Participating, covering the fair two different experiences

The story from the judge's table is different than the story covered by the reporter.

Planning and Zoning Commission hears public input on overlay proposal

On Thursday night, the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission heard arguments from both sides on the North Central Columbia Urban Conservation Overlay District.

Boone County candidates answer questions at League of Women Voters forum

Six candidates for three county positions open for election — assessor, Southern District commissioner and public administrator — spoke at the League of Women Voters forum Thursday night before the Aug. 5 primary election.

Future city action on unpaved roads study uncertain

The Public Works Department reported on July 7 that nearly 9.7 miles of unpaved streets exist within Columbia city limits, but city street maintenance policy says residents are financially responsible for upgrading them.

Child’s death ruled homicide

The Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death of 2-year-old Cortez Johnson a homicide Thursday, prompting arrest warrants for parents Horace Johnson and Keyonda Lumpkins, both of whom were already incarcerated.

Police say thief stole scrap metal multiple times over several months

An employee at Columbia Water and Light reported someone taking copper from a department parking lot, but the suspect escaped from police in a foot chase.

Vegetarian finds fare at the Boone County Fair lacking

Reporter Julia Haslanger finds it difficult to make a meal of applesauce, baked beans and chips.

Farmers’ Market party to highlight suggested permanent pavilion

The event Saturday will feature an outline of the Columbia Farmers’ Market Pavilion, a permanent structure that would be used for the market and other community activities. Plans for the structure have been in the works since the early 1990s.

4-H market swine show results

Boone County Fair 2008 photo gallery, day 4

The Missourian will be posting daily photo galleries during the 2008 Boone County Fair. Do you have a photo from the event that you want to share? Share it with us at

Two congressional candidates offer plans for veterans' health care

Baker says private providers could augment VA care; Jacob emphasizes better oversight and more funding.

Sullivan cites need for fresh ideas, varied experience in county government

Sid Sullivan is challenging incumbent Karen Miller for the post of Boone County Southern District commissioner.

Assessor defends VIN use for taxes

The VIN method assesses a vehicle’s history and options.

Rabbit competition is a hopping good time at Boone County Fair

The Boone County Fair Rabbit Show, sponsored by 4-H and Future Farmers of America, gives those who can’t to raise and compete with large livestock an opportunity to compete with smaller animals.

4-Hers wrap up their fair week

The 4-Hers have spent hours getting ready for the fair and showing. Now, they are finished, until next year.

Tennis Club working to train teens to compete nationally

The Country Club of Missouri has a new program that aims to get youths more serious about tennis.

Hinkson Creek grants awarded to MU, Boone County Commission

Part of the money will go toward continuing the Watershed Restoration Project for the creek.

A status report on MU construction projects

Phil Shocklee, associate director of campus facilities  addresses some questions people have about construction at MU.

Fire board votes to auction off vehicles, limit board’s pay

Fire Chief Steve Paulsell’s salary was not discussed at the public meeting, and board members focused on Centralia’s access to Boone County fire services.

9th District candidates talk health care

With many Missourians and Americans uninsured, comprehensive health care reform is a hot topic both statewide and nationally.