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Jeff Haldiman

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Fowl noise not afoul of the law

Commission says nothing can be done about neighbors’ noisy, smelly chickens

A resident in the Westview Heights area has taken his concerns about noise from his neighbor’s chickens to the Cole County Commission and found there is little that can be done about the matter for now.

Assessor pay hikes approved

Estes still at odds with Cole County commissioners

The Cole County Commission has signed off on salary increases in the county assessor’s office, but not before some harsh words were exchanged between commissioners and the assessor.

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Cole County joining crime-tracking website

Program maps locations, types of crime

A new tool to help predict and prevent crime in Cole County may be in place by next month, according to the Cole County Sheriff’s Department.

New sewage pump station online

The new Cole Junction Pump Station is operating, and crews are diverting sewage from the old pipeline that is no longer needed to the new pump station.

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DirecTV, KOMU at impasse over contract

It’s been more than a month since area DirecTV customers lost signals to KOMU-TV and its affiliate CW network after the satellite service and local broadcaster failed to come to a contract renewal agreement.

Murder trial of St. Louis man to begin today

Holts Summit man slain in drug deal

The trial of a St. Louis man charged with killing a Holts Summit man in December 2012 is scheduled to begin today.

County renews contract with Chamber

The Cole County Commission decided Wednesday to continue to contract with the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce for economic development services.

Smoke damage from fire forces family out of home

An attic fire left a Jefferson City family needing a place to stay Wednesday night. Fire officials said they were called to the house at 1104 East High St. around 7:20 p.m.

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Electrical fire damages JC home

Heat, humidity complicate firefighters’ work

An electrical problem in the basement led to a fire that seriously damaged a Jefferson City home Monday afternoon.

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Firefighting runs in the family

Fire fighting definitely runs in the Braun family.

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Tammy Spicer: From National Guard to ICE

After doing the same job for 16 years, Maj. Tammy Spicer of the Missouri National Guard said she wanted to explore other opportunities.

Cole County zoning meetings kick off with small crowd

A small crowd came out Tuesday night for the first public meeting to discuss the proposal for zoning in Cole County.

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Drug court participants work to avoid relapse

For Todd Barclay, the Cole County Drug Court was a second chance to have a good life. Barclay is continuing counseling now that he’s out of the program.

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Hundreds of volunteers turn out for day of service

Around 400 volunteers worked at 14 different locations Saturday around Jefferson City as part of an annual way for residents to give back to their community.

Meta man goes on trial for murder

The murder trial of a Meta man accused of killing his girlfriend in June 2010 in Maries County began Monday in Texas County on a change of venue.

Cole County schedules public meetings on zoning plan

Cole County officials have scheduled a series of meetings to gather public input on plans to ask voters to approve county zoning on the August ballot.

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.