The Columbia Chive: Celebrating 21 years of The Onion

The Onion, America's finest satirical news source, is celebrating its 21st birthday this week. Here follows a celebratory homage, an imagining of what a Columbia edition of The Onion — we’ll call it The Chive —would look like.

Second half struggles cost Columbia College women's basketball team

The Cougars opened the season against the NAIA's top team.

Monday crash leaves four cars damaged

The crash left scuffed paint jobs and license plates. All were wearing seatbelts, and no one was injured.

Slain toddler's father not legal guardian, attorney says

Horace Courtez Johnson, 27, who is charged with second-degree murder in the 2008 death of his 2-year-old son, was not listed on the boy's birth certificate.

Vehicle flips over on I-70; no one injured

Columbia police, firefighters and paramedics responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident Monday evening at mile marker 128 on Interstate 70.

Defendant in Bentley murder on trial this week

Damon A. Williams, 24, has been charged with first-degree murder in a home invasion  in which a 22-year-old Columbia man was shot and killed. Williams will stand trial this week in the 13th Circuit Court for Boone County.

Beginnings: Billboard installing — a high-rise occupation

A 14-year veteran billboard installer describes his work above Missouri highways and interstates.

State Historical Society of Missouri cutting hours, staff pay

The governor said the cuts were necessary in light of lowered state revenues. Three positions were eliminated, and employees are voluntarily taking a 20 percent pay reduction.

Attack at Walmart was racially motivated, police say

James Robert Pezold, 25, drove his truck onto a sidewalk at the Walmart on West Broadway and knocked down a 2-year-old when he tried to run over two black families who had just finished shopping, police said.

Microsoft teams up with Missouri to increase tech literacy

Missouri is one of the first seven states to partner with Microsoft Corp. in the company's "Microsoft Elevate America" program. The program will provide Missourians with access to Microsoft certification programs and 24,750 vouchers for specialized e-learning programs.

Sheriff's department says telephone fundraiser is scam

Officials said recent phone calls about the sheriff's department's Christmas fundraiser were a scam. The Boone County Sheriff's Department does not conduct any telephone solicitations and urges residents to be careful to never provide any personal or bank account information to telephone solicitors.

Blues festival nets more than $14,000 for Columbia

The Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival grossed $168,170 in ticket sales this year. Columbia is to receive more than $14,000 for its share of the proceeds.

Emergency declaration increases weight limit for trucks hauling crops

Missouri's transportation department issued an emergency declaration allowing trucks taking crops to local grain bins, elevators or processors to carry 10 percent more than their legally licensed weight. Heavy rains made it more difficult for many farmers to harvest their crops this year, and the state Department of Agriculture asked for the declaration to make it easier for farmers to take their crops to market.

Today's Question: What do you think of activists' proposal to ban Tasers in Columbia?

A coalition of six community organizations calling itself the “TASER-Free Columbia Campaign" announced on Friday a proposed November 2010 ballot initiative that would ban all use of Tasers inside city limits.

State budget office created to counter governor's power closes

Missouri's Legislative Budget Office closed Friday because lawmakers had earlier decided not to reauthorize it. The office was created in 2007 as an independent resource for lawmakers looking to analyze how bills and policies affect the state's budget.

Belief in brief: Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead, also known as “El Dia de los Muertos,” is a celebration of a time when the dead are believed to return to their families. 

Missouri family puts together a special prom

Sarah Jones, 12, was born 15 weeks premature with cerebral palsy, followed by various other health conditions. A life-long friend, Zaph Boand, along with the help of the family and friends in the community, organized a night to remember event for her.

Mayor Hindman plans Columbia, Maryland, visit to talk bicycles

People in the Maryland city have started encouraging increased use of bicycles, and they're asking the mayor of their Missouri counterpart to help because of the work he's done here. 

Analysis: Budget cuts could unplug virtual school

The governor's $204 million budget cut included ending $4.8 million in state funding for Missouri's online school. About 1,600 students would be affected.

Missouri State University president to resign

Citing the "demanding" and "complex" nature of the job, Mike Nietzel submitted a letter of resignation, but he is willing to continue working until a replacement president is found.