Local Government

City Manager Mike Matthes releases State of the City address

City Manager Mike Matthes addresses the recession and his focus for the upcoming year in his State of the City address.

New MU-themed city buses might be covered with ads

The city is making money off bus advertising, but some of the larger ads might cover the new black-and-gold MU paint theme approved earlier by the City Council.

Belcher's volunteer army attacks achievement gap in Columbia Public Schools and beyond

Fighting the achievement gap is more than just a school issue — it's a community issue. Volunteers from the community are taking up arms against the problems at the core.

Open house set for Stadium, I-70 project

Plans for a $20 million reconstruction of the Stadium Boulevard corridor from Broadway to Interstate 70 are the subject of an open house on Tuesday afternoon.

City unveils new, easy to use budget document

The city revealed a newly reformatted budget document at the City Council Mini-Retreat on Saturday.

Diversity of committee to redraw Columbia city wards questioned

The City Council has appointed seven people to a panel that will recommend new ward boundaries based on census results, but the committee includes no representation of the black community.

Ten Columbia boards and commissions have openings

The Columbia City Clerk will accept applications for 20 vacancies until noon on June 3.

Form-based zoning discussed at Columbia public forum

City officials, representatives from planning and development groups and members of the public came together to discuss a different method for zoning.

Public shows support for proposed signal at Nifong and Peachtree

The approval process will continue with a public hearing and direction from the Columbia City Council.

Boone Hospital Center opens time capsules on 90th anniversary

Boone Hospital Center trustees opened time capsules early Tuesday assembled to commemorate the hospital's founding, its 60th and its 75th anniversary.

City Council rejects East Campus upzoning request

The Columbia City Council voted to reject a request that would have allowed two East Campus houses to house four unrelated residents instead of three.

Public event coming to discuss signal at Nifong and Peachtree

The Columbia Public Works Department will hold an open house event regarding the proposed traffic light at the intersection, which has been the site of numerous accidents.

Columbia City Council to discuss proposed budget for Maplewood Barn

A proposed $350,000 budget and a design plan that follows the same exterior style as the original Maplewood Barn will be discussed.

Mary Lehmann: Regency Hotel's only, and probably last, permanent resident

For $30 a night, Mary Lehmann, 85, lives in a 10-by-15 foot hotel room that overlooks Columbia. But her tiny living space doesn't limit her opportunities to be vocal about issues in the community.

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.