Curators to interview potential presidents

The Board of Curators is scheduled to interview UM System presidential candidates Thursday in St. Louis.

Public safety director calls for cell phone fee for 911

The state’s public safety director advocated Monday for imposing a 75-cent fee on cell phone customers to improve the state’s 911 service for wireless calls.

Eighteen counties in Missouri — about 16 percent - lack local 911 service on landline phones. Tracking cell phone calls is even spottier.

Neighbors claim dairy manure getting into well water

One winter day this year, Sandra Heasley was taking a shower when suddenly the water turned a dark brown and a revolting smell filled the bathroom.

It turns out her home near West Plains in southern Missouri is across the road from a large indoor dairy farm where manure was piled several feet deep outside.

MU running back Tony Temple bruises knee

MU running back Tony Temple bruised his right knee at Tuesday's practice. He is listed as day-to-day and will miss Wednesday's practice.

Fire Station gets green light for relocation

The Fire Department can start calling for bids to build the relocated Fire Station No. 7 since the Columbia City Council approved construction of the station at its regular meeting Monday night.

Harris undaunted by prospect of unexpected challenger

Former Democratic House Minority Leader Jeff Harris, who represents Columbia and is a candidate for Attorney General, is not at all concerned about potential Attorney General candidate Sen. Chris Koster’s switch from the Republican Party to Democratic Party.

Formerly homeless woman awarded for heroism

Joyce Andrews was awarded the Citizen Heroism Award at Monday night’s City Council meeting. She saved a man's life by pulling him out of a car that was on fire.

City Council discusses plans for new regional conservation office

The Columbia City Council wants to talk more with the Missouri Department of Conservation about its plans to centralize Columbia’s regional headquarters and add an education and training portion to its facilities.

To get U.S. back on track, start at home

I can’t think of anything that would arouse my interest in the 2008 presidential campaign. The contenders have already raised millions of dollars, so that lets me know that business-as-usual is already taking place.

Local View

Band in the sun

Rock Bridge’s annual band camp that began July 30. The camp goes for two weeks, eight hours a day.

Lowered ceiling on rent planned

Johnson is resident representative on the Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, and for the past four years, he has been the voice of his neighbors and friends as they carve out lives for themselves in public housing.

Council airs concerns on new schools’ selection

The conference room in the Daniel Boone Government Building was packed full for a meeting Monday night. Many people were there to hear Columbia Public Schools’ presentation to the Columbia City Council about the construction of two new schools.

School district refuses request for sale records

Columbia Public Schools is breaking the law by refusing to release information regarding its search for land for the district’s third main high school, two experts on the Missouri Sunshine Law say.

Columbia knows it's HOT

Monday marked the start of the dog days in Columbia. After a reasonably mild summer, a heat wave has come our way, and here is how different people are sweating it.

A new chapter in her life

A week ago, the walls between the ceiling and the top of the bookshelves in Field Elementary School’s media center were blank. Since then, Patty Wayland, a former teacher at Field, has taken the suggestion of her colleagues and tapped into her passionately artistic side by using those walls as canvasses.

Columbia celebrates 24th annual National Night Out

Tonight, Columbia residents will celebrate the 24th annual National Night Out.

Safety has ballhog mentality

Pig Brown is eager to feast on interceptions. Last season, he didn’t have any for the Tigers. It was the first time in his career, including his childhood, when he didn’t get a taste of the pigskin.

Fifth-inning onslaught lifts Cards to victory

The Cardinals tied a major league record with 10 straight hits in a 10-run fifth inning, with pitcher Braden Looper and Aaron Miles getting two apiece in a 10-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.