A home for the ages

NEW FRANKLIN — Dexter Slagle glanced one last time at the rolling hills he knew as a boy before turning to pass through the normally padlocked door and into a memory: the Hickman House that his family owned many years before.

Housing project still stirs up dust

The first explosions shook Keith Baumstark’s house and scared the daylights out of his 90-year-old mother-in-law. Baumstark said he was never notified that dynamite charges would pulverize the limestone hill about 200 yards from his house for the next month.

Two vie for seat on fire board

The salaries of top management and the relationship between Boone County Fire Protection District Chief Steve Paulsell and his assistant Sharon Curry are emerging as the two primary issues in the race for a seat on the district’s board of directors.

A chestnut revival

NEW FRANKLIN — There’s no catchy marketing slogan like the one that moved orange juice beyond the breakfast nook a generation ago. Their starchy taste is decidedly acquired and difficult to describe. To make matters worse, their shell is hard to crack.

Central city improvement is tracked

Linda LaVere can remember when Donnelly Avenue in west-central Columbia had no sidewalks, curbs or gutters. It was an ugly and unimproved street that drained poorly during rainstorms.

Who wins with tax incentives?

Some people see recently proposed tax incentives for Columbia businesses as a game like chess: It’s impossible for both Columbia Public Schools and the city of Columbia to win.

It’s Shape-Up time; this year, bring the kids

As the guilt from the holiday festivities sinks in, a healthy initiative is set to shift Columbians off their sofa and into a more wholesome way of life.

Bowden memorial goes to council

Officer Molly Bowden gave her life on the streets of Columbia. Now, her fellow officers want to honor her sacrifice.