Council OKs Locust Street rezoning

More than a year after property owner Jon Livingston first asked the City Council to rezone his property on Locust Street, the council voted unanimously to approve his request.

Injuries don't stop Rock Bridge girls soccer team's defense

Bruins players battle through pain to defeat Moberly 2-0 in their last home game of the season.

Hickman baseball team faces top-ranked prospect

Wentzville-Holt pitcher Tim Melville is the No. 2-ranked high school prospect.

Twins enjoy playing together at Columbia College

Twins Stephanie and Jodie Schultz have enjoyed their freshmen seasons at Columbia College. The two have been playing softball together since they were young.

Son of former Mizzou, NFL player to try to walk on

MU sophomore Mike Taylor, a member of the Mizzou Strength Club, will attempt to walk-on to the Missouri football team this fall, despite never having played organized football in his life.

Splishin' and splashin' at Stephens Lake Park's new sprayground

Columbia’s unique new water park opened to the public Thursday. The “sprayground” at Stephens Lake Park, located at East Broadway and Old 63, features 7,000 square feet of water elements including water columns, geysers and bubblers. Development for the sprayground at Stephens Lake Park began in 2007.

Hickman runner honors memory of his father through running

Sam Masters dedicated himself to running after his father was murdered in March of 2005.

Voter registration soars in the first few months of 2008

In Boone County, increases have not been as sharp as in other states, but registration has increased 5 or 6 percent here over the past four months compared to the numbers in 2004, said Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren.

Mo. Rep. co-sponsors bill to decriminalize some marijuana possession

William Lacy Clay, a Democrat from St. Louis, has signed on as a co-sponsor of a measure to eliminate federal penalties for possessing up to 100 grams of marijuana for personal use.

Man accused of calling police to threaten Waffle House employee

Adrian C. Gonzales, 28, is accused of threatening to shoot an employee at the Waffle House at Range Line Street and Vandiver Drive. His fiancee denies the accusations.

Fulton woman dies in I-70 crash

A Fulton woman died Monday after her Chevy Silverado crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer while traveling west on Interstate 70 approaching Providence Road.

School superintendent to take a voluntary pay cut

Phyllis Chase, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, said she will voluntarily cut her $200,340 salary, but has not said what the amount of that cut will be. The school board has been searching for ways to cut $10 million from the 2008-09 budget.

Attorney general, foreign officials to sign meth-fighting agreement

U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and representatives from Mexico, Canada, China and Germany plan to sign a statement calling on nations to intensify international cooperation in the fight against methamphetamine.

Craniectomy surgery developed at MU shows promise for infants with skull disorder

Developed in 1996 at University Hospital by David Jimenez and Constance Barone, an endoscopic strip craniectomy requires a small incision in a baby’s skull to remove a strip of bone, creating room for the brain to grow and eliminating the buildup of pressure. In May 2007, Usiakimi Igbaseimokumo started preforming this technique and has taken over the research looking at the long-term effects on children treated by this method.

Missouri Theatre grand opening tickets are limited

People are coming from as far as California to see Tony Bennett perform at the grand opening of the Missouri Theatre.

City offers free bus rides Thursday

“Try Transit Day,” which will be held Thursday, is aimed at encouraging Columbia residents who have never used the city’s public transportation to try it.

Two juveniles arrested for duplex fire

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department arrested two girls, ages 12 and 13, in connection with a fire in a south Columbia duplex that caused $15,000 in damage.

Worthington named chief diversity officer at MU

According to a news release, he is expected to serve as a consultant on campus diversity initiatives, support MU’s commitment to equal opportunity and coordinate the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative, which promotes a more inclusive campus climate.

Report of gunshot leads to three arrests

Police said a search of the home revealed a gun, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and evidence of marijuana distribution.

Three dogs and a cat killed in house fire in northeast Columbia

A home located on Highway PP North sustained $100,000 in damages, but none of the residents was injured in the blaze.