Vision Showcase aims to connect people with projects

Simon Wanyonyi, 9, looks at Columbia police Sgt. Lloyd Simons' badge as he makes his way around the Vision Showcase on Thursday. The groups present at the showcase shared their goals for the future development of Columbia.

The showcase consisted of three main components: live music, community and city organization information tables and a brainstorming session. The event was held in conjunction with the Twilight Festival.

Plan for Regional Catholic High School approved by Planning and Zoning Commission

Plans for Regional Catholic High School moved one step closer to final approval after a unanimous vote for the preliminary plan at Thursday night’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The plans will be given to the City Council for approval at the Oct. 16 meeting.

Thousands expected for bike ride for multiple sclerosis research

 Three thousand bicycle riders will take off from the Midway Expo Center in Columbia this weekend to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis, a disease affecting about 400,000 people nationwide.

Free bicycle parking available at football games

Sustain Mizzou will be providing free bicycle parking, known as Tiger Cage, at home football games for the rest of the season.

Rain causes city phone service outage

Columbia city government phone service was interrupted for several hours Thursday.

Woman injured in I-70 accident

 A woman was injured in a single car crash Thursday morning on westbound I-70.

McCain vows to vanquish "constant partisan rancor"

McCain faced a delicate assignment as he formally accepted his party's presidential nomination: presenting his credentials as a reformer willing to take on his own party and stressing his independence from an unpopular President Bush - all without breaking faith with his Republican base.

Hulshof’s funds spike, but Nixon leads fundraising race

Just days after the limits came off of individual campaign contributions, millions of dollars have rolled into state political campaigns.



Columbia McCain supporters meet to watch convention speech

Trish Hooper hosted a Republican National Convention watch party at Boone Tavern on Thursday and publicized it on the McCain Nation Web site. While she was the party's only attendee, she had competition.



Violent crime declines in 2008 but remains community hot topic

Though statistics show there have been fewer violent crimes in 2008 than there were at same time in 2007, neighbors have organized a Community Peace Rally Against Crime and Violence, slated for Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Boone County Courthouse.



National Socialist Movement might assemble in Columbia without permit

The National Socialist Movement plans to come on Nov. 8, a home football weekend for MU football, despite being denied for parade and special events permits. In place of a rally, some of the organizers plan to distribute flyers at the football game.



Growers gather to share love for tomatoes

Growers and tomato fanatics gathered at the annual Tomato Festival at Branford Research and Extension center to sample different varieties and hear from expert growers.



Stephens alumna addresses difficult rise in Navy

Vice Adm. Nancy Brown, the highest-ranking female U.S. naval officer, returned to her alma mater to speak at Stephens College’s 175th annual convocation on Thursday morning.

Retired professor-turned-playwright's play to show on Sunday

The one-person play, by B.C. Jones of Columbia, centers on the life of Mary Edwards Walker, the first and only female winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor and the first female Army surgeon who served during the Civil War.

EcoArtFest to highlight river valley artists, musicians

Commemorating talent old and new, the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy will bring together the river region’s “local treasures” at Cooper’s Landing for this weekend’s EcoArtFest.

St. Louis native Eddie Calvin excited to play MU football team

Eddie Calvin, who attended Rockwood Summit High School and now attends Southeast Missouri State University, wants to make a difference in Saturday’s football game against the Tigers, who didn’t offer him a scholarship.

Detroit mayor to lose job after guilty plea

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick admitted in court on Thursday that he lied under oath. The Detroit city charter automatically expels any mayor guilty of a felony.

Wrong Palin, wrong selection

In fact, with all of the Republican and conservative criticism of Sen. Obama’s lack of knowledge and experience, the choice of Gov. Palin is confusing.

Columbia soaks up leftover rain from Hurricane Gustav


Leftover Gustav rains prompt minor Missouri floods

The National Weather Service said wet weather left over from the hurricane that hit the Gulf Coast on Monday dropped as much as 6 inches of rain in Missouri on Wednesday and Thursday.