Local Government

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. 

Development council opposes Proposition 2

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.

Candidates field questions from Columbia Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters

State candidates discussed highways, Medicaid and MU buildings, while county commissioner candidates talked about the fairgrounds and city-county relations.

Columbia City Council says no to marijuana, yes to new buildings

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.


Columbia City Council action, Oct. 20

Plastic bags, park projects, new buildings packed the agenda along with the vote on an ordinance easing the city's marijuana ordinance.

Ballenger brings rural character, business acumen to recorder's race

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.

Dietzel's banking, performance background prepare her for recorder bid

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.

Donated land will provide new entrance to Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary

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.

Property tax on November ballot would add 40 police officers, 15 firefighters

As sales tax collections become sluggish, the city is looking for a new strategy to increase its public safety forces.