Text from our SGF Sunday email newsletter, written by Rance Burger

Hi, Springfield,

Business and development stories rose to the top of the Springfield Daily Citizen’s coverage this week. Our most read story is perhaps the climax of a contested plan to put a drive-thru coffee store at a vacant lot on Sunshine Street. 

After our readers get through the morning jolt, we hope they’ll think about lunch, dinner or a late night at Pappy’s Place, a nearly century-old institution in Grant Beach. Pappy’s is the focal point of a swath of urban renewal dubbed “Raderville,” as Jack McGee explains in this report with a heads-up for music lovers.

In our Lives Remembered piece this week, Mike O’Brien introduces us to Jerry Redfearn, a salesman who was so kind to others he would always go to Missouri State basketball games at least 20 minutes earlier than he would otherwise arrive, just so he could stop and talk to all the friends he would encounter between the parking lot and his seat.

Finally, when it comes to business, Lars Nootbaar hopes to get down to it and become a full-time starter for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2023. Lyndal Scranton caught up with the fan favorite during a Cardinals Caravan stop at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions. Scranton reportedly did not shout “Noooooot!” at Nootbaar, but got him to speak candidly about playing with superstars Albert Pujols and Nolan Arenado.

IN-DEPTH

Less drag to your drive? Six lanes, millions of dollars and a big vision for James River Freeway

From Republic to Rogersville and about 24.5 miles in between, millions of dollars are being poured into making U.S. Highway 60 bigger, safer and easier […]

MOST READ THIS WEEK

‘Mind-blowing’ drink stop gets permit for drive-thru at Sunshine and Jefferson

It took more than seven months, but Springfield will get its fourth 7 Brew Coffee drive-thru store, and it will be at the corner of […]

STEVE POKIN

Answer Man: Reader wants more info on police department’s former ‘Talking Bicycles’ program

Years ago, the Springfield Police Department had a “Talking Bicycles” program where a couple of […]

Pokin Around: Will Kansas Expressway extension impact old rural cemetery?

The extension of the Kansas Expressway is a project currently underway after 30 years of […]

SPORTS

Cardinals fan favorite Lars Nootbaar fired up for 2023 season

Want to get fired up for baseball season? Just talk to Lars Nootbaar. The St. Louis Cardinals fan favorite covered several topics in this interview […]

VOICES

Opinion: Can you go 24 hours without saying an unkind word?

A book that mysteriously appeared on the author’s shelf has drastically affected her everyday life and the way she thinks.

LIVES REMEMBERED

Jerry Redfearn: ‘Lucky to have a dad that so many people admired’

Although for many years there was another Springfieldian with a similar name who was frequently in the news, his family and friends say their Jerry […]

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