Superintendent candidate Belcher shares plan for schools

Candidate for Columbia Public Schools superintendent Chris Belcher attended a question-and-answer session at Paxton Keeley Elementary School on Thursday.

More than 100 people showed up to see Chris Belcher, the second of two finalists for the position of superintendent of Columbia Public Schools. The School Board is expected to make its decision next week, School Board President Michelle Gadbois said.

Tigers learning to finish close games

Since a close loss in the conference opener at Nebraska, the Missouri men's basketball team is 3-0 in games decided by four points or less.

Superintendent job likely belongs to Deming

Skip Deming can be a little vague, but the position is his to lose at this point.

MU gymnasts focus on balance beam

But tonight, Missouri’s gymnasts won’t have the Hearnes Center to themselves. MU’s gymnastics and wrestling teams will compete side-by-side in the third annual Beauty and the Beast meet.

Regional Catholic High School opening delayed

The Regional Catholic High School in Columbia might not open as soon as expected, but officials are moving ahead with hiring plans.

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No sympathy for Ann Coulter here

A complaint regarding Ann Coulter's voting eligibility in Connecticut was filed late last month. The source, who holds an unlikely place on the political spectrum, is seeking to expose her lies stemming from those nasty sound bites that have angered other critics already.

Columbia car crashes decreased in 2008

Columbia Police Capt. Zim Schwartze says most accidents are caused by a driver's lack of focus. Friday afternoons were the most likely time period for car accidents in 2008.

Draft of fire new territorial agreement nearly finalized

The first draft of a new territorial agreement between the Boone County Fire Protection District and Columbia is "very close" to being finalized. The agreement will affect Fire Protection District tax revenue.


Missouri wrestlers eager for big crowd

The Missouri wrestling team is 2-0 at Missouri Beauty and the Beast events. The Tigers will host Central Michigan in their their third one on Friday night.

MU researcher develops tool for diabetes screening

TAG-IT, a new diabetes screening device analyzing six common factors of diabetes, could drastically reduce pre-diabetics from becoming full-onset diabetics. MU School of Medicine's Richelle Koopman developed the device.

Charter plans to file for bankruptcy by April 1

Charter Communications Inc., the nation's fourth-largest cable operator, provides cable services to about 1,300 customers in Columbia.

Lee Elementary to expand playground into Paquin Park

Lee Elementary will expand its playground with help from a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The school district plans to enter into an agreement with the city for maintenance and shared use.

Missouri Senate bill would require inspection of pre-need funeral sellers

The new bill that would require financial examination of pre-need funeral companies every five years among other restrictions is moving quickly through the Missouri Senate.

MoDOT plans $1 billion worth of stimulus projects

The Missouri Department of Transportation plans for nearly $1 billion in projects using stimulus money that could possibly create 14,000 jobs in Missouri.

Chamber helps fulfill Columbia council members' dreams

Activities in which council members took part included driving a train, steering an airplane and tossing a pizza.

Jones a stabilizing influence

Sophomore forward Shakara Jones has improved her game in her second season with the Missouri women's basketball team. But her teammates and coaches would rather talk about Jones' positive attitude than her positive production.

Jewish, Muslim student organizations hold forum on Arab-Israeli conflict

Participants agreed that dialogue is a first step for bringing the two sides closer together.

Hickman wins final home game

The Hickman boys basketball team won its final home game of the regular season on Thursday night, beating Jefferson City 54-33.

Columbians commemorate NAACP's 100th anniversary

Columbia residents gathered at Second Baptist Church on Thursday evening to celebrate the centennial of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with cake, speeches, music and prayer.

Hickman students chased and threatened during sports practice

Four Hickman High School students were chased and then threatened with a knife Wednesday afternoon by three suspects who have yet to be identified, police say.