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Madeleine Leroux

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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

Executive Q&A

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.

Parks, Lincoln to keep pact closed until approved

Neither entity agrees to release document ahead of vote

An agreement between the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission and Lincoln University on how to operate the planned multipurpose facility is being kept closed even as both entities are expected to vote on it this week.

Multipurpose building now ‘wellness center’

Name tied to university’s grant funding

The planned multipurpose building in Jefferson City has become known as the university and community wellness center, a change directly tied to the funds Lincoln University has for the joint project.

City may loosen transportation rules

Would allow companies like Uber to operate in Jefferson City

Jefferson City officials are discussing potential changes to allow more transportation options, such as Uber, to operate in the Capital City.

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Lockwood's announcement made amid tensions between commission, staff

Plan to retire comes as multipurpose project gears up

Bill Lockwood, who has served as director of the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, has announced his retirement date, all while the department tries to complete one of its biggest projects.

Jefferson City Council changes 2016 draft budget

For the past month, members of the Jefferson City Council have discussed, debated and changed the draft 2016 budget presented by Mayor Carrie Tergin at the end of July.

Panel considers a stiffer seat belt ordinance

Jefferson City officials to focus on education in seat belt safety

Jefferson City officials will look at increasing education of seat belt safety starting in elementary schools as a way to promote more compliance within the area.

Committee approves 2016 Jefferson City budget

Balanced budget to be considered by full council Sept. 8

After one month of meetings and discussions, the Budget Committee has approved the draft 2016 Jefferson City budget, which now will be considered by the full City Council for final approval.

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Are further funds needed if riverfront project moves forward?

As talk of Adrian’s Island returns to Jefferson City, some News Tribune readers have indicated a desire to keep new taxpayer dollars out of any future development.

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Buescher properties won't be sold

Taxes paid for four properties at risk of being sold

No Barbara Buescher properties will be for sale in the near future after the property owner paid the necessary taxes to the Cole County collector.

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LU wants Chestnut Street vacated

Issue to go to full City Council for discussion

A proposal to vacate Chestnut Street to Lincoln University has resurfaced after the Jefferson City Council took no action on a similar proposal more than two years ago.

No decision on utility tax hike

Council to continue discussion at Monday budget hearing

The Jefferson City Council heard little feedback Monday on a potential increase to the city’s gross receipts utility tax.

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Bridging the gap between community and university

Jefferson City’s first student liaison hopes to be an example to younger students

Jonathan Jackson’s love of people has driven him to set an example he hopes others will follow.

Fall 2016 opening of multipurpose building may be at risk

Is it an overly optimistic timeline?

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission continues to work toward a partnership with Lincoln University on a new multipurpose building, but further delays may cause issues with the university’s stated goal of opening by fall 2016.

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Utility tax increase could cost businesses thousands

Chamber: Talk of rate hike could impact sales tax vote

The Jefferson City Council is considering whether to increase the city’s gross receipts utility tax, a move that would affect the largest businesses the most.