Author: Rickey Andreu
Oct. 8—Talk about a long courtship.
Joplin has been courting HyVee to build a grocery store here for more than a decade. The latest effort has come to an end. But the courtship goes on. Do not give up hope.
I have been told by a reliable source who is in the local commercial real estate loop that HyVee’s president recently came to Joplin and looked at a proposed site for a store on the east side of the 3000 block of South Range Line Road. He did not think it was the best site for a store.
But HyVee is still interested in Joplin. The search for a 15-acre site goes on and the city has suggested some alternate sites to the company.
The company first expressed an interest in Joplin in 2010 when it looked at the former Gus Shaffer Ford dealership property that was located on the
Brian Laundrie’s dad arrived at a Florida nature preserve Thursday to join the search for his fugitive son, who remains the only person of interest in the death of his fiancée, Long Island native Gabby Petito.
Local TV cameras captured Chris Laundrie walking out of his home in North Port, Fla., with a dark plastic bag in his hands around 10 a.m. He ignored the reporters and protesters who have been outside the property for weeks and drove away in a red pickup truck.
Steve Bertolino, an attorney representing the Laundrie family, later confirmed that the father was indeed assisting the FBI’s manhunt in Sarasota County’s massive Carlton Preserve.
“Chris was asked to point out any favorite trails or spots that Brian may have used in the preserve,” Bertolino told reporters. “Although Chris and Roberta Laundrie provided this information verbally three weeks ago, it is now thought that on-site assistance