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Jeff Haldiman (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0254
Jeff Haldiman reports on Cole County government, including the County Commission and the county's 16 offices. He also covers public safety agencies, including the Jefferson City police and fire departments, Cole County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol, as well as the Cole County Associate and Circuit Courts.

Improving government a goal of commissioner candidates

Published Oct. 23 2016

Both candidates for Cole County Eastern District commissioner say a desire to improve county government is the driving force behind...

Pictures on TV of hurricane's aftermath don't do it justice

Published Oct. 19 2016

Disaster relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Matthew will continue well after Thanksgiving.

Cole County Courthouse hit by vandals

Published Oct. 18 2016

Someone shot and damaged six windows in the Cole County Courthouse over the weekend, plus one in a nearby county...

Legend steams into town

Published Oct. 18 2016

Four years ago, crowds came out to welcome a Living Legend to Jefferson City. Monday afternoon, they did so again.

Candidates detail vision for public administrator

Published Oct. 16 2016

The candidates running for Cole County public administrator agree the position is not only full-time, but a 24/7 job.

Reminder: Locomotive steaming through Capital City

Published Oct. 16 2016

Union Pacific's "Living Legend" No. 844 steam locomotive is scheduled to make an overnight stop in Jefferson City Monday as...

Contemporary Christian band Sidewalk Prophets coming to Jefferson City

Published Oct. 13 2016

One of the more popular contemporary Christian bands is coming to Jefferson City.

Griffith shifts locations in Matthew response

Published Oct. 12 2016

Local Red Cross director Dave Griffith will be in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to help victims in the wake of Hurricane...

Cole County sheriff's officers don body cameras

Published Oct. 10 2016

The Cole County Sheriff's Department has joined six other Central Missouri law enforcement agencies around the state using body cameras.

Family legacy part of Lincoln University's 150th anniversary

Published Oct. 9 2016

Members of the family of one of the founders of Lincoln University say they are proud to see the school...

Joe Wilson's life, work remembered during Race to the Dome event

Published Oct. 9 2016

Family, friends, his dogs and the Missouri River. That's how those close to Joe Wilson said they would remember the...

Community policing over a cup of Joe

Published Oct. 8 2016

A chance to get out and talk with citizens about community and police issues was the idea behind National Coffee...

Ameren wants 2013 tax bill cut

Published Oct. 5 2016

Ameren Missouri will try to persuade the Missouri Supreme Court its natural gas property was assessed too high in 2013,...

Paddlers set to race down river

Published Oct. 2 2016

The seventh annual Race to the Dome canoe/kayak event is scheduled for Saturday, and online registration is open at

Schmutzler leaving big void

Published Oct. 2 2016

Help wanted: Seeking a caring individual with a sharp mind to make responsible, fair decisions for Cole County residents who...

Stormwater issues stir tempest for city

Published Sep. 23 2016

The problem has been there for decades, and how it should be handled has been debated for just as long.

Bike lanes offer middle ground

Published Sep. 23 2016

Now that bike lanes on Bolivar Street are in place, an effort is on track to help the public better...

Deeken: County help vital to Senior Nutrition

Published Sep. 21 2016

At the start of the year, the Cole County Commission made it known to nonprofit agencies they may not get...

County will fund victim advocate position

Published Sep. 21 2016

The Cole County Commission approved extra funds to pay the salary of a victim advocate who will work in the...

Man charged in rape at LU dorm

Published Sep. 21 2016

A Jefferson City man has been charged with a rape that occurred early Friday morning on the Lincoln University campus.