Local Government

Ginny Chadwick's First Ward campaign draws on experience, community

The MU graduate student is the only First Ward candidate who has raised money for a City Council campaign.

Final forum for First Ward candidates addresses public safety, downtown

In their last public forum together before the April 8 elections, Ginny Chadwick, John Clark and Bill Easley addressed public safety, downtown development and public health.

Candidates set for primary races in Boone County

Here are the candidates who have filed to run in the Boone County elections. The primary will be held Aug. 5, and the general election is Nov. 4.

Columbia to offer free bus rides Saturday in honor of Earth Hour

Columbia Transit is participating in Earth Hour by offering free bus service on Saturday.

Sirens sound across the city, but for what?

When a tornado warning is issued for anywhere in Boone County, outdoor warning sirens sound across the entire county — as many Columbia residents learned Thursday night. But this system might be changing, according to the Office of Emergency Management.

Columbia residents petition for repeal of student-housing agreement, cite lack of public process

Columbia residents are circulating a petition designed to rescind the city's agreement with Opus Development Co. The petitioners need more than 3,000 signatures by April 8 to send the ordinance back to Columbia City Council.

City Council candidates answer questions on development, marijuana, downtown cameras

Candidates for the First Ward seat on the Columbia City Council answered questions Tuesday at the Columbia NAACP Candidate Forum.

Downtown Leadership Council wants to write infrastructure report

The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council discussed drafting a long-term strategy for funding downtown utility infrastructure.

Infrastructure bonds could be risky, Mayor McDavid says

It takes public confidence to ask voters to issue millions of dollars in bonds, Mayor McDavid said.

John Clark files as write-in for First Ward City Council seat

Long-time ward resident making fourth bid for Columbia City Council.

Two downtown Columbia housing projects advance; one tabled until May

The third housing project, proposed for Providence Road by American Campus Communities, was tabled for a later vote.

Residents, City Council members criticize fast pace of student-housing proposals

City Council members and Columbia residents voice their wariness toward the expedited timeline to bring three student-housing proposals to a council vote.

First Ward City Council candidates share views over radio

First Ward Columbia City Council candidates received air time on KFRU/1400 AM at the League of Women Voters' candidates forum.

Columbia's agreements with developers moving too fast, residents say

One of the city's agreements with a student-housing developer, American Campus Communities, has already fallen through. That leaves the city saddled with a $300,000 bill, Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine said.


Columbia City Council agrees to fix brick roads, add more

During the next 20 years, the city will lay a concrete base under Columbia's brick streets to even them up. The city will also develop a list of asphalt-covered brick streets to uncover.


Fourth Ward councilman criticizes city staff on downtown development

Ian Thomas expressed frustration about the city staff not bringing up the development agreements earlier and the resulting midday meetings that had to be scheduled.

City Council to consider decriminalizing marijuana cultivation

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe is sponsoring an amendment to city ordinances that would decriminalize the cultivation of up to six marijuana plants and expand protections for seriously ill people.

Columbia residents can comment on proposed downtown housing Monday

Columbia City Council will decide this week whether 1,325 beds of student housing will become part of downtown. Here's a breakdown of the three proposed development agreements.


Columbia City Council to vote on brick street resolution

The Historic Preservation Commission has proposed to repair brick streets and uncover asphalt-covered brick streets in an effort to express Columbia's historic character and to beautify streets.

Columbia First Ward council candidates answer development, infrastructure questions

Candidates Ginny Chadwick and Bill Easleyanswered questions from an audience of more than 30 people at a candidate forum hosted by the Boone County Muleskinners on Friday.Tyree Byndom, the third candidate, did not attend.