Local Government

Boone County presiding commissioner candidates face off in debate

Topics addressed during the debate include planning strategies, county budgeting practices and funding for social services and mental-health programs.

East Area Plan, Richland Road request differ on commercial development

With the East Area Plan in hand, the City Council will have to weigh the differences between its recommendations and plans for a large development along Richland Road.

Audrain County man pleads guilty to murdering drifter

Chad Michael Harvey pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping and killing James William Boyd McNeely and then abandoning his body in December 2009.

Columbia City Council hears East Area Plan

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission did not send a representative to the council's work session Monday night. The council now must decide how the plan applies to the Richland Road rezoning request.

Columbia explores potential ban on advertising trucks

A truck displaying advertisements is raising objections from some members of the Columbia City Council, but others question whether to try to outlaw the practice.

Former position holders look back at presiding commissioner's job

Even though the job might not be well known through the community, the presiding commissioner's position has a rich history defined by constant meetings and bureaucracy. Ken Pearson will retire from the position at the end of the year.

Red Roof shooter pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Blake Logan pleaded guilty Thursday at a pretrial conference a day before the one-year anniversary of Nicole Crumby's murder..

P&Z will not advise about East Area Plan at work session

The commission felt its positions on the East Area Plan and Richland Road rezoning request were clear. The work session is the first time the City Council will consider the East Area plan. The commission voted twice not to recommend the Richland Road proposal to the council.

Sheriff Dwayne Carey wants officers to retain Tasers

Carey was a featured speaker at the Boone County Pachyderm Club's Tuesday meeting.  There, he urged voters to reject a proposition on the November ballot that would ban Tasers in Columbia.

Bill Watkins to retire after five years as city manager

City Manager Bill Watkins, with a total of 26 years of service to the city working in various positions, gave the Columbia City Council five months' notice of his retirement.

Boone Hospital expansion aids ER staff, patients

New emergency rooms and an expanded nurses station and waiting room are just a few of the improvements that came with the $1.8 million renovation.

Police chief against putting SWAT changes in ordinance

Making changes in SWAT raid policy a matter of city code would put an undue burden on his officers, Police Chief Ken Burton said.

Presiding commissioner candidates spar over budget philosophy

Candidates Ed Robb and Scott Christianson ended the night civilly, but not before hashing out significant differences of opinion regarding how to address Boone County's budget issues.

UPDATE: Watkins to retire; colleagues, acquaintances react

Folks who have worked with City Manager Bill Watkins say he will be missed when he retires next year.

Bill Watkins' resume details work in Columbia, elsewhere

Bill Watkins' had held posts in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri.

A "Journey to Excellence"; Columbia's plans for city improvement and national recognition

Columbia will be pursuing two awards for excellence in business quality and leadership, including the Missouri Quality Award and the Malcolm Baldrige Award.

Opposed neighbors win council's support on Great Hang-ups rezoning

The lack of a detailed site plan played a part in the council's decision.

City communication snafus keep proposed pedestrian improvements in limbo

For the second time, the proposed pedestrian improvements at Providence and Business Loop 70 were tabled because property owners were not notified.

Council to commission study of airport terminal

On Monday, the Columbia City Council will vote to allocate funds for a study to recommend improvements for the Columbia Regional Airport’s terminal.

Proposition B TV advertising backed by out-of-state money

The campaign in support of Proposition B, Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, has raised $2.38 million this year. Only about 3 percent of the contributions came from Missouri residents and groups.