Columbia airport to lose commercial carrier

The regional airline that operates Columbia’s only commercial flights plans to depart the city in June, although federal guarantees mean service will not disappear entirely even if a new carrier can’t be lured in.

Council considers new trail in west Columbia

Most days, the water in County House Branch burbles lazily through Nik Palo’s front yard and the rest of his quiet west-Columbia neighborhood. In 1995, however, the water swelled with heavy rain and dragged away his 24-foot footbridge. Days later, his neighbors were still returning him pieces of the structure.

Board waits to replace Smith

The Boone County Fire Protection District board plans to replace its former president Willis Smith at next month’s meeting, it decided Wednesday. The board also made a motion to adopt a standard application process and procedure regarding the replacement of district board members.

Midwifery bill moves to House

JEFFERSON CITY — A move to allow lay midwives to deliver babies at home without fear of criminal prosecution advanced Wednesday with strong support from a state House committee.

Missouri lets lead slip away

A week ago,the Missouri’s women’s basketball team fought back from a 22-point deficit to beat Kansas State. This Wednesday, the Tigers were the ones blowing a big lead.

Cougars prepare for pivotal game

The Columbia College men’s basketball team isn’t playing a game of “what if?” But it could.

Monologues coming to MU, Stephens

From its first performance in 1998, Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” has been praised for spreading awareness about domestic violence and criticized for its graphic nature.

Democrats win seats in special elections

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Democrats scored a surprise win in a Republican stronghold in special elections held Tuesday.

City hires restoration expert for $33,000 to repair murals

The City Council voted Monday to proceed with complete restoration and cleaning of murals decorating the Howard Municipal Building courtroom. The work will cost $33,000 and the funds will come from a $2.3 million budget approved by the City Council in November 2004 for renovation of the Howard and Gentry buildings. The murals are owned by Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

Hickman uses defense to secure road victory

The Hickman boys’ basketball team won 46-37 at Lee’s Summit on Wednesday. Taylor Florence led the Kewpies with 12 points and D.J. Ely added 10.

St. Louis extends win streak to three

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Keith Tkachuk had a goal and two assists and Patrick Lalime made 19 saves in his return to NHL action Wednesday night, backstopping the St. Louis Blues to a surprising 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Floor thumpers: hip-hop beats in Douglass gym

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Ashland seniors help bury friend, 17

ASHLAND — When Southern Boone County High School let out at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, an impromptu caravan of cars full of students and teachers drove the mile to Robinson Funeral Home. A long line of friends filled the parking lot as people waited patiently to say goodbye to Cris Crivello, 17, who died Tuesday.