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Columbia is paradise for hip replacement surgery

Getting hip surgery confirms the fact that Columbia is paradise after dealing with doctors, surgeons and a recovery center staffed by angels.

Seniors strike it big with virtual bowling

A recreation room at the Lenoir Woods retirement community in Columbia functions as a virtual bowling alley once a week when residents gather to play the game on Nintendo Wii.

Boone County Fair photo gallery, day 3: A fair night for the Fair

Petting zoos, unlimited carnival rides, car races ... the Boone County Fair attracted quite a crowd on Wednesday. See the pictures of the fun.

Boone County Fair carnival offers thrills for visitors, opportunities for workers

It’s Wednesday evening at the Boone County Fair and the ground is still soggy and damp from Tuesday’s rain. Mothers push baby carriages through the mud as fathers lift their children up on their shoulders. Groups of teenagers jump over murky puddles. Neon green wristbands can be found on hundreds of wrists as people flock to the carnival, put on by the Lowery Carnival Co.

Petting zoo brings exotic animals to fair

Offering an array of exotic animals for petting along with pony and camel rides, Hedrick’s Educational Petting Zoo opened at the Boone County Fair on Wednesday afternoon. It is the second time the zoo is participating in the fair.

County fire chief’s salary, contract in dispute

The Boone County Fire Protection District board of directors is conflicted over the salary of Fire Chief Steve Paulsell. Some board members have raised concerns about the chief’s contract, which is no longer valid.

North-central group seeks new neighborhood association

Business owners and other residents are seeking a collective voice as city officials consider an urban conservation overlay district that they oppose.

Businesses take precautions after salmonella found on jalapenos

After the FDA’s announcement Monday to avoid raw jalapeno peppers, Columbia grocery stores and restaurants are taking steps to make sure their peppers are safe for consumers.

Subcommittee removes provision that restrict felons from serving on the board

The model subcommittee of the Citizen Oversight Committee finalized a draft detailing the structure of the citizen review board that will handle complaints filed against the Columbia Police Department. At Wednesday night’s meeting, the subcommittee removed the provision that restricted anyone with a felony conviction in the last ten years to serve on the board.

Park’s name finally resolved

The exact name of (Albert-)Oakland Park has been an uncertainty since Paul A. Albert donated 20 acres to the city in the mid-60s. The council voted Monday night to officially name most of the area Oakland Park but to dub the donated tract C.M. Albert Memorial Park.

Artrageous Friday features art displays at downtown businesses

The event is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Health care was big issue at NAACP candidate forum

The Columbia NAACP organization hosted a candidates forum Tuesday so that audience members could ask candidates directly about issues. No Republican candidates attended the forum.

Council prioritizes GetAbout Columbia projects

Council members listened to the views of 65 members of the public on specific projects in a special hearing Tuesday night.

Stewart recovering from heart surgery

Former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart is recovering from open-heart surgery.

MoDOT faces budget crisis

Funding for the Missouri Department of Transportation will be halved by 2013, forcing the department to put nearly all new construction projects on hold as of July 1, 2009

MU golfer wins St. Louis amateur event

Missouri senior women's golfer Chelsea Schriewer earned a one-shot victory Tuesday at the the St. Louis Metropolitan Women's Amateur Championship.

Walking School Bus program expands through grants

Columbia’s Walking School Bus program is expanding to Derby Ridge and Parkade Elementary Schools. Columbia Public Schools received a grant to improve these and other programs.

Energy assistance dries up mid-summer

A little over a month into the summer, almost no emergency energy assistance money is left, forcing those in needs to find other avenues to stay cool and safe.

Primary primer: Karen Miller seeks another term as Boone County commissioner

Boone County Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller is seeking another four-year term after 16 years in office

New Missourian site launches; tell us what you think

The new design of our Web site was launched Tuesday night. Help us work out the bugs. Is it working? Are you having trouble viewing a story or video? Please go here to leave a comment, share your ideas for future improvements and see what others have to say.

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