. on Oct. 28, according to a statement from

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JACC hosts expo for new members

by Savanah Mandeville, JRBJ Reporter The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce held its first ever Prime Time new-member showcase on the evening of Oct. 28. The event was held at Scottish Rite Cathedral, 505 S. Byers in Joplin, and was hosted as a networking opportunity for businesses new to the

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Crowder debate team triumphs at invitational

by JRBJ Staff The Crowder College Debate program recently took 1st place in Overall Debate Sweeps at the Golden Eagle Invitational at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The debate team competed against 13 colleges including Arkansas Tech, Evangel University and the University of Central Arkansas. “For the second

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Chamber event to give new members center stage

by David Mink, JRBJ Reporter The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce expects more than 50 businesses will be set up at its first-ever new member showcase at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Joplin’s Scottish Rite Cathedral, 505 S. Byers Ave. The Prime Time event was created as a way

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Welders and plumbers hard to find in KS; carpenters scarce in MO

by JRBJ Staff Contractors around the nation are reporting they have trouble filling skilled labor positions, and in Kansas and Missouri the numbers get very specific. According to data released Oct. 22 by the Associated General Contractors of America, more than 83 percent of 1,000 contractors surveyed nationwide reported having

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Joplin foreclosure rate still falling

by JRBJ Staff The foreclosure rate in Joplin has been on a steady decline over the last year, and August foreclosure rates were no different. The August rate in Joplin dropped by a fraction of a percent over the same month in 2013, according to a monthly report from CoreLogic.

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PSU kicks off career fair, plans second for early Nov.

by JRBJ Staff As the Pittsburg, Kansas-area economy continues to improve, officials at Pittsburg State University have made moves to expand its career-opportunity options for outgoing students. To that end the school’s Office of Career Services has split PSU’s annual Career Fair into two different offerings, according to a release

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