Cantwell gets his shot at the Olympics

Christian Cantwell fields questions at Wednesday's press conference in Columbia. Cantwell, who graduated from MU in 2003 with three Big 12 championships, will be competing in the men’s shot put August 15 in the Olypmic Games .

Former MU shot putter Christian Cantwell says he is prepared for his first Olympics. He is part of an American group that is expected to sweep the medals in the event.

Fundraiser aims to repay Warrens' generosity

The local chapter of the NAACP will hold a fundraiser to benefit Warren Funeral Chapel at 4 p.m. Sunday at Second Baptist Church.

Those attending Show-Me State Games keep busy during downtime

"Eat, shop and swim" is what the tens of thousands of people attending the Show-Me State Games do after the final buzzers and whistles sound.

Police, Sheriff’s Department to host 2 informational sessions on Tasers

Those leading the sessions planned for next week are scheduled to explain the police department’s Taser usage policy and attempt to cover all of the technical details of the Taser.

For His Glory Dance ministry uses Christian principles to guide relationships

Six-year-old Rickeah “Kiki” Henderson slowly edges her way into the brightly lit “Blind” Boone Center auditorium on a Wednesday night, right on time for dance practice. She is bashful, and her father has to coax her into the room. Already inside and waiting for practice to officially begin, the other members of For His Glory Dance Ministry are dancing and giggling.

Boone Hospital cuts staff, will close psychiatric unit

The unit will not admit patients after Aug. 15. The hospital cites the economy, pressures on reimbursements and a shortage of psychiatrists.

Car crashes into Petro Mart

A vehicle crashed into the Petro Mart at 3850 Range Line St. just after 10 a.m. Thursday, a Columbia Fire Department news release said.

Tax tiff drives assessor race debate

The use of a voluntary questionnaire in setting the appraised values of homes has become a hot issue between the incumbent, Tom Schauwecker, and his challenger, Barbara Bishop.

Ex-Lake Ozark official pleads guilty to failing to report sewage discharge in lake

Richard L.. Sturgeon, a former public works director, could be sentenced to as much as three years in prison without parole and be fined up to $250,000.

UPDATE: Former Post-Dispatch managing editor Lipman dies at 77

David Lipman graduated from MU in 1953 and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 36 years. He was a longtime member of the Missourian Board of Directors and remained involved in journalism in Columbia, even though he lived in Chesterfield. He was awarded the Missouri Honor Medal in 1989.

Get mad, then get active in public life

There’s a lot to be mad about regarding our government. Past political greats and business leaders were also angry — for good reason.

County commissioner candidates discuss tight budget

Both Karen Miller and Sid Sullivan say new taxes would be a last resort.

Student housing shuffling prompts cleaning frenzies, temporary homelessness

Many Columbia businesses have seen an increase in student traffic ahead of the fall semester, too.

9th District candidates speak about immigration

Days before the Aug. 5 primary, 9th District candidates outlined their views on what immigration policies the United States should have.

Koster's ex-wife pays for ad questioning his ethics

Rebecca Bowman Nassikas donated $200,000 to a political committee last week that plans to use the money for TV ads. Missourians for Honest Leadership, formed in Columbia in 2006, has already posted the piece on its Web site,

Letter: Bremer's dedication, values make her strong candidate for Sixth Ward committeewoman

Amy Bremer is an accomplished professional chemical engineer, with both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees with honors, a solid homeowner and tax payer and a rising community leader.

Harrisburg to vote on proposed tax levy increase

The levy would add about $174,000 to district revenue.

Three vie for Boone County public administrator

Two Democrats are competing for their party's nomination for Boone County public administrator, while Republican John Sullivan is uncontested on the Aug. 5 ballot.

Independence man found guilty in videotaped torture killing

Jurors deliberated less than four hours before convicting Richard D. Davis, 44, of 25 counts, including first-degree murder, kidnapping, rape, sodomy, and assault in attacks on Marsha Spicer, of Independence, and Michelle Huff-Ricci, 36.

Truck driver escapes train crash but dies at scene

The 70-year-old truck driver apparently got out of his rig when it became stuck on train tracks. However, he suffered from a medical condition and died.