Local Government

Fifth and Walnut garage lighting discussed at meeting

The Environment and Energy Commission talked about the brightness of LED lights in the parking garage at its meeting Tuesday night.

Successful Columbia candidates used same campaign management firm

Progressive Political Partners LLC helped three candidates run successful campaigns. These candidates spent more than $50,000 combined.

Residents weigh in on planning Columbia's future

Members of the Comprehensive Plan Task Force met with residents to discuss Columbia Imagined.

Columbia Police enact warrant round-up

The goal is to serve the warrants for serious offenses.

Columbia Imagined forum to be held Wednesday night

The forum will discuss the first of six phases in planning the city's new comprehensive plan.

New city manager Matthes begins first day

Columbia's new city manager Mike Matthes will be officially sworn in at 7 p.m., but he began working this morning.

City suspends design work on Short Street garage

Concerns were raised at the April 18 City Council meeting about the city spending money on a garage design “without adequate assurance that the hotel project will be constructed,” a memo sent to the council on Thursday stated.

New farmers market proposed for Columbia

If approved by City Council, the new market would be located between the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center and the Annie Fisher Food Pantry. The request is expected to be approved.

New city manager Mike Matthes makes move to Columbia

After a successful career in Des Moines, Iowa, the new city manager brings talent and experience to Columbia.

Former city manager Bill Watkins to manage Riback Supply Co.

The former city manager will be the top manager of Riback Supply Co. and will start work in August. He officially left his position in March, and the new city manager is scheduled to begin next week.

Public transportation first task for youth coalition in advising Columbia city government

The Youth Community Coalition, newly designed as a formal advisory body to the Columbia City Council, is conducting a survey to collect input from Columbia youths on public transportation

Callaway County judge finds probable cause in Maylee case

After several law enforcement officials gave testimonies, Associate Circuit Judge Carol England ruled there was probable cause that Joshua Maylee committed a felony.

Short Street parking garage construction set for November

Hotel developer Dave Parmley, who is developing the Short Street garage and Regency Hotel, said projects construction will begin in November.

Columbia Imagined public forum wants diverse voices

The community gathered to discuss ways to develop Columbia's future.

New parking garage generating costs, complaints

Cost of electricity and lighting problems are among the complaints voiced by public officials regarding the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets.

New Providence Road pedway project among City Council actions

A wide sidewalk from Wilkes Boulevard to Vandiver Drive was unanimously approved by the Columbia City Council on Monday.

Census will prompt new boundaries for Columbia city wards

Data from the 2010 Census reveals that Columbia will require reapportionment.

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.