Local Government

Greenbriar Trailridge residents fight rezoning request in neighborhood

Residents of the Greenbriar Trailridge area are concerned businesses will encroach on their neighborhood and argue there's enough commercial space nearby.

Reisch defeats Austene in Hallsville race for mayor

The former city clerk was fired in December by the Board of Aldermen she will now lead.

Columbia residents head to the polls for municipal election

City Council candidates were still working to spread their messages, particularly in the Sixth Ward, where Bill Tillotson was going up against two-term incumbent Barbara Hoppe.

Before the sun rises, election judges get ready for Columbia election

Preparations are precise for election day in Columbia. At work before dawn, election judges double-check the voting equipment.

Hoppe retains City Council seat; Second Ward elects Trapp

Insurance agent Bill Tillotson fails to unseat two-term incumbent while Phoenix Programs counselor wins three-man race.

Roundup of results from county municipal elections

Here is a roundup of the results from the April 3 municipal elections around the county.

Trapp, Hoppe win Council races; King, Cushing elected to School Board

Michael Trapp won the Second Ward seat in the Columbia City Council race, according to the final unofficial results from Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren. Barbara Hoppe defeated Bill Tillotson for the Sixth Ward seat.

Columbia City Council, School Board elections Tuesday

Elections to fill City Council seats as well as open positions on the Columbia, Hallsville and Southern Boone County school boards are expected to drive voting in Tuesday's municipal election. Various bond issues and a property tax levy will also be on the ballots.

Deputy chief leaving Columbia Police Department for chief job in Virginia

After 32 years of law enforcement in Columbia, Stephen Monticelli has accepted a position as chief of police in Harrisonburg, Va.

Columbia City Council votes to table rezoning request

The City Council voted to table a rezoning request from JQB Construction to build several condominiums at the southeast corner of Garth Avenue and Blue Ridge Road.

City to begin bus service to Columbia Farmers' Market

A city bus will run on Saturday mornings to give residents access to the Columbia Farmers' Market.

Second and Sixth Ward City Council candidates share opinions on proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone

Debate over establishing an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia has centered around strategies for effective job growth and the potential consequences of a blight decree, including the potential use of eminent domain. City Council candidates in the Second and Sixth wards address those concerns.

Democratic County Convention draws small but lively crowd

Boone County Democrats assembled Thursday to determine a 27-member delegation that will progress to congressional district and state conventions in the coming months. Although turnout was low, those who attended displayed no less enthusiasm about the process.

Boone County voter information for Tuesday's municipal election

Have questions about participating in Tuesday's municipal election? Here are some answers.

Short profiles of Columbia City Council candidates

Columbia City Council candidates address ward-specific issues

Voters will select council representatives in Columbia's Second and Sixth wards on Tuesday. Each ward has different challenges and constituencies.

Tillotson clarifies fraud conviction, denounces Hoppe

City Council candidate Bill Tillotson released a statement about a fraud conviction in 1976 and his pardon in 1998, after a news report raised the issue.

Promotion to fire chief is highlight of Charles Witt's career

Charles Witt, the fire chief of Columbia Fire Department, has been a firefighter for 36 years. His career has gave him a new perspective of life, and now he is seeking another success — in dancing.

Six candidates file to represent 4th District in Congress

One Democrat, two Republicans, two Libertarians and one Constitution Party candidate will vie for the position as representative for Missouri's 4th District.

Brian Dollar is last to file for Boone County commissioner

One of six people running for the seat, Dollar is a member of the Boone County Planning & Zoning Commission. He has been a county surveyor, served on the Board of Equalization and served on the Boone County Democratic Central Committee.