Citizens rebuff city curfew

Members of the NAACP and some concerned citizens have been knocking on First Ward doors to ask residents for their opinions on a proposed curfew ordinance, and for any alternative ideas they have for reducing juvenile crime.

Mary Ratliff, president of the Columbia branch of the NAACP, said she and nine other people surveyed at least 80 residents Tuesday evening in the Park Street area and in public housing around St. Paul Church.

Alderman files early for post

The race for the Boone County Southern District commissioner got off to an early start this week.

Mike Asmus, an Ashland alderman and member of the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission, declared Tuesday his intent to run for the office, almost seven months before the required March 30 filing deadline. The office is now held by Karen Miller, a Democrat.

Huntsdale vote triples town area

In its boldest move since incorporation, Huntsdale’s Town Council has voted to triple the size of the riverside town by annexing 68 acres.

The three-to-one vote Monday added 68 acres of a new development to the town. The annexed area, adjacent to the Missouri River and the Katy Trail, includes a boat ramp, campsite and bait shop owned by Linda Lenau and Robert Brown, who have also expressed interest in developing an RV park near the trail.

Group will discuss how to widen I-70

The Improve I-70 Advisory Group will meet today to discuss options for widening Interstate 70 through Columbia.

None hurt in basement fire

No one was injured in a fire that scorched the basement and damaged the main floor of a northern Columbia home Wednesday evening.

The brown, one-story building, located at 3205 Parker St., sustained an unknown amount of fire, smoke and water damage after a fire started in the basement at 6:31 p.m., according to the Columbia Fire Department.

Uncommon commons

Students stroll beneath large stone archways lining the west side of the building that at the same time looks both modern and ancient. They select from a number of thick glass doors, all leading into the air-conditioned comfort of a nearly finished 24,322-square-foot addition at Hickman High School.

“Home of the Kewpies” etched in stone above the main entryway lets them know they are still at Hickman, despite the new environment and cooler temperatures.

Housing aims to cut crimes, drug dealing

On one side of the street, the suspected drug dealers perched on the scarred, old cruiser, narrowed their eyes and just stared.

On the other side, Columbia Housing Authority safety officer Dearl Logan turned his head out his car window and stared back.

Abron rushing to records

Zack Abron can’t fathom how far his legs have carried him in his football career, but it’s not for lack of trying.

Millions flushed into state Capitol

JEFFERSON CITY — At a time when Missouri is experiencing massive budget cuts, $3 million is being spent to renovate 10 Capitol building bathrooms with bronze faucets and marble imported from Germany.

The cost to reconstruct 10 public restrooms was met by disbelief, surprise and anger by Capitol visitors protesting education budget cuts.

Tigers swimmers seeking more success

Even though the Missouri swimming and diving team is coming off a record season and is a year and a half away from moving into a new facility, Rebecca Wolfe, a Tigers senior, says she wants more.

Wolfe won a Big 12 Conference championship last season in the 200-yard butterfly and holds the school record in the event. Finishing 24th in the event in the preliminaries of last year’s NCAA Championships disappoints her, though. It was the second time she swam in the meet.

Curators weigh key candidate

The UM Board of Curators is considering President Elson Floyd’s recommendation to appoint Stephen Knorr as the vice president of governmental relations in a meeting today.

The vice president will be the main person dealing with state and federal relations for the four-campus system. The board decided in July to establish this position by merging the offices of state relations and federal relations.

Giving to ol’ Mizzou

More than 600 people have accepted invitations for the kickoff this weekend of the public phase of MU’s massive fund-raising campaign.

Most are alumni — including Jann Carl of “Entertainment Tonight” and actor Mike Villani, both graduates of the School of Journalism. Other guests are donors considered to be “real loyal friends of the university” and campaign volunteers, said Mary Jo Banken, director of the MU News Bureau.

Columbia, Ellis libraries joining the coffee shop trend

Now open: the Bookmark Cafe in MU’s Ellis Library. And coming soon: a coffee cart at the Columbia Public Library.

Because of the widespread success of library coffee shops across the country, officials at Ellis Library decided to follow the lead. They approached Campus Dining Services to become next in line for a cafe.

Accident site lacked city building permit

The company erecting a steel frame that collapsed Tuesday morning, injuring three men, did not have the proper building permit.

Prost Builders, the lead contractor on the future Columbia Transload terminal at 6501 Brown Station Road, had a permit for foundation work on the site, but no authority to begin construction on the terminal building itself, said Rich Sternadori, the city’s chief building inspector.