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Ruffin wins first ward

First Ward candidate Clyde Ruffin beat eight candidates* for a seat on the City Council on Tuesday with 24.26% of the vote. The First Ward, which encompasses downtown Columbia and part of the Business Loop area, had the most candidates in the election.

Proposition 2 voting results

Voters approved a measure proposing 25 percent rate increases in monthly stormwater bills over each of the next five fiscal years. The money raised by the measure will pay for $50 million to $100 million in upgrades to the city storm sewers.

Proposition 1 voting results

Voters approved a $63.1 million bond issue to pay for electric utility projects, including $36.15 million for new 161-kilovolt electric lines in southwest Columbia.

Proposition 1 voting results

Voters approved a $63.1 million bond issue to pay for electric utility projects, including $36.15 million for new 161-kilovolt electric lines in southwest Columbia.

Sixth Ward election results

Betsy Peters will represent the Sixth Ward on the City Council. She defeated her opponent, Ryan Euliss, by 35 votes.

Sixth Ward election results

Betsy Peters will represent the Sixth Ward on the City Council. She defeated her opponent, Ryan Euliss, by 35 votes.

Second Ward election results

Michael Trapp and Paul Love were candidates for City Council in the Second Ward.

School Board election results

The candidates for the Columbia School Board this year were Christine King, Darin Preis and Derek Wade.

Voter turnout for 2015 Municipal Election

In 46 precincts, 15,446 ballots were cast out of the 99,298 registered voters in Boone County.

102 acres in conservation dispute

North Central Missouri College and friends of a Columbia couple are at odds over 102 acres in northern Boone County near the Pinnacles. The land was donated to the school by Jim and Joanna Whitley after their deaths.

GRAPHIC: Gender-neutral living spaces

Gender-neutral housing will be available in College Avenue Hall and Gateway Hall next fall. In College Avenue, two or more students can share a multi-occupancy suite regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The bathrooms are private and only open to students living within a specific suite or room. Gateway Hall will have community-style rooms and unisex bathrooms located in the hallway. The bathrooms will have a common sink area available to students of all genders and private toilet and shower rooms with full-height walls and full-height lockable doors. Northwest Missouri State already has gender-neutral housing in place for upperclass and first-year students upon request.

GRAPHIC: Baby cafe opens in Sedalia

The Baby Cafe in the Bothwell Regional Health Center offers assistance and a comfortable space for breastfeeding mothers and their children.

Property owners ask county to rezone property near Muriel Williams Battle High School

Allen and Judy Ronnebaum and Melvin Heath asked the Boone County Commission to rezone their property at 3125 and 2901 Route Z, which totals nearly 28 acres, to allow them to build up to one home for every two-and-a-half acres.

Mobile home parks for sale

Ron Netemeyer, owner of Ed’s and Sunset Mobile Home Parks, has decided that, yes, he is selling. He is giving residents six months’ free rent and utilities as compensation.

Columbia Armory has standing

The Armory Sports and Recreation Center at 701 E. Ash St. made the National Historic Register in 1990 as a National Guard Armory, but it does not qualify as an early Cold War armory because it was built too early. The recreation center is used for basketball, volleyball, meetings and various other programs.

New Columbia Public Schools boundary map

The Columbia Public School District is currently working to readjust its boundary lines, adding in Beulah Ralph Elementary School. The boundary lines, including the new seventh school, are below. Fairview Road South and Chapel Wood road have been added back to the Fairview Elementary boundary, from which they had initially been removed.

Existing Columbia Public Schools boundary map

The Columbia Public School District is working to readjust several school boundary lines, adding in Beulah Ralph Elementary School. The lines of the six schools that will be affected are below.

GRAPHIC: Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission supports trail options backed by PedNet

The trails would connect the Grindstone Nature Area to Stephens Lake Park. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission supports options 1 and 3, which were recommended by PedNet, an active transportation advocacy group.

Hydrogen leak prompts evacuation at MU

Firefighters shut off a leaking hydrogen tank at the MU Animal Science Research Center after an employee failed to properly connect the full tank to an empty one. Center staff evacuated the building, and no one was injured in the accident.

GRAPHIC: CoMO Connect to introduce new bus shelters

CoMO Connect plans to introduce 30 to 40 new bus shelters at various bus stops around the city over the next two years. The city of Columbia partnered with MU students to design a sustainable shelter while also fulfilling the needs of riders.
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