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Boone County’s first case of West Nile this year confirmed

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department on Friday confirmed the county’s first human case of West Nile Virus this year.

A HISTORICAL QUEST

It is the goal of the John William “Blind” Boone Heritage Foundation and its members to restore the "Blind" Boone home to its former glory and make it a cultural center that will explore the largely unknown history of African-Americans in Columbia.

City, county joint hearing to address road proposal

In unprecedented fashion, the Columbia City Council and the Boone County Commission will hold a joint public hearing Monday night to allow comment and discussion on proposed improvements to a nearly two-mile stretch of Scott Boulevard.

Hating the heat? Be glad it’s 2007, not 1936

In the summer of 1936, when 44 days topped 100 degrees, closing schools wasn’t even a consideration. E.P. “Jake” Jacobs remembers sweating it out in his one-room schoolhouse in rural Boone County.

Columbia Chinese community reacts to bridge collapse

The bridge collapse in Feng­huang, Hunan province on Tuesday aroused quick responses from the Chinese community in Columbia this week. Some in the community have raised funds; others plan to donate money.

Council works to boost city’s first impression

For first-time visitors coming into Columbia off of Interstate 70 or U.S. 63, the city may make a less-than-inspiring initial impression. That’s why the city is considering spending thousands of dollars to clean up those entry points.

Living out loud

Four local youth bands, Graffiti Out Loud, Thunderclap Douglas and the 8-Track Groove, Headlights to Sunset, and The Blumes, met at Sixth and Cherry streets to play in the third annual Back to School Garage Band Bash.

Five Ideas

Does Columbia Public Schools’ “needing improvement” rating concern you, or is it a reflection of problems with No Child Left Behind? Should schools start in August when it is the hottest month of the year and some buildings do not have air-conditioning? What other options exist? How do you think this provision would lead to changes at MU? Do you think that there should be further efforts to help low-income HIV/AIDS patients with financial matters? Do you think that a curfew was the right response to the increased vandalism, or do you think there were other ways that Ashland could have kept teens out of trouble?

Tigers face questions

Missouri running back Derrick Washington took the handoff from reserve quarterback Dominic Grooms, and suddenly he was back in high school, leading the Raymore-Peculiar Panthers to the 2006 Class 5A State Championship.

Athletes tweak training to avoid heat

On Friday, MU cross country had its first official practice of the season – at 6:30 a.m. Most of the runners were used to waking up that early.

Earnhardt still confident

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is perplexed, frustrated and still feeling confident. NASCAR’s most popular driver knows his No. 8 Chevrolet team is good enough to compete for a Nextel Cup championship, so why is it 14th in the points and in danger of missing the Chase for the championship for the second time in three years?

Ward’s shot takes down Cards

Daryle Ward can stop worrying about hitting that first home run for the Chicago Cubs. Ward hit a grand slam in the third inning and Derrek Lee had three hits to help Chicago beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Saturday.

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