Historic houses face demolition despite hunts for alternatives

Brent Gardner, vice chair of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission, discusses the condition and architecture of six bungalows on Walnut Street, which are scheduled for demolition on Monday, June 28. Stephens College owns the properties and decided that demolition was cheaper than restoration or moving the houses.

Six bungalows will be demolished Monday, despite pleas by the Historic Preservation Commission to keep the Craftsman-style buildings. But, for some, the loss is offset by the use of a city rule that calls for notification before buildings are demolished.  This case is the first  such one since the ordinance  was approved in 2008.

UPDATE: Latest boil order lifted for northeast Columbia

The area had been under a precautionary boil order since Friday, when a 12-inch water main on Mexico Gravel Road broke because of a construction accident.



PHOTO PACKAGE: Mustang and Ford Car Show

Seventy-one cars competed for honors Sunday in the Mustang and Ford Car Show at the Parkade Center. Friends caught up with one another, and viewers had the chance to check out the cars up close.

Coach brings 'infectious passion' to Columbia Swim Club

Columbia native Phil Garverick, who has swam for Hickman and MU, is keeping his love for swimming alive as head coach of the Columbia Swim Club.

Rain-Central Missouri participants aim to raise understanding of HIV and AIDS

More than 3 million people die of AIDS each year. In attempt to raise awareness and debunk stigmas about those with HIV and AIDS, Rain-Central Missouri holds the Salute to Life Walk each year.

ANALYSIS: Little support or opposition seen yet for Aug. 3 ballot on health care

Barely five weeks before the Aug. 3 election, backers of the Missouri ballot measure — which seeks to defy a government mandate to have health insurance — are just now beginning to raise money for a coordinated campaign. They still hope to air some commercials and put up yard signs.

Renovation to start soon for St. Louis opera house

The Kiel Opera House will undergo a $78 million renovation. It was completed in 1934 but has been closed since 1991.

Missouri soldier and Yale law lecturer picked as new White House Fellow

Jason Dempsey of Jefferson City will join 12 others as new White House fellows. 

Boeing machinists pass contract, avoid strike

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said the contract with Boeing passed Sunday by a vote of 1,237 to 838. The union had said its workers in St. Louis were prepared to strike starting at midnight if the vote had failed.

At Missouri conference, farmer says spraying milk on field improves grass

David Wetzel, a former steel executive, told a conference of farmers in Linn that when he started a second career as a dairy farmer in 2002, he doused parts of his 320-acre farm with skim milk. He soon discovered that his cattle preferred those fields and milk-fed land yielded 1,100 more pounds of grass per acre than untreated land.


A signficant weather advisory is issued for northern Boone County

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for northern Boone County.

Six Missouri firefighters injured in crash

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the truck was on a highway near Farmington early Sunday when it veered off the highway and flipped.

Missouri judge gives treasurer 1 year to pay money back

Judge Kevin Selby told Gene Paul Boyd at his sentencing Friday that Boyd had one year to repay the $376,000 he stole from the town over nearly two decades or face jail time.

DNA database, started in Missouri, to help curtail dogfighting

The nationwide database is intended to help link abused animals to people who breed and train dogs for fighting.