Hallsville sobriety check point attempts to curtail drunk diving

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department arrested one person for driving while intoxicated at a sobriety checkpoint Friday night in Hallsville, according to a new release.

New water slide at Oakland Family Aquatic Center makes a splash

The sight of a brand-new, bright orange, 125-foot long, double-loop water slide at Oakland Family Aquatic Center is especially impressive to those who hover around 4 feet tall.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library offers free books to parents of newborns

The Columbia Public Library and United Way partnered up in May to participate in the nationwide Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. Since then, the program has been gaining awareness by the community and parents.

Father of dead 2-year-old remains jailed in Illinois

The father of a 2-year-old boy who died at University Hospital on Wednesday was still being held in the St. Clair County Jail in Cahokia, Ill., as of 5 p.m. Saturday.

Washington County police dog euthanized

Mosley the bloodhound, the Washington County police dog police say was abused, was euthanized after biting the woman who adopted him.

InBev, Anheuser-Busch battle in Washington

Each side is in search of influential allies to help sway public opinion — a factor potentially important in a proxy fight — and enlist the aid of lawmakers, or at least blunt the opposition.

Rising gasoline prices drive more people to take the bus

Higher MU parking fees also contributed to a 16 percent increase in Columbia Transit ridership.

Seymour man seeks restitution in rape case

The man requests $11,250 in restitution for time served in jail after he was found innocent by DNA.

CIS to launch national search for new head of school

Columbia Independent School said it has made a commitment to internationally focused education and is looking at a new study abroad option for upper school students.

Columbia school system's stakeholders must be included in continuing conversation

School board members bemoan the fact that there aren't more dollars available for funding the core teacher-pupil mission, but it is not too early to begin scrutinizing budgets for the next year.

Residents want more information about trail from Grasslands to Garth

The trail was proposed by GetAbout Columbia to encourage people to use non-motorized methods of transportation.

Obama to visit Independence on Monday

He is scheduled to visit the Truman Memorial Building.

Well-wishers pack council chambers for police Chief Boehm’s sendoff

With Acting Chief Tom Dresner serving as emcee for the cake and punch reception, a parade of friends showered Boehm with gifts and plaques.

Democratic candidates for assessor find plenty to disagree about

Speaking at Friday's Muleskinners luncheon, incumbent Tom Schauwecker and challenger Barbara Bishop addressed the most prominent campaign issues, including public disclosure of home sale prices and the use of vehicle identification numbers for vehicle assessment.

21 people take part in free HIV testing

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department set up a booth on Garth Avenue on Friday — National HIV Testing Day — as part of its outreach to the African-American community.

Hindman receives climate protection award

The award, presented by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, was given primarily for the city's biogas energy plant.

McDonald's on MU's Lowry Mall to remain open

The lease, which was to expire Monday, will be extended three years. An MU spokesman cited the university's record enrollment for the fall and the temporary closure of the Brady Food Court as reasons for the extension.

Federal aid not quickly reaching Midwest farmers hurt by flooding

The U.S. agriculture secretary says he is concerned that legal hurdles prevented much immediate federal help for Midwest farmers faced with serious setbacks because of flooding.

Execution date set for convicted murderer

John Middleton, convicted of killing three people to hide his methamphetamine operation, will be put to death July 30.

Winfield battles on against the Mississippi

Hours after the Pin Oak levee broke, workers had built a 4-foot-tall sandbag levee to protect the 100 homes in harm's way.