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Madeleine Leroux

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Housing Authority selects new executive director

Quetsch to start Jan. 1, Pollock to aid transition

The Jefferson City Housing Authority has hired a new executive director. Cynthia Quetsch has been selected to replace outgoing director Allen Pollock, who is retiring at the end of February after nearly 30 years as director.

LU, city may team up on parking issues

Council to consider sharing enforcement for parking on streets near university

Jefferson City police may soon share enforcement powers of parking regulations with Lincoln University on the streets bordering campus, an idea that stemmed from trying to solve existing parking issues on Chestnut Street.

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First phase of north riverwalk complete

The first part of a riverwalk in North Jefferson City is complete, and organizers plan now to create an overlook to view the Capitol from the Noren Access.

Chestnut Street goes back to Council

A resolution permitting the temporary closure of Chestnut Street has been moved back to the full Jefferson City Council after discussion at the Public Works and Planning Committee meeting.

Wiseman plans to run for Jefferson City Council

Though filing is still one month away, one candidate for Jefferson City Council is already getting started.

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Few questions at public information session on trash proposals

Only a handful of people attended a public information session on Jefferson City’s most recent trash proposals with few questions being asked.

City sets filing dates for April election

Filing dates for the April election have officially been set after the Jefferson City Council approved the 2016 election dates Monday.

Committee recommends chamber contract renewal

The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce has been recommended to continue as the city’s economic development agency.

Chestnut discussion set for Thursday

A resolution to establish a plan for Clark Avenue and Chestnut Street is expected to be discussed Thursday morning, after the Jefferson City Council opted not to take any action Monday.

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New museum continues lifelong study of art

Sarah Knee’s interest in art started when she was young.

Council to consider alternate Chestnut Street resolution

Bill to vacate street likely to die on informal calendar

The Jefferson City Council may not be moving forward with plans to vacate Chestnut Street, instead hoping to address some issues neighborhood residents have brought up in the process.

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Allied rates lower in new trash proposal

After months of planning and evaluating, Jefferson City officials unveiled the two proposals received for solid waste services with staff recommending continuing with the current provider, Allied Waste, for another 10 years.

Lincoln University still seeking partners in tennis complex

Nov. 1 deadline was initially set for commitments

Though a self-imposed deadline has come and gone, Lincoln University is continuing to seek community partners for a potential tennis complex near campus.

Jefferson City, Cole County gear up for capital improvement sales tax renewal

Jefferson City and Cole County officials are getting ready for the next installment of the half-cent capital improvements sales tax, which will be on the ballot for both entities next year.

Commission OKs retail development

Moves plans for The Galleria at Mission Drive forward

Plans for a new major commercial development have been approved by a Jefferson City commission, moving plans for The Galleria at Mission Drive one step forward.

Parks director search narrowed to six candidates

The search for a new director for the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has been narrowed to six candidates after an initial round of interviews.

10-year trash deal

Allied Waste recommended for contract after two companies bid for Jeff City service

Allied Waste is being recommended to continue as Jefferson City’s solid waste provider for another 10 years.

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Finding balance is driving force behind efforts of boutique co-owners Tina Cole, Erin Gieck

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Tina Cole and Erin Gieck have co-owned The Xchange Boutique on East High Street since late 2012, after merging two separate clothing resale stores.

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City amends its lawsuit over Buescher properties

Even though she paid some of her debt earlier this year, Jefferson City government officials told the Cole County Circuit Court this week that Barbara Buescher still owes $26,720.33 for work the city has done to maintain several of her properties.

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‘Surprised by adventure’

Four travelers paddling their way down Missouri River

For four travelers, their only goal for the past four months has been “to be surprised by adventure.”

Council to talk trash next week

Work session set for Nov. 9 to discuss trash bids

After a months-long process, Jefferson City officials are ready to move forward in the process to choose a new trash provider.

'Wellness center' bid opening delayed

It will be at least two more weeks before we know how much it will cost to build the wellness center at Lincoln University — the joint project between LU and Jefferson City’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

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Vote on Chestnut Street vacation uncertain

It’s unclear whether the Jefferson City Council will again take up the issue of vacating Chestnut Street at its meeting Monday, but many neighborhood residents have made clear they want to see traffic issues addressed before the street is closed.

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CVB to move offices to Marmaduke House

The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau plans to move from its current location on East High Street to the Col. Darwin W. Marmaduke House, a historical home on the corner of Lafayette Street and Capitol Avenue.

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Carrie Tergin: Third-generation entrepreneur shares time between business, mayoral duties

Carrie Tergin has continued her family’s tradition of running downtown businesses, even as she takes on the business of running Jefferson City.

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Carolyn McDowell: Longtime store owner is civic-minded community fixture

Carolyn McDowell has been a business owner in Jefferson City for nearly 50 years, opening a Merle Norman Cosmetic store in 1967 in downtown Jefferson City.

