Natural lighting, landscape top new school’s goal list

Windows in classrooms and good use of natural lighting throughout the building were among the many goals set for the new high school by the High School Construction Steering Committee at Friday’s meeting.

Summer school rewards kids

2,749 students will get $100 each for having perfect attendance for the five-week summer school program.

Downtown food scene adds two new restaurants, loses one

A new coffee shop and restaurant will open while a downtown Columbia restaurant will close.

Curators ready for round 2 of presidential picks

In the next few weeks, the University of Missouri System Board of Curators will begin another round of interviewing candidates to choose the next system president.

5 Ideas: What people should be talking about

In this section, we present a few of the major issues that have come up in the public discourse in the

past week. We end each subject with a question to encourage you to consider your own opinions about these issues and how they affect our community. Please take a moment and contribute to the dialogue.

Supporting MU would help city’s economy

To return to an old theme, the biggest engine driving Columbia’s economy is the university. When it suffers, we all suffer.

‘Lady Bird’ did her best to make a beautiful world

She cherished the Texas Hill Country, where every April ignites a bluebonnet extravaganza that’s become its own tourist attraction.

New Democratic Congress failing

In less than six months, the top Democrats have squandered the outpouring of public support gained from last year’s congressional elections.

The joy of competition

Nine-year-old Kaitlyn Evans of Sturgeon loves to play all kinds of sports. Her father says she’s a natural athlete. But at this year’s Show-Me State Games, she got to play her favorite sport, disc golf. She has her father to thank for that.

Reaching goals

As a child, he was glued to the television screen, captivated by his martial arts idols — Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and David Carradine. These stars inspired 39-year old James Goodwin of Mexico to start tae kwon do.

Staying on target

Fifty-seven faces, sweaty in the swamp-like summer humidity, turned to the bull’s-eyes across a field from them Saturday morning in Stephens Lake Park.

Getting faster

Canote, 14, has been running for just three years, but participated for the first time in the games this weekend.

“I thought I’d try something harder,” Canote said. “The competition is tougher than most of the other meets I go to.”

Back for more

After a three-year absence, Jim LaRue returned to the Show-Me State Games tennis competition this summer.

Cardinals double up Milwaukee

Anthony Reyes ended a 12-game regular-season losing streak that began last September, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Saturday night to sweep a day-night doubleheader.

International Ala Carte

Members of the Missouri Symphony prepare dishes from their various homelands to the culinary delight of the public.

Maid-Rite to open store in mall

This fall, Columbia Mall patrons will have another flavorful option to

Keeping money in mind when starting school

While students are preparing to head off to college campuses, credit card companies and lending institutions are preparing to follow them.

Boone County Fair draws large crowd despite rain

Despite a little rain, the Boone County Fair still saw a large crowd as it hosted various events Friday evening.

Artrageous Friday brings art to the people

Pedestrians on South Ninth Street were treated to a colorful array of landscapes and abstracts Friday evening, all courtesy of plain old sidewalk chalk and some enterprising local artists. Long-time professional artist Paul Jackson hovered on hands and knees over what looked in its early stages to be a sunset scene, bathing the sidewalk in front of the Columbia Art League in stunning oranges, pinks and corals.

A question of acceptance

Kyle Hawkins had just spent another 20 minutes or so being interviewed on his cell phone, talking once more about the issues that have made him an unintentional trailblazer.