As Eco Schoolhouse wraps up, hopes for broader change abound

Ken Leija films architect Nicholas Peckham and contractor Scott Powell outside of the Eco Schoolhouse. Leija and others are making a documentary about the building of the schoolhouse. According to Powell, all of the labor and much of the building supplies have been donated. "It's a $250,000 building on a $30,000 budget. That doesn't happen everyday," he said.

The construction team hopes the schoolhouse at Grant Elementary, which they hope will be completed before school starts Thursday, will be a model for change within the community and the country.

Casting call put out for “Gumbo Bottoms”

People interested in auditioning for "Gumbo Bottoms" have until Aug. 31 to schedule an audition by calling 441-0240 or 660-882-3300. Auditioners should prepare a song and two-minute comedic monologue.

Increase in thefts from cars raises public awareness

According to an Aug. 13 Columbia Police Department news release, thefts from automobiles have become increasingly common in Columbia, particularly in the northeast part of town.

City of Columbia closing wage gap

The director of human resources attributes the discrepancies that do exist to the kinds of jobs men apply for and the length of time most white men have been employed by the city.

Chase talks about achievements, criticism, future

In an interview Aug. 7, retiring Superintendent Phyllis Chase shared thoughts about her time spent as head of the school district and what challenges the district faces.

Russia, Georgia are latest countries in a string of conflicts

New century brings more wars, big and small, and the United States is involved in many of them.

Ninth annual pet blessing service promotes respect for all animals

The Unitarian Universalist Church held a service for pet owners to get their animals blessed.

Legislative candidates ride coattails of big names

With the spotlight following the major players seeking the most important offices, candidates for Legislature try to use that buzz to win the support of voters who like a party’s governor or presidential candidate but haven’t heard of the person who wants to represent them in the Legislature.

Columbia Car Classics still closed down

The business' owner will be in court twice in the coming weeks to answer questions about the location of some of the cars while complaints continue to file in.

Kroger recalls Corn Puff Poppers

The product is sold at Gerbes in Columbia.