Sprucing up Stephens

When the now silent and empty Columbia and Wood halls on the Stephens College campus are filled again with the bustle of college students in August 2007, it will be the sound of success.

County building improvements on ballot

A new sales tax to pay for an addition to the Boone County Courthouse and other county building projects will appear on the April 4 ballot.

Teacher pay raises considered

Convincing new teachers to make the move to Columbia hasn’t been easy for Assistant Superintendent Mary Laffey.

MU pilot wellness program targets employees

Beginning today, faculty and staff for MU Health Care will gain a new incentive to maintain New Year’s resolution health goals. They will be the first to participate in a pilot wellness program that administrators plan to eventually extend to all MU employees and, eventually, to all campuses in the UM System.

Stephens' rezoning plans move ahead

The plan to renovate two historic halls at Stephens College advanced Thursday night when the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the school’s request to rezone the property.

Legislators update MU alumni about session

Surrounded by neon beer signs, wide-screen TV’s and an oversized artificial fish, MU alumni met with Missouri legislators to discuss how they can influence state decisions.

Columbia College building history

A $5 million renovation of Columbia College’s Missouri Hall will work to preserve the memories of the women who lived and learned there. Renovations on what is to be the future student services center began Thursday and are scheduled to be completed in January 2007.

Healthy and hungry

Not much went right for junior Cartier Martin in his first two seasons at Kansas State.

Cougars use solid defense to stop rivals

Strong perimeter defense and 23 forced turnovers led the Columbia College men’s basketball team to a 76-51 win over McKendree on Thursday night at Southwell Complex.

Cox back in Hickman lineup

This year Drae Cox, a 145-pound sophomore wrestler at Hickman High School, did something he hasn’t done in over a decade: He missed a month of the wrestling season.

Second Ward challenger files for seat on council

Real estate agent Brian Toohey has filed his candidacy petition to challenge longtime incumbent Chris Janku for the Second Ward position on the Columbia City Council.

Donor joins lawsuit over Boonville rail bridge

JEFFERSON CITY — A donor who helped finance the Katy Trail State Park joined a lawsuit Thursday seeking to stop the removal of an old railroad bridge in Boonville that preservationists hope could one day become part of the biking and hiking trail.

Initiative takes aim at obesity

Take 10 people and, if you live in Missouri, more than six will be considered overweight or obese. Of children in grades six through eight, 32 percent are either overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To curb weight problems in mid-Missouri, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department launched the Community Healthy Opportunities Projects, or HOPS, on Thursday. Thursday’s launch brought together speakers, singers, children and representatives from local organizations, such as Pednet, Columbia Public Schools, Columbia Parks and Recreation and Youzeum, among others. The health promotion initiative is designed to increase ...

Studio rezoning wins initial approval

A request to rezone aging downtown buildings to accommodate artists’ studios won unanimous approval by the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday night.

Hunter to leave school, join USA Volleyball

Lindsey Hunter, a senior setter on the Missouri volleyball team, said she was not going to join USA Volleyball until she finished her degree.

Weather matters little at annual disc golf Ice Bowl

One thing is certain about the Ice Bowl: It will not be canceled.

Kewpies finish seventh in KC tournament

Columbia Hickman beat Hickman Mills of Kansas City 57-53 in overtime to finish seventh at the Lee Summit Tournament.