Stories by Jeff
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.
A former youth minister at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City has been reported missing after going for a jog in western Missouri.
A Jefferson City resident says he was simply doing what he thought would come naturally to most people when he helped save people from drowning in rip currents in South Carolina earlier this month. Danny Eveler, 20, is a student at Lincoln University.
A Jefferson City man has been charged with felony stealing in an attempt to fraudulently collect lottery winnings. Court documents show Nathan Bracy, 30, of 3939 Dewberry Drive, committed the crime in June.
I’ve lived in Jefferson City for nearly 17 years, and I’m ashamed to say I had never taken the time to enjoy what the Runge Nature Center has to offer. That was until Saturday. There was a steady stream of cars coming into the center for its 20th birthday celebration.
Given extra time for clean-up
The Cole County Commission has given a property owner 45 more days to clear a property on the west side of the county before possible abatement proceedings could take place. A hearing Thursday about 5267 Veil of Tears noted tall grass and solid waste are still in the back yard of the residence.
As a Jefferson City police officer continues to recover from injuries he suffered while responding to a call on July 4, the investigation process into the incident continues.
A Morgan County man is scheduled to be released today from the Tipton Correctional Center after serving four years of a seven-year sentence for the death of his wife in 2003.
Since 2000, Regina Meyer has served as the Indiana Jones of the Missouri National Guard. As the organization’s only archeologist, Meyer is charged with digging up Missouri’s natural artifacts, protecting those assets and educating others on the value of those resources.
Two Jefferson City businesses were closed Friday for building and fire code violations. City officials said America’s Best Value Inn (formerly Motel 6), 1624 Jefferson St., and a multi-business building at 2425 Industrial Drive, which housed Club Motivation, were inspected Thursday.
A downtown business is faced with an age-old question after a discovery earlier this week: to bee or not to bee?
A Holts Summit man and Jefferson City woman were charged Monday with second-degree murder in connection with a Sunday night shooting in Columbia that left a Jefferson City man dead.
As Americans listened in to some of the most historical events of the 1980s, Ray Rouse was on the scene capturing the sound.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says Cole County’s stormwater program is inadequate and changes need to be made.
A Jefferson City man is in the Cole County Jail on $15,000 bond after being caught following a burglary at an apartment in Cole County.
A Henley man has been sentenced to 30 days shock detention in the Cole County Jail in connection with a May 2011 stealing case at Hy-Vee on West Truman Boulevard in which two store employees were injured.
Roughly one in 12 Cole County property owners will see increases on their real estate this year, and about the same number will see decreases. But the rest — the vast majority — won’t see any change.
Rally at Capitol seeks to raise awareness
Trying to find missing loved ones is a difficult task, but families bearing that burden will hold a rally Saturday on the south lawn of the Missouri Capitol. The annual event will be held from 3-5 p.m.
A Callaway County man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy in Boone, Callaway and Cooper counties.
2 of JC district's 69 buses taken out of service
Most school buses that transport Cole County public school students are in good shape, according to figures from the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Jefferson City officials are hopeful that in less than a year, the city’s newest fire station will be operational.
Some new additions will be coming to County Park, near the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fairgrounds, after the Cole County Commission approved two measures on Thursday.
Concord Baptist Church has announced its plans to return to Oklahoma with the disaster supplies donated by Mid-Missouri residents last month.
A Kingdom City woman was recently sentenced to seven years in prison for pleading guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal car crash on U.S. 54 near Brazito in November 2011.
Two people are in custody and one is being sought after a home invasion Monday night in Cole County.
For a third time, court officials in Cole County hope to try a Jefferson City man accused of killing a couple in 2009.
17-year-old Donald Parker fell into a culvert on Fifth Street in Eldon and was killed Friday evening. Meanwhile, Jefferson City officials activated an emergency flood operations plan Saturday.
Buildings around softball team’s hotel damaged; JC disaster-relief truck turned around before storm hit
Some Jefferson City residents were in Oklahoma City when Friday night’s deadly tornado came through. Meanwhile, a truck loaded with relief supplies to help Moore, Okla., tornado victims had to turn around and come back to Jefferson City because of the tornadoes.
Cole County Emergency Management Director Bill Farr said, as of Friday evening, there were no plans to move or evacuate planes and equipment from the Jefferson City Memorial Airport, despite the Missouri River being well out of its banks.
After 10 days of collecting items for tornado victims in Oklahoma, a truck left Jefferson City on Friday afternoon to deliver them. Pete Livingston, Concord Baptist Church executive pastor, and his wife Debbie helped organize the effort.
The Missouri attorney general’s report on racial profiling shows traffic stops in Mid-Missouri reflect the region’s population, local law enforcement officials said.
With four inches of rain forecast to fall over the next 48 hours in the Jefferson City area, forecasters are warning major flooding could occur on the Missouri River.
For the fourth year in a row, women with the St. Margaret Church in Osage Bend are decorating the graves of veterans who fought in wars throughout our country’s history.