Local Government

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.

Final list of candidates for Missouri legislative races announced

Three more candidates registered on the final day to run for the state House of Representatives bring the total number of candidates to 11.

Columbia City Council candidates share perceptions of crime, Police Department

The five City Council candidates were asked about their views about crime and the Columbia Police Department.

Columbia City Council candidates report campaign donations, spending

The five candidates for two seats on the council filed their paperwork on Monday with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

City Council candidates discuss future of Columbia bus system

Candidates support asking MU to help pay for a more extensive, student-centric bus system. However, they are split on how much the city should subsidize bus operating costs from its own budget.

Hoppe recognized for leadership by National League of Cities

Sixth Ward councilwoman reached the bronze level in the National League of Cities' Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program.

Columbia City Council Candidate Bill Tillotson seeks hands-on improvements

The candidate for the Sixth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council believes his business acumen would serve him well in city government.

Columbia proposing to nearly double water supply at treatment plant

The proposed expansion, which would be the largest and most complicated in the treatment plant's history, would limit the amount of water that can be treated during construction.