Meeting attendees provide input on Southeast Regional Park in Columbia

An equestrian area is one of the possible features being considered for the park.

LETTER: Data stored from license-plate scanner should have limits

While the ability to scan license plates could be a useful tool for police officers, the temptation to misuse such technology is high.

City plans to hire sustainability manager

The 2010 proposed city budget includes a grant-funded sustainability manager, but there is disagreement on what this position's responsibilities would be.

When money talks, politicians are too eager to listen

The future of America is about more than the accumulation of money. Today's politicians should take their positions seriously and shift their priorities towards building a nation fit for tomorrow's generations.

Downtown surveillance cameras not an invasion of privacy

Surveillance cameras will reduce dangerous crime, not bother well-behaved citizens.

Missouri women's golf team wins tournament

The Missouri women's golf team won the Chip-N-Club Invitational on Tuesday in Lincoln, Neb.  It was the Tigers' first championship victory since the fall of 2007 and the third lowest 54-hole total for the program.

Residents speak out against Boone County property tax hike

On Thursday, the Boone County Commission will consider a property tax hike to help cover a budget shortfall.

Columbia College volleyball team keeps winning

The Columbia College volleyball team won its 10th match of the season Tuesday night against Missouri Baptist.  The Cougars needed only three games to earn their second conference win.

Duplex in Columbia dedicated to growing marijuana

Boone County officials said no lived at the duplex, which had extensive electrical rewiring.

Missouri runners earn Big 12 honors

Missouri's Phillip King and Katie Vanatta were recognized by the Big 12 Conference.

Hickman softball team falls

The Kewpies lost Tuesday at Helias.

Columbia councilman to run for mayor in 2010

Fourth Ward Councilman Jerry Wade is the first candidate to announce he will run for mayor in 2010. Mayor Darwin Hindman announced in August that he would not seek a sixth term.

Update: Columbia School Board approves funding for online courses, Career Center addition

The Columbia School Board approved allocations of funds that will be generated by a recent property tax increase as well as of stimulus money for Title I and Title II-D programs.

Authorities raid puppy mill, remove 100 dogs

Authorities said the dogs were mostly small breeds including poodles, miniature pinschers and Yorkshire terriers.

Two sentenced in Kansas City woman's death at meth lab

The woman died after accidentally drinking diluted lye, which is used to make methamphetamine.

Two candidates remain in search for Fire District chief

Scott Olsen, interim chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District, and Kenneth Craft Jr. of Bonita Springs, Fla., are the remaining candidates.

Today's Question: How should Columbia's new park complex be developed?

Proposed enhancements at A. Perry Philips Park and Gans Creek Recreation Area are up for public discussion again. What additions would you like to see made? What do you think of the current proposals?

Court OKs sex abuse lawsuit against Methodist church in Missouri

An anonymous sex abuse victim filed a lawsuit against a Methodist church in St. Joseph along with other church units. Scheduled to go to trial on May 10, 2010, the case pertains to sexual misconduct that allegedly took place in the 1970s.

School Board seeks volunteers for improvement plan

Thursday is the deadline for citizens to volunteer to help with a five-year school improvement plan for Columbia Public Schools.

Personal publishing machine coming to University Bookstore

The Espresso Book Machine will be able to print and bind a paperback book up to 830 pages long for pennies a page. Users can download files of books to print or publish their own work by uploading PDFs from a flash drive.