Minivan driver goes unchallenged in Demolition Derby

Steve Kleekamp stood out like a sore thumb at the Demolition Derby last night.

After towing a dilapidated minivan into the Boone County Fairground’s Grandstand, Kleekamp was prepared to do battle on the watered-down dirt oval in front of a packed house.

City’s north lacks grocers

When Hy-Vee Inc. confirmed last week that the construction of the first of two new stores in Columbia will begin this fall, most city officials and residents saw the announcement as a reflection of economic growth. “I’m delighted to have the new stores. It’s a sign of the city’s progress,” said Mayor Darwin Hindman.

Mediator set to discuss review board

“Citizen review board” is a phrase Columbia’s residents have heard a lot lately. But there has been little discussion of what the phrase means. Residents will get a chance tonight to have their questions answered.

Presidential search at MU complicated by other departures

As the search for a new University of Missouri president forges ahead, some high-ranking academic leaders aren’t waiting around to meet the new boss. Since mid-June, three top university officials have decided to take jobs elsewhere. The first to leave was economic development guru John Gardner.

River rules to be weighed for preserving catfish

Mid-Missouri catfishermen may be finding their sport in the midst of change — but not without their input first.

On the Big Muddy

Brett Dufur helps the other two river guides, Paul Lowry and Sev Behrer, unload red and green canoes into Moniteau Creek, a small stream off the Missouri River, in Rocheport. A full-time book publisher and part-time river guide, Dufur is about to take 26 high school students from the St. Louis area on a canoe trip.

Distribution of elementary math coaches spurs debate

The success of literacy coaches to support teachers in elementary schools led to the hiring of elementary math coaches for the coming year, said Linda Coutts, who coordinates kindergarten through fifth grade math for the Columbia Public School District.

Alternative fuel in the spotlight

Byron Scott, guest moderator: It’s midsummer in case you haven’t noticed. The corn is as high as the Rogers and Hammerstein elephant’s eye, and so is the price of gasoline.

Environmental group says Missouri should halt some water studies

An environmentalist group wants Missouri to stop funding certain water studies, saying the research fails to accurately determine which streams are used for swimming and would therefore qualify for greater environmental protection.

Different goal

Beau Claridge competed in 13 Show-Me State Games track and field events Saturday and Sunday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium on the MU campus.

Games a chance to shine

Brian Thompson, 23, of Trenton, won the 2005 national collegiate championship for MU. On Saturday, he hit enough clays to win gold in the Show-Me State Games’ trap and modern Skeet shoots.

Cards add to Brewers’ slide

The Milwaukee Brewers’ NL Central lead is nearly gone after another terrible week on the road.

Oduduwa Day is a celebration of the Yoruba culture from Nigeria

Members of the Egbe Omo Oduduwa of Mid-Missouri gathered at the American Legion Hall Saturday night to celebrate the Yoruba culture from Nigeria.


Fair queen runner-up lends a pink, manicured hand

The open-breeding cattle and steer show at the Boone County Fair had a set of pink, manicured hands helping out in the ring Saturday.

Comeback complete

Saturday was the first time Megan Nordhues competed in the Show-Me State Games. It was the first time she had competed in the same arena as the MU gymnastics team. It was also her first meet since a potentially career-ending injury.

Reactor simulation will take place Monday

Don’t be alarmed by the sirens and emergency vehicles on the MU campus Monday morning — the Research Reactor Center will be conducting an emergency simulation. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires the MU Research Reactor to conduct drills every two years.

Affordable housing incentives proposed

Rapidly increasing land costs coupled with a much slower rate of income growth, has created a significant gap when it comes to affordable housing in Columbia, said Jeff MacLellan, chair of the Affordable Housing Policy Committee.

Keeping up with the county fair

This weekend the Boone County Fair paid tribute to barbecue, babies, and there's still one day left to enjoy the fun.

St. Louis forum hosts Democratic hopefuls

As the race to be the next president of the United States heats up, four Democratic candidates spoke here Friday about issues concerning the black community.

More moles munch yards for lunch

Mole Man owner David Hull, who specializes in critter control, estimated there’s been a 20-to-25 percent increase in calls about moles. He said that rain and snow over the fall and winter gave the soil extra moisture. That boosted the population of worms and grubs, which moles particularly enjoy.