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The formation of the group Missouri Citizens for On Time Flights was announced recently. The mix of elected leaders and transportation officials organized to encourage Congress to privatize the air traffic control system. It’s currently run through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has been slow to implement new technology. The “next gen” system, which […] Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:15:19 +0000
The state’s Probation and Parole Board has denied parole for a prisoner convicted of the gruesome murder of an elderly northern Missouri man in 1991. Convicted killer Jeromy Lay is incarcerated at the maximum-security South Central Correctional Center in Licking. The 43-year-old Lay is serving a life sentence without parole for the April 1991 stabbing […] Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:50:38 +0000
Astronaut and mid-Missouri native Michael Hopkins’s fascination with astronomy began while he was in high school. The early days of NASA’s space shuttle program occurred during his high school years. “They used to actually show the launches and the missions on TV at school,” Hopkins said. “That just kind of peaked my interest in space […] Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:12:43 +0000
Millions of people from around the country traveled to Missouri to witness the much-anticipated 2017 total solar eclipse. Washington, Missouri attracted visitors from as far away as France to view this cosmic wonder. The reaction from the visitors was one of awe and amazement. Jason Boles of Lake Sherwood, Missouri called it magnificent. “The Heavens […] Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:28:13 +0000
Top stories: Many Missouri school children crawled with excitement during today’s total eclipse. Alisa Nelson reports. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:10:06 +0000
JEFFERSON CITY - The general public listened to the proposed 2018 Jefferson City Fiscal Budget for the first time at the City of Jefferson City Council meeting Monday evening.
City officials read the budget, detailing a proposed increase of less than 1 percent from $60,787,209 in 2017 to $63,353,702 in 2018.
Though the budget is relatively similar to last year’s, the new budget focuses on a few different focal points. Budget Chair and Second Ward City Council Member J. Rick Mihalevich said the major changes fall into specific categories and projects.
“Well the major changes come in terms of the deal with our fund balance,” Mihalevich said. “We have a rainy day fund, and if our forecasts aren’t what we think they’ll be then we’ll have to make a change.”
The proposed 2018 fiscal year budget included a proposed 2 percent pay increase, a proposed 7 percent increase for health insurance and additional funding that would go towards other projects. Additional projects range from the purchase of new police vehicles to the replacement of mailing machines across all departments.
Nobody stepped forward to comment on the bill, and the process will continue to move forward.
“At the full council, we will debate [the budget] and have it first read and third read, and it’s an opportunity, again, for the entire community to provide input,” Mihalevich added. “But, I think this is a very conservative budget on the revenue side and the expense side.”
The proposed budget is set to go into effect on Nov. 1, 2017 following a final approval. Both the entire budget and a highlighted budget document can be found on the Jefferson City website.
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 7:56:27 PM
FULTON - A car theft in Fulton led to a wreck that left three hospitalized Monday afternoon.
According to the Fulton Police Department, a Fulton officer found a stolen vehicle heading west on Route F and Amerihost Drive. Police attempted to stop the driver of the stolen black Dodge Challenger, but the driver did not stop.
A Callaway County deputy used spike strips to stop the car. According to police, the car continued until it was not able to fully make a turn and then wrecked. The driver, Jade Richards, 25, and two passengers, Tracey Martin, 18, and Mallory Cahill, 24, were all injured and taken to the University of Missouri Hospital.
Richards was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, felony vehicle assault, felony resisting arrest by flight and numerous other traffic violations. Martin was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle and had three warrants out for her arrest at the time of the crash. Cahill is facing charges of tampering with a motor vehicle.
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 7:04:31 PM
COLUMBIA - Construction workers are wrapping up the building expansion on the Columbia Boys and Girls Club.
The Boys and Girls Club of Columbia fund-raised $2.5 million, and the city council is contributing $500,000 to pay for the expansion. $300,000 of the city's contribution is for construction and the other $200,000 is dedicated to programming.
The expansion is a part of the new "Capital Campaign: Changing lives one kid at a time." The club is partnering with the city of Columbia and Columbia Public School District.
Executive Director Valorie Livingston said, "We're trying to create an environment for the kids that is safe, they have positive role models in their lives, opportunities for academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship."
Miles Gibson, former club participant and current employee, said the club saved his life.
"So I've been with the club for about 12 years now. I served as a club kid for about eight years, and when I was 15, I transitioned over to be a staff member. I loved the staff and connections we had with staff. And even though they've moved on to work on their careers, I really liked the program and everything it had to offer," Gibson said.
Construction workers will add 14,000 square feet to the building. The Boys and Girls Club will utilize the additional space for an indoor basketball court, a larger cafeteria, recording studio, a performance stage, a room dedicated solely to high schoolers and a culinary kitchen.
Gibson thinks all of the new amenities will go over well with the kids, but thinks the new culinary kitchen will be a particularly huge hit.
