Harvest onions, garlic now to enjoy over winter

It will soon be time to harvest the alliums, particularly onions and garlic. Their storage longevity varies and one is challenged to make use of these food essentials in ways that exploit their goodness.

This Fourth, a closer view of Fire in the Sky

There’s more than the annual listing of entertainment awaiting those who take in the fireworks display tonight from inside Memorial Stadium. The main display will be fired from just southeast of the Hearnes Center, as they were last year, but this time fireworks will also be set off from inside the stadium.

Delays stop city from purchasing wind power

Wind power was supposed to become part of Columbia’s energy mix on Sunday, but delays at the wind farm providing the electricity and ongoing bureaucratic holdups stand in the way.

Midwifery law put on hold pending review

JEFFERSON CITY — A judge temporarily barred a new law Tuesday that would let some lay midwives deliver babies in Missouri without the threat of criminal charges and prison sentences.

AG candidate stepping down as minority leader

As Missouri House Minority Leader Jeff Harris, D-Columbia, steps down from that position to focus on his bid to become the state’s next attorney general.

Aiming for a new firing range

Long shadows stretched across the gravel as four men formed a row. A haze of smoke hung in the air as loud bangs filled the evening, followed by pops and metallic pings.The reverberations weren’t the sounds of exploding fireworks but the shots of reserve officers with the Columbia Police Department practicing their shooting skills at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club.

Two weeks. One film. Intensive experience.

“Pieces Parts” is based on the true story of a Los Angeles art teacher who helps at-risk teenagers put their lives together through art, and it’s the short film being made at this year’s Summer Film Institute at Stephens College.

Rainbow House to hold golf tourney

Fifteen PGA Tour Professionals will be in Columbia on Monday, July 9 for the kick-off of the 17th annual Rainbow House Cornerstone Insurance Golf Classic at the Country Club of Missouri.

A different big-league dream

Justin Phillips announces strikes with a low, guttural rumble that can be heard from the outfield.

To add a bit of showmanship to his performance, Phillips turns his body to the right, pauses, and then throws up a firm fist to prove his groan indicated, “Strike one.”

Midwives law barred: violates Missouri Constitution, physician groups say

JEFFERSON CITY — A judge temporarily barred a new law Tuesday that would let some lay midwives deliver babies in Missouri without the threat of criminal charges and prison sentences.

New law allows residents to fatally shoot intruders in their homes, vehicles

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Tuesday allowing Missourians to fatally shoot intruders without fear of prosecution or lawsuits.

EPA criminal investigators look into 2005 reservoir collapse

JEFFERSON CITY — Criminal investigators at the Environmental Protection Agency are looking into a 2005 reservoir collapse that caused more than 1 billion gallons of water to roar down a mountain into a popular recreational stream.

Police chase ends in arrest

A 16-year-old was arrested after a 27-mile chase that started in Columbia and ended in sparks after police punctured the tires of the car he was driving.

The pursuit continued into Howard County from U.S. 40, where the Boonville Police Department used spike strips to deflate one of the car’s tires.

Council slows down annexation

While noticeably absent from the last public hearing, the voices of residents from Sunset and Ed’s mobile home parks were heard by the Columbia City Council at its meeting Monday night.

Dial-A-Ride would schedule after-hours stops for $3

As part of its 2007 draft master plan, Columbia Transit officials have proposed Dial-A-Ride, a program that would allow Columbia residents to reserve after-hours bus rides beginning in January 2008.

Cattlemen end support for biolab

A state cattle producing organization has withdrawn its support of the National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility without waiting to hear if Columbia would still be on the U.S. government’s apparently delayed list of finalists.

Vegetables to Go

Seventeen-year-old David Ward raises his gaze to watch a semi-tractor-trailer as it passes by his vegetable stand on Highway 240. The tent over him and the table of produce provide some shelter from the sun, but the summer heat still wafts through.

Blunt signs new Medicaid bill

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Monday reshaping Missouri’s Medicaid program to emphasize healthy living and restoring coverage to some of the many thousands who lost it because of budget cuts two years ago.

Board of Health proposes adding two county members

In an effort to better represent the residents of Boone County, the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health proposed an increase in board positions and more lenient residency requirements to the Columbia City Council.

Veggies. They’re what’s for dinner

It’s the high season for grilling. But for the vegetarian who eats no meat or fish, and especially for the vegan who eats no products derived from animals, Fourth of July cookouts require a little more planning — trading burgers and brats for zucchini steaks and portobello mushroom caps.