Female arm wrestlers draw a crowd

Sabrina Braden, right, wrestles Kelsey Day. Braden went on to lose to Tia Thompson in the championship match of the all-girls arm-wrestling tournament held Saturday at Café Berlin. The event raised $250 for the restaurant.

The seventh all-girls arm-wrestling tournament in the past three years took place Saturday night at Café Berlin as a benefit to offset the costs incurred by a mid-January robbery at the restaurant. For the raucous crowd chanting, "Rip her head off!" the eight arm wrestlers were a big draw.

City Council amends private sewer ordinance

The City Council amended an ordinance so that residents will not have to pay for sewer district projects that eliminate the private common collector sewers.

Roots 'N' Blues festival to receive $100,000 from city

The City Council voted unanimously on Monday night to donate $100,000 to the Roots ’N’ Blues ’N’ BBQ festival after amending the proposal to assure that the event would be free to the public.

Longtime Columbia developer dies

Robert “Bob” LeMone died Monday in his home, surrounded by family. He was 65.

Three players to miss Cougars' NAIA national men's basketball tournament game

Columbia College men's basketball coach Bob Burchard suspended three players for the remainder of the season for violating team policies, the team said in a statement Monday. The statement was released just hours before the team planned to leave for the NAIA Division I National Championship tournament.

Lyons won't rule out going pro next season

When fans saw the last of this year’s Missouri men's basketball team last week, they might have seen the last of junior forward Leo Lyons.

Rains continue this morning, but sunny skies ahead

Heavy rains are expected to taper off Tuesday afternoon, but they will continue throughout the morning.

City Council approves plan for downtown tax breaks

The City Council voted to approve guidelines for Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, and to create a Tax Increment Finance Commission to oversee the application process and make recommendations to the council.

MU women's golfers complete first round of Longhorn Invite

MU football player arrested

Sophomore linebacker Marquis Booker was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon and violation of Columbia’s underage liquor laws.

Home openers rained out for Columbia College and Stephens softball teams

Tentative elementary school redistricting plan laid out

The Elementary Enrollment Planning Committee has finalized its initial elementary school redistricting proposal, which would reorganize boundary lines that determine attendance in the Columbia Public School District.

Conspirators sentenced in cell-phone fraud scheme

Two conspirators in a $160,000 fraud scheme involving former state employees, incarcerated prisoners and cell phone company workers were sentenced for stealing the identities of mentally handicapped people in group homes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Chemical reaction injures city employee

A city employee suffered chemical burns on Monday morning at the Armory Sports Complex after the combination of two household chemicals resulted in a dangerous reaction.

Mayor Hindman endorses Earth Hour

Columbia’s hour will begin at 8 p.m. March 29 in observance of the worldwide Earth Hour Day. It's an environmental awareness project that began last year in Sydney, Australia, and has gone global, spreading to cities worldwide, including Columbia.

Cat in the Hat visits Benton Elementary after its students meet reading goals

The MU chapter of the Missouri National Education Association sponsored a book give-away at Benton Elementary school to reward students for reaching their books read goal for Read Across America.

Guitar Hero allows youths to shred like rock stars

The widely popular video game Guitar Hero has spurred tournaments, been featured on TV and given many the chance to feel what it’s like to be a rock star. But for guitar players, the game has a slightly different draw.

Suspect arrested in purse snatching cases

A Columbia woman was arrested Thursday in connection with two February purse snatchings that occurred at area grocery stores.

Ambulance hits deer on U.S. 63

An ambulance taking a patient to University Hospital hit about three deer on northbound U.S. 63 early Monday morning, Cpl. R.D. Kyle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Teens injured after fleeing from police

Two boys were injured in an accident at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after fleeing from Ashland police.