- Boone County, as a National Collaboratives for Infants and Toddlers (NCIT) community, was well-represented at a NCIT gathering in Salt Lake County, Utah. The All Community Convening event, held April 23-24, 2019, focused on giving NCIT communities the opportunity to share ideas, best practices and successes in prenatal-to-three development through the Pritzker Children’s Initiative (PCI) and NCIT.
- Boone County is celebrating four years of being members of the National Association of Counties’ “Stepping Up Initiative,” making Boone County the first in Missouri and one of the first in the nation to join this national initiative. The goals of the initiative are to maintain public safety while diverting when possible those individuals with mental health issues from entering the criminal justice system, and to lower recidivism rates of those already in the system. While much remains to be done, much has been accomplished through a collaborative approach to community-wide issues.
- The Boone County Recorder of Deeds is aware that some in Boone County are suffering from the impact of storms and flooding. The Recorder of Deeds office is offering a free certified copy of land deeds, if needed to prove ownership to insurance companies or relief agencies, as a result of storm or flood damage. Please contact the office or stop by to request a copy, and mention that it is for storm/flood relief.
- Moberly Area Community College announced that a date has been set for the next Health Fair. It will be on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. – noon at MACC Auditorium in Moberly.
- The Central Bank of Boone County Lobby Gallery, located inside the Downtown Bank at 8th and Broadway, features the works of Taylor Boyce through Monday, July 8, 2019. The Lobby Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
- The City of Columbia announced that the Rock the Community and City of Columbia are hosting a free 3 on 3 youth basketball tournament for boys and girls grades 5 – 12. The tournament is a part of the Rock the Community outdoor Community Celebration at Douglas Park on June 1st, 2019. This free outdoor event is aimed to empower Columbia residents with positive programming and a fun atmosphere.
- The City of Columbia announced that CoMo200, the Mayor’s Task Force on Bicentennial Celebration Planning, continues to make progress in its efforts to celebrate Columbia’s bicentennial in May 2021. With only two years until the bicentennial, members of CoMo200 have been working on a variety of exciting projects to celebrate. Interested members of the community can attend one of CoMo200’s monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Walton Building (300 S. Providence Road). If you cannot attend a meeting but would still like to become involved in CoMo200 efforts, you can contact CoMo200 at [email protected].
- Boone County mailed 43,639 change of assessment notices on Wednesday, May 1st. About 3,500 of these changes were the result of new construction, partial valuations, alterations, additions, parcel splits or combinations. The remainder of changes resulted from a 2019 equalization effort focused on the residential subclass of properties. The average increase was 8% in most neighborhoods.
AWARDS, PROMOTIONS AND NEW HIRES
- Columbia Safety & Supply has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2019, in the fourth annual ranking of the fast-growing private company sector. You can see the companies here.
- Central Bank of Boone County announced eight employee promotions made in April. Brandon Wilson, Shelly Lee and Jessica Cash of the South County and Downtown Banks have been promoted to teller II. Robyn Nall of the retail pool has been promoted to financial associate. Four employees in the bank’s Customer Service Center, which assists customers with account maintenance by telephone, were also promoted. Alexandria Brown, Aubreyanna Wenzl, Samantha Raney and Sadie Sarrazin have been promoted to customer service representative II.
- The Naught-Naught Agency has been named a 2019 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award winner in which they have awarded a $10,000 donation to the Capital Region Goldschmidt Cancer Center. This donation will help the foundation impact dozens of individuals in the Jefferson City area.
- For the third consecutive year, KOMU 8 won the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Multimedia (formerly Website). Given out by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Murrow Awards recognize outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. KOMU 8’s submission for Multimedia included a compilation of innovative, interactive storytelling on KOMU.com and social media throughout 2018.