Special Olympics Missouri's Training for Life nears goal

With just under six months to go, Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) hopes to raise the last $4.3 million needed to construct the Training for Life campus in Jefferson City.

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Stadium, Jefferson project moving forward

Though there have been some delays, Jefferson City staff still expect to be ready to start construction on the Stadium Boulevard and Jefferson Street intersection by next summer.

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Chestnut Street vacation on hold

Council discusses adding development plan for neighborhood traffic to agreement

After more than three hours of public comments and debate among the members of the Jefferson City Council, a proposed bill to vacate Chestnut Street was put on the informal calendar, meaning no decision was made Monday.

Council leans toward partial vacation of street

Decision on Chestnut Street expected Monday

After hearing from many residents on the issue, the Jefferson City Council may be ready to move forward Monday with plans to vacate Chestnut Street, although those plans have changed since the last council meeting.

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LU holds ceremonial groundbreaking for wellness center

As part of the homecoming activities Saturday, officials from Lincoln University and the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of the planned multipurpose/wellness center on Lafayette Street.

Committee reviewing applicants for new parks director

The new selection committee tasked with finding a new director for the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has begun reviewing applications, hoping to narrow down candidates from 74 to about 25 by Friday.

Committee set to search for new Parks director

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission has approved a new selection committee tasked with making a recommendation for a new director of the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

Drug-testing policies of government agencies vary due to Fourth Amendment concerns

Random approach to drug tests?

Even as most private companies have instituted policies to require employee drug testing, the practice is far more restricted for governments, as they have to prove the drug test does not violate the Fourth Amendment’s protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”

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Small demonstration backs Planned Parenthood

Jefferson City event part of nationwide ‘Pink Out Day’

Looking to show support for Planned Parenthood, several women spent the noon hour in downtown Jefferson City holding signs showing they “stand with Planned Parenthood.”

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Postive impact through art

Jeff Boyer hopes to use art to help Jefferson City community

Jeff Boyer wants to make a difference in Jefferson City through art; and, as executive director for Capital Arts, he’s been able to start seeing the full impact art can make.

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Thousands pay respects at Wall

Closing ceremony set for 3 p.m. today

By Sunday afternoon, thousands of people had come to the Capitol to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall in Jefferson City.

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Dancing in the streets for Angiepalooza

Annual street party honors those loved and lost

It was the third year for Angiepalooza, an annual street party event in downtown Jefferson City, and the event is continuing to grow.

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Curbside program recycles 90 percent of submitted materials

For many Jefferson City residents, curbside recycling became the norm when the city moved to a mandatory trash service provided by Allied Waste in 2009. But as the city looks at new options while rebidding the service, how has the existing program worked?

Public’s access at wellness center may be limited

Parks: Operational details at center yet to be decided

A joint agreement between Lincoln University and the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission for a planned multipurpose/wellness center has been signed. However, many details — such as how much access the public will have and at what cost — are still up in the air.

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JC finance director resigns

The Jefferson City director of finance and information technology, Bill Betts, has resigned from the city, effective Nov. 30.

Council overrides mayor's budget veto

Tergin: No need to increase utility tax

After Mayor Carrie Tergin sought to veto the city’s 2016 budget, the Jefferson City Council successfully overrode the attempt, keeping the budget as passed earlier this month.

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Nixon announces Katy Trail extension

47 miles to be added by end of 2016

The nation’s longest rail-to-trail conversion is about to get even longer.

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Street Art Fair, Jazzfest draw crowds

Up to 200 participated in annual chalk art event

It was a perfect Saturday for chalk art to fill downtown Jefferson City as crowds gathered on High Street for the annual Capital Jazzfest and Capital Street Art Fair.

Parks-LU pact divides up costs, funding, operations for multipurpose building

Who pays/does what?

The operating agreement between the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lincoln University Board of Curators for a joint multipurpose/wellness facility has been signed, allowing the project to move forward into the construction phase.

North riverwalk project awaits floodplain approval

First phase will not include concrete on nature trail

A plan to develop a riverwalk on the north side of the Missouri River in Jefferson is still moving forward, but has stalled while waiting for a permit.

Jefferson City sales taxes exceed September projections

Revenue model forecasts $1.4M surplus for 2015 fiscal year

Jefferson City’s sales taxes are surging ahead of projections and the city’s revenue forecast model is now predicting an end-of-the-year surplus of about $1.4 million.

Agreement between parks, LU finalized

MOU lays out operations, funding of multipurpose facility

After months of closed-door discussions, the operating agreement for the planned multipurpose facility has been approved by both the Lincoln University Board of Curators and the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission.

LU, Parks-Rec sign memorandum for multiuse facility

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission has officially approved a memorandum of understanding with Lincoln University on how to operate the planned multipurpose facility, but the document will not be released until after Lincoln University approves it today.

Jefferson City Council approves 2016 budget, tax increase

The Jefferson City Council has put its seal of approval on the 2016 budget, which includes an increase to the city’s gross receipts utility tax rate from 5.65 percent to 6 percent.