Weather inspires thoughts of pots for planting

There have been years in mid-Missouri that I have planted my first pots by the end of February. With the warm weather we have had, I am dreaming of pots— lots of pots— full of flowers, vegetables and grasses.

Cougars return to midseason form just in time

You’d think the Columbia College women’s basketball team would be happy with the season it had.

Owners prepare for future

As the NHL trade deadline expired Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues sent a clear message to their fans: We care about the future of this franchise.

MU tries to keep its focus

The Missouri men’s basketball team has had plenty of reminders of what losing concentration in a game can do. Maybe a few too many reminders.

Bulldogs dominate in opening round

STURGEON — What a difference a year makes.

Lawsuit seeks Paulsell records

Jefferson City attorney David Moen filed a lawsuit Monday to force the Boone County Fire Protection District to turn over public records.

Moving over

Bob Wood spent Monday taking baby steps toward his future, placing shoe soles and heels and other small items in a box to move to his new shop at 212 S. Eighth St.

Bill presses for universal insurance

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s top Republican senators are pushing legislation that would require all uninsured Missourians to have health care coverage starting in 2009.

Land purchase extends city’s ‘green ring’

The city’s purchase of the 320-acre Crane farm on the southeast fringe of Columbia will represent a major step in the creation of an “emerald necklace around the city,” Mayor Darwin Hindman said at a Tuesday news conference announcing the deal and outlining the city’s strategy for developing the park.

Can Mo. strip sex from signs?

JEFFERSON CITY — Denied once in court, Missouri lawmakers are making another attempt to restrict signs and billboards advertising sexually oriented businesses.

Missouri Theatre to offer seats for sponsorship starting in April

A “Take Your Seat” campaign, in which contributors sponsor a seat in the soon-to-be renovated Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, will start April 2 as part of the next step in raising money to restore and expand the theater.

True/False reaches out to schools

Grace Lewis, a sophomore at Rock Bridge High School, gave a shy smile when she talked about her plans to see “Kurt Cobain About a Son” at the True/False Film Festival this weekend.

Payment blocked in Ag harassment case

JEFFERSON CITY — Treasurer Sarah Steelman on Tuesday questioned why the state Agriculture Department authorized a $70,000 payment in a failed attempt to quietly settle allegations against its director.

Keynote speaker at women’s entrepreneurship conference offered plenty of tips

Suzanne Joyce played a song on a mandolin-like backpacker’s guitar that she wrote for a musical called “Women in Missouri History.”

Columbia Independent School offers new scholarships

Columbia Independent School is using a new scholarship program to broaden its visibility and attract mid-Missouri students who might not have considered attending.

Intellectual diversity bill fuels debate

Opponents and proponents of proposed legislation on intellectual diversity crowded into a meeting room at the Capitol on Tuesday night and engaged in a heated debate on the bill.

School board candidates speak to Columbia parents

Parents for Public Schools hosted a forum Tuesday night to allow school board candidates to introduce themselves to the community before the April 3 election.

Alpaca day camp to open in Rocheport this summer

Youth near Rocheport can look forward to a summertime day camp featuring crafts, gardening and alpacas — practically in their backyards.

Major faiths to join for conference

Conversations about religion usually gravitate toward the differences that separate instead of the similarities that unite.

Senior Hardiek content to stay out of spotlight

There are several framed posters featuring members of the Missouri women’s basketball team hanging in the hallway near the locker room, each poster coupled with an inspirational saying from the player.