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Madeleine Leroux

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New dance music festival to begin in August

Sensationblü to celebrate vibrancy of Jefferson City

A new high-energy event is coming to Jefferson City this summer, and the organizer hopes it will be a celebration of the city’s vibrancy.

Council hears suggestions for capital improvement sales tax funds

The Jefferson City Council was approached Monday night by two residents with suggestions for how to use funds from the next capital improvement sales tax installment.

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Officials: Budget cuts continue to affect public works department

While Jefferson City has seen its borders grow in the last 65 years, the Public Works Department staff has shrunk, leaving limited resources to handle the increased workload.

Council sets up discussions for 2016 budget, sales tax G

Jefferson City officials are laying the ground work for the 2016 budget, preparing the City Council for the tough decisions ahead.

City looks to revamp website

Update to site focuses on being user-friendly

Jefferson City revises 2015 street overlay list

Two streets added, three removed

The annual street overlay list for 2015 has received minor changes in the last month, with two streets added, three removed and one changed.

Liquor board upholds license suspension for Xpress Liquor

The Jefferson City Liquor Control Board upheld a one-day liquor license suspension of Xpress Liquor & Smokes after the store owner appealed the initial suspension.

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Mayor Tergin sworn in

Jefferson City’s newest mayor took her seat last night, but not before the now former Mayor Eric Struemph was honored for his service to the city.

City’s charter has not been formally reviewed in 30 years

It’s been nearly 30 years since Jefferson City voters approved the City Charter, setting up the foundation and rules for the city’s government operations. And there has never been a formal review of the charter to ensure it still holds up to city practices today.

Incoming mayor has suggested LU, county, city and state could work better together

Incoming Mayor Carrie Tergin will be sworn in Monday night and one of her first priorities is to reach out to area groups and entities to build and strengthen partnerships.

Jefferson City officials gear up for next sales tax

Sales tax G for capital improvements expected on 2016 ballot

Jefferson City officials are preparing for the next installment of the half-cent capital improvements sales tax, expected to be placed on the ballot sometime next year.

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A passion for preservation

Steve Veile wants to save tangible elements of Jefferson City history

For Steve Veile, preserving Jefferson City is more of a passion than a hobby.

Jefferson City sales tax receipts top projections

For the second month in a row, Jefferson City sales tax receipts have come in above projections, with receipts totaling more than $1 million in each month.

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2nd annual Color Vibe set for Saturday

First in the nation to be a night event

Jefferson City’s downtown will be more colorful than usual Saturday evening, as the Central Missouri Color Vibe Race returns to the Capital City.

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Jefferson City's mayor-elect prepares for new role

In a field of six mayoral candidates, it was unlikely the next Jefferson City mayor would gain a large majority of voter support.

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Incumbents, one newcomer win seats on Jefferson City Council

It comes as no surprise that four incumbents of the Jefferson City Council and one newcomer won council seats Tuesday — all five spots were uncontested.

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Tergin elected Jefferson City mayor

Becomes second female mayor in city’s history

Carrie Tergin will be the next mayor of Jefferson City. Tergin won Tuesday’s election with roughly 41 percent of the vote in Jefferson City. Tergin was one of six candidates seeking the office, winning with 2,872 ballots cast for her.

Council approves contract for key, road improvements

Residents may soon notice additional construction near Stadium Boulevard, Christy Drive and Monroe Street.

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Struemph stepping back from politics

Jefferson City mayor leaves office April 20

After four years as Jefferson City mayor, Eric Struemph will step back from local politics, though he’s unsure what the future holds.

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Tergin tops mayoral candidates in fundraising

Entering the final week of Jefferson City’s mayoral campaign, Carrie Tergin had raised more than twice as much as Bob Scrivner, her nearest competitor in the money race, and has nearly four times as much remaining campaign funds as Scrivner.

JCPD looks to replace in-car cameras

Chief: Police have no operational in-car cameras

The Jefferson City Police Department wants to purchase new in-car cameras, as the department has no operational cameras left.

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Judge, prosecutor look to continue efforts with municipal court

It’s been four years since Cotton Walker and Brian Stumpe took office in the Jefferson City Municipal Court and both are looking forward to potential improvements to municipal court in their next term.

Candidates for school board, JC mayor discuss transparency in government

For school board candidates, an issue often cited is a lack of confidence in the existing board, while some mayoral candidates have said the city needs to make more efforts to be as transparent as possible.

Liquor licenses suspended for 2 Jefferson City stores

Police found both sold alcohol to a minor

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Mayoral candidates discuss growth, conference center

Miffed Steinman walks out in mid-forum

With the election two weeks away, more than 60 people came to watch candidates for Jefferson City mayor discuss city issues Monday night.

Schreiber ready to serve the 5th Ward

Newcomer to City Council unopposed on April ballot

Mark Schreiber believes he’s ready to do his part and serve Jefferson City as a member of the City Council.

