MU media guides earn awards

Franklin set to sign with Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs said Wednesday they have reached agreement on a four-year contract with former Missouri receiver Will Franklin.

Final school district budget under discussion at listening session

In the final listening session before the board votes on the 2008-2009 budget, the public weighed in once again. Major concerns were teacher morale, class-size and the learning environment at Columbia Public Schools.

Fire District gives up its bomb squad

The board chose not to take the steps necessary to end the suspension.

Interchange fee hitting gas station owners’ pocketbooks

Most gas stations in Columbia still take credit cards, though interchange fees are hurting their profits.

Boaters, cyclists wait for Missouri River to drop

The Missouri River has been at flood stage for weeks in Boonville. Boaters, anglers and cyclists are waiting for it to drop this weekend.

Air conditioning expands summer school locations

Benton and Blue Ridge elementary schools are now able to operate summer programs due to newly installed air conditioning.

Five By Design returning to Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts

Vocal quintet Five By Design is returning to the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts to perform “Radio Days”, a musical retrospective of the World War II radio era.

Stove fire damages mobile home

The second cooking-related fire in as many days caused an estimated $5,000 in damage to a mobile home, but no one was seriously injured.

New grocery store may be coming to Columbia’s north side

Rampart Investments LLC has begun negotiations for a shopping center at the corner of Range Line Street and Blue Ridge Road. The center could include a grocery store.

Family provides foster care for babies

Before newborns can be adopted, birth parents must legally end their parental rights. The Watson family provides foster care for newborns in their transition from the hospital to their adoptive home.

Festival of the Arts to feature 'Dancing Wheels' and 'I am Kenny J'

Two new dance performances are planned for the 17th annual Festival of the Arts. The September event will also feature nearly 50 artist booths.

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new elementary school

Columbia’s 20th elementary school got its official construction start Wednesday with a ground-breaking at Waco and Brown Station roads.

Consultant recommends consolidation of two downtown development groups

The recommendations would unify the Special Business District and the Central Columbia Association as the Community Improvement District and open the door for a new sales tax downtown.

Columbia celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day on Saturday

This Saturday, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is hosting a large event to celebrate cancer survivors. The event is free and open to the community.

In Hannibal, exaggerated flood perceptions are worse than reality

Mark Twain’s hometown relies heavily on the annual influx of tourists. However, flood perceptions are driving would-be visitors far from their vacation plans.

City cable channel temporarily down

Columbia’s government access channel, usually found on Mediacom Channel 13, is temporarily off the air. Repairs are expected to restore the channel by Wednesday evening.

Letter: Farm loans available to socially disadvantaged applicants

The Farm Service Agency can make and guarantee loans to applicants to buy and operate family size farms and ranches.

Letter: Railroads could be more cost-effective way to move freight

Increasing rail systems instead of building additional lanes on Interstate 70 for trucks could be more cost-effective.