Caleb Rowden, the Republican incumbent running for re-election for state representative for the 44th district, provides a unique background to the political race.
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.
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.
The Central Missouri Development Council said the proposition, which would raise development fees to pay for roads, will make it too expensive to live in Columbia.
State candidates discussed highways, Medicaid and MU buildings, while county commissioner candidates talked about the fairgrounds and city-county relations.
Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe's proposal to decriminalize growing up to two marijuana plants failed by a 3-4 vote. Councilmen Ian Thomas and Michael Trapp also voted for it.
Plastic bags, park projects, new buildings packed the agenda along with the vote on an ordinance easing the city's marijuana ordinance.
Nora Dietzel is used to being the center of attention. Her singing allowed her to transition into theater, where she starred as the lead in several local plays. Now, Dietzel is the center of attention for a different reason: her campaign for Boone County recorder of deeds.
Almost half of Lisa Ballenger's life has been spent in the Boone County recorder of deeds' office working as deputy recorder. Now she's one of two candidates competing to replace her boss, who is retiring.
Visitors will soon have two entrances to choose from: one on Rollins Road and one on the south side of the West Lawn subdivision, where the park will be increased by five acres.
As sales tax collections become sluggish, the city is looking for a new strategy to increase its public safety forces.
The ordinance would decriminalize the possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana or the cultivation of up to two marijuana plants. It's scheduled for a public hearing and council vote Monday.
The Government Affairs Committee of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce urges voters to say yes to Proposition 1 and no to Proposition 2 on the November ballot.
Candidates for presiding commissioner, recorder and collector report how much money they've raised and spent in advance of the Nov. 4 general election.
Boone County candidates for collector and recorder of deeds, along with contenders for state House of Representatives, went to Hallsville to speak to a crowd of about 20 voters.
Proposition 2 would have developers pay a higher share of the cost for roads and would tie the fees to the number of vehicle trips their projects generate.
In a speech to the League of Women's Voters on Wednesday, Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, emphasized the need to increase funding for police officers, the minimum wage and the justice system, implying that people should be willing to pay for the society they want to have.
Early-voting advocate Wendy Noren explained at a luncheon Friday why Amendment 6 is not the right step forward for early voting in Missouri.
Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe's bill would allow Columbia residents to grow up to two marijuana plants without suffering felony prosecution.
Although The District does have the power to issue bonds, paying for utility projects is not its primary purpose, the board says.