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Jeff Haldiman

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Cole County seeking ‘Agri-Ready’ designation

The Cole County Commission has applied to be part of a new program aimed at agriculture economic development.

Lack of funds leaves road unpaved

Landing Creek Road keeps getting rougher with truck traffic

Extending a pavement project might take place next year if the Cole County Commission and the County Public Works Department are able to find funds to do so.

3 indicted in bus shooting

Three men charged in last month’s shooting where shots hit a Jefferson City school bus containing children have been indicted by the Cole County Grand Jury.

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Off to a smooth start

Early back up causes about 15-minute delay for commuters

Commuters apparently heeded the advice of state transportation officials and law enforcement in adjusting their travel times and being patient with the start of rehab work on the westbound Missouri River Bridge.

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Bridge switch starts tonight

Work to switch traffic on the westbound U.S.54/63 bridge over the Missouri River in Jefferson City to the eastbound bridge so the westbound structure can be painted will begin at 7 p.m. today.

County commission looking to perform internal salary study

The Cole County Commission would prefer to do an in-house salary study on the pay of county employees.

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Putting his trust in God

Msgr. Lammers celebrates 50 years in the priesthood

Monsignor Donald Lammers celebrated his 50th priestly anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving on April 17 in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City.

Callaway County soldier honored with monument

After a year of work, a monument to honor a Callaway County soldier killed in Kuwait will be erected at the end of the month.

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Barbecue fundraiser back for 10th year

For the last nine years, the Capital City Cook-off has been considered the premiere barbecue fundraiser in Mid-Missouri, raising more than $130,000 for the Special Learning Center.

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Lou Holtz talks to student athletes about life choices

He spoke to ballrooms full of people Monday night and Tuesday morning in Jefferson City, but perhaps his most important talk was to about 40 local high school students.

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Judgment expected in Buescher property case

Buescher owes city $25,000 for violating nuisance code

Cole County Presiding Judge Pat Joyce said she will have a judgment within 15-20 days after a brief bench trial took place Tuesday afternoon in the case of a Jefferson City woman being sued by the city for violating the city’s nuisance code.

Former Cole County presiding commissioner dies

Word spread quickly Tuesday morning after the death of former Cole County Presiding Commissioner Bob Jones was announced.

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Tergin won't veto controversial project bills

April election winners sworn in Monday

The issue that dominated the last Jefferson City Council meeting started Monday night’s Council meeting.

JC man’s traveling companions agree with his mother that their friend likely was murdered

Friends of a Jefferson City man who died in Russia have joined his mother in her belief that he was murdered.

Local women charged with dealing drugs

Two Jefferson City women have been charged with the sale of narcotics.

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Work zone training, speed enforcement stepped up

In the wake of a MoDOT employee’s recent death, as well as the start of the major construction season, the safety of workers in work zones is getting a lot of attention.

Jefferson City native named 911 director of year

A Jefferson City native has been named the 911 Director of the Year in Missouri.

Jefferson City conducting inventory, assessment of its trees

Jefferson City is planning to conduct a comprehensive inventory and assessment of nearly 1,500 trees on public streets and parks.

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Skornia retires from JCFD, shares day with folks he’s helped

Tribute and legacy

After 34 years of serving with the Jefferson City Fire Department, Capt. Charles Skornia chose to have his retirement dinner at the Jefferson City Salvation Army.

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Commission backs TNL, but maybe for last time

Extension signed to avoid half-cent sales tax lag

The Cole County Commission has approved funding to help with the promotion of the annual Thursday Night Live events in downtown Jefferson City.

‘New’ Holts Summit board starts work

Holts Summit’s mayor and board of alderman members took their oaths of office Monday night at the board meeting.

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Device at Lafayette interchange designed to reduce traffic noise

No one likes a noisy neighbor, and highway officials hope some additions to the Lafayette Street interchange project in Jefferson City will keep the roadway in the good graces of area property owners.

Union Pacific rail line maintainence underway

Work crews from Union Pacific Railroad have begun a lengthy repair project. This month, 40 miles of the rail line from Jefferson City to St. Louis will be upgraded.

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3 charged in Jefferson City school bus shooting

Three people have been charged in connection with the shooting of an individual Wednesday afternoon, as well as hitting a bus carrying Jefferson City Public School students.

County employee pay under the magnifying glass

With concerns over losing qualified candidates to other communities, elected Cole County officials and county department heads have started discussions on employee salaries.

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JCPD practices taking out active shooter at vacant hotel

Getting tactical

The days of thinking it can’t happen here in Jefferson City are gone. That’s the thinking of Jefferson City police as they go through active shooter training this week.

