Students write, design, create Web pages

Students in the Web Page Club at Parkade Elementary School anxiously waited Monday to interview teachers and begin working on their Web pages. The 12 students are making a Web page for each of the grades at Parkade, and after hearing the instructions, they scurried down the halls to complete their interviews.

Festivals aim for 2007 participants

Leaders of Columbia’s visioning effort are hoping the lure of free hot dogs, chips and soda will draw plenty of people to Fall Visioning Festivals at local schools this Saturday and the next.

Thanksgiving, Korean style

Korean students at MU are preparing to celebrate Chusok, an ancient festival that marks the fall harvest and is the biggest holiday on the Korean calender.

Agency says

ST. LOUIS — Ameren Corp.’s new dam safety chief was one of several managers who failed to tell federal regulators about critical problems at the Taum Sauk reservoir for months before the dam collapsed, documents show.

State Supreme Court hears election issues

JEFFERSON CITY ­­— The Missouri Supreme Court had an unusual “show and tell” from the bench Wednesday. Retired Supreme Court Judge Charles Blackmar held up his expired drivers license in court asking attorneys if it would be sufficient documentation to vote if the court ruled the new voter ID law to be constitutional.

Federal investigation closed on awarding of fee office contracts

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration was cleared of wrongdoing in the awarding of Missouri license office contracts as a federal prosecutor said Wednesday that he had closed an investigation without pursuing any criminal charges.

Blessing of the animals

The Rev. Amy Cortright blessed more than 20 dogs, cats, birds, hamsters and gerbils at Calvary Episcopal Church’s Blessing of the Animals ceremony Wednesday.

Let's go for a walk

It’s too bad there was no space shuttle landing Wednesday: The astronauts could have taken great pictures on their way back to Earth of people walking to school all over the planet on International Walk to School Day.

District Village adds lot to plans

By purchasing a city-owned parking lot, Lynn and Jacqueline Miller are one step closer to acquiring the land they need to develop their “District Village.”

Marine’s condition improving

His doctor says most people wouldn’t have survived, but Lance Cpl. John McClellan, 20, is defying the odds.

Survey finds support for smoking ordinance

Ninety percent of Columbia residents would prefer a smoke-free workplace, 69 percent would support laws making all indoor areas of restaurants smoke-free, and 57 percent say they support a ban on smoking in bars, according to a study released by an MU researcher on Wednesday.

Planes Fly Today (an info chart)

US Airways Express begins service in Columbia today, offering two flights each weekday and one flight each weekend to Kansas City and St. Louis. City and airline officials will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the airport.

Blues take ice with rebuilt squad

ST. LOUIS — John Davidson left the safety of the broadcast booth for life on a high wire when he agreed to become St. Louis Blues president.

Senior energetically leads Bruins volleyball

It’s 5:50 p.m. at Rock Bridge, and groans echo throughout the gym. After nearly a three-hour practice, coach Beth Newton sends her volleyball team, mumbling and scowling with contempt, to the baseline for sprints.

Season over for Bruins after comeback effort falls short

Dark gray clouds hung ominously over the Rock Bridge softball field on Wednesday during the Bruins district game against the Camdenton Lakers.

Tigers’ young cross-country runners set to contribute

Entering this season, Rebecca Wilmews, the Missouri cross country assistant coach, knew this year would be a growing year for the women’s team.

Passing grades

LUBBOCK, Texas — Their nearly flawless Texas high school careers behind them, Graham Harrell and Chase Daniel are just beginning to make their marks at Big 12 schools.

Not too soon, not too long for QBs

AUSTIN, Texas — Colt McCoy says he’s growing up. Five games as the Texas quarterback will do that to a freshman pretty quick.

Tigers handle rival

Abbie Booth has bragging rights again.

Hickman coaches get tough

The whiteboard in the Hickman locker room read, “You will be held accountable today.”