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Madeleine Leroux

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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.

Parks, LU may move forward with facility

Plans for a potential multipurpose building in Jefferson City are continuing to evolve as a deadline for a decision looms. Two entities have decided to try and move forward with a project they can afford to do on their own.

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JC-area mom named 2014 Parent of the Year

A family love of sports

Not many people can call themselves parent of the year, but Kimberly Atnip can.

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Jaycees Christmas Parade helps bring in holiday season

The 75th annual Jefferson City Jaycees Christmas parade brought many area families downtown Saturday, huddled under layers and some covered in blankets, all ready to enjoy all that comes with this time of year.

LU: Quick decision needed on multipurpose partnership

City officials suggest tourism funds could be used

The deadline is approaching for a decision on whether a partnership between Lincoln University and the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission for a proposed multipurpose building will become a reality.

‘Hidden infrastructure’ aging in Jefferson City

Some underground pipes more than 100 years old

Across the country, pipes lying below ground are getting older, leading to more cracks, leaks and all out breaks. Jefferson City’s wastewater and stormwater systems are struggling with the same issues as Missouri American Water's infrastructure.

Jefferson City looks to regulate ride-sharing

Jefferson City is looking to get ahead of any potential issues as ride-sharing companies become more popular in other communities.

JC Council approves boundary line with St. Martins

The Jefferson City Council has approved an agreement with St. Martins that establishes a boundary between the two cities for future annexation efforts.

NAACP march could impact holiday events

JC officials waiting to make decisions on whether to move Living Windows

Donna Deetz, organizer of this year’s Living Windows, said last week that the Downtown Association is waiting on any potential decision to move the event until after they know more. She said the association is waiting for the Jefferson City Police Department to advise them on the situation.

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Friday's Jefferson City shopping turns calm, quiet

Thanksgiving store openings lead to smaller crowds on Black Friday

By mid-morning Friday, lines at most retail stores in Jefferson City had decreased and shoppers said they enjoyed a much calmer Black Friday than normal.

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Community celebrates Thanksgiving

Volunteers make sure holiday meals are available

For many residents of Jefferson City's Dulle and Hamilton Towers, Thanksgiving provides an opportunity to come together as a community. Residents, families and friends gathered Thursday morning for a full turkey meal provided by Audrey Kauffman and the Immaculate Conception Church.

Old RR Donnelley facility sold

The former RR Donnelley facility has been sold, but the exact buyer and selling price still are unknown.

Firefighters continue work on fire museum

Jefferson City firefighters are continuing their slow, but steady, work on turning an abandoned fire station into a museum reflecting the history of the Fire Department.

Council considers options for 5th Ward seat

Members seeking input from ward residents

Members of the Jefferson City Council are trying to decide how best to handle an upcoming vacancy on the council, and some are hoping to hear from residents on what should be done.

Schreiber announces intent to run for 5th Ward

Mark Schreiber has announced his intention to run for the 5th Ward seat on the Jefferson City Council.

Preliminary plans eyed for multipurpose partnership

Lincoln University wants things to move quickly

Jefferson City officials are trying to get a clearer picture of what a collaborative multipurpose facility would look like, but the clock is ticking to get the project moving.

Downtown Jefferson City CID slowly moving forward

Meeting in January to decide next steps

The Jefferson City Downtown Association is undertaking a slow but steady process in deciding whether to pursue a new taxing district to help cover costs of beautification and maintenance.

City projects $1.4 million surplus for 2014

With one month left of sales tax reports for the year, Jefferson City revenues are expected to exceed projections by more than $1 million for the 2014 fiscal year.

Resident urges community outreach for bicycle safety

One Mid-Missouri resident is hoping to increase bicycle safety in Jefferson City.

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Moving Wall returning to Jeff City in 2015

Ten years after its initial visit, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall is returning to Jefferson City next fall.

Council to consider HVAC proposal for JCPD

Total project would cost roughly $1 million

Jefferson City officials are looking to take one step forward in replacing a 35-year-old heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the Police Department.

Bray elected Cole County recorder of deeds

Ralph Bray will be the next Cole County recorder of deeds after defeating 19-year incumbent Larry Rademan.

City considers boundary line

The Jefferson City Council is considering a proposed agreement with St. Martins that would establish a boundary between the two cities for future annexation efforts.

Rademan, Bray both say Recorder is most important office

Candidates for the Cole County recorder of deeds office may not agree on much, but they both believe it is one of the most important offices in the county.