Local Government

Michael W. Bradley sworn in as new associate circuit judge

After their usual Saturday morning routine at Lakota Coffee, the new judge and his wife went to the courthouse for the swearing-in ceremony.

Q&A: New Columbia fire chief details plans for department

One month into the job, Columbia Fire Chief Charles P. Witt is working toward getting accreditation for the Fire Department and setting up web-based training.

Columbia officials weigh in on campaign endorsements

The president of the Columbia Professional Firefighters said the union has no plans to stay on the sidelines in future municipal elections. Organizations' endorsements were a lightning rod in this year's City Council election.

Boone County voter turnout drops from 2010

Voter turnout for the municipal elections in Columbia is down 8.31 percent from the April 2010 elections.

Fred Schmidt wins bid for First Ward City Council seat

Fred Schmidt, the treasurer for the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Foundation, was elected Tuesday to represent the First Ward on the Columbia City Council.

Voters pass Columbia City Council stipends

Approval of Proposition 1 means that, beginning in 2014, ward representatives will be paid $6,000 a year and the mayor will earn $9,000.

Columbia City Council approves design firm for Short Street garage

Walker Parking Consultants were approved to design the Short Street parking garage by the City Council Monday night. The firm will be paid $514,600 for its services.

Number of polling locations reduced for Tuesday's election

Residents planning on voting tomorrow should check their sample ballots for correct polling locations.

Last City Council candidate forum addresses African-American community

The four candidates for the First Ward seat addressed race relations in the central city ward.

First Ward forum to choose consensus candidate for black vote

The Saturday event also includes a potluck dinner.

Institute accepts Columbia health director

Stephanie Browning, director of the Columbia-Boone County Department of Health and Human Services, has been accepted into the National Public Health Leadership Institute.

Proponents hope April 5 election approves stipend for City Council

Members of the City Council haven't been paid since the city's first charter in 1949. Proponents of a proposed stipend think it would help the mayor and council members with their complex jobs resulting from the city's population growth.      

Campaign finance reports released for Columbia City Council hopefuls

The reports show that each Fifth Ward candidate has spent more than the four First Ward candidates combined.

Q&A with First Ward City Council candidates

Pam Forbes, Mitch Richards, Fred Schmidt and Darrell Foster answer questions from the Missourian's readers and reporters.

Foster wants to serve, lead Columbia's diverse First Ward community

Darrell Foster hopes to bring his history of community activism and commitment to inclusion to Columbia's City Council. Foster is running for the council's First Ward seat.

Fred Schmidt wants to bring communication, financial expertise to council

Schmidt is a native of Columbia and resettled here because he grew tired of giant corporations in California and New York. He's running to represent the First Ward.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Boone County Jail inmates

The list gives the age, gender, race and hometown of current inmates.

Planned bike trail projects need approval from Columbia City Council

Plans include new ramps connecting Stadium Boulevard to the MKT Trail, a wider and more interconnected pedway on Old 63 and a new trail in southwest Columbia.

Missouri auditor to release stimulus fund report

State Auditor Tom Schweich will release a report about Missouri's use of federal stimulus money in 2010.  

Columbia Neighborhood Response Team's inspections draw ire, appreciation

The city's Neighborhood Response Team, which formed in 2011, hopes its inspection program fosters a sense of ownership and nurtures a sense of community.