Open school board forum reveals need for discussion

Ten people, including school board members Karla DeSpain, Jan Mees and Tom Rose, and members of the community, gathered to share concerns and make suggestions for improvement Tuesday night at an open school board forum.

Planning commission holds informational meeting

Members of the Columbia and Boone County Planning and Zoning Commissions have been collaborating in order to successfully engineer a plan that will please residents in the northeastern section of town. The collaboration is the first of its kind, and coordinators want to incorporate citizens as much as possible.

Baseball Tigers head to Big 12 tournament

Season ends for Hickman baseball

The Kewpies were knocked out in the state sectional round by Wentzville-Holt and MLB pitching prospect Tim Melville.

Missouri Theatre gets final touches for grand opening

Crews were making last adjustments to the renovated theater Tuesday in preparation for the grand opening Wednesday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony in the morning will officially open the building, followed by a black-tie gala in the evening.

Callaway County authorities identify body

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department reported today that they identified the body of a woman discovered on April 20 as Melissa A. Corn, 35.

Telling Missouri’s tale one tile at a time

Heinrich Leonhard dabs a brush into glaze the color of scrambled eggs and applies it gently to raised shapes on a ceramic tile. “Just a bit of yellow so it’s not all white,” the artist tells the tile’s maker, Abir Siraji, a fourth-grader at Grant Elementary School. “Sometimes limestone comes in all sorts of colors.” Abir’s tile is part of a larger project under way across the fourth grade at Grant as students learn Missouri geography, government and history.

Teacher abuse reform falls short in Missouri legislature

A pair of proposals allowing local school districts to more easily rid Missouri classrooms of teachers who sexually abuse their students failed to win approval in the recently concluded legislative session.

Columbia student to compete in final round of National Geographic Bee

An 8th grader at West Junior High School is one of 10 students from around the country competing for a $25,000 college scholarship in the National Geographic Bee.

Stem cell group says it contributed money to Steelman

A group supporting embryonic stem cell research confirms it contributed to Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman — even though her campaign has denied receiving the money.

Allemann opts out of Senate race

COLUMBIA — Elizabeth Allemann, a Harrisburg physician and advocate for the reform of Missouri midwifery laws, has withdrawn from the race for the 19th District seat in the Missouri Senate.

Mo. to join group setting military kids education policies

Missouri is set to become the seventh state to join an interstate education compact for military children.

KBIA should make opera available to all

Several weeks ago, Bill Clark devoted one of his fine columns to his love of opera, both from Grand Ol’ Opry and from the Metropolitan Opera.

Letter: Missourians need health care now

We are paying enormous amounts for the administration and marketing of our health care system, rather than for actual health care.

Letter: Education funding should be state, federal priority

College graduates today are struggling with debt, and their struggles have ripple effects in the economy.

Increase punishment for vandals

J. Karl Miller thinks recent vandalism points to the need for harsher punishments.