Fire district board passes budget, calls for random audits

The random audits are in response to a 2005 budget that auditors said had irregularities.

Amateur actors perform 'Oklahoma' in Nifong Park

On Monday evening, people worked in and around the Maplewood Barn and stage, transforming the theater into the state of Oklahoma and themselves into cowboys and farmers.

City zoning commission gives OK to new school

Columbia’s Planning and Zoning Commission gave first-round approval Thursday to build a new elementary school in northeastern Columbia at a 20-acre site near Brown Station and Waco roads.

Historic village Boone Junction showcased during Dog Days Delight

The Boone County Historical Society will host a garage sale and guided tours of the historical village, Boone Junction, this weekend.

Advocacy groups accuse state of violating federal voter law

Three organizations allege Missouri is failing to comply with the National Voter Registration Act, which requires it offer people who visit social services agencies the chance to register.

Folk group and fundraiser rally sustainable farmers

About 125 people turned out for a fundraising event at the Terra Bella Farm in Hatton to support mid-Missouri sustainable farms.

Fallen tree limb knocks out power in east Columbia

Between 300 and 500 Columbia residents along Old 63 and Paris Road lost power Thursday afternoon.

Shoe drive a success for local teens

In a windowless cement storage unit, three recent graduates of Rock Bridge High School sat in the heat on the dusty floor Thursday sorting shoes. Boxes and bags and piles of them. One box big enough to hold a computer monitor was filled solely with tiny baby shoes.

Fire at Tomlin Hill Road home causes damage, no injuries

A fire at a Boone County home Thursday afternoon caused minor damage but no injures.

A Boone Electric Cooperative employee called firefighters to Curtis Denney’s home at 9031 S. Tomlin Hill Road around 2:45 p.m.

Fighting bugs and heat, singers explore musical's love triangles

In the Maplewood Barn Community Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”, the director takes the show back to its roots.

Fire at retirement home forces evacuation

A fire Wednesday at a Columbia nursing home forced 46 residents and staff to evacuate.

Popular Ninth Street bar to add outdoor patio

Quinton’s bar on Ninth Street is expanding, adding an outdoor patio.

Remembering the lessons of Gen. Smedley Butler

Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler railed against the practice of waging wars for profit in his book “War is a Racket.” Smedley’s lessons can be applied to the current war in Iraq, Bill Wickersham writes.

Flattened Boone County corn field shows wind’s might

Unusual patterns of damage discovered in a crop of corn off of route J

Tommy Chavis set for bigger role on MU defense

With the graduation of defensive ends Xzavie Jackson and Brian Smith, junior Tommy Chavis will be relied on to plug holes and stop quarterbacks.

District’s after school program closes because of heat

The closing of the school district’s Adventure Club due to heat leaves hundreds of kids without after-school care.