Local Government

Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs manager resigns

Marie Nau Hunter has led the office since 2001; her resignation takes effect in February.

Police chief receives recommendation from review board on Billups case

The Citizen's Police Review Board has sent its letter of recommendation to police chief Ken Burton regarding a case involving what it called unnecessary force by a police officer.

Interested in tracking Boone County real estate? It's possible now

The Boone County Recorder of Deeds has created a system to notify registered users of changes in real estate documents in an effort to prevent property and mortgage fraud.

Online bill pay not allowed for property taxes this year

Online bill pay created accidental late charges for some property taxpayers last year. The collector's office will not use that system this year to avoid charging unnecessary late fees.

Robb's hope for Boone County home rule still faces obstacles

Home rule would give Boone County its own charter and independence from the state legislature, but Boone County voters have been reluctant to support similar proposals in the past.

Columbia City Council seeks input on sale of historic building

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department could not come to a consensus on a recommendation for the Heibel-March Building on Thursday.

New Columbia buses may have eyes, tails and tiger stripes

The City Council is considering three black-and-gold bus designs to replace its blue buses.


Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approves vision for city

The commission finalized a vision document for the city's future comprehensive plan Thursday.

Fire chief proposes rebuilding old station, not adding new one

Columbia Fire Chief Bill Markgraf wants to revamp Fire Station No. 5 with tax funding allocated for building a new fire station.

Ehrhardt to run for Fifth Ward Columbia City Council seat

Local attorney Glen Ehrhardt emphasizes economic development, public safety and upholding neighborhoods in his campaign.

City offices, services closed on Thanksgiving

In observance of the holiday, city services and offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25.


Columbia legislators examine potential increase of US's lowest cigarette tax

Missouri's cigarette tax hasn't been raised in more than a decade, making it more than a dollar less than the national average.

Local businesses earn big from Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival

A study estimates that 65,000 people —26,130 from outside of Boone County — attended the third annual Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival, netting more than $4 million for Columbia businesses.

Columbia Police Officers Association outraged at review board decision

In a statement released Thursday, the association argued the board based its decision on facts the officer did not know at the time of the incident.

UPDATE: CPOA outraged by review board decision

The Columbia Police Officers Association was highly critical Thursday of a Citizens Police Review Board decision that found an officer used excessive force, but the board chairwoman defended the finding.

Citizens Police Review Board says officer used excessive force

The Citizens Police Review Board voted to recommend to Police Chief Ken Burton that Police Officer Nathan Turner used excessive force against Derek Billups during an December 2009 incident at a nightclub.

Regency Hotel Downtown could be redeveloped as Hotel Indigo

The Regency Hotel Downtown is officially going to become part of the Hotel Indigo franchise when it reopens in 2013. Hotel Indigo is part of the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts chain.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Hospital infection rates

Find out your risk for infection at local hospitals, and compare it to others in the region across the state and/or country. 

Cat Kelly named new director of Missouri Public Defender System

The new director plans to find solution to the problem of denying new clients because of high caseloads.

Richland Road request unanimously recommended by P&Z

With the removal of 90 acres of commercial development, the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend the Richland Road annexation and rezoning request.