Columbia City Council, School Board elections Tuesday

Elections to fill City Council seats as well as open positions on the Columbia, Hallsville and Southern Boone County school boards are expected to drive voting in Tuesday's municipal election. Various bond issues and a property tax levy will also be on the ballots.

Kentucky wins eighth national men's basketball title

Kentucky used a roster full of NBA-level talent to earn a 67-59 victory over Kansas for the team's eighth national title and its first since 1998.

Hong Kong Restaurant on Business Loop hopes to reopen after fire

A fire that began Sunday morning on Business Loop 70 West took firefighters more than 12 hours to put out. The Columbia Fire Department is still investigating the cause.

For Columbia, the warmest March on record

Last month's average temperature of 59.7 broke the previously held 1946 record of 56. The high temperature also reached or exceeded 80 during eight days throughout the month, tying the previous record set in 1910.

Deputy chief leaving Columbia Police Department for chief job in Virginia

After 32 years of law enforcement in Columbia, Stephen Monticelli has accepted a position as chief of police in Harrisonburg, Va.

Columbia City Council votes to table rezoning request

The City Council voted to table a rezoning request from JQB Construction to build several condominiums at the southeast corner of Garth Avenue and Blue Ridge Road.

Freshman Junyi Wu leads Hickman boys tennis team to victory over Helias

Junyi Wu, a freshman who has played tennis seriously for only about a year, earned wins for Hickman at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles in an 8-1 victory over Helias Catholic on Monday.

Local business donates to MU Thompson Center for World Autism Day

Marathon Building Environments partnered with Fresh Ideas' Food Service kitchen at Stephens College for a fundraiser and collected $750 for the MU Thompson Center in conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trayvon Martin, the media and blaming the victim

The killing of the Florida teenager has the parents of many black boys wondering: "Is my son the next Trayvon Martin?"

Forum on contraceptive mandate controversy to occur Wednesday night

The free event — intended to get audience members thinking and talking civilly about a controversial topic — will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in MU's Hulston Hall.

City to begin bus service to Columbia Farmers' Market

A city bus will run on Saturday mornings to give residents access to the Columbia Farmers' Market.

Shots fired in home invasion on Mexico Gravel Road

Three unidentified men carrying handguns and wearing bandanas over their faces forced open the front door. So far, no arrests have been made.

Frances Sackman loved tennis, Scrabble

Frances Sackman died Thursday, March 29, 2012. She was 99.

Anthony Luciano, Jan. 2, 1938 - March 31, 2012

Barber shop owner was awarded Silver Star for service in WWII

Chester C. Logan died Friday, March 30, 2012. He was 97. Mr. Logan owned West Side Barber Shop, at the intersection of Garth Avenue and West Broadway, for almost 40 years. 

Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Steven Sapp to retire in June

Sapp will retire at age 53, after 22 years with the department. He said he's not sure what his next move will be, but is looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren.

Veteran Anthony James Luciano dies at 74

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino crashes motorcycle

Petrino lost control of his bike, veering off a two-lane highway in northern Arkansas on Sunday night. He was taken to a hospital, but a statement released by University of Arkansas said he was in "stable condition."

FROM READERS: A very rare March sighting

John Hall shares photographs of flowers and birds seen around Columbia in late March.

Frances Sackman, Oct. 18, 1912 — March 29, 2012, of Columbia