Unearthing the past

Danny Wescott points to the viewing window of the Fisk coffin, which allowed the family of the deceased to look in. This type of sealed, cast-iron coffin helped preserve and protect the body better than cheaper pine coffins. Another selling point of this coffin was its potential to deter grave robbers, although the well-preserved bodies were more appealing to sell for science, Wescott said.

The "Human Skeletal Identification Lab" in MU's Swallow Hall smells of dirt, everything in it looks tinged by rust and a skeleton model hangs in the corner. Shelves full of skulls and boxes loom around the 25-foot-high walls of the room, but two plastic-lined tables dominate the room. A cracked coffin lies on one, and its remains are laid out on another.

New Rock Bridge head on the way

Columbia Public Schools will announce a replacement for Rock Bridge High School’s principal Andy Kohl today or Friday. Kohl announced his resignation to Rock Bridge staff Wednesday afternoon via e-mail.

Industrial land study completed

Attracting industry to fill the many vacant industrial zoned lots could benefit the city, said Second Ward Councilman Chris Janku. He requested an assessment of vacant industrial zoned land in Columbia on May 21 after he heard discussions in the community concerning the issue.

All's fair in Boone County

The Boone County Fair is here, and it’s time to pig out. Whether you fancy the food or the fun, this year’s fair is combining old and new events to entertain.

Homeless vets to get help thanks to grant

Homeless veterans in Columbia will soon receive assistance in the form of a grant from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Mo. seeks stricter welfare rules

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri officials are preparing to toughen the rules for people on welfare in an effort to meet stricter federal requirements on how many recipients must be working or trying to work.

MU museum to show classic ‘Moulin Rouge’

Columbia film fanatics and art enthusiasts will get a slice of old Paris, short of a baguette and Brie. The 1952 classic “Moulin Rouge” will be shown at MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology in an effort to promote its yearlong art exhibit “Daumier’s Paris: Life in the 19th Century City.”

City looking to rezoning for job growth

The Columbia City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission are looking at moving industrial areas closer to residents to accommodate technology-based companies. City Manager Bill Watkins requested a brief explanation on how high-tech industry might be accommodated in the Columbia zoning ordinance.

MU law student chosen as new student curator

A new University of Missouri System student curator has been selected by the governor’s office, although his appointment may be for just one semester.

Safe Web surfing stressed

Internet safety tips will be incorporated into the Boone County Fire Protection District’s Survival Kids program, which has taught kids lessons about topics including fire and bicycle safety for 13 years.

Woman pleads guilty to robbery, faces more charges Monday

A Columbia woman accused of two May robberies pleaded guilty and was sentenced on one charge Wednesday and will be back in court Monday to face two others.

Vision groups submit action plans

Imagine Columbia’s Future, the city’s community-driven visioning process, met for the final time to put together an action plan, which will be presented to the public at a Community Choices Open House from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 13

Show me the sauce

At 90, Harry Berrier still hasn’t retired. In fact, he and his wife, Lina, are busier than ever, especially during the summer. After all, it’s the best time for a barbecue, and that’s exactly the Berriers’ business — the sauce end of it, that is.

Wells’ outstanding start paces Cards

Kip Wells grinned, pumped his fist and sprinted to the dugout. He hadn’t won yet — he had only completed a hitless first inning.

Royals continue Red Sox’s woes

Billy Butler doubled in the go-ahead run in a four-run fifth inning and the Kansas City Royals battered Julian Tavarez for a 6-5 victory over the struggling Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.