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Madeleine Leroux

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Commission votes to hike recreation program fees

Some programs at the Washington Park Ice Arena, as well as two other recreation programs, soon will see fee increases as approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Council: Shelve conference center idea for now

Several council members ask if there’s better use for lodging tax fund

After last week’s vote by the Jefferson City Council to reject two proposals for a proposed conference center, some council members are questioning whether there isn’t a better use for the lodging tax funds.

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Mansion hosts Easter egg hunt

Whether it was to hunt for eggs or visit the Easter bunny, families gathered at the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday for the annual Easter celebration on the grounds.

Jefferson City sales tax revenues continue to drop

Jefferson City sales taxes have fallen behind projections again, but the city still expects to end the fiscal year with a surplus thanks to the harsh winter temperatures.

Commission approves Capital 8 Theaters expansion

A planned expansion and renovations to the Capital 8 Theaters have been approved by the Jefferson City Planning and Zoning Commission.

Primaries eliminated in Jefferson City

Jefferson City no longer will hold primaries for municipal offices after voters approved a change to the City Charter on Tuesday.

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4th Ward challenger wins by 47 votes

Jefferson City’s 4th Ward has a new representative.

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Conference center proposals rejected

City Council's 9-1 vote kills both Ehrhardt, Farmer proposals

The Jefferson City Council voted to reject both conference center proposals Monday night, effectively putting an end to a nearly two-year process.

Council rejects both conference center proposals

The Jefferson City Council votes to reject both conference center proposals.

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City looks to regulate exotic animals

A new Jefferson City ordinance is being proposed concerning keeping exotic animals as pets.

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Teams show homemade robots at Lincoln University

Teams of local children showed off their robotics skills Saturday at the RoboFest competition at Lincoln University.

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Council leans toward rejecting both conference center plans

After months of negotiations and tweaking to two proposals for a conference center, the Jefferson City Council may be ready to toss both out, largely because of the number of special incentives being requested and the potential for a general fund obligation.

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Developer: Decision to toss both proposals would be disappointing

For at least one of the developers hoping to build a proposed conference center in Jefferson City, a potential decision to throw out current proposals would be disappointing.

Outside groups play role in the conference center proposals

If the Jefferson City Council opts to move one conference center proposal forward to the next phase on April 7, many details still will need to be worked out including aspects of both proposals that deal with outside entities.

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Public hearing focuses on downtown site

The focus of the most recent discussion on a potential conference center in Jefferson City focused on support for, and questions about, a proposed downtown location.

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A love of cities motivates Jefferson City administrator

Steve Crowell was always fascinated by cities and how they function, but it wasn’t until well after college that he realized he wanted to be in city management.

City spent $8,500 on search for city administrator

City says selection committee more ‘advisory group’

Jefferson City spent $8,500 on the search for a new city administrator. New City Administrator Steve Crowell began his duties earlier this month.

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Committee endorses Jefferson City street overlay list

This year's resurfacing projects expected to cost $1.8 million

Jefferson City street crews are gearing up for summer road work and finalizing the list of city streets that will receive an overlay this year.

Residents complain about South Country Club Drive

City to monitor, evaluate road after heavy truck traffic blamed for ‘damage’

Residents near South Country Club Drive say truck traffic is causing structural concerns for their homes and are looking for Jefferson City officials to help find a solution.

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MSP tours to resume April 21

Though work is ongoing, tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary will resume April 21. The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Thursday morning that “modified tours” are expected to begin April 21. The modified history tours will allow access to Housing Units 1 and 4, some of Housing Unit 3, and the gas chamber, while the state continues mold remediation and repair work.

Final conference center plans revealed

Jefferson City released final details Tuesday on two proposed conference center plans, and the City Council is expected to vote on the issue April 7.

City releases final details on conference center proposals

Specifics on final plans for a proposed Jefferson City conference center released today detail the amount of public investment required by two competing developers.

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Conference center plans to be revealed this week

Public hearing to be held Monday, council to vote April 7

After months of closed session meetings, the Jefferson City Council is ready to move forward with plans for a proposed conference center.

Jefferson City Council nears decision on conference center

Choice to be made in open session

City Attorney Drew Hilpert said the council is nearing a final decision, as most, if not all, of the requested information has now been received from the developers.

Voters to decide on eliminating city primary

Charter change on April ballot

Jefferson City voters will be asked April 8 if the city should eliminate primary elections, now that they can't be scheduled in February.

