Farmland behind Birds Point levee recovers faster than expected

Fields of soybeans stretch across the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway in Mississippi County on Oct. 24. Soy dominates this year's field even more than normal because of its short growing cycle.

Farmers are midway through harvest in the 130,000-acre floodway behind the Birds Point levee — land many thought would be unusable this season and would take years to recover after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the levee in May to ease flooding along the Mississippi River.

Rock Bridge loses to Rockhurst in final minute of sectional game

The Rock Bridge High School football team lost 10-9 to the Hawklets on Friday night in the sectional round of the playoffs. The Bruins led the Hawklets until late in the fourth quarter, when Rockhurst converted a 30-yard field goal with 1:07 left.

Fourth case of E. coli confirmed in Boone County

Officials are working to confirm a fifth case. They do not know yet the cause of the outbreak, and can't confirm whether the infections in Boone County are related to 24 cases in the St. Louis area.

UPDATE: Former Cardinals star Bob Forsch dies at 61

The former Cardinals pitching great died six days after throwing the opening pitch of Game 7 of the World Series.

Winter Trout Fishing Program starts eighth year

As the Winter Trout Fishing Program began, 2,400 rainbow trout were released in the lake in the Cosmo-Bethel Park for fishers.

New 'One Mizzou' strategic plan will include website, community meeting

This spring, MU will hold its first community-wide meeting asking for feedback about its new strategic plan, "One Mizzou: 2020 Vision for Excellence." A website detailing the progress of the plan will be launched in upcoming weeks. 

Fire Department offering free smoke alarms for Columbia residents

The free smoke alarms are available by calling or stopping by the Fire Department.

Boone County has three confirmed E. coli cases

There are three cases of the infection; officials said they're not connected to the outbreak in St. Louis.

Francis Howell defeats Hickman in sectional game

Hickman High School lost its sectional playoff game Friday 31-0 at Francis Howell to end its season 5-6. Tonight's game marked Hickman's first playoff appearance since 2004.

New Philharmonia Columbia carries on 9th Street Philharmonic tradition

There's a new orchestra in town. Philharmonia Columbia hopes to continue a tradition passed down by the 9th Street Philharmonic Orchestra. Founder Alex Blanton says a contemporary piece will be included on each program.

CEDAR RIDGE: Mother turns love of children into a career in education

Deann Washington is the mother, enforcer and shoulder to cry on at Cedar Ridge Elementary. Miss Deann, as the students call her, has worked at Cedar Ridge for four years as a supervisor and paraprofessional.

Buddy Pack program continues to feed children

More than 1,000 students in Boone County receive the packs of food supplied by the Food Bank each week, and some children have become dependent on Buddy Packs for their weekend food supply.

Columbia College women's basketball beats Central Methodist

The Columbia College women's basketball team defeated Central Methodist 83-35 on Friday in its first game of the season and the first game of the Lady Eagle Classic.


Missouri soccer loses to Texas A&M in Big 12 semifinals

MU soccer lost 3-0 to Texas A&M in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals, but the Tigers still have a chance at earning an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.

Lakeview Avenue at Rangeline Road closed for road work

The street will be closed Monday through Wednesday for new pavement.


New evidence could aid crews searching for missing Missouri trooper

A piece of clothing was found at Big Lake on Thursday, and hopes to lead the searchers to the missing Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

Chamber encourages baby boomers to move to Cape Girardeau

Money magazine ranked Cape Girardeau as one of the 25 best places to retire in 2009.  Now, the city is using that to attract baby boomers to the community.

Cubs fan finds signed Cardinals 2011 World Series hat on interstate

Cubs fan Joe Couri found a Cardinals hat that appears to have the signatures of David Freese, Yadier Molina and Jason Motte on it.

Police still search for Lisa Irwin one month, 1,100 tips later

Despite receiving nearly 1,100 tips, police said they have no suspects in the search for missing 10-month-old Lisa Irwin.

SMITHTON: Church to host Craft Fair benefiting women and children’s ministries

The craft fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at Community United Methodist Church.