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Plans to tear down old Cole County jail and sheriff's house move forward April 16, 2014

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Projected deficit in Cole County sheriff’s budget narrowed

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.

County bridges get new emphasis

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.

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U.S. 50 expansion reaches halfway point

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.

Cole County serves up new food ordinance

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.

LU announces cuts, reorganization

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.

Hosier sentenced to death after motion for new trial denied

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.

Salary commission endorses county raise

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.

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LU, county explore health clinic partnership

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.

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New holiday lighting decks the downtown

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.

Ambulance service, public works occupy big chunk of Cole County budget

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.

Cole County sheriff's budget to be studied

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.

Cole County Assessor: Corrected tax bills, assessments in mail

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.

Council faces vacancies, park tax shift next week

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.

Cole County tax bills mailed out

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.

Cole County budget expects $2M bump in revenue

The first draft of Cole County’s 2014 budget shows an expected revenue increase of more than $2 million.

Debit card scam nets number of victims

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.

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MoDOT crews prepare for first winter storms

Not since March have MoDOT snow plows been out on the roads of Central Missouri. On Tuesday, crews spent the day getting refamiliarized with the equipment.

Council plans more public meetings on conference center

More public meetings about a possible conference center for Jefferson City are coming.

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Hammann family full of men working to protect county

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.

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Luetkemeyer urged to support immigration reform

A coalition of groups wants Missouri’s congressional delegation, particularly Republicans, to join others supporting immigration reform.

Robocall scam keeps local phones ringing all Sunday PM

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.

Water main breaks, cutting off some JC residents

A 12-inch water pipe broke Sunday morning causing some Jefferson City residents and businesses to be without water for several hours.

No agreement yet between TV stations, DirecTV

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.

Dispute may strike out some World Series viewing

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.

Cole County starts building plan for next sales tax

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.

Cole County gathering input on zoning plan

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.

Prosecutors to seek death penalty in JCCC murder

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.

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Active deer become bad news for drivers

Deer are most active in the fall, and that can be bad news for drivers.

Prosecutors to seek death penalty in JCCC murder

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: JCPD officer ends his military service

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.

Work progressing on 911 issues

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.

Columbia trio sought on local theft charges

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.

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Osage County sheriff charged in stalking probe

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.

Osage Co. sheriff charged in stalking case

The Osage County Sheriff has been charged in a stalking case that occurred prior to him taking his office.

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JC man sentenced in 2012 murder

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.

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Taking national command

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.

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Mid-Missouri bridges on threat list

Mid-Missouri’s 10 counties have 39 bridges on the list of structurally deficient bridges in the state.

Miller Performing Arts Center welcomes Show-Me Showboaters

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.

911 emergency response

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.

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Public input sought on Cole County zoning plan

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.

Rogers’ family releases autopsy details (VIDEO)

Chad Rogers’ aortic valve failed, his father told a Kansas City TV station this week.

Morris Packaging wins county support

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.

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Wayne Kem: Key figure leaving sheriff’s office

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.

Cole County trims property tax rate again

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.

LU waiving application fee for displaced workers

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.

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Volunteers celebrate 10 years serving Amtrak passengers

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.

Commissioners begin work on Cole County budget

Over the next five months, Cole County commissioners will be creating the budget for 2014.

Changes expected to improve concealed-carry laws

Cole County Sheriff Greg White is among those who believe changes taking effect next week will improve Missouri’s conceal and carry laws.

Recruiters around nation eye RR Donnelley workers

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.

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Kicks in the Sticks fundraiser doubles crowd of runners

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.