More decisions yet to be made for GetAbout priority projects

Elli Eckhoff stands in her backyard in the Vanderveen Subdivision. Eckhoff opposes the building of a trail in the area. When Eckhoff and her family moved into their home, they were told that there would be no developing behind their house, but have since been informed that a shared-use trail will follow close to the edge of their property. “I feel strongly against it. This part of town has enough crime, and now we’re going to give them a wooded area to lurk in where our kids play,” Eckhoff said. “With all the green space Columbia has, why do they have to build a trail in people’s backyard?”

After years of planning, the City Council approved a list of 15 priority projects that will be funded by federal grant money meant to promote nonmotorized transportation.
The grant would fund the construction of new shared-use paths for bicycling, walking and running.

MU football players will wait to get in licks

The Missouri football team’s practice drills and scrimmages are set up to avoid the injuries that could spell doom for any team’s season.

School Board discusses effective communication

The Columbia School Board held a retreat Monday, in part, to talk about communication skills. The team-building session was led by Sarah Read of Communications Center Inc. and stressed effective communication and the importance of listening.

Warren hearing delayed

The injunction hearing for Warren Funeral Chapel and its owners, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday morning, has been postponed until Aug. 25, according to Missouri

Mo. stem cell lawsuit to be argued in October

A state judge will decide in October on a lawsuit seeking to block $21 million from going to the Life Sciences Research Board.Stem cell research critics want a temporary order preventing the money transfer while the Life Sciences Research Board is asking that the lawsuit be tossed out.

Cable outrage is result of society becoming more complicated and less satisfied

I don't know if the warpath against the cable loss means people are seriously addicted or they feel that things are falling apart so fast in the world around them that they look upon the boob tube as their last frontier.

New regulations would remove parts of Endangered Species Act

The Bush administration wants federal agencies to decide for themselves whether highways, dams, mines and other construction projects might harm endangered animals and plants. New regulations, which don’t require the approval of Congress, would reduce the mandatory, independent reviews government scientists have been performing for 35 years, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press.

Trials delayed for two men charged in Sept. 2007 home invasion

Two of the five men charged in a home invasion during which a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted had their jury trials delayed for a sixth time.

Planning and Zoning commission meeting canceled

A joint city and county Planning and Zoning commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday night has been canceled.

Study: Body stereotypes may be misleading regarding health

The study authored by University of Michigan obesity researcher MaryFran Sowers shows that about half of overweight adults had mostly normal levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, blood fats and sugar.

MU students’ Web site provides environmentally friendly merchandise

 Since the launch of their Web site,, in late April, entrepreneurs and MU pre-med seniors Daniel Lyons and Jack Short have taken a passion and turned it into a business.

Rising costs cause for schools to rethink meals

Schools will have to examine cost-cutting policies, including reducing portion sizes and providing seasonal produce.

Man suffocates while working on boat

A 46-year-old man is dead of suffocation after getting lodged between a boat motor and its tow bar at Lake of the Ozarks.

Hannibal man dead after trying to stop attack on woman

A Hannibal man is dead after reportedly trying to stop two men from attacking awoman, and his alleged assailants face charges of second-degree murder.

Keeping tabs on GetAbout Columbia

GetAbout Columbia was established to decide how to use a $21.5 million federal grant to promote nonmotorized transportation around town.

GetAbout Q&A

What effect will the priority GetAbout projects have on the environment?

Mechanical issues may have caused plane crash in Barry County

The Barry County Sheriff says a Kansas City-area man is dead after his single-engine plane crashed in southwestern Missouri.

Jury selection begins in ambush killing trial

Jury selection begins in the trial of a man accused in the ambush killing of a rural Warren County grandfather.