Stories by Jeff
Although a vote won’t occur until 2016, the Cole County Commission is already starting to think about its plan for another proposal to extend the half-cent capital improvements sales tax.
A vote on whether the Cole County Commission should demolish the old County Jail and Sheriff’s House has been moved to April 16.
Cole County commissioners have let state officials know they would like to move the county health department into part of the current St. Mary’s Health Center between Missouri Boulevard and Bolivar Street.
Residents say buildings reflect bygone era; county sees inefficient spaces
Preservationists are concerned the county may demolish a piece of Cole County’s history, while county officials say the old County Jail and Sheriff’s House is too expensive to keep and just doesn’t meet existing and future needs.
Jane Bigham says her job as an archaeologist for Missouri State Parks may not lead to spectacular finds, but there is plenty of interesting work.
March to enter with a roar
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM CST MONDAY. SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 7 TO 10 INCHES, ALONG WITH A LIGHT GLAZING OF ICE.
February may go into the record books as the coldest in 35 years. That’s according to Pat Guinan, state climatologist at the University of Missouri.
Some new and some familiar faces were on hand Tuesday as candidate filing began for the 10 countywide offices up for election in Cole County.
He didn’t get involved as a kid, but Jeff Hoelscher has made up for not being involved in 4-H activities as a youth.
Only two of the 10 incumbents for Cole County’s seven offices and three judgeships said last week they’re not running again — and they both have been saying it for several years.
Parachute engineer: 'Do what you really enjoy doing and do it to the best of your ability.'
NASA engineer Elsa Hennings has come a long way since she delivered papers for the News Tribune.
The Cole County Commission could decide next week on what to do with space left at the old county jail and sheriff’s house behind the county courthouse.
The Cole County Commission on Tuesday signed a $1.3 million contract with low-bidder JC Industries for improvements to Frog Hollow Road starting this spring.
Wednesday’s sunshine helped local road crews get many streets and highways free of snow, but today’s arctic temperatures will have crews returning to deal with refrozen streets.
Although the snow may have stopped, authorities and transportation officials still advised Central Missouri residents to stay off the roads today, if possible.
Snowfall predictions range from 5 to 7 inches in Jefferson City
It looks like the groundhog’s forecast for six more weeks of winter will be true.
A new Jefferson City Fire Station No. 3 is about 70 percent complete. Located just off Rock Hill Road, the $2.2 million facility will replace the Industrial Drive station, which was built in 1966.
The Cole County Commission has directed officials at Architects Alliance to come back in two weeks with cost estimates for two options on what to do with space left at the old county jail and sheriff’s house behind the county courthouse.
Thursday event in Linn also features second victim
After reports last month that a young Jefferson City girl’s death may have been connected to bullying, a young Osage County boy decided he wanted to do something to create more awareness of the problem.
Sunday marks the 27th anniversary of a warrant being issued for the last man to have successfully escaped from the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City. But, it appears Dennis Lilly may have died two years ago while living on the West Coast.
The Cole County Commission is looking to develop a master plan for how to best use county building space.
St. Joseph Cathedral School planned to resume classes this morning, while authorities continued to look into what caused around a dozen children to become ill at the school Wednesday morning.
A Cole County jury took 3½ hours Monday to convict a western Missouri man of setting his Jefferson City business on fire three years ago.
Current lawmen and former colleagues of a Jefferson City police officer who was killed on New Year’s Day 2011 took to Facebook to remember him as the murder trial of his wife got underway this week.
His business had been closed only a week when it was damaged by a fire on New Year’s Day 2011.
Road-clearing made more complicated by wind, failure to melt
The combination of strong winds and arctic air will make an already difficult job for road crews even harder. Blowing and drifting snow will complicate road clearing.
The weekend weather forecast for Central Missouri has 3-5 inches of snow falling between tonight and Sunday followed by bitterly cold temperatures, reaching wind chills of 15-30 below zero by Monday.
It looks like the Jefferson City area could start 2014 with temperatures that could reach lows not seen here in 20 years. And another couple inches of snow could fall Saturday night.
A Jefferson City landmark is hosting a big celebration today. Paddy Malone’s Irish Pub marks its 150th anniversary.
The 2014 budget for Cole County looks to be finalized Jan. 9. On that same day, a contract will be awarded for what county officials have said will be the biggest road project the county has ever undertaken.
Despite below freezing temperatures and light snow falling, several dozen friends and family of a Jefferson City girl who apparently committed suicide after being bullied held a candlelight vigil for her Monday night.
Area dodges weather bullet
Once we make it through this weekend, forecasters believe Central Missouri will have a prolonged dry, but cold, period of weather.
The potential for ice prompted the National Weather Service in St. Louis to issue a winter storm warning for Central Missouri on Saturday. The freezing drizzle/rain should start Saturday morning and by mid-day, temperatures should reach above the freezing mark to make it all rain.
The saying “may you live in interesting times” definitely applies to Mary and Peter Newquist.
Last month, the proposed 2014 budget for the Cole County Sheriff’s Department was projected to have an operating deficit of $160,000, based on revenues coming in, general revenue and all expenses.
Commission reviews Edgewood traffic study
The Cole County Commission has approved having the Public Works Department develop a maintenance program for bridges throughout the county.
The four-lane expansion of U.S. 50 in Osage County, from the U.S. 50/63 junction to County Road 604 west of Linn, has reached the halfway mark.
Sets requirements, fees for permits
On Monday, the Cole County Commission adopted a food ordinance governing retail food establishments, food processors/distributors and temporary food establishments regarding their construction, renovation and operation.
University combining some jobs, streamlining student services
An undisclosed number of positions have been cut at Lincoln University under a reorganization plan announced Tuesday by university officials.
David Hosier was sentenced Tuesday to die for the September 2009 murder of Angela Gilpin in Jefferson City. But during those court proceedings Tuesday, Hosier denied killing Angela, 45, and her estranged husband Rodney, 61.
After Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson reviewed a recent case involving another county and found it would have no impact on elected officials salaries here, the county’s salary commission voted to give themselves a cost-of-living raise — if all other county employees get one.
The Cole County Commission, Lincoln University and the Community Health Center are looking at the possibility of a health clinic to help residents on the east side of Jefferson City.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Jefferson City’s downtown, as new holiday lighting is being installed. Workers have been stringing Christmas lights the past several days in anticipation of a ceremony to turn on the lights Friday.
The heads of the departments that make up Cole County government talked with county commissioners on Thursday about their departments’ needs for next year. The meeting was part of the annual process of creating a budget for the next fiscal year.
As they go through the budget process for 2014, Cole County commissioners plan to take more time with the budget for the sheriff’s department. The sheriff’s budget includes looking at areas such as the jail, the patrol division and vehicles for the department.
The Cole County Assessor’s Office has announced “a minor glitch” in its personal property software may have affected as many as 9,600 of the 2014 assessment forms and 9,000 personal property tax bills that were mailed recently.
Considers multipurpose building funds for MSP cleanup
While much of Monday night’s Jefferson City Council meeting will be devoted to the discussion of a conference center, many other topics will be discussed.
The Cole County Collector’s Office mailed out approximately 47,000 real estate and personal property tax statements along with more than 1,200 merchants license statements this week.
The first draft of Cole County’s 2014 budget shows an expected revenue increase of more than $2 million.
Three rounds of robo call scams have taken their toll on Mid-Missouri, as a “significant number” of people have fallen victim to the calls asking people for their debit card information.