Council votes against proposed ordinance allowing alcohol in the parks

The Columbia City Council voted against a proposed ordinance which would have allowed the sale of alcohol in parks at approved events.

Sports briefs

The Columbia College soccer team earned its first shutout of the season

Columbia College volleyball<br>sweeps to victory

Despite a sluggish start, the No. 9 Cougars volleyball team quickly rebounded to easily dispatch Hannibal-LaGrange in three games.

Commerce Bank notifies customers of possible data theft

The bank will provide affected customers with free credit monitoring and a customer service phone number.

Oklahoma’s national football title chances renewed

With upsets plaguing college football’s best teams, the Sooners are back in the hunt for the national championship.

Council tables naming of 5 downtown alleys

The Council wants more time to consider the impact of alley-based businesses.

Local artists give preview of upcoming Rain auction

Rain, an nonprofit organization serving mid-Missourians with HIV, hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases, held the reception in preparation for one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers, the Wine, Art and Antiquities Auction that will take place Nov. 16.

Tip leads to marijuana raid, arrest

A Columbia man was arrested Monday afternoon after sheriff’s deputies found a large marijuana plant, several bags of marijuana totaling more than 400 grams and drug paraphernalia in his northeast Columbia residence, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said.

MU residential life welcomes its first visually impaired staff member

Jim Pelfrey and his Seeing Eye dog, Opal, have just moved into MU’s Hudson Hall, where Pelfrey will serve as residential life’s first visually impaired staff member.

Almeta Crayton convenes roundtable to discuss affordable housing

Crayton is tired of waiting for a solution to a problem she says has gone unsolved for too many years.

Woman robbed inside University Hospital

The MU Police Department is asking for help in identifying a strong-armed robbery suspect.

St. Louis man pleads guilty in connection with 1997 rape

Corrie Howlett, formerly of Columbia, was implicated last year after he was required to give a DNA sample as part of an unrelated probation agreement.

Columbia Police Department advises against cell phone ordinance

The Columbia Police Department is suggesting that the City Council not proceed with developing an ordinance to make using cell phones while driving illegal in a report submitted at Monday’s council meeting.

Proposition's funds a vital tool in sustaining Boone County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Dwayne Carey can’t imagine what the Boone County Sheriff’s Department would do without it.

‘Energy guy’ sweats the small stuff

Dave Mars works for the city’s Water and Light department performing free energy audits for Columbia homeowners. It’s his ability to sweat the small stuff that makes him good at his job.

Roller figure skaters look toward championships next summer

Emma Trent is an up-and-coming competitor in the world of roller figure skating. She recently had a chance to learn from a world-class skater who is about to compete in Australia.

Spare Parts Gallery offers mix of old and new

New gallery offers a mixture of art and photography at affordable prices

Flawed system leaves good days behind

With a surge in national debt and health care costs, the economy may never be the same unless a change is made in the system.

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