GOING TO MARKET: The Columbia Farmers’ Market started its 25th season with a ribbon cutting on Saturday.
The farmers market sells produce, greenhouse plants, meats, cheese and cut flowers from a network of farms within 55 miles of Columbia.
Located on the corner of Clinkscales Road and Ash Street by the Activities and Recreation Center, the farmers market is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays March 19 through Nov. 19, and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from May to October.
The other farmers market in Columbia is the Boone County Farmers Market. It is located in the parking lot of The Market Place, 1100 Business Loop 70 W. and is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Susan Bassford
Bass Pro Shop opens: The new Bass Pro Shop attracted a steady stream of customers on Saturday, the second day the outdoors store was open to the general public.
The sporting goods store at 3100 Vandiver Drive, which has close to 200 employees, had its first day of regular hours on Friday. The grand opening is scheduled for March 31, but there have been activities throughout the past week.
— Tara Hein
HERE TODAY GONE TO NIFONG:
The Boone County Historical Society will start a week-long salvage operation Wednesday on the old country store at Easley. Volunteers will try to save parts of the store that the society plans to reconstruct on its grounds at Nifong Park.
The store, donated to the society by the Easley family, has been standing since the 1890s. The society aims to open a replica of the store by the end of the year.
David Sapp, chairman for the Easley Store Project Committee, said interested volunteers are welcome to call the historical society at 443-8936 for more information.
— Holly Leach
RALLY TO MARK TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN IRAQ:
The Columbia Peace Coalition is sponsoring a rally and march at 1 p.m. today to mark the second anniversary of the Iraq invasion.
Organizers say they expect at least 240 people to participate in the rally, “Two Years Too Many,” at Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia.
At 2 p.m., participants will march from the square to the Army recruiting office at 111 E. Broadway and hold a silent memorial vigil.
Organizers are asking people to bring pairs of shoes that will be lined up on the sidewalk in front of the office to symbolize the soldiers who have died since the invasion.
— Holly Leach
THE NEXT MALICKI: MU graduate Angie Bailey is returning to Columbia to anchor evening and nighttime newscasts on KOMU/Channel 8.
Bailey, of Clarence, began working at KOMU as a broadcast journalism student in 1996. After graduating with degrees in journalism and history in 1998, she worked as a reporter and anchor for KHQA/Channel 7 in Quincy, Ill. She will start her new job on March 28.
— Holly Leach