Jaret Holden

Jaret is a senior Science and Agricultural Journalism major. He’s a native of Birch Tree, MO.

Columbia Voters Approve Water Bond Issue by Large Margin

Aug 8, 2018

Columbia residents voted overwhelmingly in support of a $42.8 million water bond issue in Tuesday’s primary election.

The final results, reported at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, showed “yes” on the water bond issue had received 19,289 votes and almost 82 percent of the overall vote.

The bond issue will be used to fund rehabilitation projects for the aging McBaine Water Treatment Plant as well as upgrades to the city’s wells and water distribution system.


High school students from around the state took part in an Emerging Leaders Conference which wrapped up on Wednesday.

About 80 students participated in the three day event which allowed them to get a firsthand look at the legislative process by debating a handful of bills on the floor of the Missouri House.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators approved a system-wide tuition increase of 2.1 percent for the coming academic year at its meeting today.

However, under an agreement reached with lawmakers, the campuses will only charge 1 percent more to in-state undergraduate students in exchange for protecting the university’s state funding.

Legislators passed a budget with core funding remaining the same as last year while allowing for additional funding for projects such as the Springfield medical campus and the joint pharmacy program.

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It was over 70 years ago that the Tuskegee Airmen fought their first battle in WWII and Thursday one of the last surviving members spoke to a crowd at the veteran’s hospital.

James Shipley was a mechanic with the African-American aviator group at 19 years old. He was trained in Tuskegee, Alabama and later stationed in Italy. Shipley spoke about his experiences in the war and how he was personally impacted by race relations and discrimination during that time period.

“We were treated differently in Italy than we were in the United States. We didn’t really face discrimination like we did in the States,” said Shipley.

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Candidates running for Columbia Public Schools Board of Education talked about issues in a forum hosted Thursday by the Columbia Board of Realtors.

Four candidates participated in the forum. There are two open seats on the board with Christine King seeking reelection. The other candidates are Ben Tilley, Susan Blackburn and Tyler Lero. The fifth candidate, Teresa Maledy, didn’t attend.

King said her prior experience working for the Columbia Montessori School was what equipped her for serving on the school board the past nine years.

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Candidates running for Columbia City Council faced questions in a forum hosted Thursday by the Columbia Board of Realtors.

Three candidates took part in the forum. In Ward 2, incumbent Michael Trapp is seeking a third term but will face opposition from Paul Love. Council member Betsy Peters is running unopposed in Ward 6.

A point of contention was when Love said Trapp had a conflict of interest in developments in the city based on the business Trapp owns.

“That is one of the prime reasons I am running. I am not a huge fan of crony-councilmen,” Love said.