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Hundreds take part in annual Pinewood Derby

Hundreds of Cub Scouts gathered together Saturday to race in the annual Five Rivers District Pinewood Derby. The 2015 Pinewood Derby was at the Blair Oaks Middle School, a new location for the annual event.

Current, former city administrators discuss role of position

Personality of next mayor can have huge effect on job

Jefferson City voters will go to the polls in less than three weeks to choose a new mayor, and whoever gets the job will need to work with the city administrator to get things done.

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Jefferson City plans for 2015 street overlay program

Draft list subject to change

Some Jefferson City streets soon will receive attention as city staff finalizes the 2015 street overlay list.

Former fire station to celebrate 80th anniversary

Open house to show future fire museum

The Jefferson City Fire Department is preparing to celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of its former fire stations and the future site of a fire museum.

Graham sees more work to be done

4th Ward councilman unopposed on April ballot

Fourth Ward Councilman Carlos Graham says he wants to continue working on the issues he cares about in the next two years on the Jefferson City Council.

Current, former JC mayors talk about the role, expectations

The News Tribune sat down with current Mayor Eric Struemph and former mayors John Landwehr, Tom Rackers and Duane Schreimann to discuss how each saw the role of the mayor while in office.

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Jefferson City mayoral candidates spend thousands on campaigns

Campaign finance reports show Scrivner, Tergin top donations

With less than one month before the election, candidates for Jefferson City mayor are starting to spend more in their efforts to win on April 7.

Jefferson City sales tax receipts surge ahead

Jefferson City sales tax receipts have surged ahead of projections in March, with year-end totals also projected to be higher than budgeted.

2 convenience stores get city liquor licenses suspended

Police found both sold alcohol to minor

Two Jefferson City convenience stores will receive liquor license suspensions after police found alcohol was sold to a minor at both locations.

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Fighting fire for 40 years

Chief Dennis Braun leads family of firefighters

After 40 years of fighting fires, Dennis Braun still is not ready to stop.

3rd Ward's Ken Hussey has more to accomplish

Councilman unopposed on April ballot

After nearly two years in office, 3rd Ward Councilman Ken Hussey says there’s still more work to be done for Jefferson City.

6 mayoral candidates: More revenue is needed

But aspirants diverge on how to raise funds

With a six-way race set for the mayoral seat, the News Tribune sat down with each mayoral candidate to ask whether they believe Jefferson City needs to increase its revenues and, if so, how.

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Prison tours turn $82,000 profit to be reinvested in MSP

Tours at the old Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) are continuing to grow and, despite a shortened season and fewer tour offerings, 2014 turned out to have the highest attendance yet.

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Jefferson City mayoral candidates face off in forum

The six candidates for Jefferson City mayor squared off in their first forum Tuesday night, covering a range of issues from trash to the use of email.

Chamber outlines efforts to develop economy

Joint city-county meeting sought to discuss 2015 priorities

According to the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, both Jefferson City and Cole County saw an “anticipated economic return” of roughly $641,000 in 2014.

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Laura Ward 'just getting started'

2nd Ward councilwoman unopposed on April ballot

After roughly eight months on the Jefferson City Council, 2nd Ward Councilwoman Laura Ward is facing her first election, though she has no opponent.

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Scouting for Food seeks donations

Scouts to pick up food next weekend for Samaritan Center

Continuing a tradition of charitable efforts, hundreds of Boy Scouts took to Jefferson City streets Saturday to spread the word about the upcoming Scouting for Food drive.

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Mayoral candidates weigh in on lodging tax, conference center

Though discussion of a potential Jefferson City conference center has dropped off since early last year, the dedicated lodging tax continues to collect funds earmarked for the promotion of tourism.

Jefferson City Fire Department testing new technology

Department received up to $50,000 in free equipment

The Jefferson City Fire Department is acting as a test site for new technology, affording the department thousands of dollars of equipment at no cost.

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Branch enjoys service on City Council

1st Ward Councilman faces no opposition on April ballot

Jim Branch has served as 1st Ward councilman on the Jefferson City Council for nearly two years and is ready for another term.

Jefferson City's municipal court eyes parks offices

Need for space could move court to parks offices once multipurpose building is complete

As the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department eyes a new multipurpose building on the campus of Lincoln University, some city officials are looking at the current parks offices on Monroe Street as the perfect new home for municipal court.

Committee discusses HVAC replacement

The process is moving forward to replace a 36-year-old heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the Jefferson City Police Department.

Missouri Senate advances municipal courts reform

Legislation would limit local revenues from traffic fines

One-third of the 27 Mid-Missouri communities with municipal courts could be affected by a proposed law the state Senate approved Tuesday. A final vote is needed before the measure can be sent to the House.

Transit Committee meets for first time

Members of the Public Transit Advisory Committee met for the first time Monday, getting an overview of Jefferson City’s transit system and direction on where future discussion may lead.