Jefferson City

Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values / KBIA

 

When Catholics used to abstain from eating meat every Friday, often eating fish instead, they earned a nickname: "mackerel snappers."

That practice has gone away – except during Lent, the season before Easter – and so has the nickname. 

 

But that nickname is now the title of a new book that seeks to explain often misunderstood teachings of Catholicism. 

 

The man behind the book is Spencer Allen, an apologist, husband, father of four and the principal of St. Joseph Cathedral School in Jefferson City. 

 

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An agriculture conference in Jefferson City next month will include sessions about marketing, organizing a business and hiring employees.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture says the 2013 AgriMissouri Conference is scheduled for July 21-23. The event will feature panel discussions, speakers and workshops for individuals and businesses operating at farmers' markets, on the farm and through storefronts.

Attendees also will get the chance to visit several agritourism operations, including bed-and-breakfasts and wineries.

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About 20 people gathered at the State Capitol on Saturday to remember their loved ones who are missing. These family members and friends of missing people came from all over the state to share stories to mark the annual Missing and Unidentified Persons Awareness Day. Marianne Asher-Chapman is the mother of Angie Yarnell, who went missing 10 years ago. She said her daughter’s husband eventually claimed he killed her, but he never told where her body is.

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The Jefferson City Council held a meeting Thursday to discuss the construction of a conference center and hotel. City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said the city has been considering such a project for 80 years.

Jefferson City Public Schools

For the upcoming school year, Jefferson City residents are most concerned with facility improvements and student safety according to a survey released by the leaders of Jefferson City public schools.

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A new partnership between Lincoln University, Linn State Technical College, and several Jefferson City businesses will allow students to earn credit that could go toward either school.

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Missouri officials are celebrating the 100th anniversary of groundbreaking for the state Capitol.

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Jefferson City residents who opposed a ballot measure for a new so-called “mega high school” are celebrating victory. 

Live blog: April 2 municipal elections

Apr 2, 2013
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  Voters today went to the polls to decide municipal elections across the state.  KBIA reporters are in the field and following races  in Columbia and Jefferson city.  Check this live blog regularly to get results and pictures from watch parties.

Polls are closed, but you can check out our Columbia voter's guide here. The rest of our election coverage is here.

The latest numbers for Boone County votes are available here.  Cole County voters can check on the results here.

Bill Luebbert, Carlos Graham compete for Jefferson City's 4th ward seat

Apr 1, 2013

Incumbent Bill Luebbert and City Council Administrator Carlos Graham are running for office in Jefferson City’s 4th Ward in the upcoming April 2 election.

Luebbert is up for re-election. He says his main priorities are public safety, commercial development and infrastructure. As a member of the public works committee, the incumbent said he has also utilized his experience in civil service, business and engineering.

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On April 2nd Jefferson City residents will decide on a new city council member in Ward 3. Two candidates are vying for the open seat that will be left behind by current councilmember Bryan Pope. Pope is not seeking re-election. 

Ken Hussey and Leonard Stella are both vying for the open seat.  

Jefferson City Public Schools

On April 2, Jefferson City residents will vote on whether to approve a $79 million bond issue that would fund the construction of a new elementary school and a new high school. But, the proposal for a new high school has drawn opposition from some members of the community.

Opponents of the bond issue believe Jefferson City students would be ill served in what they call a “mega high school.” While they want a new high school to be built, they think the existing campus should remain open, making the population at each school smaller.

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It's been a busy week in Jefferson City. While the city was considering how to overcome a $1.68 million budget deficit, the Public Works Director and Communications Director both decided to resign on the same day this week.

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Following recent discussions on budget shortfalls in Jefferson City and the resignation of two city employees, officials there say they have a plan that avoids layoffs of city staff.

In an effort to save the city money, two Jefferson City officials announced their resignation this week. But it hasn’t been enough to solve the city’s deficit.

The Jefferson City Public Works Director and Communications Director both announced their resignations today. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports the city is facing a $1.68 million budget shortfall. Public Works Director Roger Schwartze cited that reason for his resignation.

55 children are currently waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister in Jefferson City.

North Carolina Central University

An administrator at a college in North Carolina will become the new president of Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Lincoln University curators announced Friday that Kevin D. Rome will be the school's 19th president, beginning June 1.

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The Missouri Senate’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration held its final meeting Thursday.

Among the issues discussed was legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given in English only.  Sister Peggy Bonnot runs El Puente Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City.  She told the panel that requiring English-only driver’s license tests would create a hardship for legal immigrants trying to build a life here.

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Taking advantage of its close proximity to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Westminster College is launching a program for students to get an opportunity to work full time in the state government. The program will begin in the spring semester of 2013.

Westminster College’s new Capital Internship Program would have students work 20 to 40 hours per week in Jefferson City. So, other than just shadowing another government officer, students will get chances to work like real state officials.

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Cole County and Jefferson City residents voted against extending Jefferson City’s boundaries last week. Proposition One would have extended city limits to include an area called Meadows by the Lake along with two hotels and a store within the area.

City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said there was a high voter turnout, and 65 percent of voters agreed with it. But, the support needed to pass the proposition was still a little short of 66.6 percent. Nickolaus said the reason for the proposition failure could be tied to voters not being informed about it.

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On Tuesday, Cole County residents will be re-voting on proposition one. If approved, measure would extend the boundaries of the Jefferson City area by approximately 160 acres.

Although they are not technically in the city, some Meadow by the Club residents are crossing city limits even as they exit their neighborhoods. If approved, proposition one would characterize these residents, two hotels and one furniture store as living in city limits.

Jefferson City announces mobile app contest winner

Oct 29, 2012

Jefferson City’s mobile app contest announced its first place winner, Michael Roling last week. City Administrator Nathan Nikolaus proposed the event in April in hopes of encouraging local developers and residents to start thinking about interactive features for the city. The apps list information about nightlife, local businesses, social media and news information.

Michael Roling, developer of the JCMO app said he wanted to do something for his hometown.

Samantha Renner, General Manager / Riverview Cemetery

The Riverview Cemetery in Jefferson City cemetery is implementing QR codes into its tours.

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Repairs have been completed after a broken water main caused disruptions in Jefferson City.

Missouri American Water says a 6-inch main broke Tuesday morning and that repairs wrapped up Tuesday afternoon. A boil advisory remains in effect. Missouri American has about 10,000 customers in Jefferson City.

Newscast for October 23, 2012

Oct 23, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Jefferson City under a Boil Order Advisory
  • Captian Dianne Bernhard appointed Deputy Chief of Columbia Police Department
  • Improper charges found in Missouri Athletic Department
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Missouri American Water

After a broken water line today, a large part of Jefferson City is under a Boil Order Advisory. Anyone in the city using Missouri American Water must boil their water before using it.  

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The Jefferson City Public Works and Planning Committee submitted plans for a potential bike loop Thursday.

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Forty-seven percent of respondents to a recent survey conducted by the Jefferson City School Board favor a plan to build a new high school in the city. The school board purchased a tract of land in the beginning of October to build a replacement campus for the city’s current high school.

Jefferson City voters will need to approve the proposal because it would cause a property tax increase. Joy Sweeney, president of the city’s Board of Education, explains how taxpayers would help fund the new campus.

Jefferson City considers revising noise ordinance

Oct 15, 2012
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Jefferson City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed noise ordinance Monday.

The proposed noise ordinance limits sound levels in both commercial and industrial zones, as well as in residential areas. The ordinance contains limits that specify maximum noise levels for both day and night. Ralph Bray, Fifth Ward City Council member, said the proposed ordinance will be beneficial because it establishes a way to measure noise levels efficiently.

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