Former fire district volunteer guilty in sexual assault case

A Boone County jury on Friday afternoon found Jeremy A. Brady, a former Boone County Fire Protection District volunteer firefighter, guilty of one count of deviate sexual assault.

Columbia man convicted of wire fraud and identity theft

A Columbia man was convicted of wire fraud and identity theft Friday for obtaining credit cards using identities he found by researching local obituaries.

Club Vogue owner sentenced for tax evasion

A Columbia strip club owner was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison on Friday for income tax evasion, said Don Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney General’s office.

Fire District settles lawsuits

The Boone County Fire Protection District on Friday announced that it had settled two lawsuits and negotiated agreements in three other potential lawsuits by former employees.

Columbia Public Schools to hold news conference

Columbia Public Schools will have a news conference at 8 a.m. Tuesday on Aug. 21 to begin the 2007-08 school year.

Meet 'Babe' Manns: The Gum Man

Done with Sunday Bible class, kids raced to Babe Manns to get a stick of gum. Each took one and gave Manns a big hug. “I’m known as the Gum Man around here,” Manns said. “There are more kids who know me than the preacher.”

UMKC student sues professor, curators over use of racial slur

A University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate student is suing a professor who she said addressed her in a classroom using a racial slur and other expletives.

Soldiers barred from Lake of the Ozarks party spot

Soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood are being told to keep away from a notorious party spot at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Organization to collect used electronics

Beginning today, Columbia residents will have a chance to donate old refrigerators, toasters or computers gathering dust in their basements to help the environment and some of their neighbors at the same time.

Back to School Night attempts to get kids excited for school

Students were eager to be back at school Thursday for West Boulevard Elementary’s Back to School Night.

EPA looking to penalize apartment community

The Environmental Protection Agency will seek civil penalties against an apartment community and golf course in northeastern Columbia because of violations of its storm water pollution prevention plan.

City to kick off school year with garage band celebration

Do you know your rights?

As new residents and returning students move into their rented duplexes, homes and apartments, dealing with landlords and the legal issues can cause major headaches. They become even worse when citizens are unaware of their rights as tenants.

MAP test results to be released today

Missouri Assessment Program test results to be made public today will show where Columbia Public Schools fell short on meeting federally mandated targets.

Sexual assault case gets under way

Sniffling as she wiped tears off her face with a tissue, the soft-spoken woman described Thursday at the Boone County Courthouse how she was sexually assaulted by a Boone County Fire Protection District firefighter.

State expects near-record corn harvest

In the midst of soaring temperatures, Missouri still looks to be in for a large corn crop.

Farm Living

Many of Steven “Rudy” Shrader’s farms are littered with what some might consider an uncommon item: broken-down wheelchairs.

Field Elementary meets progress goals

Preliminary MAP results released this week by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education showed Field Elementary School met yearly progress through a provision called safe harbor.

Parkade ready for improvement

Parkade Elementary School, part of Columbia Public Schools, was recently notified of its “needing improvement” preliminary designation status required under the No Child Left Behind Act.

August is a tough month for gardening

When it comes to gardening, I wish I could just sleep through August. By August my garden is a bit unruly. Some areas are downright neglected, and noxious weeds and insects seem to be taking over the world.