Vets plan challenge to protest judgment

A recent court ruling that upheld the right to protest at the Memorial Day air show will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, a lawyer representing the Salute to Veterans Corp. said Wednesday.

Library users suggest leasing space

Wednesday night, Jim Ritter, moderator of the Daniel Boone Regional Library Board’s Election Review Committee meetings, faced a group that had convened to discuss why a property tax increase on the April 3 ballot failed by such a wide margin.

New look at First Ward

More than 20 hot and hungry children filed into the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center, jam-packed with child-sized tables and chairs. Artwork plastered the walls. They ate pizza. They talked about school and television and what the moon was made of, all ­the while eyeing the framed photos stacked neatly on a center table.

Blue Ridge Center proposals inch on

Residents of north Columbia will have to wait a little longer for the grocery store they’ve been wanting for years, but a plan to provide that and other retail and commercial uses is in the works.

Downtown redesign challenges discussed

As sweeping development plans for the southern half of downtown Columbia move forward, city officials and neighbors understand that giving it a face-lift is a lot like giving a person one: It isn’t cheap, and it isn’t easy.

Federal agency asks Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY — Federal investigators say Missouri’s tax on hospitals has not followed federal law, and they want the state to pay back at least $8 million in federal Medicaid money.

Blunt signs MOHELA bill into law

ST. LOUIS — Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation into law Wednesday financing college buildings with student loan agency money as he began a three-day tour to communities that will reap the rewards.

Hulshof still on MU curators list

ST. LOUIS — U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof on Wednesday confirmed what he called “a poorly guarded secret” — he is a finalist to become the next University of Missouri System president.

Commissioners look to guide city growth

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.

Taking aim at championship

Outside an entrance to the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club’s Chapman Academy Range, nine flags fly in the breeze. The United States is represented, as are Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Japan and Australia.

Experienced leader joins Housing Authority Board

No stranger to leadership positions, Richard Mendenhall will now become a member of the Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Demand better when it comes to price of gas

OK, enough is enough. I urge every citizen to contact our Missouri state legislators and the governor and lieutenant governor and demand that state, county and city petroleum taxes be suspended for a period of six calendar months beginning July 1.

Envisioning a wonderful new world

Another day. Another wonderful, magical day. I spring out of bed, have my four cups of coffee, joke and pun a little with my wife who is still not ready for it. Then I look around. Sun shining. Warm spring breezes wafting about. No siren screech reaches my ears. The smell of eggs and bacon. What a day!

Sooners stretch by Tigers

With its strong finish in the regular season, the Missouri baseball team came into the Big 12 Conference Tournament feeling confident about its prospects for a postseason berth. Because of the finish, coach Tim Jamieson said this week’s action serves only as a tune-up for the imminent regional tournament.

Final four nothing new for Bruins

Rock Bridge junior Daniel Ni has only been playing tennis on a regular basis since summer 2005. Many of his teammates have been playing since they were 3.