Stories by Jeff
Deals vs. meals
The tradition of going to stores and getting the early special deals was alive and well at many locations Thursday night in Jefferson City.
The Cole County Commission has awarded a contract to replace windows at the Cole County Courthouse and the County Annex.
Extension of tax for capital improvements will be on April ballot
Cole County and Jefferson City officials are getting ready for the next five-year installment of the half-cent capital improvements sales tax, which will be on the ballot for both entities next year.
Quentin Rice keeps his fingers on the pulse of local arts scene
Quinten Rice is working to make the arts and music scene thrive in Jefferson City.
With deer hunting season in full swing, officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) say there have been no new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) reported in the state.
Friday’s gray skies and chilling rains turned many motorists’ minds to the challenges of driving on Missouri’s roads during the winter.
Time for caution
The Cole County Sheriff’s Department has seen a steady stream of reports in recent months of individuals attempting to sell products at residences throughout the county.
A Jefferson City man is facing multiple charges in a sexual assault case.
Cole County is proposing to increase its budget by 4.64 percent next year. Auditor Kristen Berhorst presented a proposed budget of $65.4 million for 2016, up from $62.5 million in 2015.
A Jefferson City woman charged in a case that included a high-speed chase along parts of U.S. 54 in Miller and Cole counties in March has been sentenced to four years in prison
EPA wants to ban Mosquitomist One
A Cole County resident has asked the county to reconsider the mosquito spray it uses, citing the EPA’s newly proposed ban on the insecticide.
The Cole County Commission has approved the creation of a neighborhood improvement district in the St. Martins area.
The Cole County Salary Commission decided to leave base salaries for incoming officeholders at their current levels in 2017, and to take the same percentage increase of any cost-of-living increase given to all other county employees.
The Board of Trustees of Wardsville is looking to put a measure on the April ballot for a property tax for the community.
City transit on the move
They started meeting in February amid the feeling Jefferson City’s transit needs weren’t being addressed, but as the year draws to an end, there seems to be more optimism about where the system is headed.
Expanded range brings more encounters with nuisance creature
They’re not a typical creature seen in Mid-Missouri, but the Missouri Department of Conservation says armadillos have made their way into the area.
Faith and family. Those are the two things Lisa Mankin credits for helping her succeed in life.
Judy Dietzel took over as president of Bee Seen Signs in Apache Flats in 2008.
Now that runway renovation work is complete, the Jefferson City Memorial Airport is getting back to normal operations.
A debate on whether to give salary increases to Cole County elected officials is intertwined with legal issues of whether they should have received raises in the past.
Coast Guard inspectors raise safety questions
Plans for an afternoon cruise on the Missouri River were short-lived Thursday night when a pair of Coast Guard inspectors who were crossing the bridge spotted the craft about to leave shore.
Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday ordered flags at all state buildings in Missouri to fly at half-staff Tuesday to “honor the bravery and sacrifice of Lance Corporal Dominic E. Schraft,” 19, of Vienna — a Marine who died Oct. 5 at Camp Pendleton, California.
First responders help deliver infant beside US 54
Cole County first responders helped deliver a baby Sunday night in a vehicle along the side of U.S. 54 when the mother couldn’t make it to the hospital.
Many of those who came to a public meeting on a proposal to vacate part of Chestnut Street on the Lincoln University campus voiced feelings it should not happen.
Loretta Broker has worn many hats in her career, but she dons her favorites to read for kids
Loretta Broker hopes all grandparents join her in reading to their grandchildren and all children.
Police preach seat belt use, undivided attention to weather, other drivers
The law enforcement agencies that track traffic crashes in the Jefferson City area believe continued education of good driving habits will lead to safer roads.
Wet summer delayed start of growing season
Pumpkins just don’t like wet weather, and unfortunately that’s what Mid-Missouri had at the start of the pumpkin-growing season.
A Jefferson City man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for pleading guilty to charges in connection with an armed robbery at Subway on East High Street in May.
Firing it up
The emergency generator at the Cole County Courthouse started like it should during a test, Tuesday evening.
Cole County Commissioners learned Tuesday the upgrades to the county’s website should be ready for the public to use by the end of February.
Crime statistics for 2014, released Monday by the FBI, show Jefferson City has seen a drop in nearly all of the violent crime categories tracked by law enforcement.
Show an ‘amazing’ level of respect
Emotional. That was the word that seemed to be used by all those who came Saturday to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall in Jefferson City.
As their boat goes through an overhaul, some members of the crew of the U.S.S. Jefferson City Submarine visited the city for which their vessel is named.
The 1-year-old Jefferson City boy hit by a Jefferson City police vehicle Wednesday was continuing to recover from his injuries.
Mid-Missouri resdient Drew Buersmeyer took the stand Thursday in the trial against Kurt Steidley, who is accused of setting a fire that heavily damaged his business, Everhart’s Sporting Goods.
The executive director of the Missouri Catholic Conference believes the messages being delivered by Pope Francis during his visit to the United States have been very pastoral in their tone.
Mixed-breed dogs and puppies suffering from severe hair loss and constant, intense burning, itchy skin and myriad other maladies
At Tuesday’s Cole County Commission meeting, commissioners approved abating a property in the 3100 block of Rademan Lane.
The Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City will be well represented while Pope Francis visits America over the next few days.
There are more than 83,000 soldiers still listed as missing and not accounted for who fought in our nation’s wars.
Meetings with FEMA officials about federal funding for repairs to Lower Bottom Road are scheduled to take place later this week. However, Cole County Public Works Director Larry Benz said they can’t give a time table yet on repairs, but a dry fall and winter would help.
The Cole County Sheriff’s Department has started to use a new way to fight crime. It’s high-tech and right on your smartphone — it’s an app called Mobile Patrol.
A new 911 phone system for Jefferson City and Cole County is scheduled to be in place by Nov. 15.
Jefferson City police and residents from at least nine neighborhoods will be hosting National Night Out activities designed to better communication between police and residents.
Heavy rains earlier this summer will lead to lower yields of corn and and soybeans in Cole County fields.
Tuesday was the deadline for departments under the Cole County Commission to have their budgets turned in as the annual budget process for the county is beginning.
Before this school year began, Brother Steven Schonhoff had been teaching sophomore English as well as religion classes at Helias Catholic High School for more than 20 years.
Three bids to replace windows at the Cole County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex are under review by the County Commission.
The Cole County Commission voted to roll back the county’s general fund levy for 2016 and keep the road and bridge levy at its current level.
The Cole County Commission has been discussing selling some county-owned property deemed no longer necessary, including Renns Lake, since February.