Even with low turnout, election still important to Columbia

While only 10 percent of registered voters particpipated in voting this week, plenty of coverage on candidates in both City Council and School Board elections was available ahead of time. Those who did choose to vote had powerful opinions on behalf of themselves and their non-voting neighbors in important races. The significance of this past week's Council decisions are evidence of that.

Rock Bridge freshman golfer spends spring break in Rwanda

Visiting with the impoverished and oppressed Tutsi population of Rwanda, helped Rock Bridge freshman golfer Tyler Kolb realize he wants to do more extensive mission work.

LETTER: Missouri casinos proud to be good corporate citizens of the state

Michael G. Winter, representing the Missouri Gaming Association, purports the corporate citizenship of Missouri casinos.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe's re-election good for Columbia

Barbara Hoppe is thanked for her service to Columbia.

Willie Smith pleads not guilty to obstruction charge

Willie Smith was represented in court Tuesday by his new attorney, David Tyson Smith. Willie Smith said he made the attorney switch because of David Smith's experience on the Citizen Oversight Committee. Willie Smith was arrested last month while cleaning Bella Salon in south Columbia.

UPDATE: Humane Society not swayed by complaints about Zootoo

The Central Missouri Humane Society was named one of the 10 finalists in the makeover competition. The humane society is not putting stock in allegations that Zootoo has not yet paid a previous winner from St. Louis.

Missouri Senate resumes debate on tax break bill

The senators are trying to decide whether to expand business tax credits to stimulate economic growth or curtail the use of the income-tax reducing credits.

Community Advisory Committee discusses West Broadway redesign

In the first of a series of four meetings, a city-appointed committee examined issues regarding West Broadway and suggested ideas for its reconstruction.

Missouri House committee passes bill allocating federal stimulus funds

The House Budget Committee passed Gov. Jay Nixon's bill that calls for $155 million to go to several state departments for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Author David Sedaris lends voice, insight to new stories

Author and humorist David Sedaris spoke to a sold-out audience in Jesse Hall on Wednesday night as a part of his tour promoting his most recent book, "When You Are Engulfed in Flames."

Author Jane Smiley engages readers during ReadMOre Tour

Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "A Thousand Acres," led a discussion Wednesday evening about that book as well as many other topics including previous novels and her passions.

Missouri Democratic Party funds: What others are saying

Hickman girls soccer loses to Lee's Summit West

The Hickman girls soccer team could not pull out a win during its game Thursday night against Lee's Summit West. The Kewpies lost 2-1 and will face Rock Bridge at 5 p.m. Monday.

Forum Christian Church adds second location in Columbia

In order to accomodate a growing congregation, Forum Christian Church, among others, has added another location for its services: Hilton Garden Conference Center.

Two Columbia men arrested on drug-related charges

Two Columbia men were arrested separately Wednesday and Thursday on drug-related charges, according to a press release.

Armed robbery 'staged' at Break Time in Columbia

Earlier reports of an armed robbery at 2101 W. Ash St. early Wednesday morning turned out to be false, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. 

Missouri native plant sale, workshops to be held Saturday

Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center's third annual native plant sale will be held Saturday. Demonstrations and a bird-watching tour will be available free to the public.

Today's Question: Will proposed provisions for sex offenders work?

The Missouri General Assembly supported a provision that would prevent sex offenders from being 500 feet from a park and prohibiting them from coaching a sports team with players 17 and younger. Jail terms would extend to a maximum of four years for a first offense, and seven years the second time. It will need a second vote before it reaches the Senate.

Orr Street Studios welcomes new artist to main gallery

Ming Zhou, whose artwork is featured at Orr Street Studios, takes on the Chinese bourgeosie.

Two orchestras' performances will feature competition winners

The Ninth Street Philharmonic Orchestra and the Missouri Youth Orchestra hosted competitions in recent months and plan to make them annual traditions.