MU student seeks a perfect pitch on the turf of Taylor Stadium

William Pipp pours conditioner on the pitcher's mound at Taylor Stadium on April 6. The groundskeepers repair the mound both before and after the game.

William Pipp, a student in the plant sciences department at MU, get hands on experiences by managing the turf at Taylor Stadium.

Residents form Historic Old Southwest Neighborhood Association

After a heated discussion that led to the exclusion of houses on West Broadway, about 12 residents voted Wednesday to form the Historic Old Southwest Neighborhood Association.

Bruins put damper on Kewpies' senior night

The Rock Bridge girls soccer team scored two goals to defeat Hickman on its senior night.The senior helped Rock Bridge soccer to a season sweep of Hickman on the Kewpies’ senior night.

Fire chief, assistant chief suspensions downgraded to reprimands

The Boone County Fire Protection District board voted to suspend Chief Paulsell and Assistant Chief Doug Westhoff in early April in connection with the falsification of the fire district’s FBI bomb school applications. After the board learned the bomb squad could eventually regain its certification, the two were instead given written reprimands.

63 Diner sold to local bank

The diner closed its doors a week ago after its owners defaulted on a $1.23 million loan. Whether it will reopen is uncertain.

Prayer rally set for Thursday morning at courthouse

Thursday’s prayer rally at the Boone County Courthouse will give Columbians a chance to participate locally in the National Day of Prayer.

Boone County residents ask for spending explanation before tax increase approval

The Boone County Commission met with residents to brainstorm ideas for road maintenance and improvement plans and future funding, but residents wanted to know how and where money will be spent before they vote on increasing sales or property taxes.

YouZeum health science center to open Thursday

Columbia’s YouZeum will be mid-Missouri’s first hands-on science center and Youzeum expects 60,000 visitors annually.

Resident funds second traffic study

Country Club Estates resident Eric Seaman is funding his own traffic study in response to a study that developers did for the proposed long-term acute-care hospital on Old 63 and Alfred Street.

Farmers face wet ground but plant anyway

Rain has significantly delayed planting, but farmers are still trying to get corn planted before it’s too late.

Commissions seek public input for high school site plan

Columbia and Boone County’s joint planning and zoning commissions will hold a public meeting about the site and want a plan to help guide the project’s growth.

City begins annual fire hydrant testing

Fire hydrant testing will begin Thursday and continue through May and June.

Columbia man leads police on chase

A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday night after he led police on a short, low-speed pursuit, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

MU offers first-generation college students full scholarship

The first students to attend college from their family have the opportunity for a full scholarship from MU.

State to increase prisoner subsidies to counties

Budget negotiators in the state capital have increased the payments to counties for housing state prisoners.

Columbia man charged with forcible rape

Nathan Shawn Howard, 25, was arrested and charged for the rape of a 13-year-old girl Tuesday, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

U.S., Russia need to reverse arms race

Both the U.S. and Russia still have nuclear missiles despite their agreement to reverse the arms race.

Columbia residents discuss historic preservation

A group of Columbia residents and other officials gathered in the City Council chambers Tuesday night to discuss the issue of preservation in Missouri. The meeting was the last of six held across the state by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources State Historic Preservation Office to seek input for a statewide preservation plan that will go into effect from 2009 through 2013.

Rock Bridge tennis sweeps Hickman

Blake Burchert is working to improve his tennis game. He played for Rock Bridge's junior varsity basketball team in the winter and uses his size to his advantage on the tennis court.

Missouri women's tennis looks to next season

The Tigers will return six of seven players next year and head coach Blake Starkey knows much work will need to be done to turn the team's promise into wins.