Stories by Jeff
More public meetings about a possible conference center for Jefferson City are coming.
The Cole County Fire Protection District has more than 70 members. Seven of them are from one family. The Hammann family grew up about a mile away from Fire Station 1 on County Park Road, where they serve.
A coalition of groups wants Missouri’s congressional delegation, particularly Republicans, to join others supporting immigration reform.
Scheme continues into the night
Phones were ringing Sunday afternoon and evening as another mass scam hit Mid-Missouri. Many Jefferson City residents reported getting a call falsely claiming to be from Central Bank. Residents should not give out any information to such calls.
A 12-inch water pipe broke Sunday morning causing some Jefferson City residents and businesses to be without water for several hours.
But Thursday's World Series game made available
For a second night, DirecTV allowed the signal for the Columbia Fox station, KQFX, to be turned on from game two of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox. This comes after DirecTV and KQFX ownership could not reach an agreement to allow Fox programming back on.
If you’re a DirecTV customer who is wanting to cheer on the Cardinals in the World Series, you may need to dust off those TV antennas.
Paving busy gravel roads high on list
Cole County officials are already planning what will be included in the next half-cent sales tax for capital improvements. One area that they want to address is the criteria for upgrading gravel roads to paved.
Public meetings could occur by end of year
Public meetings could be held as early as the end of the year to discuss a zoning plan for Cole County. Contiguous development and separate residential areas from commercial/industrial areas are goals for these regulations.
Assistant Attorney General Kevin Zoellner, acting as a special Cole County prosecutor, told the Cole County circuit court Wednesday the state will seek the death penalty for an inmate indicted this week for last July’s killing of another inmate.
Deer are most active in the fall, and that can be bad news for drivers.
Grand jury indicts inmate for July killing
Assistant Attorney General Kevin Zoellner, acting as a special Cole County prosecutor, today told the circuit court the state will seek the death penalty for an inmate indicted this week for last July’s killing of another inmate.
Keith Porter retired last month from the military after serving multiple times overseas. Porter has been a Jefferson City Police Department officer since 1996 and works as a DARE instructor and school resource officer.
It appears issues with 911 communications service between Cole County emergency services and the Jefferson City Police Department are being resolved even as a committee created to deal with any such issues has begun to meet on a regular basis again.
Three Columbia residents have been charged in connection with a series of thefts from motor vehicles that occurred in April on the eastern side of Jefferson City.
Dixon also accused of felony vehicle tampering
Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon was charged Wednesday with one felony and several misdemeanor crimes, following a Highway Patrol investigation of a stalking case that began prior to his becoming sheriff last January.
The Osage County Sheriff has been charged in a stalking case that occurred prior to him taking his office.
Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ordered a Jefferson City man to serve 10 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges filed following a December 2012 murder.
After serving 19 years, Jackie Hunter learned last month that she would be national president of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary, the first to come from Missouri.
Mid-Missouri’s 10 counties have 39 bridges on the list of structurally deficient bridges in the state.
The Show-Me Showboaters fall show is coming up fast. On Saturday, they will bring “Celebrate Harmony” to the Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City.
The Joint 911 Advisory Committee will meet Oct. 1 with area elected officials hoping this will lead to improved communications among Cole County emergency agencies and alleviate issues they have with 911 service.
Committee working to create county zoning
From now through the end of the year, or possibly longer, the oversight committee charged with coming up with a zoning plan for Cole County is looking to put their proposals out to the public for comment.
Chad Rogers’ aortic valve failed, his father told a Kansas City TV station this week.
The Cole County Commission has approved a development agreement to allow Morris Packaging of Bloomington, Ill., to locate an operation in Jefferson City to produce bags for dog food producers.
After 43 years of service in the National Guard and law enforcement, Wayne Kem says it'll be hard to get used to not having to go to work on a regular basis. Kem is retiring from his position as a lieutenant with the Cole County Sheriff’s Department.
