To city, ordinance a matter of education

No complaints were reported through late afternoon of the first day of Columbia’s smoking ban, and local health officials said they would continue to rely on educating the public and proprietors as a key to successful enforcement.

Last gasp

As the hours counted down toward the official start of Columbia’s smoking ban, many customers at local bars Monday night and early Tuesday morning saw the last chance to light up in public places as a special occasion.

Library board to vote Thursday on property tax rate increase

The Boone County Library District Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on whether to place a tax increase of 21 cents per $100 of assessed property value before voters this April.

Smoke-free and breathless

People in cigarette hats and black spandex pants and a man in a chicken suit were spotted on Tuesday running a 26.2-mile lap around the city of Columbia, celebrating the start of the smoking ban in the city’s bars and restaurants.

Mixed zoning would redefine downtown area

The redevelopment of downtown Columbia is now in the hands of the city, Stephens College and MU.

Storage place sells off vet’s things

SPRINGFIELD — After serving a year in Iraq, Army reserve specialist Patrick Rogalin came back to Missouri to find all the belongings he had put in a Public Storage locker had been sold.

White pickup focus of Amber alert hunt for missing teen boy

BEAUFORT — For hours before 13-year-old William “Ben” Ownby was reported missing, neighbors saw a beat-up white pickup cruising his rural neighborhood. A schoolmate saw what was possibly that same truck speeding away about the time Ben disappeared.

Size doesn’t deter Kewps, Anderson

Hickman girls basketball standout Yvonne Anderson looked small on the court Monday when the Kewpies hosted Kirksville. But her height disadvantage didn’t prevent her from scoring 31 points.

Young Longhorns relying on Abrams

A.J. Abrams is the most experienced player on the Texas Longhorns.

Blues take steps to rejuvenate fans

ST. LOUIS — “Thank you, fans,” the greeting painted on NHL rinks the year after the lockout, rang hollow coming from the St. Louis Blues. New ownership really means it.

Mo. gets failing grade for tobacco control

The American Lung Association is giving Missouri failing grades for not doing enough for tobacco control and prevention.

Schools request to be put on ballot

The Columbia School Board agreed Monday night to ask voters for permission to borrow $60 million this April.

Missouri 33rd in the nation in education preparedness

Missouri ranks 33rd when it comes to helping students make the transition from high school to college and ensuring their access to good jobs, a new national study says.

$500,000 gift to help renovate Missouri Theatre

The Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts received a $500,000 donation from the estate of Mary Nell Porter that will modernize the building and renew its theatrical splendor.

State auditor to review MOHELA

JEFFERSON CITY — Just hours after dropping the “interim” from her title, State Auditor Susan Montee waded into one of the thickest political issues facing lawmakers this session with her first audit: a review of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority.

Outside jury to be selected for man’s trial

A Columbia man facing charges in connection with the beating death of Carlos Kelly last March will be tried in Boone County, but the jury will be selected from another county, Boone County Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton ruled Monday.

Society members unaware of donor’s wealth

Although members of the Missouri Symphony Society were aware of Mary Nell Porter’s philanthropy, they had no idea how much financial help she would provide the organization.

Driver facing charges in 3-car crash

A Columbia man was in critical condition Monday and another man faced multiple charges in connection with a three-car crash Sunday evening at Stadium Boulevard and Worley Street.

Crash course on the big screen

Director and producer R.J. Visciglia Jr. traveled all the way from Los Angeles to teach a seven-day course in film production at Stephens College and to shake up some students’ academic lives. Rather than merely lecturing on methods and processes, Visciglia throws his students into leading the production and editing themselves.

Man pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash

On May 11, just a day before the official end of MU’s winter 2006 semester, MU student Adam Droesch and his longtime best friend, Greg Keeven, an 18-year-old sophomore at the University of Missouri-Rolla, went out with two other friends.