Citizens, police say gangs are hard to define

Are there gangs in Columbia? The answer seems to lie in definitions.

Fire District begins search for Curry’s replacements

The Boone County Fire Protection District has started advertising for one of two positions aimed at replacing former Assistant Fire Chief Sharon Curry. At a meeting Wednesday, Fire Chief Steve Paulsell said the Fire Protection District has run three advertisements and received 26 applications for an executive assistant.

Governor asked to appoint chair of Clean Water Commission

The Missouri Sierra Club asked Gov. Matt Blunt on Wednesday to reappoint or replace Thomas Herrmann, the chairman of the Missouri Clean Water Commission. Herrmann’s last appointment to the Commission expired in April 2004.

Teachers learn to enhance classes with technology

Integrating new technology into the workplace often involves growing pains and steep learning curves. This struggle to adapt holds true in higher education — unless you are a “digital native,” a student who grows up with new forms of technology. Conversely, administrators and professors without much knowledge of newer forms of technology are often called “digital immigrants.”

Police arrest suspect in stabbing

Police arrested a Columbia man early Thursday on suspicion of stabbing a 34-year-old Columbia man.

Former interim chancellor of UMKC to be named interim UM System president

Although the University of Missouri System Board of Curators remained mum at Thursday’s board meeting, a co-worker confirmed that former interim UMKC chancellor Gordon Lamb would take over as interim UM System president.

Winter gardening? Yes, in a greenhouse

Winters in Centralia used to be so cold that Eric Lawman probably never imagined that he’d one day be tending a solar greenhouse and growing things all through the winter here in central Missouri. But that is what he finds now as part of his work at the MU Bradford Experimental Farm on Range Line Road, just north of Highway AC.

Pay cut layoffs hit five workers

Five employees at the Circuit City in Columbia were laid off last week as part of the electronics retailers’ nationwide layoffs because they earned at least 51 cents per hour more than the salary range for their position, Circuit City spokeswoman Jackie Foreman said.

Extend cable deals, city attorney says

The City Council should extend its two cable television franchise agreements until June 19, the city attorney says, as negotiations continue under the shadow of a pending state law that will require video service providers to apply for statewide franchise agreements.

Tax increase's downfalls were location and expense

By nearly a 3-1 margin, voters closed the book on a property tax increase for the construction and operation of two libraries in Boone County.

MU baseball game rained out

The Missouri baseball team’s scheduled game Tuesday at Southern Illinois was rained out and will not be re-scheduled. The Tigers will next play at Kansas State on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Bruins shake off rust in win

Halfway into the national anthem before the Rock Bridge Bruins girls’ soccer game Tuesday night, something odd happened. The music stopped.

MU’s Bracey looks for playing time

Greg Bracey is fast.

Wade wins more than 61 percent of votes

Jerry Wade emerged as the winner in a race for the Fourth Ward city council seat that pitted two members of the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission against each other.

Skala ekes out narrow win

After a campaign in which he advocated controlled and targeted growth, community activist Karl Skala won a close contest for a three-year term as Third Ward city councilman over businessman Gary Kespohl.

Results around Boone County

Here’s a look at the results of the races and issues that appeared on Boone County ballots outside Columbia. All terms for school board seats are for three years and all terms for town boards are two years, unless otherwise noted.

Visioning plan among priorities

Mayor Darwin Hindman’s priorities for the next three years include revising the city’s land disturbance ordinance, executing the ideas that emerge from the visioning project, preserving undeveloped areas of the city and upgrading neighborhoods.

Voters approve school bonds

In a show of support for Columbia Public Schools, 76 percent of voters approved the district’s request to sell $60 million in bonds to finance new construction, building improvements, air conditioning and technology.

HINDMAN GETS FIFTH TERM: Mayor’s win a historic one

Darwin Hindman won a record fifth term as Columbia’s mayor Tuesday, and voters elected two new council members who cited the need for better planning and targeted growth as major platform planks.

Mees, new to running, leads in vote tally

First-time candidate Jan Mees raised the most money, by far, in her bid for a seat on the Columbia School Board. In Tuesday’s election, she also got the most votes.