The Cole County Commission is again reducing the property tax rate for the county’s general fund. The 2012 property tax rate was 10.96 cents for each $100 of assessed property value; the 2013 levy will be at an even 10 cents.
Lincoln University is waiving the $20 student application fee for workers, and their dependents, who will be displaced by the upcoming closure of the RR Donnelley plant in Jefferson City, and LU will provide guidance to those seeking monetary assistance in covering the cost of an education.
Ten years ago, the future of Amtrak service and the Jefferson City station looked bleak. Now, the passenger train service is in its 7th consecutive year of increased ridership and volunteers who work at the station are seeing the fruits of their labor paying off.
Over the next five months, Cole County commissioners will be creating the budget for 2014.
Cole County Sheriff Greg White is among those who believe changes taking effect next week will improve Missouri’s conceal and carry laws.
One potential employer doesn’t understand plant shutdown
The recent announcement by RR Donnelley that they would be shutting down their Jefferson City plant caught the attention of other companies in the printing and packaging industries.
Hitting the trail for good cause
The second annual Jefferson City Rotaract Club Kicks in the Sticks trail race attracted more than 200 runners, double what they had in their inaugural race, and organizers credited the good weather and good reports about last year’s event for the increased turnout.
The potential that a new Jefferson City High School could be built in the future near the new St. Mary’s Health Center has increased the costs of a road project in the area.
RR Donnelley closure will trim revenues by $140,000 a year
The loss of nearly 500 jobs from the closing of the RR Donnelley plant later this year is being taken into account by the Jefferson City Council.
Flooding along the Gasconade River forced the state transportation department on Thursday to close U.S. 50 at Mount Sterling, Missouri 89 from Linn to Route E near Rich Fountain, and Route E from Missouri 89 into Rich Fountain.
The owner of Miller County Regional Stockyards is looking to help farmers whose fencing has been destroyed or damaged by this week’s flooding.
Cole County commissioners want to meet with Jefferson City government leaders about concerns over radio service compatibility for the Sheriff’s Department.
Bids are scheduled to go out in December for work to reconstruct Business 50 West in Apache Flats.
He grew up in Ohio, near Lake Erie and the Pennsylvania border, served on a submarine in the U.S. Navy and now works at the Jefferson City Police Department.
Event raises money for local and African kids
Organizers say they have a lot in store for the second annual Jefferson City Rotaract Club Kicks in the Sticks fundraiser. The trail race through the woods at Binder Park will take place Saturday. Call 573-634-6482 for information.
Company cites ‘changing market conditions’
Longtime employees and family members of employees were shocked by the news that RR Donnelley, the city's 12th largest employer, will shut down its Jefferson City operations later this year.
Roughly one in 12 Cole County property owners saw increases on their real estate values this year, and about the same number saw decreases.
Chad Rogers’ family said Friday afternoon his body had been found. But, until the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s office provides a positive identification, Liberty police only would say a body found in a portable toilet might be that of the missing runner.
Jefferson City police have more questions for a suspect in the death of his wife, but he apparently no longer is in the Capital City.
A program being used in Greene County may help thin the jail population at the Cole County Jail. County commissioners approved proceeding with an idea by Presiding Judge Pat Joyce to establish a pre-trial release screening and supervision program.
Cole County does have authority to enforce laws that could help it get in compliance with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Commissioner Marc Ellinger said as they prepare a plan, they would like to have examples from other counties who have met what DNR wants.
First Methodist holds Jefferson City vigil for missing minister
The search for Chad Rogers, a former Jefferson City youth minister, continued on Thursday without any significant new developments being reported. Rogers was last seen on Monday jogging in his hometown of Liberty, near Kansas City.
Chad Rogers failed to return from his jog
A prayer vigil in Jefferson City was held for those interested in gathering to support Chad Rogers' family as they continue to search for him in Liberty, Mo. The event Wednesday evening took place at First United Methodist Church, 201 Monroe Street.
A St. Martins man - Matthew Mangus, 44 - is facing additional charges in connection with a car chase with authorities earlier this month.