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Madeleine Leroux

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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.

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Council discusses trash contract

Multiple contractors attend work session

The Jefferson City Council is preparing a new request for proposals on the city’s solid waste contract, reigniting discussions several aspects of the current service, including whether it should continue to be mandatory.

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Six candidates weigh in on city issues, opportunities

A six-way race is set for the Jefferson City mayoral seat, with 3rd Ward Councilman Bob Scrivner, Leonard Steinman, Carrie Tergin, Edith Vogel, Roy Viessman and Richard S. Groner all hoping to win the April 7 election.

Mayoral candidates make first appearance together

West Side Business Association hosts candidates

All six candidates for Jefferson City mayor gathered together Wednesday morning in their first appearance together.

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Bob Scrivner hopes to help city grow

Meet the candidates

Bob Scrivner says he wants to improve communication as the next Jefferson City mayor.

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Carrie Tergin wants to bring positive change

Meet the candidates

Carrie Tergin believes she can bring positive change to Jefferson City as its next mayor.

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Edith Vogel cites experience in mayoral bid

Meet the candidates

Edith Vogel says she has the experience to become Jefferson City’s next mayor.

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Roy Viessman seeks to market Jefferson City

Meet the candidates

Roy Viessman sees no better cheerleader for Jefferson City than himself.

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Richard Groner aspires to be strong leader

Meet the candidates

Richard S. Groner believes he is the strong leader Jefferson City needs in its next mayor.

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Leonard Steinman hopes to provide assistance

Meet the candidates

Leonard Steinman is in the race once again, hoping to assist residents of Jefferson City as its next mayor.

How Jefferson City landed 'Training for Life'

And what the next phase of development will be

Jefferson City was recently named as the site for a new Special Olympics Missouri facility, and that designation is due to the efforts of many supportive local businesses and officials.

JC Parks-Rec approves facility cost-share proposals

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission has approved two proposals to cost-share work for the planned multipurpose building with Lincoln University.

Historian urges whites, blacks to understand each other’s history

A fundamental difference in history may be the cause of so many perceived differences between races, according to one local historian and author.

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How many votes will it take to win Jefferson City mayor's race?

With no primary and six candidates, next mayor could be elected without a majority

It’s the first year Jefferson City is not holding a primary election, and six candidates will face off on the April ballot, each hoping to become mayor. Those two factors could mean the election is decided by a small portion of voters.

Council appoints first members of Public Transit Advisory Committee

The Jefferson City Council has appointed the first members of the newly-created Public Transit Advisory Committee.

Informational meeting set on Rock Island Trail proposal

An informational meeting will be held Thursday on a proposed conversion of the old Rock Island railroad bed across central Missouri into a biking and hiking trail.

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Following in her mother’s footsteps

Marcia Ramatowski continues her mother’s ABLE legacy

Retirement has not stopped Marcia Ramatowski from spending most of her days teaching and tutoring in Jefferson City.

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Hundreds attend Mite Hockey Jamboree

Tournament generates hotel stays, economic benefit for Jefferson City

Hundreds of children ages 6 to 8 spent the weekend in Jefferson City for the 2015 Winter Blast Mite Hockey Jamboree.

Jefferson City transit director hopes to bring new ideas

After one week on the job, Jefferson City’s new transit director is assessing operations and hopeful he’ll bring a “fresh perspective” to the role.

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Downtown Jefferson City seeks to pin down priorities for 2015

The Jefferson City Downtown Association is hoping to pin down a list of priorities for the year, but they could range anywhere from creating a downtown smart phone application to moving forward on a downtown conference center.

Parks, Lincoln moving forward on facility

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission is moving forward on a joint multipurpose facility with Lincoln University, but many details have yet to be worked out.

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$200,000 awarded to Jefferson City for wayfinding

Grants to fund new signs, information kiosks

Jefferson City is moving forward with plans for new signage throughout the city, though it may be more than a year before any signs are put in place.

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Jefferson City sales tax receipts come in above projections

2015 starts with increased revenue

The start of the new fiscal year has brought good news for Jefferson City officials.

Council tabs Medin for 5th Ward seat

The Jefferson City Council has a new member, though he’ll only last three months.

Jefferson City hires new transit director

Jefferson City officials have named a new transit director — Mark Mehmert, formerly the community development manager for the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.

$1.5M in credit approved for multipurpose building

Council, Parks approve memorandum of understanding

The Jefferson City Council has agreed to offer $1.5 million in a line of credit to help construct a four-court multipurpose facility.

Ward refiles for 2nd Ward council seat

Laura Ward has filed to retain her 2nd Ward seat on the Jefferson City Council.

Officials: Multipurpose building could serve citizens, draw tourists

As the Jefferson City Council considers whether to help fund a proposed multipurpose building, the facility’s purpose may have shifted somewhere between serving residents and attracting tourism.

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Day Care Center helps parents balance needs of job, kids

A Christmas Wish Part 5: Putting busy mom at ease

For Jenna Kelsey, the Jefferson City Day Care Center is what enables her go to work every day and not have to worry about her two daughters.

For nearly half-century, Jefferson City Day Care has nurtured children

The Jefferson City Day Care has sought to provide child care to those who may not otherwise be able to afford it for nearly 50 years.

Holiday hoops bring economic benefit

Annual tournament generates hotel room stays, dollars

The 2014 Capital City Holiday Hoops Showcase brings more than athletes to Jefferson City — it also brings added dollars to the community.

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Three vie for Jefferson City mayor’s seat

Other offices also draw candidates

After one day of filing, Jefferson City voters can expect at least one race on the April ballot.

JC Animal Shelter to search for new vet, director

Jefferson City soon will be searching for a new veterinarian and director for the Jefferson City Animal Shelter.

Council considers multipurpose funding options

The Jefferson City Council is considering how it can help fund a four-court multipurpose facility being pursued by the Parks and Recreation Commission and Lincoln University.

Council discusses process to replace Bray

The Jefferson City Council is now hoping to fill a soon-to-be vacant seat as quickly as possible in January.

Tergin announces run for mayor

Former 4th Ward Councilwoman Carrie Tergin plans to run for Jefferson City mayor.

Tergin announces run for mayor; filing opens Tuesday

Former 4th Ward Councilwoman Carrie Tergin plans to run for Jefferson City mayor.

2014 city budget ends with $1.5 million surplus

Jefferson City sales tax, franchise/utility taxes come in above projections

Jefferson City revenues have surged ahead of projections for the 2014 fiscal year, and officials expect to be able to return roughly $1.5 million into the city’s fund balance.

Rate increase adds cost to Jefferson City street lights

Jefferson City officials plan to use $100,000 previously dedicated to the Columbia Regional Airport to help cover an increase in the cost of powering city street lights.

Speed limit proposed for Mission Drive

A recommendation has been made to set the speed limit on Mission Drive, but drivers may have noticed speed limit signs already posted.

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City: Petition to change Lafayette Street name now withdrawn

A proposal to change the name of Lafayette Street is being withdrawn without a meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission after Jefferson City officials found the petition did not meet the standards of city code.