P&Z approves new building on Providence

A plan to construct a 13,000-square-foot, two-story building was approved at Thursday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The building will be used for office space.

The property, called Providence Home Center, is located on the east side of Providence Road and north of Campusview Drive.

Developers propose low-income homes

If two developers get their way, Columbia’s low-income renters will soon see their options increase.

Columbia developer Jeff Smith submitted a proposal for a $1.95 million loan and $624,332 in state and federal tax credits from the Missouri Housing Development Commission for a 72-unit complex for low-income seniors. Located at the northeast corner of Bethel Street and Nifong Boulevard, the units would have estimated monthly rents of between $410 and $450.

Floyd to ask UM for lower fee increase

University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd announced Wednesday at the UM Board of Curators meeting in Rolla that he will recommend a cap of 3.5 percent on educational fee increases for the 2005-06 academic year.

If implemented, this would be the lowest increase for the UM system in the past three years. Educational fees increased by 7.5 percent in 2004-05, by 19.8 percent in 2003-04 and by 14.8 percent in 2002-03.

Postseason hopes help Tigers focus on KU

Missouri's game against KU on Saturday now means much more than the regular Border Showdown this year. After a disappointing loss against Kansas State on Nov. 6, Missouri's hopes were rekindled after a series of games last Saturday that gave the Tigers one more chance to reach their goals.

Hard act to follow

Hickman girls' basketball team is going to have to compensate lack of experience with optimism and hard work this year. Hickman lost all five players that started last season in the the Class 5 state championship. The quest for another state championship experience began Thursday night with the Purple and Gold game.

Cougars aim to slow Lions

Lindenwood’s volleyball players have shown Columbia College one side this season. Their good side. In the Cougars’ season opener on Sept. 1, Lindenwood took Columbia College to four games before losing, and on Oct. 2, the Lions defeated the Cougars at the Lindenwood Invitational. The Cougars face the Lions at 7 tonight at The Arena of Southwell Complex in a semifinal match of the NAIA Region V Tournament.

Missouri to test youth in opener

The Missouri women's basketball season begins its 31st season today. The first game today is against Northern Illinois at the Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa today at 3 p.m. It is part of Hawkeye Challenge, a tournament that includes Iowa and Southern Illinois as well.

Family caught between the winter holidays

My house looks as if it’s been hit by a bomb. This is the “tween” time of the year, with Halloween just passed, Thanksgiving lurking around the corner and Christmas waiting in the wings. I still have a few stray witches to put away, and a Santa I just bought is lounging in a corner of my dining room. I have early Christmas presents piled on my treadmill, which makes using the thing impossible. (That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking by it.)

I’ve decided to do away with my conviction to not decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. This year, our two daughters and their families will be here for turkey day (something that hasn’t happened for at least a decade), and we will celebrate Christmas with them the next day.