Local Government

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.

Shaw wins Division 5 associate circuit court judge seat

The veteran public defender defeats Republican Mike Whitworth and will succeed retiring Judge Larry Bryson.

Atwill re-elected presiding commissioner of Boone County

The Democratic incumbent, who was appointed the top county official after the death of Ed Robb in 2011, was elected to a full four-year term for the first time.

McCollum wins county collector seat in close victory

The 13-year veteran of the collector's office will succeed his boss, Pat Lensmeyer.

Public info session on next draft of zoning revamp to be held next week

Two consulting firms leading a rewrite of Columbia's zoning and subdivision ordinances will seek public feedback Nov. 13.

Up-to-date Boone County results for Tuesday's election

In the 44th District, Caleb Rowden defeated Tom Pauley. And in the 47th District, Chuck Basye defeated John Wright.

'Ban the box' tabled for Chamber of Commerce review

The Chamber of Commerce wants to discuss the measure with its smaller businesses. The ordinance would delay the point when employers could ask applicants about criminal history.

Columbia City Council to vote on Gerbes gas station, "ban the box" legislation

Several amendments to the Gerbes proposal are intended to address neighbors' concerns. A "ban the box" measure is aimed at helping people get jobs after being incarcerated.

Proposition 1 would provide money for 15 firefighters

Revenue generated from the proposed property tax increase would enable the department to better staff Station 2 and a new Station 10.

McCollum cites office experience in election for Boone County collector

Democrat Brian McCollum has worked in the collector's office for more than 13 years and hopes to succeed his boss, Pat Lensmeyer, who is retiring.

Reisch draws on decades of political service for Boone County collector bid

The Republican mayor of Hallsville cites her family's long ties to Boone County and her political acumen as qualifications for the job.

Commissioner candidates discuss future of 911 center

A sales tax to fund a new building and an overhaul of the Public Safety and Joint Communications Center was approved by voters in 2013.

Presiding-commissioner candidate Pounds wants Boone County to stay affordable

The avid outdoorsman and self-employed construction worker says he wants Boone County to remain an affordable place to live.

Atwill points to law, military experience to keep office

The incumbent Democratic presiding commissioner hopes to be elected to a full term after being appointed in 2011.