Finding uses for aerial photos

A little over two weeks after a Chesterfield company took aerial photos of Columbia, about 25 people attended an open house Thursday night to learn about the future of the Natural Resources Inventory Project.

Residents applaud bus changes

Columbia residents listened to and commented on the 2007 Columbia Transit draft master plan at a public hearing Thursday.

Officers of the court

During the first wave of the morning rush at the Boone County Courthouse, the metal detector beeped frantically as a man walked through it. He checked his pockets as the uniformed court marshal calmly used the hand wand to ensure that the man’s brown, steel-plated boots were the only source of the metal detector’s agitation. Frequently, a gun or a set of brass knuckles is the culprit.

Once, Fred Baer, who has worked at the courthouse since 1989, found brass knuckles in a woman’s purse.

“She tried to blame her little girl on putting them in there,” he said. “She said she found them out playing and put them in her purse. A lot of people come in here don’t tell the truth.”

Alternative jail given financial support

Reality House received two pieces of good news from the Boone County Commission this week.

Double-edged sword: Pitching jobs could cost jobs

The Boone County human resource department may have to dip into emergency funds for the third straight year.

Columbia needs to act on gangs

Not long after moving to Columbia, I met a city official and asked about the gang graffiti I noticed. The mantra was “no gang problem here,” that it was just a bunch of wannabes.

For true justice, support study on death penalty

The League of Women Voters of Missouri urges Attorney General Jay Nixon to support continuation of the moratorium on the death penalty.

Legislators should fix bills with conflicting language

Efforts to give Missouri manufacturing a tax break on utilities was successful in this year’s legislative session — in a way, too successful.

No break for this dance

Nick Rodriguez finds inspiration in different places. “I’ll find ideas from people walking, music, actors, the ballet. Anything that can relate to dance, really,” he said.

Youth set to try luck at triathlon

Around 120-150 athletes ages 5 through 14 will test their endurance Saturday in the Youth Lions Triathlon at Wilson’s Beach Club in Columbia.

Rainout least of Cardinals’ troubles

The rainout of Thursday night’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets pushed St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright back a day.

Man suspected in child pornography case arrested

A Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force investigation ended in the arrest of a 27-year-old Columbia man on suspicion of first-degree promotion of child pornography Thursday.

Kids will learn about livestock, farming in Columbia

The Children’s Barn will recreate a natural farm environment, complete with common Missouri farm livestock and a staff of animal youth educators to help visitors better understand how Midwestern farms operate.

Boone County human resource department’s advertising budget almost spent for the year

The Boone County human resource department may have to dip into emergency funds for the third straight year.

The county has $3,162.09 left in advertising funds to make it through the end of the year.

Bus route changes focus of hearing

Proposed changes in evening bus hours and ending a city bus line that goes to Hollywood and Forum 8 theaters are up for discussion at a public hearing at 7 tonight.

Overseeing the neighborhood

Fifteen years after residents of the central city gathered to form the North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association, members have produced a plan that they hope will protect the integrity of their community.

Educators make time for physics workshop

The idea of a classroom full of teachers discussing physics might make any student cringe. But when class involves making batteries out of potatoes and lemons, launching marbles into the air and stargazing in a field, students might take an interest.

Bald eagle wings its way off U.S. endangered list

The American bald eagle, a national symbol once almost wiped out by hunters and DDT poisoning, has not only survived but is thriving.

Rainbow’s end has toys and smiles

It’s Christmas in June at the Rainbow House, an emergency shelter for children and families in Columbia. An ordinary building on Towne Drive, it has a modest garage in the back that houses a recent gift of $42,000 in toys.

City wants opinions about its conservation policies

As Columbia moves toward the second phase of its Natural Resources Inventory Project, it wants the public to be involved.