Local art groups unite, offer summer program for students

For the first time, the Columbia Art League and MU’s MSA/GPC Craft Studio will team up to offer a summer arts program for budding student artists ages 6 to 14.

New Planning and Zoning Commission members set sights for future of Columbia

Two of the three people who emerged from a field of 21 applicants to land spots on the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission say the time is right for the advisory group to play a significant role in the future of the city.

Lodging tax funds used for visitors center

A city lodging tax is being tapped to help finance a visitors center at the Jefferson Farm and Gardens.

Day care to shrink age gaps

Construction of Missouri’s first joint day care facility for seniors and children will begin later this year and could open as early as August 2008.

Columbia soap star makes hearts race

Growing up in Columbia, Race Owen thought of himself as a shy, athletic student. He never imagined he’d be working as an actor, living in Los Angeles and starring in a hot TV series. But tonight at 7 p.m., viewers can watch the 31-year-old Hickman High School graduate on “American Heiress,” which airs on MyNetworkTV/Channel 28.

Rebuilding relationships

The local Rainbow House does more than help and protect abused and neglected children: It now offers a class to help parents who are in abusive relationships with their teens.

Doggone it, not everyone likes your pet

This column will probably annoy if not enrage some of its readers. It is triggered by a recent effort by a St. Louis alderman to overturn a provision of the state health code which prohibits all animals except service dogs from entering the premises of a restaurant, to include outdoor patios and sidewalk cafes. Stating the obvious “People love their dogs,” Lyda Krewson has introduced a doggie friendly bill.

Plan would allow sale of alcohol at park events

The sounds of clinking wine glasses and popping champagne corks might join the buzz of music and conversation at future events in some Columbia public parks.

Fund increase to boost Internet crimes task force

The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force looks set to receive a large boost in funding to combat Internet sex crimes against children.

Residents weigh proposal for a Hallsville library

The only way that Jane Alexander, a single mother in Hallsville, and her three children can currently access the library is by doing a lot of driving.

Group to consider new school boundaries

The Columbia Public School District is looking for volunteers to reconsider school boundaries for a new high school and new elementary school.

It’s not just about bingo

Every Tuesday at 2 p.m., 20 to 30 Older American Klub members gather to play bingo at the Parkade Center. Many members come each Tuesday, and jokes are rarely held back. The Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation sponsors this weekly event.

Car dealership to pitch in for cancer benefit

For the first time, a Columbia car dealership will participate in the national Drive for the Cure, which benefits breast cancer research, treatment, education and screening.

Columbia man killed in single-car crash

A Columbia man died Monday night after he was thrown 20 feet from his truck in an accident north of Columbia.

Raid leads to more than 100 arrests at plant

SPRINGFIELD — Federal immigration agents raided a poultry plant Tuesday morning and arrested more than 100 workers who are believed to be illegal immigrants.

Tigers could soon add to trophies

Season over for Bruins

According to Athletic Director Steve Levingston, first-year coach Kelly Gates knew from the beginning of the Rock Bridge Bruins’ soccer season that her team had a chance to be very competitive.