Plans to develop Philips resisted

Developer Elvin Sapp’s lawyers want Columbia residents to know that rezoning is only the first step in a long process for determining the future of the Philips farm — site of the largest and one of the most controversial development proposals in Boone County history.

Sapp wants to put a mix of homes, apartments, businesses and office buildings on the 489 acres outside the southeast border of Columbia.

EPA lists creek as ‘impaired’

Swiftly running snowmelt made Hinkson Creek so cloudy on Thursday that the creek bottom was invisible to Randy Crawford as he made his group’s weekly check on the stream.

Crawford, chief of water quality monitoring for the state Department of Natural Resources, was surveying the creek near Stephens Lake Park to look for changes such as odd colors or odors.

City embraces Famous’ lifestyle

Amy Lewis loves to shop. So when the new 140,000-square-foot Famous Barr in Columbia opened in October, it was “like Christmas coming two months early” for the 25-year-old physical therapist.

“Being from St. Louis, I’m a die-hard Famous Barr customer,” said Lewis. “It’s what I do.”

Paying property taxes made easier, if not painless

Boone County residents should soon be able to pay their property taxes online using electronic checks or credit cards.

Discover cards have been accepted for property taxes since 1996, and the county is adding Visa, MasterCard and American Express. The system also will let taxpayers meet their obligations with electronic checks.

Press sparks Kewps

Hickman put the press in pressure.

Using a tough press in the third quarter, the Kewpies pulled away from Rock Bridge for a 63-47 win in boys’ basketball at Rock Bridge on Thursday.

Conley, Pulley to aid Tigers

The next 48 hours might be the longest of Jason Conley’s life.

Since Jan. 16, Conley has counted the days until his first game in a Missouri uniform after transferring from Virginia Military Institute midway through last season.

The Chase for Chase

Last weekend was a great weekend in more than one way. The official visit to Missouri was amazing. We had a lot of chances, despite the snow, to see what the Missouri program is all about.

The coaches were great and my host, A.J. Ricker, was very helpful by being able to give me a lot of good insight on the program, being that he has been there for four years. The weekend was also a good experience in that a lot of the in-state recruits were there such as Tony Temple and Nick Patterson. It was good to be able to talk to them and see how their season went and how recruiting is treating them.

A sense of belonging

Olivia Johnson joins a group of friends in the back yard of the Boys and Girls Club after school. Nearly every day, the group tries to complete the same task. Johnson and four or five other children try to jump in unison with one long rope while two adult mentors swing the ends.

“One ... two ... three ... go!”

Finding a need

In 1987, Donald Van Dyne designed a home specifically for a handicapped couple. Little did he know that 15 years later he would need the wider doors and hallways, lower light switches and a stair-less home for himself.

On March 23, 2002, Van Dyne had a stroke that paralyzed the left side of his body.

Kowalewski nears record

Lisa Kowalewski being relaxed on the basketball court is the most important factor to scoring baskets.

Kowalewski, a junior guard, has been relaxed for most of her Columbia College career. She has scored 1,113 points as a Cougar, second to Missy Wilt’s 1,117.

Kewpies two much

If it seemed to the Mexico Bulldogs they were seeing double, it was because they were.

The Hickman Kewpies dominated the Bulldogs, earning a 81-30 victory Thursday night at Hickman.

Bruins senior leads on mat

Pat Elmore doesn’t know what to expect Saturday.

He only wants to win.

Signs of speech

Marcus Leech is learning to break free from the isolated world of autism.

Every day is a challenge for 8-year-old Marcus as he struggles to communicate when he’s hungry or tired, said his mother, Kaori Leech.

P&Z OKs two-thirds of Philips proposal

After public hearings and debate that lasted into early this morning, the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission decided to recommend two-thirds of the controversial Philips farm development proposal for approval by the Columbia City Council.

The 489-acre plot southwest of Columbia was divided into nine tracts for zoning purposes, three of which were rejected. The commission did not approve tracts three and nine because members were uncertain whether the city would buy the land and convert it into a park. Members also narrowly rejected tract eight because project developer Elvin Sapp had proposed it have open zoning rather than more constraining planned zoning.