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Jeff Haldiman

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Shoppers line up early on Thanksgiving for best deals

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.

Contract for courthouse windows awarded

The Cole County Commission has awarded a contract to replace windows at the Cole County Courthouse and the County Annex.

Cole County drafting sales tax wish list

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.

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Upbeat in Jefferson City

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.

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Conservation: No new cases of deer disease reported

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.

Local, state officials say road crews ready for season’s challenges

Friday’s gray skies and chilling rains turned many motorists’ minds to the challenges of driving on Missouri’s roads during the winter.

Door-to-door sale pitches prompt warning from sheriff

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.

Jefferson City man charged in attack on woman

A Jefferson City man is facing multiple charges in a sexual assault case.

Cole County eyes $65.4M budget

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.

Jefferson City woman sentenced in chase

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

Cole County pressed to drop controversial mosquito spray

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.

St. Martins area gets Neighborhood Improvement District

The Cole County Commission has approved the creation of a neighborhood improvement district in the St. Martins area.

County officials will maintain pay status quo

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.

Wardsville to consider property tax ballot measure

The Board of Trustees of Wardsville is looking to put a measure on the April ballot for a property tax for the community.

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Optimism rises about JeffTran

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.

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Advance of the armadillos

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.

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Lisa Mankin: Restaurant owner credits faith and family for success, perseverance

Faith and family. Those are the two things Lisa Mankin credits for helping her succeed in life.

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Judy Dietzel: Sign company president is matriarch of family business

Judy Dietzel took over as president of Bee Seen Signs in Apache Flats in 2008.

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JC airport celebrates runway renovation with open house

Now that runway renovation work is complete, the Jefferson City Memorial Airport is getting back to normal operations.

Cole County officials debate pay raises

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.

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Barge cruise on Missouri River grounded

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.

Nixon orders flags to half-staff to honor Marine

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.

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Roadside delivery

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.

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Chestnut Street closing draws more opposition

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.

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Reading with attitude

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.

Continued education crucial to safety on local roads

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.

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Weather smashes pumpkin crop

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.

Jefferson City man gets 12 years for Subway armed robbery

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.

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40-year-old emergency generator still able to power up courthouse

Firing it up

The emergency generator at the Cole County Courthouse started like it should during a test, Tuesday evening.

Upgrade to Cole County website due in late February

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.

Most violent crime in JC falls

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.

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Visitors respond emotionally to Moving Wall

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.

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Crew returns to submarine’s namesake

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.

Injured toddler recovering

The 1-year-old Jefferson City boy hit by a Jefferson City police vehicle Wednesday was continuing to recover from his injuries.

Man accused by Steidley testifies

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.

Hoey notes pope’s call for ‘common good’

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.

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Humane Society rescues 32 dogs from hoarding situation

Mixed-breed dogs and puppies suffering from severe hair loss and constant, intense burning, itchy skin and myriad other maladies

Cole County abates derelict property

At Tuesday’s Cole County Commission meeting, commissioners approved abating a property in the 3100 block of Rademan Lane.

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Local faithful journey to hear pontiff

The Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City will be well represented while Pope Francis visits America over the next few days.

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Capital City recognizes service of soldiers missing in action

There are more than 83,000 soldiers still listed as missing and not accounted for who fought in our nation’s wars.

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Funding for Lower Bottom Road repairs sought

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.

Free patrol app helps fight crime

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.

New 911 system due by Nov. 15

A new 911 phone system for Jefferson City and Cole County is scheduled to be in place by Nov. 15.

National Night Out seeks to improve communication in the community

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.

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Farmers: Crop yields wilting due to wet summer

Heavy rains earlier this summer will lead to lower yields of corn and and soybeans in Cole County fields.

Cole County begins budget process

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.

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Long-time teacher continues work at Helias

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.

Cole County working to replace courthouse windows

Three bids to replace windows at the Cole County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex are under review by the County Commission.

Cole County Commission votes to roll back levy

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.

Cole County looks to sell Renns Lake

The Cole County Commission has been discussing selling some county-owned property deemed no longer necessary, including Renns Lake, since February.