MAP: Master plan includes 22 new neighborhood parks

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.

MAP: Scott Boulevard Phase II construction to begin in 2014

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.

Columbia Police Department purchases tactical armored vehicle

The Columbia Police Department purchased the BearCat G2 for $227,587. This vehicle is designed
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.

CHART: Where does Missouri's corn crop go?

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.

MAP: Columbia Public Schools pick new elementary school site

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.

New state test means higher costs

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is introducing a new statewide assessment beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The Missouri State Board of Education approved an $18 million increase in test funding for next year, more than double what is budgeted for the test this year. The additional funds are for a higher contract price from the test providers, online delivery of the assessments, development, teacher resources and additional interim exams.

TIMELINE: The Brandon Coleman Case

Dustin Deacon shot and killed Brandon Coleman on May 19. Since then the Coleman family has been vocal in their criticism of the Columbia Police Department’s handling of the case. On Wednesday, Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight announced he would not charge Deacon in Coleman’s death, citing Missouri’s self-defense law.

MAP: MU Homecoming Parade Route

This year’s Homecoming Parade will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Turner and Tiger avenues. No on-street parking will be allowed downtown along the route throughout the duration of the parade. Parking can be found at garages downtown and on campus.

TIMELINE: The Life of Almeta Crayton

Almeta Crayton died Monday after being hospitalized for almost two weeks. The well-known former city councilwoman was active in the community and made many contributions to Columbia.

MAP: Portion of Old Plank Road to close

Old Plank Road between Forum Boulevard and Bethel Street will close at 7 a.m. Monday for pavement repairs. The road is expected to reopen by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

DIAGRAM: Transgender Umbrella

The term transgender refers to people whose gender self-identifications fall outside traditional gender norms. People identify as transgender in several different ways.

MU students printing less

Students at MU are printing fewer pages than they did five years ago. Despite an increase in the number of students who printed pages, the overall number of printed pages decreased by 17 percent since 2009.

Missouri Relief cleanup will begin at Hartsburg access

The third Missouri River Relief cleanup in Hartsburg will occur at the Hartsburg Access off South River Road.

Parking garage on Short Street

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.

CHART: Chancellor’s staff departing MU in 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.

MAP: City considers temporary Clark Lane walkways

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.

MAP: Children’s Grove proposed at Stephens Lake Park

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.

MAP: City recognizes new Rockingham Neighborhood Association

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.

MAP: Man found unconscious at MU residence hall

Gregory Gerard Holthaus, 18, was found unconscious at Dogwood Hall on Sunday morning. He was pronounced dead after being transported to University Hospital.

Ameren cleans up former gas plant

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.