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Jeff Haldiman

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Testimony begins in teen's murder trial

Witnesses: JC man fatally shot during robbery

The trial of one of three men charged in connection with the killing a Jefferson City man in February 2015 began Monday.

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Fire levels horse barns

7 horses, 3 dogs killed; water issues complicate firefighter’s efforts

Fire departments from four counties were involved in fighting a fire Monday afternoon at a saddlebred horse farm in New Bloomfield.

Cole County sales tax draws opposition

Former candidate attacks fairness of Prop. A

An opponent of past sales tax issues has come out against another five-year renewal of the countywide capital improvements sales tax in Cole County.

Salaries up for discussion by Cole County Commission

With concerns over losing qualified candidates to other communities, elected Cole County officials, along with county department heads, plan to discuss employee salaries next month.

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'MO to MI' taps good will

Drive shipping 8,000 gallons of drinking water to Flint

For more than a month, a drive to help residents of Flint, Michigan, get clean drinking water has been taking place in Jefferson City.

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Marines assist Habitat for Humanity

Twenty-two Marines from Ft. Leonard Wood spent their Saturday in Jefferson City helping on two River City Habitat for Humanity projects.

Preliminary work begins Wednesday on Missouri River bridge

Westbound bridge to close for 120 days in April

Motorists crossing the Westbound U.S. 54/63 Missouri River bridge in Jefferson City will soon begin seeing signs of work as contracting crews get ready to paint and repair the bridge.

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Commemorative stamp honors A.M.E. Church founder

A stamp of approval

Officials from the U.S. Post Office and from the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church dedicated and unveiled the 39th stamp in the Black Heritage Stamp Series honoring preacher, activist and civic leader Richard Allen, founder of the A.M.E. Church, on Friday.

Ag economist: Bleak outlook for farming

In the last few years, farmers have seen record prices and high profitability, but that may not be the case in 2016, according to a University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist.

Catholic diocese eyes ties to Girl Scouts

After reviewing a letter from a St. Louis archbishop, Bishop John Gaydos will consult with pastors and parent leaders of parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City regarding the diocese’s future involvement with Girl Scout programs.

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Chopped: Sunken dredge taken apart for rebuilding

A salvage company has begun the process of cutting apart and removing a Capital Sand Co. dredge that took on water and rolled on its side in the Missouri River during July.

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Cole County unveils new website

Interactive calendar, fee pay included

The new Cole County website — — is ready for the public to use.

Pesky ‘skeeters targeted

Cole County established protocol for pest management

Cole County commissioners adopted a pest management policy Tuesday that Health Director Kristi Campbell said focuses “not on nuisances, but more on preventing diseases.”

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Push begins for half-cent sales tax

Cole County issues list of capital improvements to be funded by Prop. A

Civic leaders have begun the push for the renewal of the countywide capital improvements sales tax for another five years. Cole County voters will decide the issue, Proposition A, on the April 5 ballot.

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Paying it forward

Capitol Plaza donates mattress to catastrophe victims

Hundreds of mattresses donated from a Jefferson City hotel will help victims of fires and flooding across Missouri.

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Mix of cultures central to success

Sri Lankan pastor lands at CUCC via New Zealand and Canada

His name is Andrew Rushan Sinnaduray, but members of Jefferson City’s Central United Church of Christ (UCC) call him "Reverend Rushan." Last April, Sinnaduray, who was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in New Zealand, became pastor of a main-line Mid-Missouri Protestant church with a distinctly German heritage.

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Woman celebrates 103rd birthday

When Helen Schneider was born in Russellville, Woodrow Wilson was getting ready to come into office as U.S. president, and the first income tax was collected.

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Missouri transportation officials hopeful for funding solution

For the first time in several years, transportation officials said they are optimistic the General Assembly could provide a financial solution for funding future transportation needs in Missouri.

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Cole County approves funds for Habitat’s 100th home

The Cole County Commission has approved an agreement with River City Habitat for Humanity that will allow the organization to build its 100th home in the 1400 block of East High Street.

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Crystal clear feelings on water-sewer rate increase

PSC hears rash of complaints over proposed water company hike

Members of the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) heard no support from area residents for Missouri American Water Company’s plan to increase its base rates by nearly 20 percent.

Community reaches out to help Flint in water crisis

A drive to help residents of Flint, Michigan, get clean drinking water is taking place in Jefferson City this week.

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Cole County preps for primaries with new voting machines

New voting machines will be in place for Cole County voters when the March 15 presidential preference primary takes place.

Missouri Lottery marks anniversary with new Scratchers game

The Missouri Lottery’s first Scratchers game was played 30 years ago.

