Local Government

CEO: MidwayUSA is a "free agent" and without sewer extension could leave Columbia

Larry Potterfield acknowledges that he and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have spoken in person about a possible move and said the Lone Star State is not his company's only suitor.

Columbia residents to receive community satisfaction surveys

The annual survey is mailed to randomly selected residents; others can participate online.

Filing period for Columbia City Council seats now open

Two Columbia City Council member have terms that expire next year. Michael Trapp said he'll seek another term; Barbara Hoppe has not yet decided.

Boone County officials share priorities for legislative session

The discussion of the county's legislative priorities included setting minimal standards for rental properties throughout the state, giving the county the ability to abate stormwater problems and making tax increment financing more equitable.

Noren discusses challenges of conducting elections

The Boone County clerk talked to the League of Women Voters about public misconceptions about the polling process and the challenges of working in a battleground state.

Boone County eyes $79.2 million budget for fiscal year 2015

The county’s proposed spending for 2015 is 37.3 percent higher than the current year’s $57.7 million budget but includes the transfer of $9 million from the county's tax for a new 911 center to a capital projects fund.

New program aims to promote recycling as daily habit

Volunteers are expected to commit at least 12 hours a year to spreading information about recycling at festivals and other public events.

Columbia City Council Action, Nov. 17, 2014

It was a relatively short meeting of the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

Amid criticism, Boone County commissioners explain reason for covering Christian symbol

Commissioners said covering the ichthus — also known as the Jesus fish — was the safest option they had. An MU law professor said the courts haven't issued consistent rulings on the matter.

Civil liberties advocate talks about racial disparity in ‘war on marijuana’

Black people in Missouri are 2.6 times more likely than white people to be arrested for possessing marijuana, according to a 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Judge dismisses one count in Opus suit, lets plaintiffs amend another

The dismissed count asserted the city couldn't issue Opus the permits because its authority to do so vanished when two separate agreements it had with the developer were repealed.

First batch of projects for children in crisis approved by Boone County

The services will be funded by a quarter-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in the November 2012 elections.

Columbia's Substance Abuse Advisory Commission endorses proposed tobacco policies

The Substance Abuse Advisory Commission voted in favor of First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick's proposals to increase the purchase age of tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21 and ban the use of e-cigarettes indoors.

Waste, pollution cited in proposal to limit plastic bags in Columbia

The public educational push begins with a free screening Tuesday evening of the documentary "Bag It" at Ragtag Cinema followed by a question and answer session.

Recall Chadwick event for Douglass Park postponed

The signature drive has been rescheduled for next Saturday because the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department asked petitioners, who planned to dispense free alcohol, to buy liquor liability insurance.

Planning and Zoning approves new subdivision between Old Plank Road and Route K

"Barcus Ridge," a new subdivision between Old Plank Road and Route K, will include 47 new single-family homes.

Columbia voters reject public safety tax

Proposition 1 would have boosted Columbia's property tax levy to pay for additional police and firefighters.

UPDATE: Chuck Basye wins 47th District state representative seat

Republican Chuck Basye defeated incumbent John Wright for the 47th District state representative seat.

Rowden elected to 2nd term as state representative for 44th District

The Columbia Republican defeated Democrat Tom Pauley of Hallsville, Missouri.

Nora Dietzel to be recorder of deeds

Dietzel, an 18-year veteran of the office, was elected to succeed 35-year incumbent Bettie Johnson.