November 11, 2013
Columbia is home to 5,199 U.S. veterans, which is nearly 6 percent of the total population. Most veterans currently living in Columbia served in the Vietnam War.
November 7, 2013
Missouri’s 45th House District includes much of north-central Columbia, including the Benton-Stephens, Vanderveen, Country Club Estates, Derby Ridge, Blue Ridge, Ridgeway, Douglass and north-central Columbia neighborhoods.
A new general management plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is tentatively set to be released Friday. If enacted, it would replace the 1984 plan. The current plan restricts the number of canoes and horsepower of motorboats on the Current and Jacks Fork rivers in order to reduce ecological stress. Most sections of the river have horsepower limits. Labeled below are the maximum number of canoes that can be on a certain stretch on a day Friday through Sunday. The plan limits most sections to a fewer number of canoes on weekdays.
October 30, 2013
After the city acquired three lots of land near Douglass Park, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department developed two proposals for renovations and additions. Each plan would be implemented in two phases. Phase one has been funded, and phase two would happen later if funding is secured.
October 29, 2013
The aggravated assault rate for Boone County from January through September of this year is at a five-year low: 153 assaults per 100,000 residents.
From January through September of 2013, Boone County's criminal homicide rate was 2.9 per 100,000 residents.
In 2013 there were fewer crimes per capita in Boone County compared to the annual average over the past five years. The data, which is collected January through September of each year, indicates only two areas of crime have increased. Numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number.
Boone County's per capita rate of larceny, or nonviolent theft, is down slightly from the rate for the same period last year.
Boone County's per capita robbery rate from January through September 2013 was at a five-year low at 47 robberies per 100,000 residents.
Boone County's forcible rape rate between January and September 2013 was 24 per 100,000 residents, a five-year high.
Boone County's per capita rate of motor vehicle theft for January through September 2013 remains relatively unchanged from previous years, when the rate has fluctuated between 95 to 82 thefts per 100,000 residents.
Boone County's per capita burglary rate from January through September 2013 is down from the same period last year and roughly on par with the 2010 per capita burglary rate.
October 28, 2013
Management of the MKT Trail is split between Columbia and Boone County. The county proposed giving up management of part of the trail at a joint meeting of city and county officials on Monday. The city might take over management of the 4.2 miles of the trail that the county manages and continue to maintain the 4.7 miles it already manages.
October 27, 2013
Appearances of mysterious lights close to the Missouri-Oklahoma border have been reported since the 1800s. The glowing orbs, collectively known as the Spook Light, are commonly reported on East 50 Road in northeast Oklahoma. The video takes place along this stretch of road.
Columbia Parks and Recreation plans to create 22 parks throughout the city in the next 10 years, according to its new master plan. Parks that are high priority are planned on plots of land subject to commercial development in the near future.
October 25, 2013
During Phase II of the Scott Boulevard construction project, Scott Boulevard will be closed between Vawter School Road and Bellview Drive. The Department of Public Works has provided information about alternate commuter routes from the surrounding area to various parts of Columbia. There will be an open house to discuss the project and the impact on traffic at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mill Creek Elementary School.
October 24, 2013
for emergency response and rescue, as well as assault or counter-assault. Sgt. Lance Bolinger of the
Columbia Police Department said it will be used in Columbia only for high-risk operations and for
display at events.
The Columbia Police Department purchased the BearCat G2 for $227,587. This vehicle is designed
Missouri is the 12th-largest corn producing state in the country. Missouri farmers harvested 92 percent of the 3.6 million acres of corn they planted in 2012 for a total yield of 247.5 million bushels.
Columbia Public Schools chose 36 acres of land in southwest Columbia as the site of a new elementary school. The school is set to open in 2016. The School District has been looking for a site since January. This map shows the approximate boundaries of the site.