A roundup of issues and candidates

Fire Protection District expansion Referendum

An important issue on the ballot for the Boone County Fire Protection District is the referendum to expand its three-member board to five members.

Capital Improvement Sales Tax Increase

A proposed one-fifth-cent sales tax increase for Boone County would generate about $14 million over three years to pay for expanding and renovating the courthouse and completing work on other county-owned buildings downtown.

Ballot roundup

Here’s a look at all the town council and school board races, along with other issues, that will appear on Boone County ballots on Tuesday.

BOONE LIFE: Dirty Dogs Done Dirt Cheap

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Emergency office calls public hearing on sirens

Columbia will hold a public hearing on the replacement and relocation schedule of emergency outdoor warning sirens at 7 p.m. Monday in the Council Chamber of the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway, according to a news release by the Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management.

Two men held in homicide investigation

Two men Columbia police Capt. Brad Nelson described as “persons of interest” in the Carlos Kelly homicide investigation were still being held late Saturday afternoon, although they had not been charged in connection with the crime.

Woman robbed in Cosmo Park

A 19-year-old Columbia woman told police she was robbed around 8 p.m. Friday at Cosmo Park by a man who appeared to have a gun, according to a Columbia police news release.

Pulling their weight

The gentle rumble of a John Deere engine, the glisten of polished metal in the morning sun and the earthy smell of diesel. This was the scene of the National Antique Tractor Pullers Association Championship at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Man sentenced in van accident case

JEFFERSON CITY — A Guatemalan man who was a passenger in the van that crashed on Interstate 70 in June, killing five illegal immigrants, was sentenced Friday to four years and three months in federal prison.

Mandatory jail time proposed for sex offenders

JEFFERSON CITY — Legislators in Missouri and throughout the nation have pushed to keep sex offenders locked away longer through mandatory minimum sentences, but some prosecutors say that broad minimums will result in more offenders on the streets.

Package deal

When Missouri hired Mike Anderson as its new men’s basketball coach, Athletic Director Mike Alden beamed that it was a “great day” for the university. That day, March 26, could also turn out to be a memorable date for the girls’ basketball program at either Hickman or Rock Bridge.

Extra points

Blue Springs South pitcher Matt Morgan made it tough on Rock Bridge.

Tigers lose cool, late lead in loss to rival Jayhawks

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Missouri baseball team stumbled late in a 3-2 loss Saturday at Kansas.

And they’re off

Halfway through the collegiate men’s 400-meter run on the second day of the Missouri Relays, all running and jumping in the Audrey J. Walton Stadium ceased and a mass of fans rose to face the American flag.

Offensive struggles continue to baffle MU in third straight defeat

At the west side of the Sports Park at MU, University Field and Walton Stadium are connected. The two facilities share bathrooms, food carts and concourses. During most softball games, the occasional foul ball that flies over University Field’s bleachers bounces off the empty seats at Walton Stadium.