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Madeleine Leroux

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Thursday Night Live returns for fall series

Thursday Night Live kicks off its fall series this week, starting with Soup Stock and launching an “artslive” weekend of events in downtown Jefferson City.

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Central Missouri Community Action to purchase JC cafe

‘A social enterprise’

Cafe Via Roma will operate under new ownership later this fall, bringing a new work environment and model to the Jefferson City business.

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MSP demolition nears completion

More than 20 structures deemed blighted have been demolished on the site of the old Missouri State Penitentiary.

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City, county discuss Stadium Drive project

Jefferson City and Cole County officials are planning the next big project for the area, designed to address traffic congestion at U.S. 54 and Stadium Boulevard.

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State completes repair work at MSP

After months of work, repairs at the old Missouri State Penitentiary are complete, state and city officials announced Tuesday.

Jefferson City Council sets property tax rate

The Jefferson City Council set the property tax rate for the next year, leaving it unchanged.

Jefferson City sales taxes come in above projections

Second consecutive month boosts hopes for surplus

With another month of city sales taxes exceeding expectations, Jefferson City is now projecting an end-of-the-year surplus of just under $1 million.

Parks, Rec discusses multipurpose collaborations

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission is considering ways to ease the financial burden of constructing a multipurpose building, looking at both collaborations and sponsorships.

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Dunklin-Lafayette intersection to reopen this week

After more than two months, the Dunklin and Lafayette intersection is expected to reopen by the end of this week.

Why did transportation sales tax fail?

Where and why did the Missouri transportation sales tax, or Amendment 7, fail?

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Rejection of transportation sales tax effects cities, counties

Amendment 7: What's next?

With the failure of Constitutional Amendment 7, known as the transportation sales tax, comes the loss of $40 million worth of projects that would have come to Cole County and funds that would have gone to both county and city governments.

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Transit advisory committee moves forward

A proposed transit advisory group for Jefferson City is moving forward after a City Council committee put its stamp of approval on the proposal.

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Voters reject Cole County zoning

Cole County voters have rejected a proposal to adopt countywide zoning in what turned out to be a tight race.

Costales tries to push hiring new fire chief

One Jefferson City councilman tried to fill the city’s fire chief position Monday night, but was unable to begin any discussion.

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Piccadilly event seeks to raise $15,000 for downtown beautification

Roughly 300 people gathered in the 100 block of East High Street in downtown Jefferson City on Saturday evening, with nearly all dressed in white.

City administrator considers two candidates for fire chief

Recommendation to council expected in about one month

A new Jefferson City fire chief may be recommended to the City Council in about one month, after the city administrator evaluates two candidates for the position.

Fire captain drawn to service, work of firefighting

A love for the service

For Capt. Matt Schofield, firefighting and its daily challenges help keep him on his toes. Schofield is one of two candidates being considered by City Administrator Steve Crowell for the Jefferson City fire chief position.

Interim fire chief says he’s ready for full-time job

A family tradition of fighting fire

For Jason Turner, firefighting is all he ever wanted to do. He is one of two candidates being considered by City Administrator Steve Crowell for the fire chief position.

Committee approves funds for police training

The Public Safety Committee has approved a request for additional training funds for Jefferson City police officers.

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Special Olympics Missouri ‘willing to listen’ to JC proposal

Push to move new athletic training campus to Jefferson City fraught with complications

Though it may be a longshot, Jefferson City chamber officials are leading a push to merge a planned multipurpose building with a new athletic training campus planned by Special Olympics Missouri.

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Pros and cons of Cole County zoning

After years of drafting an outline for zoning in Cole County, the issue of whether to adopt zoning in the county will be put to voters on the Aug. 5 ballot.

ParksRec eyes partnership with Special Olympics

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission may consider a partnership for the planned multipurpose building.

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Waiting’s almost over at Capital Mall

Owners: $36 million renovation plan to begin this summer

Shoppers at the Capital Mall will start seeing some changes by the end of September in what will be an ongoing process of multi-million dollar renovations.

Jefferson City delays budget process

Budget discussions to start in late August or early September

Jefferson City will see a late start to the annual budget process as city officials try to estimate the impact of state issues on the August ballot and in the September veto session.

