Schools focus on funds for facilities

The Columbia Public School District has the fiscal muscle to fund facility improvements through bonds without raising taxes, according to a scenario by a financial planning firm.

Fayette mayor retires from library after 40 years

Years ago, an MU student, studying to be a teacher, served as a member of Bill Fisher’s cleaning crew in the Daniel Boone Regional Library. He came back decades later — in 2005 — after he had retired as a teacher to see if Fisher was still there.

A century of preserving folklore

Dolf Schroeder grew up with folk songs in Germany, singing with his aunts after school when he didn’t have anything to do. More than 80 years later, he can still sing many of the songs.

Warning system gets upgrade

Across the street from Shepard Boulevard Elementary School, the warning siren that once stood as tall as the surrounding pine trees is in disarray. Metal pipes, a utility pole and the old siren lie parallel to the cul-de-sac.

Stem cell issue splits candidates

Candidates for area seats in the Missouri House of Representatives are split on the stem cell initiative known as Amendment 2, which will appear on Tuesday’s ballot.

Higher acorn yield may keep deer in hiding

Squirrels, take note: Acorn production is up across southern Missouri for the second year in a row.

Fifth-graders learn the art of news

After reading “The Landry News,” a book about a fifth-grader starting her own newspaper, West Boulevard Elementary School fifth-grader Robert Kaas and his friend Justin Jose decided they wanted to start their own school newspaper.

Misfits or masters, WVU a tough foe

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Tucked in the hills of West Virginia lies the Land of the Misfits.

Gators close to ending drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators spent recent Novembers hoping for help in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division.

MU women’s golf loses spots in tourney

The MU women’s golf team fell to 14th place after a 311 in the second round of the Las Vegas Collegiate at the Anthem Country Club in Henderson, Nev., on Tuesday.

Opponents run by Tigers

The Missouri defense and coaches can’t point to one single thing explaining why the defense can’t stop the run. It’s everything.

Billups receives Pistons’ thumbs up

DETROIT — Chauncey Billups has become the face of the Detroit Pistons.

MU volleyball team ready to break its losing skid

A season of ups and downs for the Missouri volleyball team has seen more bad times than good lately.

MU soccer club wins more than region title

In the world of club sports, $800 is a fortune. For the MU soccer club, whose budget hovers somewhere around $4,000, raising that type of cash would take some form of divine intervention. Or at least a phenomenal bake sale.