Twehous contract formalized for Lower Bottom Road

Construction scheduled to begin in the next two months

The Cole County Commission formally awarded Twehous Excavating the contract to make repairs to Lower Bottom Road at its Tuesday meeting.

High-speed chase leads to multiple charges

A Fulton man is facing multiple charges after leading authorities on a two-county vehicle chase Friday night.

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Make most of ability to change

Audience urged to stand up to effect change in life, community

Changing the status quo. That was the message from the Rev. Cassandra Gould for the keynote speech at Monday’s annual Jefferson City NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast and Founders Day.

Chapel targets voter ID bills

The recently elected state president of the NAACP said the defeat of voter ID is his top priority as he begins his term.

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Expanded hockey jamboree benefits Jefferson City

Hundreds of children ages 4 to 8 spent the weekend in Jefferson City for the 2016 Winter Blast Mite Hockey Jamboree.

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Lottery fever hits Mid-Missouri

Customers line up for chance at $1.5 billion jackpot

Mid-Missouri residents joined the rest of the country in droves to buy tickets for a chance to win the biggest lottery prize of all time.

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Steidley gets 7 years for arson

The former owner of a Jefferson City business was sentenced to seven years in prison for setting a fire to destroy the business.

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Cole County sales tax back on ballot

Prop. A seeks another five years for the capital improvements sales tax

Cole County commissioners signed a resolution Tuesday supporting the renewal of the countywide capital improvements sales tax for another five years.

State of policing

Local residents gets answers in face-to-face session with JCPD

Some Jefferson City residents spent Monday night discussing the state of policing in the Capital City.

Cole County’s $72M budget approved

Sheriff still unhappy with rejected employees, raises

The 2016 Cole County budget of $72 million was approved Thursday by the County Commission, but one elected official said he was disappointed more money wasn’t given for employee salaries, particularly in his department.

Company offering flood victims portable units for storage

A portable building manufacturer in Linn is offering assistance to those affected by the recent floods.

Disabled offered chance to scuba with cops

A chance for adults and youth with disabilities to safely experience underwater diving is coming later this month in Jefferson City.

Jefferson City Council to consider policies for pets housed outdoors

Proposed changes to Jefferson City’s ordinance on housing animals — mainly dogs — outside have been forwarded to the full City Council for possible approval.

2 JCFD members volunteer in St. Louis flood task force

Two members of the Jefferson City Fire Department were sent this week as part of Missouri Task Force 1 to help after record flooding in St. Louis County.

Criminal code changes to show hike in crime reports

In the near future, federally-mandated changes to the criminal code for reporting crimes will show more crimes happening in Jefferson City.

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Federal help after flooding up in the air

Local officials begin assessment of damages; homeowners can help

Now that the floodwaters are going down, emergency management officials are starting to look at whether the damage qualifies for assistance from the federal government.

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Resources offered as floodwaters recede

With no rainfall Tuesday, local river and stream levels began to drop back to normal.

Twehous bid accepted for repairs on Lower Bottom Road

A contract to make repairs to Lower Bottom Road in Cole County should be awarded next month, and the company to do the work will be Twehous Excavating.

Cole County offices told to maintain full hours before holiday

Cole County Commissioners reminded county officeholders Tuesday that they need to stay open for normal business hours prior to a holiday weekend.

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Local floodwaters expected to fall quickly

Weather officials said Monday two things have led to flooding along area rivers and streams: already saturated ground, and a lack of vegetation, so the ground can’t absorb rainfall.

Jail use climbs as crime rates decline

Cole, Callaway counties mirror national trends, officials say

Cole and Callaway counties mirror a national trend of growth in inmate population that’s seen in a 45-year analysis of jail statistics.

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Salvation Army volunteers provide holiday helpings

Discover the meaning of Christmas at free dinner

A way to give back. That was the message of those who helped put together a Christmas dinner for residents at the Jefferson City Salvation Army.

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Smart safe choices

Safety Kids is a key part of Council for Drug Free Youth mission to guide local children

For Denise Gillam, working with the Council for Drug Free Youth (CDFY) has been a family affair.

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Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family Program to help 33 families

The Jefferson City Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family Program will help 33 families this year. Among those is the family of Bethany Moore.

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County opens bidding for Lower Bottom Road repairs

A contract to make repairs to Lower Bottom Road in Cole County should be awarded next month.

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Fans out in Force for new 'Star Wars'

Local opening night followed by 15 showings today

The most anticipated film to come out in years drew a big crowd Thursday night to the Capital 8 Theaters.

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Memory Tree lit in tribute to Jack Steppelman

This is the first year the man known as “Mr. Christmas” won’t be bringing his usual holiday cheer to Jefferson City.