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Q&A with 4th Ward candidates for City Council

Tergin, Costales discuss conference center, downtown, transparency

The April general election will feature one race for Jefferson City Council, pitting 4th Ward incumbent Carrie Tergin against challenger Glen Costales.

Commission approves expansion at West YMCA

The West YMCA has been approved for a two-story building addition to add more locker rooms and a fitness room.

Jefferson City sales taxes miss projections

But still expected to end year with surplus

Though Jefferson City sales taxes have missed projections for the month, the city is anticipating ending the fiscal year with a surplus.

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Commission OKs no-parking zone on West McCarty

A small area of West McCarty Street may change to a no-parking zone based on the recommendation of the Jefferson City Transportation and Traffic Commission.

$3M more sought for multipurpose building

Members of the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission are looking into available options hoping to find an additional $3 million for a multipurpose building.

Looking for an electrical option

Downtown Jefferson City event planners say long-range plans need to address growing electrical demand

Jefferson City’s downtown area is host to many large events, such as Thursday Night Live and Salute to America. But as these events grow, event planners say the demand for electricity is growing, too.

Fire, burst pipe discovered at St. Elizabeth School

A fire and flooding of the gymnasium at St. Elizabeth School canceled classes Wednesday, but teachers and students will be back in the classroom today.

Salute to America asks county to contribute $10,000

The Salute to America Committee wants the Cole County Commission to double its contribution to the annual event.

Chamber touts growth

Annual report cites return on city, county investment

According to the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, both Jefferson City and Cole County saw an “anticipated economic return” of more than $486,000 in 2013.

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City to deploy new revenue forecast model

Official: Report should be lead to more accurate budgeting, transparency

An effort to ensure more accurate budgeting at City Hall also has led to what one official hopes will be increased transparency and understanding of Jefferson City’s budget.

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WWII veteran awarded Legion of Honor

Ret. Maj. John Sullivan never expected to receive France’s highest honor. But 70 years after flying 35 missions in the then-Nazi-occupied nation, that’s just what he received.

Animal Shelter Advisory Committee submits first report

In its first annual report to the city, the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee detailed several changes taking place at the shelter.

Bids received for work at MSP

All work has now been bid for renovations and remediation at the old Missouri State Penitentiary, and officials still are planning on resuming public tours this spring.

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City has spent $500,000 fighting snow

Jefferson City officials are hopeful winter is winding down, as the city has already spent more than $500,000 on snow-fighting efforts, more than the past two years combined.

City to continue MSP demolition

Jefferson City will continue demolition at the old Missouri State Penitentiary, aiming to demolish 12 structures on the site by August.

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Thursday Night Live plans expansion

Jefferson City residents may have more opportunities to visit Thursday Night Live this year, as officials hope to expand the event to three added fall nights.

County delays vote on tearing down old jail, house

The Cole County Commission has delayed a vote on whether to tear down the old county jail and sheriff’s house behind the county courthouse.

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Finding purpose through scouting

Dave Talken didn’t plan on getting involved with the Boy Scouts of America, but more than 30 years after his son first joined the Webelo Scouts, Talken remains involved with troops throughout Mid-Missouri.

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Heart Ball Star tells journey of heart problems, solutions

A fourth chance at life

If it weren’t for advancements in research and technology, Max Cook might not be alive today. Cook told the tale of his journey of heart problems Saturday night.

Council members question role of city lobbyist, effect of resolutions

Jefferson City council members are debating the effectiveness of resolutions on state issues and whether a more appropriate avenue wouldn’t be consulting with their Capitol lobbyist.

Rezoning approved on Southwest Boulevard

Major Interiors to move from Heisinger Road location

A rezoning request for two buildings on Southwest Boulevard was approved Thursday to allow a home furnishings store to move to a new location.

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Lincoln agrees to new JCTV contract

The Jefferson City Council soon will consider a new contract for JCTV, after months of the station operating without one in place.

City sales taxes surge ahead

After a rocky start, Jefferson City sales tax receipts are improving — a welcome sign in the early fiscal year.

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Playing for 65 years and counting

Arline Mueller has spent nearly every Sunday for more than 65 years playing the organ at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Babbtown, and she has no plans to ever quit.

MSP repairs moving forward

The state is moving forward with repairs and mold remediation at the old Missouri State Penitentiary, but no specific date has been confirmed to start the 2014 tour season.