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Jeff Haldiman

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Plans to tear down old Cole County jail and sheriff's house move forward

By a 3-0 vote the Cole County Commission has voted to move forward with plans that would tear down the old county sheriff's house and jail and then re-build a new facility.

County exploring two options for old jail, sheriff's house

A new preliminary design shows tearing down the old Cole County Jail and Sheriff’s House could fit the needs identified by county judges last month.

Experience wins out for Blair Oaks board

Two incumbents and a former board member won election Tuesday for the three seats available on the Blair Oaks School Board.

Municipal, school races on ballots today

Cole County Clerk Marvin Register is not estimating how many voters will come to the polls for today’s election.

Appeals court sides with commission in sheriff's challenge

For the second time in 13 months, a Missouri court has sided with the Cole County Commission in Sheriff Greg White’s challenge to the commission’s use of the “Law Enforcement Sales Tax” fund to help pay some of the sheriff’s operating expenses.

Cole County officials continue jail discussion

The Cole County Commission continues to wrestle with the idea of putting a large courtroom in the space available in the old county jail and sheriff’s house.

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Keeping life beautiful

For 25 years, Terry Martin has brought his artistic talents to residents throughout Central Missouri.

Official outlines policies for Cole County storm sirens

Cole County authorities said they did not activate warning sirens in the county Thursday even though there were reports of funnel clouds in the air near the northern borders of the county.

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Only three races shape up for Cole County offices

The candidates are set for elections later this year in Cole County.

The pipes are calling

They just started a few months ago, but already the Jefferson City Firefighters Pipes and Drums group is gaining quite a following.

Man charged following search of Russellville home

A Russellville man is in the Cole County Jail this weekend, facing three charges after being arrested Thursday night during a search of his home at 13006 Minnie Drive.

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MoDOT projects using latest surveying technologies

The latest surveying technology is being used to help the Missouri Department of Transporation map eight projects around the state.

Sheriff reports weapons and drugs seized at Russellville home

One man held for drug trafficking

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Band of feathers

Learning more about our feathered friends is the goal of the Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO).

Cole County officials to consider vote on zoning

The Cole County Commission could decide next week whether to put the issue of county zoning to a public vote later this year.

Judges request larger courtroom

The judges at the Cole County Courthouse have told county commissioners they don’t need a replica of the current large courtroom in the county courthouse, they need something larger if they want to handle the current and potential future needs of the courts.

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Courtroom at new jail deemed not feasible

As the Cole County Commission continues looking at possibilities for using space in the old county jail and sheriff’s house behind the county courthouse, those who want to preserve the buildings have asked if space in the new county jail could take care of county office space needs.

Cole County begins talk of extending sales tax

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.

County delays decision on old jail, sheriff's house

A vote on whether the Cole County Commission should demolish the old County Jail and Sheriff’s House has been moved to April 16.

County wants part of old SMHC

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.

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Divide over old jail, sheriff’s house grows

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.

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Jane Bigham - Digging into Missouri history

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.

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Sleet, snow, subzero temperatures expected through Monday morning

March to enter with a roar


This winter may be 9th coldest in state's history

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.

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Cole County races develop

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.

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True partner in 4-H community

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.

Many Cole County incumbents ready for re-election bids

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.

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NASA honors Jefferson City native

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.

Commission leans toward tearing down old jail, house

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.

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Frog Hollow work to start in spring

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.

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Arctic blast will chill road cleanups

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.

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Officials: Stay off roads today

Although the snow may have stopped, authorities and transportation officials still advised Central Missouri residents to stay off the roads today, if possible.

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Schools close, locals ready for next wave of winter

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.

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New firehouse taking shape along Missouri 179

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.

Architects get timeline on old jail, sheriff’s house

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.

JC suicide prompts 13-year-old bullying victim to speak out

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.

Last MSP escapee may have been found

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.

Cole County ponders options on using vacated facilities

The Cole County Commission is looking to develop a master plan for how to best use county building space.

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Classes resume today at St. Joseph

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.

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Steidley convicted of Everhart's fire

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.

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Officers post photo to show support for slain colleague

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.

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Arson trial begins for Everhart's owner

His business had been closed only a week when it was damaged by a fire on New Year’s Day 2011.

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Cold adds to snow problem

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.

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Mid-Missouri braces for snow, bitter cold (updated)

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.

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Bitter cold to continue after weekend snow

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.

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JC pub celebrating 150th anniversary today

A Jefferson City landmark is hosting a big celebration today. Paddy Malone’s Irish Pub marks its 150th anniversary.

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Cole County prepares for its biggest road project

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.

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A stand against bullying

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.

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Glazing hits trees, stays off roads

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.

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Mid-Missouri braces for quarter-inch of ice

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.