Residents of Ed’s and Sunset mobile parks to get free rent for three months

An anxiety-filled summer finally came to end Monday night when the City Council unanimously approved the annexation and rezoning of two mobile home parks.

MU basketball team adds guard

Zaire Taylor is a transfer from the University of Delaware

City Council approves Boone Hospital Center’s parking garage

A proposal by Boone Hospital Center to rezone land to accommodate a new 900-space parking garage was approved unanimously by the City Council on Monday night.

Legislators pay little heed to special session’s agenda

Missouri’s legislature began its special session Monday with a near empty House and Democrats bickering in the Senate. The House of Representatives held a short, poorly attended technical session Monday for bill introductions and then adjourned within minutes.

City, county take no action on Scott Boulevard plan

Residents agreed Scott Boulevard needs a face-lift, but how its proposed reconstruction should happen was the subject of an unprecedented joint public hearing of the Boone County Commission and Columbia City Council on Monday night.

Former City Manager Ray Beck named project director for new Catholic high school

Former city manager Ray Beck was appointed project director of the Diocese of Jefferson City’s efforts to establish a regional Catholic high school in Columbia.

MU's first day enrollment increases slightly

MU's 2007 enrollment increase is the smallest in years despite record number of freshmen and an increased retention rate.

Rick Ankiel’s arm, bat leads Cardinals past Cubs

Rick Ankiel’s first-inning outfield assist sparked the Cardinals’ early, and his seventh-inning home run held off the Cubs late.

Concert to aid mid-Missouri farmers

The Missouri Rural Crisis Center and Patchwork Family Farms will sponsor a benefit for mid-Missouri farmers from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Terra Bella Farms in Hatton.

Man charged in connection with Keene Street assault

A 22-year-old woman says a man choked her while driving, tried to run her over with a car.

Council to consider red-light cameras

A proposed contract with LaserCraft calls for catching offenders on camera at 16 intersections.

Artist's painting selected for Festival of the Arts poster

Artist Frank Stack created the winning poster for 2007 Columbia Festival of the Arts.

Task Force 1 deploys to Texas for Hurricane Dean relief

More than 30 members of Missouri Task Force 1 left Monday for the Dallas-Fort Worth area in preparation for Hurricane Dean.

Mighty Mississippi inspires author and clean-up crusader

Jeff Barrow spent a year chronicling Chad Pregracke's mission to clean up the Missouri River.

Worley and Ash streets feel traffic crunch

The city's plan to use Worley and Ash streets to diffuse congestion creates heavier traffic and safety issues in central Columbia neighborhoods.

Bridge work to begin on Chapel Hill Road

A contractor for the city will pour the deck for a new bridge on Chapel Hill Road this Wednesday night. Residents are warned that the work will be noisy.

Local View

Youths need more structure

Children today have too much freedom and too many choices. Educators looking to improve the school system should place more emphasis on tried-and-true methods.

Gathright lone bright spot for Royals in loss

Kansas City outscored Oakland 16-5 in the first two games and had a 22-7 scoring edge, including the team’s 6-2 win at Texas on Thursday, during a three-game winning streak. But the Royals didn’t get on the board Sunday until Emil Brown’s RBI single in the seventh scored Mark Grudzielanek, who doubled leading off the inning.

Rain washes away Cardinals' struggles with Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano wanted to show why the Cubs gave him a whopping five-year, $91.5 million dollar contract. For three innings Sunday night, he did. Then the game against the St. Louis Cardinals was rained out. After retiring all nine batters he faced, Zambrano looked sharp, relieved and relaxed after getting his contract situation resolved after a season of waiting. He was certainly on track to be better than he had in his previous three starts.