"The kids have been talking about the cooking classes already, so I think it's going to be a great addition to the program," Gibson said.
In addition to the new space, the Boys and Girls Club will also provide new services to enrich the lives of at-risk youth and provide professional development opportunities. Services include career development, career shadowing, mentoring, and employment skill training.
The Boys and Girls Club has been around for 20 years. It provides after school programming and sports programs for elementary and middle school age children.
"The majority of the kids we serve are elementary, and then when they go to junior high they start to drop off and in high school they would stop coming altogether. And we believe it's because we don't have enough dedicated space for those age groups or age appropriate programs for those age groups," Livingston said.
The Boys and Girls Club provides youth in the Columbia area with various programs that fall into five core program areas. Those program areas are character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, fine arts and sports, and fitness and recreation. The program currently runs 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and will now be open on weekends. The program also runs throughout the summer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
According to the Boys and Girls club website, "In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them."
Last year the program was able to serve 800 youth, but this year, due to the expansion, they're aiming to serve thousands. The program is open to all youth, but one of the biggest problems accessibility.
The club is still accepting donations and as an incentive the donor's name will be put on a brick in the club's courtyard area.
Construction will be completed, and students will return September 11. The Boys and Girls Club will host a grand opening in October.
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 7:04:03 PM
COLUMBIA - Columbia’s city council held its first of three public hearings for the fiscal year 2018 Annual Budget Monday night.
City Manager Mike Matthes submitted the budget to the city council in July.
“It’s no secret that we have a revenue problem,” Matthes said in his budget message.
"A continuous low sales tax, rising health care costs, a decrease in University of Missouri enrollment and increasing pension costs" are four challenges that Matthes said he sees for this coming fiscal year.
In his proposal, Matthes is recommending a net increase in staff of nine full-time equivalent positions..
Four department budgets are expected to see the most change: Health and environment, transportation, utility and public safety. However, only public safety is projected to see an increase in its budget.
Transportation departments are projected to decrease $4.6 million, or 9.6 percent from the 2017 fiscal year. This includes railroad, airport, parking and traffic control. To adjust for this decrease, the city is looking to increase the cost of transportation for some services.
Managing Partner of Strategist Communications Mark Farnen attended the meeting to discuss his thoughts on an imposed increase of the paratransit buses.
"While the fee increase might not seem great going from two to three dollars, that is a 50 percent increase. That's bigger than almost any other rate, fee or service increase that they are going to purpose tonight, 50 percent," Farnen said.
Health and environment departments, which include health and human services, community development and economic development, could see a decrease of $1.6 million.
Matthes proposed a decrease of $4.2 million in the utility department. Electricity could see the largest decrease with $5.3 million, followed by sewer with a $2 million decrease.
The public safety department had a $5.6 million increase for the fiscal year of 2018. This reflection is primarily due to the funding for the North Police Precinct/Municipal Service Center capital project.
The police budget showed an increase due to health insurance and pension increases while the fire budget is expected to see an increase because of pension costs.
To balance the general fund budget during the 2017 fiscal year, Matthes made a number of changes. One of these changes included postponing the replacement of vehicles and equipment, which saved the fund $1.1 million.
The city also waited 45 days to refill vacant employee positions. By doing so, the city saved one-twelfth of the total annual cost of these spots.
Three departments, information technology, building maintenance/custodial and community relations, all lowered their spending by 10 percent.
The council will hold additional public hearings on September 5 and September 18 to allow for public input. It will also hold a budget work session on Wednesday to discuss department revenues and expenses.
Final changes will be made by council before the final passage of the budget, scheduled for September 18.
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 6:08:19 PM
JEFFERSON CITY – Jefferson City eclipse events officially ended Monday evening and, according to Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau Communications Manager Katherine Reed, turnout was not as high as expected.
The National Eclipse Task Force told the city to be prepared for a double in population on Monday, August 21.
As a result, the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau took two years to prepare for 50,000 people.
“I think realistically, we saw around the 20 to 30 thousand mark here today, but it’s still a great turnout.”
Reed said volunteers, city organizers and state organizers worked well together to provide events beginning Saturday evening.
Ultramax Tees was one of the booths set up on the Capitol lawn. Employee Bailey Barnes said, “We definitely were way busier than I thought we would be. We were non-stop.”
Barnes said about 2,000 people visited the tent for t-shirts each day and they had to shut down so they could enjoy the event without working.
“Getting to watch NASA do their live broadcast, the events across the river in north Jefferson, the live entertainment, the bands were great, and then totality hearing everyone cheering in the streets, it was just amazing,” said Reed. “So I think it went better than we expected.”
Reed said MoDot prepared people for heavy traffic throughout the weekend and on Monday, but it ended up being lighter than expected.
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 5:53:08 PM
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