Bursting at the seams

Students at Grant Elementary play during recess. The 96-year-old school has several buildings in need of repair. If the bond issue is approved on April 3, $7 million of the $60 million bond would be used for building improvements and repairs.

Maxine Nelson has taught in the Columbia Public School District for 29 years, 19 of those at West Junior High School. Two of those years at West have been spent in a trailer just outside of the school’s main building.

Their town: pop. 17

McBAINE — There are probably more candidates vying for the 2008 presidency than there are residents in McBaine, 10 miles south of Columbia. The town has just 17 people. Count them. It won’t take long.

Carrie Bremer

It may not be fashionable, but I still love my ... Gray yoga pants. My sister bought them for me while I was pregnant with my first child and then I wore them again while I was pregnant a second time and we were redoing the house, so they have paint all over them.

CoMo’s spring not on calendar

Spring tiptoes in on Tuesday. Officially, the new season arrives when the sun shines exactly above the equator. But in CoMo, we’ll know it’s really spring when...

The people’s encyclopedia anoints our local celebs offers a “selected list” of the rich and famous with Columbia connections. Here’s how the Web site describes them (and some of our own commentary).

Action & acceptance

When Broadway Christian Church became aware that a member of its congregation was a convicted sex offender in 2000, it made a decision to implement a policy that would allow the church to welcome convicted sex offenders without endangering children and youth.

Translating Shakespeare to the ancient tongue Tlingit

Terminal cancer patients find comfort in new palliative care clinic

Audrey Fitch is filming her life with cancer to show others what it’s like to live with the disease, as opposed to dying from it.

Noticed in a nightclub

“Sweet Home Columbia” is one song title that could put $150 in your pocket.

Belief in brief: L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard would have turned 97 earlier this week. Hubbard, born on March 13, 1911 and the founder of the Church of Scientology, died more than 20 years ago, but his religion, writings, and work live on.