Stories by Jeff
After 22 years in the wireless industry, Mid-America Wireless is selling its 10 AT&T authorized retailer locations to Red Skye Wireless, based in Maryland Heights. The company opened its first location in Jefferson City in 1990.
According to the National Weather Service in St. Louis, 2012 was the warmest year on record in Jefferson City. For 2012 at the city airport, the average daily temperature was 60.5 degrees.
Sheriff: Fears over law’s impact never borne out; more school resource officers still needed
The number of applications for conceal and carry gun permits continues to rise in Cole County. Nearly 3,200 applications have been processed so far this year at the sheriff’s department.
Vincent says collections up
The end of the year is always busy at the Cole County Collector’s Office as people rush to pay off their property taxes.
Work to build a second railroad bridge over the Osage River is still on schedule to be completed by the end of next year. The 1,200-foot bridge and related work is estimated to cost $20 million.
Although the current level of the Missouri River is near a 50-year low mark, forecasters said Thursday we shouldn’t see levels dip to the all-time low.
In his successful re-election bid, state Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, was the fundraising leader among Cole County’s candidates in last month’s general elections, raising nearly 10 times that of his Democratic opponent.
Law enforcement officers take time to make sure kids have a merry Christmas
Saturday morning marked this year's opportunity for Jefferson City youngsters who may not otherwise have a chance to have a Christmas to go shopping with area public safety officers as Operation TOYS (Take Our Youth Shopping) took place at the east Walmart.
Authorities said Wednesday they didn’t know how long it might be before they get the results of autopsies performed on Wayne Louis Wells and Mable Irene Wells of Morgan County, believed to have been murdered Monday evening at their home in Ivy Bend.
A Jefferson City man has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography for being in possession of pornographic images of a person under the age of 18. Nathaniel Oawster, 28, is scheduled to be in court next week.
In his job as a project manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation, Mike Dusenberg works to make sure all the parts come together to make a highway project successful. Currently, Dusenberg is involved with 20-30 projects.
A day after a multi-state outage of Internet and voicemail service occurred, CenturyLink officials still didn’t offer a clear reason about the cause.
CenturyLink customers in the Jefferson City area and parts of at least six states were without Internet and voicemail service Wednesday night after a widespread outage. Service began to be restored shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday.
Jefferson City residents have been making their way to convenience and grocery stores to buy Powerball tickets even though many don’t believe they have a good chance of winning the record prize.
A Crocker man has been ordered to complete a program at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., dealing with post traumatic stress disorder, after he was sentenced Tuesday on charges in connection with a fatal automobile accident in September 2011 that claimed the life of two women, one from Jefferson City. John D. Mazurek, 25, an Iraq war veteran, had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and assault.
Starting Jan. 1, new rates will take effect for customers on the Eugene water system. The Cole County Commission on Tuesday approved a rate that starts with customers paying $26 for the first 2,000 gallons of water they use, plus $6 for each additional 1,000 gallons used.
The Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the most traveled holiday period of the year and historically is one of the deadliest. In an effort to make the holiday a bit safer, area law enforcement agencies are stepping up their patrols for speeding, driving under the influence and the use of seat belts.
After making changes to the document, the Jefferson City Council has approved a draft request for proposals on a conference center.
A total budget of $57.2 million for fiscal year 2013 was proposed by Cole County Auditor Jim LePage to the county commission on Thursday.
After incurring more than $100,000 in unexpected emergency medical worker salary costs during the 2012 budget year, the Cole County Commission has approved a two-pronged approach to prevent such an overage next year.
A Jefferson City man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for robbing and shooting a man in October 2011. Demetrius Boyce, 26, was found guilty of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and armed criminal action during a July trial.
Improvements in technology have made the job of operator at a water plant a little bit easier.
No impact on vote totals
Due to a calculation error, the voter turnout percentage in Tuesday’s election increased for Cole County. By erasing an error in listing the total number of registered voters, which did not impact vote totals, the county’s voter turnout rose to 70 percent, up from the nearly 65 percent reported on Tuesday night.
For volunteers helping with East Coast relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy, days are starting to run together. “I think it’s Friday, right?” Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteer Steve Stacey of Jefferson City laughed as he paused from coordinating emergency response vehicles.
