Cole County will now lower flags after Orlando shooting

5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago June 14, 2016 Jun 14, 2016 Tuesday, June 14 2016 Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:43:00 PM CDT in News
By: Anthony Romano and Melissa Zygowicz, KOMU 8 Reporters

COLE COUNTY – Cole County commissioners changed their vote Tuesday and began flying flags at half-staff in the county in response to the Orlando shooting.

The county commission initially voted 2-1 against lowering the flags Monday. Western District Commissioner Kris Scheperle changed his vote, however, and the flags were lowered after 2 p.m.

“This was the worst tragedy since Sept. 11 and it probably warranted lowering the flags,” said Presiding Commissioner Sam Bushman, who voted Monday to lower the flags.

Bushman said the county does not get any direction from the federal government about whether flags should be lowered. He said the only way the county finds out is through the news.

Eastern District Commissioner Jeff Hoelscher, who was the only remaining opponent, said there's no "magic number" of victims in determining how to respond to an attack.

“I didn’t think it should be lowered, because I think these are just victims of a heinous crime, whether it was a terrorist attack or not,” he said.

Cole County did not order flags at half-staff after the attacks in Newtown, Connecticut or San Bernadino, California.

Chariton and Lafayette counties are the only remaining counties in the state that have not lowered the flag in the wake of the shooting. Miller County kept its flag up for Flag Day, but it is now flying at half-staff.

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation Sunday that ordered the flag to be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all federal government buildings across the country “as a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror.”

Flags at the State Capitol were flying half staff Tuesday.

(Editor's note: KOMU.com has corrected this story to add updated information about Miller County.)

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department responded to a person on fire at 3201 Creasy Springs Road, Bear Creek Trail... More >>
21 minutes ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 7:40:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Local groups decorated duffel bags and filled them with presents to donate to children with chronic illnesses this... More >>
34 minutes ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 7:27:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - With temperatures falling into single digits, winter weather has arrived in Columbia. But not everybody has a place... More >>
1 hour ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 6:49:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Drivers should think about checking their headlights because the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced headlights were... More >>
1 hour ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 6:46:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens spent more on his campaign than what's been spent total on... More >>
1 hour ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 6:06:55 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two men have pleaded guilty to the $2 million robbery of an armored car, an inside... More >>
2 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 5:17:47 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — T he Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a law that denies bail to criminal defendants... More >>
2 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 5:12:55 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Colleges that expel students whom they suspect of sexual assault are being asked to specify the... More >>
2 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 5:08:29 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for... More >>
2 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 5:05:21 PM CST in News
ROLLA (AP) — A building at Missouri S&T was evacuated after a fire broke out on the building's roof. ... More >>
2 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 5:03:30 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Healthcare has not changed since the election and experts say there is no need for people to think... More >>
4 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 3:22:48 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is investigating a string of five vehicle break-ins at three different fitness centers around... More >>
5 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 2:45:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Tobacco Free Missouri Youth (TFMY) gathered in the capitol Thursday to raise awareness for its campaign to... More >>
5 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 2:16:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for families living below the poverty line, the holiday... More >>
6 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 1:56:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA- As of Thursday morning, MU is advising all students who have not contracted the mumps to receive a third... More >>
6 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 1:39:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — An appeals court says a man serving a 260-year sentence in a Kansas child pornography case... More >>
8 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 11:54:49 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Wealthy donors gave about $2 million to candidates on the final day of unlimited political giving... More >>
9 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 10:38:36 AM CST in News
ROACH, Mo. (AP) — Missouri authorities say a man was killed in central Missouri when an unoccupied pickup truck rolled... More >>
10 hours ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 9:10:10 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 22°
8pm 21°
9pm 20°
10pm 21°
11pm 18°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:20p
Thursday Night Football
10:30p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
11:05p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW

Tonight's Schedule

6:30p
Football Night in America
7:20p
Thursday Night Football
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld