Burning shed leads to arrest

Threatening comments and the smell of gasoline led to an arrest Saturday on suspicion of arson, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release.

School site in need of upgrades

Superintendent Phyllis Chase and former assistant superintendent Chris Mallory met with Ken Pearson on Friday discuss what improvements need to be made before the school opens in 2010.

Generations of service

‘Always take your office seriously and wear that uniform with pride.” That was the first order Christopher Riggs received after being sworn in as an officer in the Army on Saturday morning. What was unusual about this order was that it came from his father.

Pet tag sales lag

Plenty of loving dog and cat owners keep their pets up to date on rabies vaccines, check-ups and teeth-cleanings. But far fewer owners purchase a city license for their pet, let alone keep it up-to-date.

Transporting silver carp restricted

Importing live silver carp into the United States or transporting the invasive species across state lines will be illegal later this summer.

Imagine Columbia to submit plans

Imagine Columbia’s Future, the city’s community-driven visioning process, will soon narrow its focus from brainstorming to prioritizing as Wednesday’s deadline approaches for members of the 13 Citizen Topic Groups to submit their visions to the city.

Refinery problems fuel higher gas costs

Gasoline prices have been rising and probably won’t be coming down soon. The going price for regular unleaded gasoline in Columbia on Saturday was $2.99 a gallon.

Couple escapes fire unharmed

After a long day spent preparing for their 50th wedding anniversary, a Columbia couple awoke early Saturday morning to blaring smoke alarms. A fan had sparked a fire in their basement.

Columbian teaches at Chautauqua

Every summer, minds thirsting to discuss important religious, social and political issues of our time gather at the southwest corner of New York, the location of the not-for-profit Chautauqua Institution.

For MU, troubled times are already here

Some of my university friends worry that we’re headed back to the bad old days of the Ashcroft administration, when a hostile governor and a politicized Board of Curators thought — or said they thought — that they could achieve greatness by slashing away at the institution.

5 ideas

What are the pros and cons of Deaton’s plan? What do you think of Chase’s argument that the district’s interest would increase real estate speculation? How would you vote on a law banning smoking? Why? What do you think of MU’s future as a top biosciences research institution? What do you think accounts for the drop in New York City’s crime rate?

Preparation put partners in motion

It’s 6:20 a.m. Friday and she doesn’t seem ready to begin. However, Freude will be competing at 7:27 this morning, and she needs to practice with her partner if their dance is going to be perfect.

By any name, couples golf tournaments popular events

“Get a good picture of this birdie I’m about to make,” Zane Cobb said confidently from the green on the fifth hole of L.A. Nickell Golf Course on Friday.

Golfer long overdue for title

Golf is a tough sport. Sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way, no matter how hard you try, something Doug Solliday is all too familiar with.

Phillies batter Cardinals

Cole Hamels was admittedly rusty in his first start after the All-Star break. The lefty was clearly missing his best stuff, had the high pitch count without all the strikeouts that usually go along with it, and retired the side in order only once.