October 17, 2013
The Short Street parking garage is set to open Nov. 1, while the Doubletree hotel across from it isn’t expected to open for business until March. Short Street now runs through the parking garage.
October 15, 2013
Vice Chancellor for Research Robert Duncan announced his retirement Oct. 11. Duncan is one of five members of MU’s administration who plan to leave the university in 2013.
October 14, 2013
Columbia City Council is considering adding an asphalt shoulder along Clark Lane. The asphalt extension on both sides of the road would accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists until permanent sidewalks are built in three years. If approved, construction would begin in the spring and be completed by summer, said Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala.
Putting Kids First proposed a plan for a new space to be added to Stephens Lake Park. The space will feature 41 new low hanging trees and five stone walls, with the intent of creating a safe space that only children can pass through and play in.
Columbia City Council officially recognized the new Rockingham Neighborhood Association on Monday. The boundaries of the neighborhood will remain the same as they were under the previous association, which had been inactive for six years.
October 13, 2013
Gregory Gerard Holthaus, 18, was found unconscious at Dogwood Hall on Sunday morning. He was pronounced dead after being transported to University Hospital.
Ameren plans to clean up the lot where its manufactured gas plant once stood. Ameren plans to put the Orr Street lot up for sale. Ameren plans to erect a temporary structure at the site to catch airborne contaminants.
October 11, 2013
The bridge crossing over Interstate 70 at Stadium Boulevard will be closed at 7 p.m. Friday and will not reopen until 6 a.m. Monday. I-70 traffic will not be affected, and the on-ramps will still be accessible. Those exiting I-70 will only be able to make right turns, however. Any traffic needing to cross will be redirected to the West Boulevard interchange using either Business Loop 70 West or I-70 Drive Southwest.
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October 10, 2013
Columbia has both exposed and covered brick streets. Two Columbia City Council commissions are debating the future of these roads. The Historic Preservation Commission has provided guidelines for exposing covered brick streets and maintaining those that are uncovered. Members of the City Council’s Disabilities Commission oppose the proposal.
October 9, 2013
The federal goverment shutdown has led to the shutdown of Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge. It is unknown how long the area will be closed.
Mick Deaver Memorial Drive will close Monday and reopen Nov. 22 for construction toward a Memorial Stadium addition. The road will reopen for home football games, as well as an exhibition basketball game Oct. 25.
October 8, 2013
MU researchers have studied a trend among animals with tick-borne infections. The researchers inoculate the animal with a tick-borne illness, then treat the infection with antibiotics when the animal begins to show signs of disease. The researchers then place ticks on the animal and test the blood the ticks consume. The tests show that even when the animal shows no signs of the disease, the infection remains in their blood. In most cases, this leads to a relapse of the disease.
In Missouri, the most common tick-borne illnesses are ehrlichia chaffeensis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
October 7, 2013
This diagram shows the phase one construction for Gans Creek Recreation Area, which includes soccer fields, parking, a multi-use trail, a playground, a dog park, a concession stand and a shelter. The park also includes plans for storm water retention. Water retention cell areas and bio-swales help drain water to a lake located at Philips Park. This area also includes spots designated for future parking lots that might be built in a later development phase.
The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival attracts a high attendance and traffic from Columbia and Jefferson City. There are several routes available to reach the small town.
The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday. The festival features arts and crafts, music, Halloween decorations, pumpkins and more. A list of vendors can be found on the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival Facebook page.
Worley Street between Stadium Boulevard and Tiger Lane will be closed 9 a.m. Monday until Thursday morning for roadwork related to the upcoming diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 70. Motorists planning to travel on Worley Street should seek an alternate route. Access to businesses along the road will remain open.
October 6, 2013
Shots ended a party at housing complex Aspen Heights early Sunday. Several witnesses said they heard shots as a gun was fired in to the air. No one was injured. Aspen Heights is working closely with police to investigate the incident.