September 9, 2009
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.
September 7, 2009
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.
September 5, 2009
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.
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.
September 4, 2009
By August 2009, the Boone County Commission had used up all of the funds set aside for indigent burials for the year.
September 2, 2009
Starting Monday some of the top cycling teams in the world and the famous athletes who ride for them will spend seven days racing a 612-mile course across the state. The Tour of Missouri is one of only three multiday stage races in the U.S. given the highest rating for a race outside of Europe, 2.HC, by the International Cycling Union. The 2 stands for multiday and the HC stands for “beyond category.” Only the Tour of Missouri, the Tour of Georgia and the Tour of California share this distinction in the U.S.; the Tour of Georgia will not take place this year.
Cooler temperatures in June, July and August caused this summer to rank as Columbia's ninth coolest summer.
Lower temperatures in July and August cause Columbia to experience below average temperatures.
Rick Rose made his case Tuesday night to the Boone County Commission for a conditional use permit for a baseball field on his property. The Kinseys, who own neighboring land, have complained about the field.
Fasting practices among common religions.
The funding by the city of Columbia for social services has remained steady over the past nine years.
September 1, 2009
The process of harvesting and preparing apples to be distributed to wholesalers and sold in stores is highly mechanized. Here is a simplified version of a Peters Orchards apple's journey from tree to truck.
August 29, 2009
A residential neighborhood is raising money to prevent the sale of the Smarr Property to developers for commercial use.
August 28, 2009
In order to prevent tooth decay, dental sealants, which keep out bacteria and food, are applied to fissures and pits, where cavities form. Molars are the most likely to receive sealants, which should be applied shortly after molars appear but before they have a chance to decay.
August 27, 2009
Columbia Public Schools’ students averaged higher scores on Advanced Placement exams compared with Missouri and global students. Exams are scored on a scale from 1 to 5. Many colleges and universities require a score of 3, 4 or 5 for college credit.
August 24, 2009
First-day enrollment figures for Columbia Public Schools.
MU, which started classes on Monday, saw record enrollments for minority student groups, including African-Americans and Hispanics. Both total and undergraduate enrollment numbers are the highest in the history of the university.
August 21, 2009
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the rezoning of a tract of land east of the Municipal Power Plant from residential to industrial. The City Council has the final say.
August 17, 2009
Key employees with departments across the city will be eligible to retire within the next five years, many of them managers or supervisors.
More than a quarter of City of Columbia employees are at or within five years of retirement age, and when only supervisors and managers are considered that number swells to more than half. This aging work force threatens to create both budget and talent deficits in the city. The city has not evaluated every position yet, but a look at the organization charts of selected city departments illustrates the impending retirement rush. The most senior employees appear at the top of each chart, and some department heads might appear multiple times. City Manager Bill Watkins heads many departments but only appears under his own office’s chart.