Fire at south Columbia home caused by faulty wiring

On Saturday, June 10, 2007, 2601 Limerick Lane goes up in flames in Columbia, Missouri.

A fire that destroyed a south Columbia home in early June was caused by faulty electrical wiring, Columbia Fire Department investigators said in a news release on Tuesday.

The Columbia Fire Department said damage to the house at 2601 Limerick Lane was estimated at about $550,000 and damage to the contents of the house was about $250,000.

Theme gardens are a fun way for kids to start planting

Would you like to stimulate your child’s interest in gardening? Consider involving your child in planning and planting a theme garden.

Rain offers HIV testing

Rain, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, provides medical services to patients with HIV, hepatitis or sexually transmitted diseases.

Developer, contractor fined by EPA

Columbia developer THF Grindstone Development LLC and contractor Emery Sapp & Sons have been fined $146,833 for violations of the Clean Water Act occurring in the development of the Wal-Mart Supercenter and shopping center on Grindstone Parkway.

Annexation plan draws comment at council

Community members and Columbia city officials discussed possible concerns about the annexation and rezoning of two mobile home parks at Monday night’s council meeting.

New study will track hazardous materials

Local emergency planners voted last week to hire a consulting firm to track the movement of hazardous materials through Boone County.

Season for shearing

Shearing a Christmas tree and playing a guitar have more in common than it might seem. At least, that is what Carol Reidinger says about the large electric clippers hanging from her neck, buzzing somewhat menacingly. With the neck strap and the placement of her hands, it does look like she’s holding a guitar, ready to play.

Columbia man sentenced to life

A 25-year-old Columbia man convicted of sexually assaulting a neighbor at knife point was sentenced to life in prison Monday.

Grades for Chase defined

Next year, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Phyllis Chase’s annual report card will likely be based on a new grading scale.

Council hears from public on city plans

The Columbia City Council heard public feedback for the first time Monday evening on possible improvements that the city has planned for the next 10 years.

Residents of Greektown seek more attention

Some MU students living in the area known as Greektown say they think they are ignored by both Columbia and MU when it comes to safety. The newly founded Greektown Safety Council is working this summer to get them noticed.

Odessa man accused of self-exposure

An Odessa man was arrested Friday after he exposed himself to an undercover detective, according to the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force.

Taking the summer stage

The costume shop at Rhynsburger Theatre is bursting with sweeping crimson evening gowns and black feather boas. Sawdust erupts from every footstep taken on the stage, where the bang of hammers and the buzz of band saws fill the air as a huge battleship is constructed.

Church, state need to stay separated

I don’t know what planet people live on who believe that the only people of faith are conservative Republicans. Maybe it’s because these people talk about religion more in public than most people.

Perez ends his struggles, Royals beat Cards in opener

ST. LOUIS — Pitching around Albert Pujols was crucial to Odalis Perez ending his struggles.

Perez won for only the second time in 10 starts and the Kansas City Royals took advantage of mistakes by Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright in a 5-3 victory over St. Louis on Monday night.

Scherzer goes to Double-A

It took former Missouri pitching standout Max Scherzer almost 12 months to finally sign his first professional contract. It took him only three minor-league starts to earn his first promotion.