Local Government

Columbia-area House, Senate candidates present their priority issues

From helping farmers to reforming the corrections system, candidates for area House and Senate seats share their priorities if elected.

Commission will ask clerk to verify Putting Kids First signatures

Supporters of a sales tax to fund mental health services for children and adolescents submitted more than 8,200 signatures in support of a November vote.


Northern District commission candidates raise more than $70,000

Janet Thompson has raised the most money among the four Democratic candidates for Boone County's Northern District commissioner, receiving support from lawyers, friends and family. The two Republican candidates, Lance Robbins and Don Bormann, have both raised about $10,000 with Robbins having a slight advantage.

UPDATE: Delta revises Columbia airport schedule to meet consumer demand

The airline will offer two daily flights to and from Atlanta throughout the week. Service to Memphis will be reduced to six times a week.

Demolition of two St. Joseph Street houses debated

Members of the Historic Preservation Commission seek alternatives to a plan by Boone County Family Resources to demolish two houses on St. Joseph Street.

Boone County Commission candidates talk tax incentives

The candidates for the Boone County Commission discussed the necessity of incentives, the pitfalls to be avoided and the importance of economic development.

Boone County commissioner candidates address home-rule, road concerns

The NAACP hosted a forum at which candidates for Boone County Northern District commissioner spoke on home rule and road repairs Tuesday evening.

Boone County receives award for information technology

Boone County was recognized for effective use of information technology again this year and has been ranked among the top 10 U.S. counties in its population category for seven of the past eight years.

City budget in 2013 calls for new initiatives, fee changes

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes unveiled the proposed spending plan on Tuesday morning. The City Council will hold a work session and a series of public hearings on the budget.

Gov. Nixon announces emergency help for drought-affected Missouri farmers

The governor authorized the state Soil and Water Districts Commission to implement an emergency program to help farmers drill or deepen wells to produce more water for livestock and crops.

Grass Roots Organizing, public housing residents to host meeting on Housing Authority plans

Proposed revitalization of downtown public housing apartments will be the focus of the discussion.


Boone County commission candidates discuss growth and planning

Protecting rural areas and reining in regulations were among the themes cited by candidates in the August primary.

Democratic candidates for Northern District commissioner discuss city, county cooperation

The Boone County Muleskinners hosted a forum at the Columbia Country Club on Friday.

Grindstone neighborhood expresses concerns about Break Time rezoning plan

A proposal to build a Break Time convenience store at Rock Quarry Road and Grindstone Parkway has raised concerns of the neighborhood. 

First Ward residents to meet tonight in Douglass Park pavilion

Residents from the First Ward and other citizens will be holding a meeting tonight at 6 at the Douglass Park pavilion to discuss recent events and problems the community faces.

Boone County Commission candidates weigh in on home rule

Although most of the Boone County Commission candidates think home rule would benefit Boone County, few see it as a priority.

Candidates for public administrator discuss visibility, challenges of office

Three of the four candidates running for Boone County public administrator discussed their qualifications, the lack of understanding of what a public administrator does and the challenges of the office.

Columbia council unanimously supports new pension plan for city employees

The council approved the report for a new pension plan that will decrease the city's unfunded pension liability. The plan will provide the city with $50 million in savings over 20 years. 

Columbia council approves Odles' Locust St. student housing, retail

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved a development plan for new student housing and retail space. The Locust Street properties are owned by the Brookside developers.


Columbia council approves annexation, rezoning of Peppers Nightclub property

The Columbia City Council voted Monday evening to annex and rezone the former Peppers Nightclub property.