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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 16:00

Fire destroys auto body garage in Bolivar, MO

A fire is devastating to any business, especially to a small family-owned operation.

One Bolivar man is left to try and salvage the remains of an auto body shop he has owned for the last 8 years following a fire that ripped through his garage.

Caldwell, ID location

Yvonne Sundstrom, Marketing Coordinator, Kadel’s Auto Body


Don Braden, President and CEO of Kadel’s Auto Body, announced the acquisition of Rick’s Body Shop’s two collision repair shops in Caldwell and Nampa, ID. They officially become part of the Kadel’s family of collision repair centers on November 17, 2014 and will continue to operate with the same staff.

ABRA Auto Body & Glass has opened a franchise in Post Falls, Idaho, and has acquired three Central Auto Body locations in Grayslake, Waukegan and Zion, Illinois.

“ABRA is expanding and evolving to the next stage,” says Duane Rouse, ABRA’s President and CEO. “Our vision for the future is taking shape and our entire team is excited about the long-term growth opportunities ahead.”

“Expanding in Idaho is about meeting the demand of customers and insurance partners all across the country,” adds Mark Wahlin, ABRA’s Vice President of Franchise Development/Relations.

Monday, 17 November 2014 16:00

MI Army vet grateful for car donation

In November 2013, U.S. Army veteran Amy O’Neil was involved in an accident that totaled the car she was driving and left her without transportation ever since.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:00

Four Charged with Conspiracy in KY

Four Floyd County residents face federal conspiracy and wire fraud charges, after being accused of a scheme to insure eight classic cars for more than they were worth, then cash in on the policies after destroying them over an eight-month period.

Charles Ray Tackett, Michael Ray Tackett, Lou Teresa Tackett and Anna Grace McGuire were indicted on November 6, each charged with a single count of wire fraud conspiracy. In addition, Charles Tackett, Michael Tackett and McGuire each face three counts of wire fraud.

After a three-week closing period, Sauk Prairie Collision Center off Highway 12 west of Sauk City, WI re-opened as Gates Collision of Madison during the week of November 3.