On the path to preservation

Smith Creek, near the convergence of Smith and Cedar creeks, in the Mark Twain National Forest has been targeted by the Missouri Wilderness Coalition for status as a national wilderness refuge.

Smith Creek is small compared to most other national wilderness area, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in charm. Members of the Missouri Wilderness Coalition say that's something worth preserving.

Moe's Southwest Grill closes

The downtown restaurant closed unexpectedly Wednesday night for financial reasons, said Manager Moses Cortes.

A tour of the roses

Oakland aquatic center to open early

With temperatures expected to reach the mid- to upper 80s by Sunday, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is planning to help residents keep cool with an early opening at the Oakland pool.

Rep. Hulshof introduces anti-cyberbullying bill

The proposed legislation would impose criminal penalties over harassment via computers, text messages and other electronic devices.

Heart specialists suggest buying personal blood-pressure monitor

The recommendation to keep tabs on blood pressure during the day mirrors that of diabetics checking insulin levels.

Black Daggers to perform at parade

As part of Monday’s Salute to Veterans Parade, members of the Black Daggers, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, will parachute down from a C-130 Hercules to Broadway in a spectacle of smoke.

Report of fire leads to discovery of gas leak

Although no trace of a fire was found, firefighters discovered damage to the house’s roof, chimney and master bathroom after lightning struck a house Thursday afternoon.

Progress made on school budget, calendar and five-year plan

The board is considering a two-day decrease in the number of teacher contract days as well as a 0.5 percent increase in base teacher salary. The final draft of the 2008-09 budget must be posted by June 9.

Seven arrested in prostitution sting

Seven people were arrested Wednesday in connection with a Columbia Police prostitution sting that stemmed from ads placed in a local newspaper and on Web sites including Craig’s List, Capt. Brad Nelson of Columbia Police Department said. Nelson said the department spent a few weeks planning the sting.

Columbians seek slice of rural life

A professional survey found that one in four Columbia residents would prefer to live outside city limits.

Church con artist charged with stealing

Alan Farha now faces charges in Boone County for misdemeanor stealing.

For legislators, politics gets in the way of governing

Askren set for Olympic wrestling trials

Former Missouri wrestler Ben Askren says he is confident heading into the Olympic Trials after winning a national championship in April.

MU baseballl team wins opener at Big 12 tournament

Missouri won its opener in the Big 12 baseball tournament when catcher Trevor Coleman brought home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th with a single to right field.