Blunt wants politicians off housing commission

Missouri’s governor and lieutenant governor want to shed their duties on a state housing commission.

Next president must be good on golf course

It is the biggest game in town. Not here in the middle of Middle America, but in Oakmont, Pa., just outside of Pittsburgh. We host the Special Olympics, the Show Me Games and Senior Games, but they are nothing compared to the biggest citizen tournament in the United States — the United States Golf Association’s 2007 Open.

Keep America’s borders safe

Illegal immigration has grown out of control and the federal government seems unable or unwilling to help.

Royals have no solution for Wainwright’s wizardry

Adam Wainwright allowed one hit in a career-high eight innings and Albert Pujols drove in three runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-3 victory Wednesday night over the Kansas City Royals.

Back in the saddle

By the start of kindergarten, Collin Bartels had already beaten cancer. In 2005, the cancer came back. Bartels, now cancer-free again, is competing in this weekend’s Missouri State High School Rodeo Championships at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Suspect arrested in shooting

Columbia police arrested Damian H. Dancy, 17, Tuesday after they said he fired shots near Spencer Avenue and Worley Street on Monday.

City considers new way to pass out bags

You might have to pencil one more item onto your grocery list soon, but it won’t cost you anything. If approved, Columbia will sack its traditional delivery of blue recycling bags.

Neighbors hope to hang up cell tower

Despite opposition from neighbors, the Columbia Board of Adjustment approved a 95-foot cell phone tower and an above-ground equipment shed in the Highlands community.

An urban garden

Nestled among the towering trees and blue sky, there’s a place of sun and growth and earth, where even pint-size helpers totter skillfully among the rows of fledgling plants, where people pass around snap peas like sweets, and where grown men become kids in candy stores. “I love eating the food and putting my hands in the dirt,” said Bryce Oates.

7 indicted in conspiracy scheme involving calls from prison

Seven people are being accused of identity theft and conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with a scheme that allegedly involved former state employees and state prisoners.

Children go on quest for hidden letterbox at the Columbia Public Library

Ellie Cole designed her stamp with the letters “E” and “J,” a helicopter and a heart for the letterboxing activity she participated in Tuesday evening at the Columbia Public Library. “I’m not telling you what it means though,” Cole said in accordance with the secretive spirit of the activity.

Bistro owners work hard to please every customer.

Five questions with Sarah Cyr, co-owner of The Wine Cellar and Bistro

Crayton picked for black leadership summit

First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton has been nominated by Sen. Kit Bond to attend the fourth annual national African-American Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., next month.

School district aims to make new teachers’ transition easy

Keeping new teachers in Columbia is the goal of a new welcome center that opened Wednesday. The center is open for new staff to learn about curriculum and community resources, including real estate information.

Highway Patrol given names of 178 sex offenders on MySpace

Missouri law enforcement officials will soon be surfing the social networking site for convicted sex offenders to see whether their use of the site violates the terms of their probation or parole.

Police search for group of men in suspected drive-by BB gun shooting

Police are looking for the men they said shot a man with a BB or pellet gun, then struck him with their car early Wednesday morning in central Columbia.