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Madeleine Leroux

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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.

City looks to have ‘good discussion’ on economic development

Jefferson City officials may be looking to have a new discussion on economic development and what that service entails.

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‘Inefficient’ parking garage needs repairs

City looks to manage maintenance issues at Madison Street garage

Maintenance issues are ongoing at the city’s Madison Street parking garage, and city staff is waiting for direction from members of the Jefferson City Council on how to proceed with any needed repairs.

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Jefferson City ranked No. 2 for least expensive metropolitan area in U.S.

Jefferson City has been ranked as one of the least expensive metropolitan areas to live in the United States, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

MoDOT lays out Lafayette timeline

Roughly 30 people gathered at the Immaculate Conception Church on Thursday afternoon, hoping to learn more about the Lafayette Street interchange project.

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Which is safer? Columbia vs. Jefferson City

Rankings reveal discrepancies between how crimes are reported and prosecuted

In the past two years, Columbia has reported more crimes in nearly every single category than Jefferson City. But overall, according to a recent ranking by a real estate website, Jefferson City is a more dangerous community than Columbia.

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Downtown farmers’ market switching to Thursday nights

There’s only one Saturday left for the May Lincoln University Farmers’ Market at the downtown Jefferson City location, but the market isn’t leaving downtown just yet.

Panel endorses $500,000 for Lafayette enhancements

Resolution to go to full City Council

The Public Works and Planning Committee has endorsed spending $500,000 on enhancements to the new Lafayette Street interchange, and the full Jefferson City Council is expected to take up the issue June 2.

Residents demand fix for South Country Club Drive

After two months of committee meetings, a group of residents near South Country Club Drive say waiting a year for a potential fix to the road is unacceptable.

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Landmark awards honor historical efforts

Tuesday was a special day for Nicholas Monaco, who was honored for his work in historic preservation on the 50th anniversary of the completion of his first restoration.

Council to look at additional Lafayette interchange funding

County Commission asks city for $500,000 to add to county’s $1 million contribution

The Jefferson City Council is being asked to contribute $500,000 for enhancements to the new Lafayette Street interchange, which would go to supplement another $1 million the Cole County Commission has promised for the project.

Schulte resigns from City Council

Council members to nominate replacement as he moves to 5th Ward

Second Ward Councilman Shawn Schulte will resign from the Jefferson City Council, effective May 30, after he announced plans to move to the city’s 5th Ward.

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Hidden Spaces highlights redevelopment in Jeff City

A DIY approach?

The 4th annual Hidden Spaces, Secret Places tour begins this afternoon, highlighting redevelopment efforts throughout Jefferson City.

City begins internal search for fire chief

Jefferson City officials have begun the search for a new fire chief, but are looking only at current city employees — at least for now.

P&Z approves plans for adult day care

Facility to provide care, job training for adults with disabilities

The Jefferson City Planing and Zoning Commission has approved a rezoning plan to allow an adult day care that will provide care and job training for adults with disabilities.

Commission approves two parking requests

Two requests to limit parking were approved Wednesday by the Jefferson City Transportation and Traffic Commission.

County: Chamber doesn’t provide services outside city

The Cole County Commission will meet today with members of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce executive committee in a closed session to determine whether to continue contracting with the agency for economic development services.

Attorneys discuss legal consequences of social media

Think before you post

The Missouri Bar held spring committee meetings at the Capitol Plaza Hotel late last week with one committee devoted to social media and legal ethics.

City committee considers rewards for cost-saving ideas

Up to $10,000 per idea urged by new Jefferson City councilman

One Jefferson City councilman is advocating a new resident suggestion program that would reward those who submit cost-saving ideas.

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City sales tax receipts surge

Projections topped by more than $250,000; stunned city staff asks why

Jefferson City sales taxes surged ahead of projections and the city now is forecasting a surplus of more than $500,000 for the end of the fiscal year.