Foreign trade zone plan dropped

Columbia is not ready for a foreign trade zone.

Regional Economic Development Inc. has terminated a plan to build a foreign trade zone in the northern part of the city. The plan was expected to be completed by mid-2005. But a consultant’s report issued in February found that “no single business in Boone County currently produces the product volume necessary to justify a foreign trade zone,” according to a REDI memo.

A solution for toxic trash

Bring your rat poison, your paint thinner, your batteries and your old gas.

While most drive-through services these days are handing out fast food or cash, the drive-through at Columbia’s household hazardous waste site is busy collecting all sorts of toxic materials.

Memories mark park dedication

The steaming temperature drove dozens of rowdy children into the Stephens Lake swimming area on Sunday, making it a little difficult for the crowd of Columbia residents who gathered for a park dedication to hear the series of speakers celebrating the event.

The lake was the most popular attraction at the dedication, which marked completion of the first phase of the park’s development. The series of projects cost $2.5 million and took four years to complete.

Little Britches, big hearts

How can you be a cowboy without a horse? Cole Sheetz knows. He’s ready to prove it with a list of ways that he counts off on his fingers.

“I’ve got a pistol, a belt buckle, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat,” he says and pauses for a second to think.

Pirates push by Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Trailing by three runs after two innings, the Pittsburgh Pirates stayed resilient against the NL’s best team.

Jason Bay hit a pair of game-tying home runs and Jose Castillo hit a tiebreaking shot in the 10th inning, leading the Pirates to a 5-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Edwards flips celebrity pages

Carl Edwards is a big name in the NASCAR racing world.

Since becoming the first driver to get career-first back-to-back wins in NASCAR’s Busch and Nextel Cup Series, he is being mentioned in the same breath as some of racing’s greats like Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon.

Back in the water

Albert Fisher, 88, lowered himself into the cool water of Hickman’s pool.

He took a second to adjust his blue swim cap, then placed both feet on the wall and grabbed the starting block.

Mo. lacks meth cleanup criteria

The McMurry children had found possible sites of methamphetamine production months before, but it was the site they found last November that brought Columbia police to investigate the woods adjacent to their home in eastern Columbia, Patrick McMurry said.

He said police told him the paint cans and kerosene containers found in a creek bed were hazardous, so he threw them into a trash bin near his home on St. Charles Road.

Camaraderie lifts cycling events

While Ron Sapp, Dennis Trout, Scott Koerner and John Johnson were approaching the finish line, much of the rest of Columbia was at church.

A small group of spectators that included family members and a few volunteers cheered on two dozen cyclists peddling along Route M west of Columbia on Sunday morning in the Missouri Senior State Games 20K road race.