Council appoints three to Planning and Zoning Commission

Two new members and one longtime member were chosen by the Columbia City Council on Monday to fill the three open spots on the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission.

Doggy hot spot

Terry Showers opens up a small sandwich bag filled with brown pellets and is instantly surrounded by three dogs, anxiously wagging their tails for a treat.

That was the scene at the Garth Nature Area’s recently opened off-leash dog park, which is quickly becoming a hot spot for Columbia’s furry friends and their owners.

Council approves land purchase

Despite opposition from private landowners, the Columbia City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a plan to buy land at Columbia Regional Airport.

Rezoning on Rock Quarry

After almost six months of debate, Delta Roads Development LLC and concerned Columbia residents might be on their way to ironing the kinks out of a controversial rezoning proposal for 10.9 acres west of Rock Quarry Road.

Columbia man gets 7 years in park rape

A Columbia man received the maximum sentence of seven years in prison Monday for sexual assault.

Receding floodwaters reveal damaged levees

KANSAS CITY — As floodwaters recede along the Missouri River bottoms, some areas remain at risk because their levees are broken.

Columbia man admits to killing drinking companion

A Columbia man pleaded guilty Monday to killing a drinking companion in a fight last year by crushing the man’s head with a rock. Police said the defendant drove around with the victim struggling to escape from the trunk of his car.

Devlin pleads not guilty to kidnappings

POTOSI — Michael Devlin, appearing clean-shaven and thinner, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he kidnapped, sexually abused and tried to kill Shawn Hornbeck in 2002.

Flip-flop fanatics

Thongs, chappals, zories, jandals, — whatever the name, flip-flops are cheap, flat, rubbery footwear. And they are taking over the world. Thongs are being substituted for other types of shoes, regardless of the weather. Saul Trevino, an orthopedic surgeon at University Hospital, moved here from Texas last month and quickly noticed that flip-flops were “the in thing.”

Woman is arrested in Garth car robbery

Columbia police arrested a woman Monday in connection with a May robbery in central Columbia.

Blue Springs man hurt after ATV flips

A Blue Springs man remained in good condition Monday after an all-terrain vehicle overturned on him at Finger Lakes State Park on Sunday morning.

Convenience store on Paris Road robbed

Two men robbed a clerk at a northeast Columbia convenience store at gunpoint early Monday morning, Columbia police said in a news release.

Robber sentenced to probation, restitution

An 18-year-old Columbia woman was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay restitution for three downtown Columbia robberies she committed with an accomplice last year.

Volunteer relates math lessons to life

Upon entering Kimberly Euliss’ fifth-grade classroom at Russell Boulevard Elementary School, volunteer tutor Meg Morrissey waved to students as they squirmed in their chairs with excitement.

Air show exhorts killing masked as patriotism

Before their massacre at Columbine, the young killers spent hours desensitizing themselves from actual human suffering by killing in cyberspace. Now Columbia’s children can too — at the Air Show. While most players never cross that line in reality, the Army learned how to overcome our youths’ moral values and natural inclinations against killing human beings via computer games.

Kick the fat cats out of national politics

A friend announced at lunch the other day that she had stopped watching television news for the time being. She said she was so disgusted with the way political leaders were ignoring the people’s will that it made her stomach queasy when she got to the dinner table. She said it was understandable why people stopped going to the polls to vote, because the two parties could obviously care less.

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Restoring the crown

KANSAS CITY — The distinctive crowned scoreboard that’s towered behind center field since Kauffman Stadium opened in 1973 will tower much taller.