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Budget shortfall

The Boone County Commission is meeting Thursday to discuss fixing a shortfall in the budget created in part by a decrease in sales tax revenue. The commission is considering increasing the county property tax rate in hopes of balancing the budget.

License Plate Recognition System

The Columbia Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department are now seeking funding from the federal government to buy License Plate Recognition devices. Here is how the technology works.

Eco village

Plan B Ecovillage community members Tao Weilundemo and Elizabeth Stanfill have been working on their visitor lodge for the past six months. They have been attempting to use the most environment-friendly means available to them in their construction. They plan to move into the structure before winter and live in it until they’ve built their own home. Eventually the lodge will be available for guests

Map of Eco village

Approximately 35 minutes from Columbia, Plan B Ecovillage is located near Calwood.

Southeast Regional Park master plan

The proposed Southeast Regional Park includes A. Perry Philips Park properties and the Gans Creek Recreation Center. Once completed, the park will be the second-largest in Columbia.

Starting from scratch at Ecovillage

Plan B Ecovillage community members Tao Weilundemo and Elizabeth Stanfill have been working on their visitor lodge for the past six months. They have attempted to use the most environmental-friendly means available to them in their construction. They plan to move into the structure before winter and live in it until they’ve built their own home. Eventually the lodge will be available for guests.

Visitor Lodge Overhead View

An aerial view of Plan B Ecovillage's Visitor Lodge shows that it measures about 740 square feet.

Plan B Ecovillage Map

Approximately 35 minutes from Columbia, Plan B Ecovillage is located near Calwood.

Dripping Springs Fabric

Boone County is testing fabric meant to eliminate water reaching the base of Dripping Springs Road.

Bowling Green Map

The Bowling Green Falcons will be making the trip from Bowling Green, Ohio, to play the Tigers at Faurot Field on Saturday.

Financial performance improvements

New Scoreboard

Daktronics Inc., the same company that created the scoreboard at the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium and the University of Texas’ “Godzillatron,” replaced Memorial Stadium’s 12-year-old scoreboard with a significantly larger one that has state-of-the-art features.

Decreasing operating income loss

Gymnastic site

Three possible sites have been selected for the planned construction of a $3 million facility for use by the Missouri gymnastics team and the Golden Girls.

Landis hip procedure

Rocky Creek Rezoning Map

Columbia City Council voted to rezone the .97 acre tract of land in order to build three condos. Neighbors had expressed concern about stormwater drainage issues and the density of the developments.

Interactive Tour of Missouri maps

The Tour of Missouri started Monday in St. Louis and ends Sunday in Kansas City. Click on the photo for interactive maps of each stage of this year's race.

Labor

The numbers of manufacturing, construction and mining and logging jobs have all decreased in Missouri from 2008 to 2009. The chart below shows the number of employees in thousands for the month of July from 1999 to 2009. The information is not seasonally adjusted.

Heart of America Marathon

The Heart of America Marathon, an annual endurance race held in Columbia since 1960, is a challenge for even the most experienced of runners. More than just physical fitness and the length of the course, marathoners train for difficult weather and terrain, which can make a challenging course that much tougher.

Indigent Burials Bar Chart

By August 2009, the Boone County Commission had used up all of the funds set aside for indigent burials for the year.
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