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Madeleine Leroux

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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.