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Local Government

Shaw wins Division 5 associate circuit court judge seat

The veteran public defender defeats Republican Mike Whitworth and will succeed retiring Judge Larry Bryson.

Atwill re-elected presiding commissioner of Boone County

The Democratic incumbent, who was appointed the top county official after the death of Ed Robb in 2011, was elected to a full four-year term for the first time.

McCollum wins county collector seat in close victory

The 13-year veteran of the collector's office will succeed his boss, Pat Lensmeyer.

Public info session on next draft of zoning revamp to be held next week

Two consulting firms leading a rewrite of Columbia's zoning and subdivision ordinances will seek public feedback Nov. 13.

Up-to-date Boone County results for Tuesday's election

In the 44th District, Caleb Rowden defeated Tom Pauley. And in the 47th District, Chuck Basye defeated John Wright.

'Ban the box' tabled for Chamber of Commerce review

The Chamber of Commerce wants to discuss the measure with its smaller businesses. The ordinance would delay the point when employers could ask applicants about criminal history.

Columbia City Council to vote on Gerbes gas station, "ban the box" legislation

Several amendments to the Gerbes proposal are intended to address neighbors' concerns. A "ban the box" measure is aimed at helping people get jobs after being incarcerated.

Proposition 1 would provide money for 15 firefighters

Revenue generated from the proposed property tax increase would enable the department to better staff Station 2 and a new Station 10.

McCollum cites office experience in election for Boone County collector

Democrat Brian McCollum has worked in the collector's office for more than 13 years and hopes to succeed his boss, Pat Lensmeyer, who is retiring.

Reisch draws on decades of political service for Boone County collector bid

The Republican mayor of Hallsville cites her family's long ties to Boone County and her political acumen as qualifications for the job.

Commissioner candidates discuss future of 911 center

A sales tax to fund a new building and an overhaul of the Public Safety and Joint Communications Center was approved by voters in 2013.

Presiding-commissioner candidate Pounds wants Boone County to stay affordable

The avid outdoorsman and self-employed construction worker says he wants Boone County to remain an affordable place to live.

Atwill points to law, military experience to keep office

The incumbent Democratic presiding commissioner hopes to be elected to a full term after being appointed in 2011.

Candidates discuss job creation, health care at NAACP forum

Ten candidates participated in the forum that also addressed relations between the city and county and issues specific to some offices.

Studies compare Columbia development fees to other municipalities

Proposition 2 would move Columbia's road fees into the upper half of cities with which it is frequently compared, but its overall development fees would remain relatively low.

What you need to know before you go the polls Nov. 4

The general election ballot includes statewide and local ballot issues as well as races for legislative and county offices.

Boone County Sheriff's Department to explore use of body cameras

The department will test the cameras before deciding whether it will use a portion of its Proposition L budget to purchase more of them.

In music or politics, Caleb Rowden focuses on relationships

Caleb Rowden, the Republican incumbent running for re-election for state representative for the 44th district, provides a unique background to the political race.

Proponent, opponent of Propositions 1 and 2 go head to head at League of Women Voters forum

Mayor Bob McDavid and former city councilman Larry Schuster debated the merits of a ballot initiative to raise property taxes and hire 40 new police officers and 20 new firefighters over the next five years, while Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala and Brian Toohey of the Columbia Board of Realtors discussed the pros and cons of higher development fees.

Changes in parks enhance accessibility

In 2010, the city developed a plan to make parks more accessible in order to comply with changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Many in the community are pleased with changes, but not all are satisfied. 

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