Local Government

UPDATE: Mayor announces new flights between Columbia and Orlando

The additional service will force the city to address needs at the Columbia Regional Airport terminal, Mayor Bob McDavid says.

Consultant urges quick decision on 911 tax

The Public Safety Joint Communications Committee discussed options for placing a tax proposal on next April's ballot at a meeting Wednesday.

Construction begins on east-central Columbia sidewalks Monday

Sidewalk construction will begin Monday along an 18-block area in east-central Columbia. The Public Works Department aims to have the construction completed in November.

Columbia police to step up enforcement in school zones

A grant from the Missouri Division of Highway Safety will allow the Columbia Police Department to increase its presence in school zones during August.

Boone County fire district tests innovative Blitzfire nozzle

The Boone County Fire Protection District is testing an innovative nozzle that is more portable and includes a built-in safety feature. 

Columbia employees begin work on Missouri's largest solar array

City employees began work Monday on what will be the state's largest solar array. It will be capable of producing 1,000 kilowatt hours per hour of electricity.

First riders board Columbia's FastCAT bus route

Monday morning marked the inaugural drive for the new bus route. FastCAT is a renewed effort by the city to revitalize the downtown bus system with a more student-centered route.

Former Columbia police officer Rob Sanders charged with third-degree assault

A special prosecutor charged former Columbia police officer Rob Sanders with third-degree assault 360 days after police released a security video showing him push a suspect into a holding cell wall. Sanders could face up to one year in jail. 

Columbia Transit's FastCAT bus route debuts Monday

The city's FastCAT route is scheduled to begin operating at 6:30 a.m. Monday.  FastCAT is designed to be student-focused. The route will run through MU, Stephens College and the downtown area.


Campaign efforts in Missouri dwindle for Obama, strengthen for Romney

Area Democrats are optimistic but don't see the same strong Obama campaign efforts and organizing they witnessed in 2008.

Proposal to double city manager's severance pay a 'vote of confidence'

At its next meeting, the City Council could change Mike Matthes' severance pay from six months' to 12 months' salary. The new severance isn't outside the normal range for managers of cities similar in size to Columbia.

City Counselor's Office possibly hiring new lawyer to work exclusively with police

The Columbia Police Department may soon have a full-time attorney working exclusively with it because of the amount of legal work it generates.

Thompson, Bormann win Boone County northern commissioner primary races

Janet Thompson won the Democratic primary for Boone County Northern District commissioner. She will run against Don Bormann, who won the Republican nomination, in November.

Boone County voters share their thoughts on primary election

The ballot includes races for federal, state and county offices, along with a constitutional amendment.

Richards, Sullivan win nominations for Boone County public administrator

Democratic incumbent Cathy D. Richards won her party's nomination against previous incumbent Connie Bell Hendren. Republican John D. Sullivan won against opponent Norman Lampton. 

Boone County voters choose members for party central committees

Janice Faaborg narrowly defeated Phyllis Fugit in Katy Township, and Bruce Cornett, chairman of the Boone County Republican Party Central Committee, retained his seat by two votes.

Missouri primaries feature several hot races

Polls are open Tuesday until 7 p.m.

Up-to-the-minute Boone County primary election results

Here are the first primary election results reported Tuesday by the Boone County Clerk's Office.

Columbia council decides to hire zoning consultant, approves transit changes

Planning and Zoning will be aided by an outside consultant in the overhaul to the zoning regulations as Columbia considers making a move toward form-based zoning. 

Chairwoman Fugit faces challenge for seat on the Boone County Democratic Central Committee

An unusual challenge for the Katy Township committeewoman position on the Boone County Democratic Central Committee puts chairwoman's seat at risk.