Snyder lands in Austin

Former Missouri men's basketball coach Quin Snyder was hired as head coach of the Austin Toros today, according to the team's Web site.

Watkins delivers state of the city address

Text of City Manager Bill Watkins' state of the city address, which he delivered on Wednesday morning at the Daniel Boone City Building.

Joiner elected Sturgeon mayor

Danny Joiner won Sturgeon's runoff election by 29 votes Tuesday, after tying with incumbent Paul Heywood in the April 3 election.

A few spoil Columbia’s idyllic status

This is the time of year that most proves the wisdom of my choice to make Columbia our retirement home as the weather begins to mirror the hospitality of its citizens.

Secret holds on bills a sign of cowardice

Congress, apparently content to explore ever new depths in public disapproval, is on the verge of having a single member derail the most meaningful reform in years of the federal Freedom of Information Act.

Hopeful joins race for state No. 2 job

Affordable health care, protections for senior citizens and true support for veterans are among the priorities that state Rep. Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, cited in declaring Tuesday that he will run for Missouri lieutenant governor.

Four-legged motivation

It was “Buster Time.” The dog’s entire body wiggled with excitement as a handful of students came to say “good morning” to their four-legged, 98-pound friend.

E-mail scam hits credit union

The Missouri Credit Union warned its members Tuesday morning of a scam being circulated by e-mail.

The scam is known as Internet “phishing,” in which the sender requests personal information under the pretense of providing assistance in an attempt to prevent a security breach, according to a news release issued by the credit union.

Brainy Kewps off to Florida for competition

Twelve Hickman High School students will compete against schools from across the country in the 25th Annual National Academic Championship. The dozen Kewpies, nine of whom recently graduated, will leave early Thursday for the four-day competition in Orlando, Fla.

Newborn screening to now include test for cystic fibrosis

JEFFERSON CITY — The state is expanding its newborn screening program to also check for cystic fibrosis, health officials said Tuesday.

Gardeners rightly in a tizzy over season’s irregular weather patterns

The old saying “nipped in the bud” has rarely seemed more real than what we experienced this spring when two weeks of unusual heat for the season were followed by two weeks of intense cold. The four week period marked the greatest short-term weather variance in our area over the past 118 years — as I have been repeatedly told by gardener upon gardener. Their tone is always one of resignation rather than defeat as they speak their litany of losses.

From young immigrant to Citizen of the Year

When he was 12 years old, Jose Lindner and his family moved from Cuba to Columbia after his father, Luis Lindner, got a job teaching Spanish at Stephens College. Nearly 50 years later, Lindner has been named Citizen of the Year in the very same place.

Medical clinic gets new name and location

As of Monday morning, MediQuick Convenience Clinic has a new name and a new home. The clinic, which has been in operation at its previous location at 1101 N. Providence Road for almost 20 years, has changed to Boone Convenient Care.

Hearings address 70 new positions

The Columbia School Board’s budget hearings on Tuesday morning and night included discussions on the use of reserve funds to assist in paying for 70 new positions throughout the district, a $1,000 increase in teachers’ base pay and a nearly 9 percent increase in benefit costs for teachers and administration.

Review board gets support

Mayor Darwin Hindman will appoint a committee to investigate whether Columbia ought to create a citizen review board for its police department. Hindman announced plans to appoint the committee after hearing a presentation last night from members of the Minority Men’s Network.

Old-fashioned general store revisited

Nancy Badger’s eyes were glued to a glass soda bottle with a red label atop a white wooden shelf in the newly replicated Easley Store in Nifong Park. She read the faded letters on the bottle from behind a white pine counter, her eyes lighting up as she pointed at the bottle with such excitement the whole tour group turned toward her.

Physical chess

JEFFERSON CITY- Joe Galbraith, 11, has been a fencing student for seven months.

Across the strip from him is 19-year-old Nick Bateman, who has been fencing since he was Joe’s age, and easily clears six feet tall. Joe does not appear intimidated as he advances, His upper half still bounces a little too much, but right now he’s focusing on Bateman’s body, which he knows is very fast.

K.C. musters no offense in road setback

CLEVELAND ­— The only walking C.C. Sabathia did was to the dugout after each scoreless inning.

Cleveland’s ace left-hander pitched his fifth career shutout and the Indians kept rolling at home, defeating the Kansas City Royals 1-0 Tuesday night.

Taguchi singles in winning run

ST. LOUIS — Pinch hitter So Taguchi singled over a drawn-in outfield in the ninth inning for his second straight game-winning hit, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Still competing after all these (85) years

A basketball goal hangs outside the house. Inside there are weights, an exercise mat lies on the floor, and a display stand full of medals.