Local Government

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.

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.