Opting out of college

Andrew Walters plans to spend the summer on horseback surrounded by mountains and sky. Amid such beautiful scenery, he doesn’t mind shoveling manure or bucking hay bales.

Working up an appetite

When a delegation from Rock Bridge Elementary School went to Coffeyville, Kan., in the spring of 2005 to observe the town’s school literacy program, the group came back with an unrelated idea — change the mid-day lunch and recess schedule.

Airport Advisory endorses proposal

Members of the Columbia Airport Advisory Board endorsed Mesa Air Group’s proposal to provide two round-trip flights a day from Columbia Regional Airport to Kansas City and St. Louis. The plan, approved at the board’s meeting Tuesday, would require $598,751 per year in federal subsidies. It was the cheapest of three proposals and the only one that offered flights to both cities.

Hey, customer: Hang up and order!

It was the day a customer threw a sandwich in her face that Subway manager Rachel Grimes knew she had to do something about people who try to order while talking on their cell phones.

Ethanol use driving prices, need for corn

ST. LOUIS — Shortage isn’t a word often associated with the U.S. corn industry, which produces millions of surplus bushels every year. But demand from the ethanol industry is helping push corn consumption above production this year, and that has some people wondering: Should we really use a crucial food source to make fuel for cars?

Boaters facing a less lenient patrol

Mark Beck, owner of Columbia Power Sports, gets a lot of inquiries about the watercraft he sells. But he doesn’t hear much from customers when it comes to the laws and regulations for operating boats and personal watercraft. “People don’t come in asking those questions,” Beck said.

Junior highs try to smooth move to new system

As 1,238 middle school students in the Columbia School District finish their last day of school today, teachers and counselors are helping prepare them for the transition to junior high.

Child scalding trial is moved to Callaway County

The trial for the Columbia man accused of punishing his stepson by placing him in a scalding shower has been moved from Boone County to the Callaway County Courthouse in Fulton. The trial is sched-

New territory for grads

On an afternoon last week better suited for shorts and a T-shirt, Brady Wilson wore a long-sleeve white shirt, blue jeans, boots and a cowboy hat. On horseback, kicking up dust in a fenced arena next to his house, the Rock Bridge High School senior practiced a skill he hopes will serve him well in college: calf-roping.

Holiday sees fewer accidents, DWIs in Columbia

Even though Memorial Day weekend is often plagued by fatal car crashes and DWI incidents, there were no fatal accidents in the Columbia area over the three-day weekend, and local law enforcement officers only made a handful of DWI arrests.

Mizzou soccer schedule released

The team’s docket includes four national Top 25 teams.

For the love of the game

Biggio’s HR sinks Cards

ST. LOUIS — Craig Biggio caught up with Hank Aaron and helped the Houston Astros stay above .500 in the process.

Hickman choir preparing for weeklong tour of Italy

With the end of the school year approaching, it is an exciting time for most high school students, but choir members at Hickman High School have something extra special to look forward to.

Parachute salute

An estimated 30,000 people packed downtown Columbia on Monday morning for the 18th annual Salute to Veterans parade. Shade was at a premium as the temperature hit 91 degrees by parade time at about 10 a.m.

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Business as usual for some on holiday

For Memorial Day, Columbians walked in parades, played in the sun, and — if their stores were open — did business downtown.

Girlfriend’s tip leads to man’s arrest

A Columbia man was arrested on suspicion of weapon, assault and drug-related violations after a woman who said she was his girlfriend went to police early Sunday morning, according to Columbia Police Department reports.

Splish splash

Not far from downtown Columbia, just off the MKT Trail, shouting and laughter erupt from behind trees. Amid the squealing and screaming, the heavy heat of a Monday afternoon is alleviated by a canopy of branches and leaves. The trees part and, like a hidden oasis, a flooded rock quarry appears. A white cliff juts out of the water and bright green foliage frames the haven. Southwest of the intersection of Stewart and Providence roads, a green fence separates the public walkway from the private refuge.

Missouri to play in NCAA regional

Missouri’s baseball season isn’t over yet.