The Cole County Commission decided Wednesday to delay setting the rates for the Eugene water system. The town's water customers currently pay $16.32 a month, regardless of how much water they consume.
Republicans Kris Scheperle and Jeff Hoelscher won their races for the Cole County Commission, defeating their Democrat opponents on Tuesday.
From the time they opened to the time they closed Monday, business was brisk in Cole County Clerk Marvin Register’s office. His staff reported a steady stream of people walking in to cast absentee ballots or calling the office to find out what they needed to do before today’s elections.
The Cole County Commission on Monday awarded Prost Builders a contract to make renovations to the sallyport at the old county jail, behind the county courthouse. Prost was the low bidder among six bids, coming in at $229,556.
There’s no doubt Ken Thomas loves his job.
Cole County Sheriff’s Department deputies fanned out throughout Jefferson City and the rest of the county on Halloween, not to trick or treat, but to verify registered sex offenders were complying with Halloween restrictions.
Missouri House District 59 candidates discuss views
Mike Bernskoetter, Republican incumbent for representative in Missouri House District 59, says he’s a socially and fiscally conservative politician. Vonita Trickey, Democratic candidate for the seat, describes her political beliefs as somewhere between a liberal Republican and a conservative Democrat.
Democrat refuses interview, levels accusations at incumbent; Republican vows to tackle tough issues, seek cooperation
Incumbent Republican Jeff Hoelscher said his conservative political views haven’t changed from when he first was elected to the office of Cole County Eastern District commissioner in 2008. Ed Williams, Democratic candidate for the position, declined to participate in election interviews conducted by the News Tribune.
After a water main break Tuesday at Missouri American Water’s Jefferson City treatment plant that left customers with no service for several hours and under a boil order for two days, company officials said a comprehensive engineering evaluation is under way to determine the future of the system that failed.
Water main rupture shuts down service on Tuesday
A ruptured 6-inch water main at Missouri American Water left most of its 11,000 customers without water Tuesday morning, causing schools to let out early and many employers to send their workers home. The resulting boil order remains in effect.
With less than five months until the March 1, 2013, deadline for all-electronic federal benefit payments, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is urging Missouri federal benefit recipients to make the switch now.
For now, the Corps of Engineers says the levels on the Missouri River are in the range needed to maintain a navigation season through Dec. 1.
The Cole County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation into an underage drinking party that occurred this past weekend. Deputies said they were sent to 11326 Sandy Fork Road, in reference to an underage party, about 10:55 p.m. Friday.
A program to help Amish and Mennonite vegetable producers use less pesticides in their operations has led to national recognition for a horticulture specialist with the Cole County Extension Office.
For their actions during a shooting last December at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, two local law enforcement officers have received the Missouri Medal of Valor for risking their lives to protect citizens.
Cole County court officials have echoed some of the same concerns found in State Auditor Tom Schweich’s audit on public defenders.
A Jefferson City man charged with sexual assault from a June incident was among those indicted by the Cole County Grand Jury on Wednesday.
Commuters on U.S. 54 had an unexpected, 20-minute delay Wednesday morning for installation of new fiberoptic lines.
Contested and uncontested candidates vying for elected offices in Cole County had a chance to talk about why they were running and answer some questions about issues in their races during a candidate forum Friday morning.
Cole County commissioners on Tuesday approved a $40,000 adjustment to Sheriff Greg White’s budget, raised water rates for Eugene customers and agreed to support passenger service at the Columbia Regional Airport.
Looking back at the years he spent as a warden at the old Jefferson City Correctional Center (JCCC), Mike Groose said his job was definitely not boring.
Facing what she termed a “crisis situation,” Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce announced Thursday a plan she hoped would help reduce the current load of felony cases that are ready for trial.
For the second straight year, volunteers took time to pick up debris and garbage that has collected along Wears Creek in Jefferson City.
On Oct. 7, 1912, City Ordinance 1089 was signed to create a modern, full-time Jefferson City Fire Department.
Starting in October, Cole County will be among 17 Missouri counties where cases that come to the public defender’s office will be tracked based on the number of attorney hours needed to handle those cases.
Cole County Presiding Commissioner Marc Ellinger is asking his fellow commissioners to join other business and government entities in giving financial support to the Columbia Regional Airport to help attract a new airline to the area.