Aspen Heights offers more money to Regency residents

The owners of single-wide trailers will receive $1,800, and owners of double-wide trailers will receive $3,000 to cover moving expenses. Residents who sign papers supporting the rezoning will receive $500.

District transfer policy dominates Smithton forum discussion

Although previous forums focused on issues such as balancing enrollment and demographics, the strictness of the transfer policy was the talk of the Smithton forum.

Hickman students come together for production of 'White Christmas'

Hickman High School will debut the largest musical it has ever performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

SEC policy prohibits football fans from leaving, re-entering games

Under a Southeastern Conference policy, Missouri football fans would no longer be able to leave and re-enter Memorial Stadium during football games.

Boone County clerk urges students to participate in elections

Wendy Noren spoke to Mizzou Change Today, a student organization that is preparing for the upcoming election season.

Police investigate death at Rock Quarry

The body of James Hickem, 17, was found in Boone Quarries. The cause of death is unknown, and the investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: Dead child found in St. Louis suburb identified as missing boy

The body of a toddler, found Tuesday near a St. Louis County cemetery, was confirmed as a missing 1-year-old boy.

Fiscal year 2012 budget presented to Boone County Commission

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 includes funding for several road projects, election costs and new law enforcement equipment.

Everyone Eats Thanksgiving food drive looking for donations

The Everyone Eats program, founded by Almeta Crayton, has received more than 1,500 applications for a Thanksgiving meal.

MU's RADIL outgrew university setting, faculty say

The lab had reached its ability to further grow within MU, making it time for the lab to join the private sector, some faculty members said. It was bought by IDEXX Laboratories.

Possible MU performance funding model still up for discussion

MU faculty will have an opportunity to discuss a performance-based funding model at the general faculty meeting Wednesday. Council members maintained that the current proposal shorts MU's full academic mission.

Incoming Columbia schools leader prepares for local issues

As Jolene Yoakum prepares to return to Missouri to take a job as assistant superintendent in Columbia's public schools, she is familiarizing herself with district issues, including child poverty.

Q & A: New Columbia school chef shares fondness for foods

Nutrition Services at Columbia Public Schools has hired a professional chef to prepare new menus and help ready central kitchens for catering to satellite schools.

Hickman wrestlers encouraged by large participation

More wrestlers than usual have shown up for the Kewpies' preseason practices, which has both wrestlers and coaches excited about the upcoming season.

Rock Bridge soccer player a success at new position

A former midfielder, Rock Bridge junior defender Jordan Reiske has adapted to his new role for the Bruins.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: State spending database

The Missouri Accountability Portal database shows how state money is being spent.

Columbia businesses, residents see possible downtown Wi-Fi as benefit

Downtown voters of the Community Improvement District approved a new sales tax last week on District-made purchases. The funds will go to many downtown enhancements, one of which could be District-wide Wi-Fi. 

Oikos Ensemble to perform at the Welcome Place

The Welcome Place is featuring a jazz ensemble at Saturday's service.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Greatest dangers to our country are at home

High discontentment and low citizen participation could lead to a revolution of our political system if nothing is done.

BOONE LIFE: Rocheport blacksmith carries on age-old trade

George Robb II creates tables, beds, candlesticks, chandeliers and more in his blacksmith shop, built in the garage of his Rocheport home. Blacksmithing is both a challenge and a way to relax for him, a "comforting, relaxing, spiritual thing," he said.