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Madeleine Leroux

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City: Petition to change Lafayette Street name now withdrawn

A proposal to change the name of Lafayette Street is being withdrawn without a meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission after Jefferson City officials found the petition did not meet the standards of city code.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

Scrivner running for mayor

The Jefferson City mayoral race is already kicking off, two months before filing is set to begin.

Scrivner announces candidacy for Jefferson City mayor

Bob Scrivner, current 3rd Ward councilman and president pro tempore, announced his candidacy for mayor Monday, just a few days after current Mayor Eric Struemph announced he would not seek re-election due to health issues and family responsibilities.

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Beverly Stafford seeks to help those with vision

For Beverly Stafford, her job is really about turning the visions of others into reality, and she loves doing it.

Bus service to serve new St. Mary’s by request

‘Deviated’ route will serve hospital location

Transit service to the new St. Mary’s Health Center will begin Nov. 17, the day after the new location will begin accepting patients.

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Mayor cites health issues in not seeking re-election

Also wants to spend time with his family

Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph will not seek re-election in the spring, citing health concerns and family responsibilities.

Parks, LU move forward on potential partnership

A potential partnership between the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department and Lincoln University is moving forward as both entities continue work on collaborative multipurpose building.

Council OKs 2015 budget

The Jefferson City Council officially has put a budget in place for the new fiscal year, but has put a slight hold on some of the newly funded positions.

JC Council looks to create environment for business growth

As Jefferson City prepares to start a new fiscal year Nov. 1, some officials are closely watching the city’s revenues, which have largely remained flat in the last few years.

Generating revenue — What are sources of Jefferson City’s funds?

The News Tribune sat down with Jefferson City officials to discuss the city’s existing revenues and whether, after several years of tight budgets, the city needs to look at increasing its revenues.

Jefferson City Parks, SOMO collaboration abandoned

Chamber to submit proposal to have Training for Life Campus on unidentified 12 acres

A potential collaboration between the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission and Special Olympics Missouri has come to a halt before it ever really began.

Next step for potential downtown CID

A survey for all downtown property owners and businesses is out today and likely will decide whether Jefferson City’s downtown will look to start a new taxing district to help cover costs of beautification and maintenance.

Open house for downtown business, property owners will test chances for CID

Jefferson City’s downtown is considering a new taxing district to help cover costs of beautification and maintenance, but only if the support exists among businesses and property owners in the district.

2015 draft budget for Jefferson City places priority on staffing levels

The Jefferson City budget committee has concluded its work and put its stamp of approval on the draft 2015 budget, but not without making several changes to what had been proposed by Mayor Eric Struemph.

Committee approves draft of 2015 Jefferson City budget

Final approval expected at Oct. 20 City Council meeting

After more than one month of discussions, the Budget Committee has put its stamp of approval on the draft 2015 budget for Jefferson City.

Commission opts to keep existing street parking on Creek Trail Drive

Employees and customers of businesses on Creek Trail Drive will be able to continue using on-street parking after several property and business owners voiced objections to a proposal to strip that ability.

ParksRec, Lincoln continue discussions for shared facility

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission is continuing its discussions with Lincoln University on a potential collaboration for a multipurpose building.

City owns an aging vehicle fleet

Jefferson City officials seeking long-range plan for vehicle, equipment replacement

Jefferson City officials likely will have to consider how to address an aging fleet of vehicles, and some officials may be looking for a more global approach in addressing the issue.

Life, Liberty and Property Summit encourages people to act

Getting involved in politics

Get involved. It’s a message heard often by those hoping to affect change, and it was heard again at the Life, Liberty and Property Summit held Saturday at the DoubleTree hotel in Jefferson City.

JC Council to consider new financial policies

How much should be kept in reserves?

New financial policies will soon be introduced to the Jefferson City Council for consideration, but most discussion is likely to center around the question of how much should be kept in reserve funds.

Public hearing on city budget set for Monday

The Jefferson City Council is inviting public comment on the draft 2015 budget at its regular council meeting Monday.

New sculpture celebrates family in Jefferson City

If you regularly drive through the roundabout at Stadium Boulevard and Hyde Park Road, you soon may notice a new feature — a life-sized sculpture.

Council nearing end of budget discussions

After nearly one month of meetings, the Jefferson City Council is starting to wind down its budget discussions.

Betts appointed director of finance, IT

The Jefferson City Council approved the appointment of Bill Betts as the director of finance and information technology Monday, effectively merging the two departments he oversees.

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Contract talks expected to resurrect some trash service sentiments

Jefferson City is in the process of preparing a scope of services for the city’s next solid waste services, or trash, contract, but whether anything will change after the six-year contract with Allied Waste Services ends likely will depend on whether any other company submits a bid.

Many skirt Jefferson City's mandatory trash service

City attorney: ‘It’s not a foolproof system’

It’s been nearly five years since Jefferson City enacted an ordinance making trash service mandatory for all residents, but not all residents have embraced the requirement.

City seeks to merge finance, IT departments

Move would save $100,000 in 2015 fiscal year

The Jefferson City Council is expected to decide Monday whether to merge two departments and fill the last high-level vacancy at City Hall.