May 2018 Member News


  • The Loop Corridor Plan is a new vision for the future of the Business Loop, a street which serves as the entrance to Columbia yet has been neglected for decades. The Business Loop Community Improvement District saw the need to improve The Loop’s identity and position within the broader community. After years of public surveys, town halls, and lots of brainstorming, the board approved a concept plan for the street. The Loop Corridor Plan is a 10-year vision to create a welcoming, attractive, and economically vital street which can compete in the marketplace for investment and long-term viability.
  • The Central Bank of Boone County Lobby Gallery, located inside the Downtown Bank at 8th and Broadway, features the works of Grant Elementary students through May 23, 2018. The Lobby Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Central Bank of Boone County is Grant Elementary’s Partner in Education. Featured in the gallery are two pieces of art from each grade, kindergarten through fifth grade. Teachers at Grant Elementary had the difficult task of selecting the art hanging in the gallery.
  • For the second consecutive year, KOMU 8 won regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Website and Excellence in Social Media, the Radio Television Digital News Association. KOMU 8’s submission for Best Website included a compilation of innovative, interactive storytelling on throughout 2017. The submission for Excellence in Social Media included a variety of social media content created for the August total solar eclipse.
  • For the second year in a row, University of Missouri Health Care has been named one of the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare” by the health news publication Becker’s Hospital Review. MU Health Care is one of only three organizations in the state named to the list. The 2018 list recognizes health care organizations throughout the United States that promote diversity within the workforce, employee engagement and professional growth.
  • Boone County Government, in collaboration with the Cradle to Career Alliance (C2CA), is one of only eight counties selected by the National Association of Counties to receive a $25,000 planning grant focusing on kindergarten readiness through prenatal to age three interventions. Boone County/C2CA was chosen by NACo as a community partner due to its commitment to ensuring children have a strong start in life.A kickoff reception will be held in the Commission Chambers immediately following the 1:30 p.m. Commission meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
  • Old Kinderhook would like to announce a special Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information or to make reservations call (573) 317-3560.
  • Socket is proud to announce the expansion of its fiber-optic broadband network to Mexico, which brings ultra-fast internet and reliable telephone service to nearly 150 area businesses. Construction on the expansion project is underway. Socket chose to expand to Mexico due to a need for more high-speed internet options in the area, as well as to provide enhanced services to its existing customers.
  • The University of Missouri announced the results from a comprehensive economic impact study conducted by Tripp Umbach, a nationally recognized firm, in front of our elected officials in Jefferson City. Key highlights from the report include: $5.4 billion economic impact, 61,105 jobs supported and $244.4 million generated in the state because of the UM System. You can read the full report here and for more information, visit: You can download the full print report here:
  • The University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics would like to announce a great deal on tickets for the May 18th game at 6:30 p.m. vs. Tennessee. There will also be fireworks to enjoy after the game. Columbia will be recognized at the game and residents will be offered a discounted price of $4 per ticket if there is a minimum of 10 tickets purchased. Tickets will be held at the box office and available for pickup before the start of the game. To purchase your tickets please contact Austin Tinnes.


  • The University of Missouri School of Medicine and Medical Alumni Organization presented its most prestigious awards to graduates and supporters on April 20, in Columbia. the Citation of Merit was awarded to Terry Smith, MD, graduate of the MU School of Medicine class of 1975. The Outstanding Young Physician Award was presented to Benson Hsu, MD, chief medical analytics officer at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Christine White, MD, medical director of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Burnet Campus; and Lana Zerrer, MD, chief of staff at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia. Alumni were recognized with the Distinguished Service Award:
    • Susan Even, MD, graduate of the 1980 class, who serves as executive director of the MU Student Health Center.
    • Russell Hall, MD, graduate of the 1975 class, who serves as the J. Lamar Callaway Professor of Dermatology and chair of the Department of Dermatology at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina.
    • Neal Gray, MD, graduate of the 1966 class, who is a founding member of Tejas Anesthesia in San Antonio.
    • In addition, the Honorary Alumni Award was given to Michael Ashley, MD, a Springfield, Missouri-based surgeon and Joseph Corrado, MD, a Mexico, Missouri-based surgeon and newly elected president of the Missouri State Medical Association
  • Central Bank of Boone County promoted two market vice presidents in the first quarter. Donna Zumwalt is now market vice president of the South County Bank and Janet Wirths, market vice president of the Boonville Banks.
  • Central Bank of Boone County has promoted Brian Dial to vice president of commercial banking. As vice presidents of commercial banking, he develops and manages business relationships, helping businesses grow with commercial, real estate and construction loans, and other financial products that positively impact their bottom lines.
  • Central Bank of Boone County announced six employee promotions made in March. Brianne Blythe and Michael Hawke of the Village Bank, Olivia Eastman of the Keene Bank and Kadarius Burgess of the Woodrail Bank have all been promoted to teller II. Megan O’Neill of the Smiley Bank has been promoted to Financial Associate. Jeremy Trotter of the Downtown Bank has been promoted to assistant manager of commercial services.
  • Central Bank of Boone County promoted three officers in the first quarter. Carmen Randall is now professional development officer, Wendy Moore, relationship officer of business banking and Jesse Walters, relationship officer business banking.
  • Central Bank of Boone County promoted three officers in the first quarter. Sam Giroux is now market vice president of the Boonville Banks, Christ Palmer, market vice president of the South County Bank and Hanna Rustemeyer, market vice president of the Hallsville Bank.
  • Central Bank of Boone County promoted three officers in the first quarter. Melissa Hecht is now consumer banking officer at the Customer Service Center, Maggie LaNeave, consumer banking officer of the Lake of the Woods Bank and Jeff DeBourge, consumer banking officer at the Customer Service Center.
  • Central Bank of Boone County promoted two assistant vice presidents in the first quarter. Theresa Swisher is now vice president of consumer banking and Brad Roling, assistant vice president of commercial banking.
  • Boone County Government would like to announce that Elizabeth “Liz” Palazzolo, CPPO, CPM., Senior Buyer for Boone County, received the Buyer of the Year, Small Entity award by the Missouri Association of Public Purchasing, Inc. (MAPP), Chapter #3 of NIGP – The Institute for Public Procurement. This award recognizes her outstanding contributions to the public purchasing profession and the MAPP chapter.

Non-Profit News

  • The Friends of the Historic Columbia Cemetary would like to promote its 2nd annual “History Comes Alive” event at the Columbia Cemetery. The event will feature short monologues by talented actors portraying seven prominent individuals from Columbia’s past. The event is free and open to the public. The opening presentation by Richard Mendenhall will begin at 1:00 pm. Offsite parking available nearby, food truck, and golf cart transportation inside the cemetery grounds.

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