New Columbia Independent School head has big plans for school

Retired Air Force Col. Scott K. Gibson III brings experiences abroad and at previous headmaster positions to his new post as head of Columbia Independent School.

Older American Klub dances attract music lovers of different ages

After their children left home, Wayne and Marie Crump sought a way to get back onto the dance floor. They found their answer in Older American Klub dances, held twice a month. The club, operated by the Parks and Recreation Department, organizes activities for Columbia’s 50-and-older crowd.

Paying for private schools in the recession

Although private schools nationwide are feeling the pinch of the economic recession, many are choosing not to raise tuition. "Increased tuition in response to an economic downturn generally leads to increased student attrition," said Scott K. Gibson III, head of school for Columbia Independent School.

City manager assistant resigns after alcohol arrest

Deidre Hoelzeman was arrested on suspicion of supplying alcohol to a minor. Her husband Frank Hoelzeman, who was employed by MU's athletic department, was also arrested on suspicion of supplying alcohol to a minor, sexual misconduct and false imprisonment.

Columbia police chief seeks addition of deputy chief position

Columbia Police Chief Kenneth Burton has requested the creation of a deputy police chief position. The Columbia Fire Department would also be retitling its assistant fire chief position to deputy fire chief in order to match the police department's structure.

Stimulus funding to be used for site cleanups

Contaminated mining sites in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas will each receive between $10 million and $25 million to accelerate cleanup, the EPA said.

UPDATE: First Rocheport river cleanup to be held Saturday

Missouri River Relief, a volunteer river cleanup organization, will clean up part of the Missouri River in Rocheport on Saturday.

Bill to boost Missouri sales tax passes House

The Missouri House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that would place on the 2010 ballot a measure to increase Missouri's state sales tax and eliminate its state income and corporate taxes.

Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons on college campuses

Two years after a 32-person killing at Virginia Tech University, the Missouri House passed a bill that, among other gun-related proposals, would allow people to carry concealed weapons on the state's college campuses.

Boone County Commission reviews stream-side development proposal

The Boone County Commission held the first reading of a proposed ordinance Thursday that would make stream buffers of vegetated zones between development mandatory. The primary purpose of the policy is protect the integrity of streams as well as mitigate the risk to property from flooding.

Columbia Mall to stay open despite parent company's bankruptcy

Columbia Mall's parent company, General Growth Properties Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday after warning about maturing debt since November. The mall is expected to remain open as usual.

Missouri Senate approves Show-Me Health Coverage

The measure, which would provide coverage to an estimated 35,000 uninsured patients, sparked a philosophical debate about the government's role in providing universal health care.

Missouri fan goes beyond cheering

Gerry Moore has only missed one game since he first started buying Missouri football and basketball season tickets in 1970. Although he never attended the university, Moore is also a member of the MU Alumni Association.

Biden pledges to alleviate college tuition burden during Missouri visit

At a town-hall style meeting at University of Missouri-St. Louis, Vice President Joe Biden said the adminstration will explore ways to make higher education more affordable, possibly with low-interest loans against 529s and by extending tax credits.

Sentencing to resume for rape, murder of St. Louis girl

Starting Monday, a judge is to decide whether to give life in prison or the death penalty to the 38-year-old Tennessee man who last year pleaded guilty to the May 2006 rape and strangling of Tiffany Souers, 20, who attended college in South Carolina.

Biden to discuss making college more affordable at meeting on St. Louis campus

While in Missouri, the vice president will also visit a Boys & Girls Club to announce a new job training program.

Humane Society gets custody of 102 dogs from alleged puppy mill

More than 100 dogs and three primates were seized in Daviess County. The dogs are at the Humane Society in St. Louis, and some will be put up for adoption next week.

Preliminary hearing set in 30-year-old Cape Girardeau murder

The former deputy sheriff, who is on parole for a kidnapping conviction, is suspected of killing a Cape Girardeau woman in 1979.

Suspect in Hannibal killing pleads guilty, cooperates in case against other suspect

One of the suspects in the beating death of a Hannibal man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter and felonious restraint. The suspect will also cooperate in the case against the other man charged in the killing.

Three children die in Holts Summit house fire

A two-story home was fully engulfed in flames when Holt's Summit firefighters arrived at about 3 a.m. Friday. No names have been released.