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Nixon vetoes two bills with local ties

Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday vetoed the bills allowing alcohol sales at the Capitol and letting local governments transfer some closed pension plans to LAGERS, the state’s Local Government Employees Retirement System.

Jefferson City sales taxes come in above projections

Jefferson City sales taxes have surged ahead with the city now projecting an end-of-the-year surplus of more than $800,000.

Laura Ward wins Ward 2 Council seat

Capital Mall TIF activated

The Jefferson City Council has voted to name Laura Ward as the new 2nd Ward council representative.

Committee sets timeline to make recommendation for fire chief

The Fire Chief Recommendation Committee has set a tight timeline to make its recommendation to the city administrator of Jefferson City.

Council to choose new Ward 2 representative tonight

The Jefferson City Council will choose between two candidates tonight for the open 2nd Ward seat.

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City officials: More discussion needed on transit’s goals

The Jefferson City Council is moving forward with potential plans to hire a consultant for the city’s transit system and form some type of transit advisory group, but city officials say more discussion is needed on transit to figure out what is really wanted.

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City set to hire consultant for transit strategic plan

The Jefferson City Council is moving forward with a request for proposals process to hire a consultant, who would help draft a strategic plan for the city’s transit system.

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Who will represent Jefferson City's Ward 2?

Two council candidates discuss city issues, their qualifications

The Jefferson City Council will decide next week who will take the vacant 2nd Ward seat — either Carolyn McDowell or Laura Ward.

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State unsure of where job cuts will be

Officials hopeful pay hike will be restored

The state is expected to cut 263 full-time positions statewide and another 23 new positions in the new fiscal year, as part of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s announced cuts to the 2015 budget.

Full tour offerings begin at MSP

Full tour offerings are resuming at the old Missouri State Penitentiary after months of limited access.

Councilman sponsors 4th Ward Citizen of the Month program

Fourth Ward Councilman Glen Costales is looking to reward those residents who keep others in mind and perform good deeds.

Local officials: Nixon’s veto ‘disappointing’

Jefferson City area leaders are calling at least one aspect of the freezes and vetoes announced Tuesday “extremely disappointing.”

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Fire Station No. 3 nearly complete

Jefferson City firefighters soon will be moving into the new Fire Station No. 3.

Survey on fire chief position available to public

A three-question survey now is available to the public to provide input on the Jefferson City fire chief position and search.

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Ward 2 nominees meet with public

Roughly 30 people came out Monday night for a chance to meet with, and hear from, two candidates for a vacant seat on the Jefferson City Council.

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Firefighters remember Capt. Pete Oetting

Jefferson City firefighters spent time Saturday afternoon honoring the memory of retired Capt. Pete Oetting who died at age 68 on Tuesday.

Committee to seek public input on fire chief position

Jefferson City soon will seek input from residents on the open fire chief position.

Tatman withdraws from 2nd Ward consideration

Allen Tatman has withdrawn his name from consideration for the open 2nd Ward seat on the Jefferson City Council.

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Eldon woman trying to identify collected military memorabilia

Gloria Horn has been trying to find the family of those pictured in old military photos after finding the photos herself at a yard sale in Eldon. For at least a month, Horn has been looking for anyone who may know who the photos belong to.

3 nominated for open seat on Council

Three Jefferson City residents have been nominated to fill the 2nd Ward seat on the City Council, recently vacated by Shawn Schulte.

Jefferson City Council, mayor discuss city vision

Members of the council each hold their own individual vision for Jefferson City, but they all stated an established city vision would come from collaboration between the mayor, council and community, though some added the city administrator also would play a role in drafting the vision.

Jefferson City sales taxes down for June, up for year

Jefferson City sales taxes fell behind the latest monthly projects, but city staff still is expecting the fiscal year to end with more than $600,000 in surplus funds.

Fire chief panel looks at options for search

The citizen committee put together to provide a recommendation on a new Jefferson City fire chief met for the first time Thursday and began to discuss available options for the process moving forward.

Street name change sparks residents’ ire

A portion of Frog Hollow Road is on the way to being renamed Tree Valley Lane.

Area resident proposes pavilion in north Jefferson City

One area resident is hoping to see a pavilion constructed in north Jefferson City and says all the necessary materials will be donated.

New city adminstrator continues to learn, assess city

It’s been 90 days since Steve Crowell began his duties as the new city administrator for Jefferson City.