City beefing up traffic enforcement this week

The Columbia Police Department will have extra traffic officers looking for dangerous drivers on Columbia’s busiest roads this week.

Native grown

For the newly-planted irises at Flat Branch Creek, late spring rains that soaked Columbia have been just what the horticulturist ordered.

Student reaches out to assist Zambian women

When Ashish Premkumar was 16, his teacher Matt Cone talked to him about a Noam Chomsky book, “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance.”

Cooking fire closes Indian restaurant

A fire at Rasoi India House Restaurant on Sunday afternoon is the second in Columbia this month caused by cooking. It caused an estimated $20,000 in damage and has shut the restaurant for now.

Prisoner information now available online

ST. LOUIS — The public can gain access to information about Missouri prisoners — including where they are behind bars and why — through a new state Department of Corrections Web link.

It’s harder to get the gold in ‘golden years’

I can remember the days when folks reached middle age and eagerly looked forward to the time when they could retire.


Finer form fuels Mickelson

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — They are the most famous family of golf instructors, and even better at giving each other the needle. So when Butch Harmon was voted the No. 1 golf coach, his younger brothers

Earnhardt speculation not likely to go away

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs some time to decompress. It’s been all Earnhardt all the time since he announced he was defecting from his late father’s company.

Man pleads not guilty in shootings

A Columbia man who was arrested twice last year for shooting at people pleaded not guilty in Boone County Circuit Court on Monday to unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

Driving violations may mean new plates

Legislation working its way through the General Assembly would require special license plates on cars owned by drivers convicted of alcohol-related infractions and other hazardous traffic violations.

Chase gets 5 percent raise

A 5 percent increase in Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Phyllis Chase’s salary won the approval of the Columbia Board of Education on Monday after the board discussed the superintendent’s pay in a public meeting for the first time.

Midwifery maneuver costs senator’s chairmanship

JEFFERSON CITY — A state senator got stripped of his committee chairmanship Monday after sneaking contentious language legalizing lay midwifery into a health insurance bill passed by the House and Senate.

Developers revamp a Boonville legacy

When Betty Windsor Bowen was growing up in, and then, later in life, visiting Boonville with her husband and children, the Hotel Frederick was the in spot for Sunday dinners. Two Kansas City developers, Bill Haw and Adam Jones, bought the building from Jim Hackman, a Boonville businessman who purchased the hotel at a foreclosure auction in the hopes that someone would want to eventually restore it.