More repairs in offing for Cole County facilities

Existing sales tax funds to replace roofs, boiler, sidewalks

As voters decided on extending the county’s half-cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax, the Cole County Commission moved to use some of the money left in the current tax cycle for repairs at county facilities.

MO to MI still has water to deliver to Flint

A month ago, over 20 pallets of water were sent from Jefferson City to Flint, Michigan, in an effort to help that community get clean drinking water.

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Clear view of future

New windows arrive for county courthouse, annex

The 400-plus windows for the Cole County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex started arriving Monday.

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Riverside rescue

Man, woman fall from cliff to train tracks; location complicates rescue effort

A man and woman from Colorado were rescued Monday evening after falling about 20 feet off a cliff next to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in Jefferson City.

Former JC man found dead in Siberia

A U.S. student missing for over a week in eastern Siberia has been found dead, Russian investigators said Monday.

Assault suspect sought

Officers forced to end pursuit of Eric Jackson for safety reasons

Jefferson City police are seeking a man believed to have been involved in an assault Saturday morning and who later led them on a vehicle chase that went into Boone County.

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Morel mushroom hunting off to an early start

In Missouri there are hunting seasons for deer, turkey and other animals. But perhaps the most popular hunting season has nothing to do with animals.

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Lower Bottom Road repairs to begin

Work to repair the roadway slide on Lower Bottom Road in Cole County is scheduled to begin Monday.

Russian authorities looking into disappearance of Jefferson City man as possible murder

Russian authorities are looking into the disappearance of Jefferson City man as a possible murder.

Woman gains support in suit against sheriff

Lack of medical care blamed for loss of inmate’s unborn child

Victim advocate groups have come out in support of a woman who filed a federal lawsuit in December against the Cole County Sheriff’s Department over medical care she received while in jail.

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Sales tax opponent stages own forum

Commissioner counters arguments against Prop. A

With a public vote just a few days away, a public forum was held Thursday night on whether or not the countywide capital improvements sales tax in Cole County should be renewed for another five years.

Former Jefferson City resident missing in Siberia

Colin Madsen vanishes from guest house in bitter cold

A Russian search using helicopters pressed on for a 25-year-old Jefferson City man Wednesday, three days after officials say he went missing in below-freezing conditions after venturing out before dawn from a guest house in a mountainous stretch of southern Siberia.

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Welcome home, 43 years later

Heisinger Bluffs resident among Vietnam veterans honored

Vietnam veterans are being honored across the country this week for their service.

State skewered over handling of federal funds

State Auditor Nicole Galloway reported 18 deficiences in an audit of the state’s management and spending of federal dollars administered by state agencies.

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Primary election ballots finalized

Several candidates file on last day

The deadline for candidates to file in Missouri for county, state, legislative and judicial offices for this year’s Aug. 2 primary and Nov. 8 general elections passed at 5 p.m. Tuesday — with several new candidates entering races on the last day.

Jefferson City man indicted for assault

The Cole County Grand Jury has indicted a Jefferson City man who was charged in connection with an assault earlier this month.

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Unbridled generosity

It’s often been said that Central Missouri residents are known for helping their neighbors in a time of need.

Bridge closing date expected this week

While preparatory work for painting the westbound Missouri River Bridge in Jefferson City continues, the exact date for when the bridge will close for major repairs could be announced as early as Tuesday.

MoDOT building new Barrel Bob

With no credible leads as to where he may have been taken, Missouri Department of Transportation officials said Friday they are in the process of building a new Barrel Bob that will go in the area near the Lafayette Interchange construction site.

Where did Barrel Bob go?

MoDOT character disappears from local work zone

Last October he was set afire.

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Harvesting seeds of service

Brian Meller has helped Pay Way Feed Store grow to fit times, needs, neighborhood

Adapting with the times. That’s a good way to describe how Pay Way Feed Store on Jefferson Street has stayed in business since opening in 1950.

Missouri weather as unpredictable as ever

The Show Me State’s reputation for unpredictability will hold up this spring, according to officials at the University of Missouri’s Climate Prediction Center.

Cole County jury acquits Thompson of murder charge

After a three-day trial, it took a Cole County jury over three hours of deliberation Wednesday night to find a St. Louis man guilty of only one charge - that of burglary - which he faced in connection with the case of the killing of a Jefferson City man in the Capital City.

Two of three accused in murder testify

Two of the three men charged in connection with the murder of a Jefferson City man in February 2015 were called to testify in the murder trial of the man charged with pulling the trigger in the case.