FROM READERS: Business school students volunteer in Joplin

Here is a photo of the wooden butterflies we assembled. We worked with Catholic Charities of Southwest Missouri for this project. Julie Niehaus is pictured.

Approximately 35 students and faculty spent three days working at various rebuilding sites throughout Joplin during a volunteer trip with the Cornell Leadership Program, a program for MU business majors.

Columbia City Council passes ordinance to create new EEZ board

The Columbia City Council voted Monday to establish a new advisory board for the planned enhanced enterprise zone. Mayor Bob McDavid announced his appointees to the new board. 

Obama addresses Joplin High's 2012 senior class a year after tornado

Like most high school graduates, the 2012 graduates are excited for summer. They are excited for college. But they bear the scars of last May’s tragedy.


Seniors and coach set for final run with Rock Bridge girls soccer team

Rock Bridge head coach Marc VanDover is retiring at the end of this season. He has had a successful four years with a talented group of seniors.

Rock Bridge baseball team prepares for sectionals against Helias Catholic

Rock Bridge coach Justin Towe said he hopes his team will embrace the fun of postseason play but focus and compete at the same time.

Lucinda Williams to perform in Stephens Lake Park in July

The company that organizes the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival has announced its performer for a summer concert in Stephens Lake Park.

Heibel-March Building in line for demolition

The Parks and Recreation Commission recommends that the building be razed to create more green space at Field Park.

Mayor to announce 'FASTCAT' transit initiative Thursday

Mayor Bob McDavid's Thursday announcement follows a series of public forums about restructuring Columbia’s current bus system.

Officials set to solidify Tiger Town plans next month

Tiger Town planning committees plan to have what is being called a block party showcasing local businesses ready for the first home SEC football game Sept. 8.

Spectators at MU's observatory watch crescent sun set during solar eclipse

A crowd gathered at Laws Observatory on top of the Physics Building at MU to view Sunday's partial eclipse.

'Tiger's Wife' revealed as Columbia library's 2012 One Read winner

One Read participants have the summer to read Téa Obreht's debut novel about folklore, superstition and the nature of stories.


Year since Joplin tornado marked by hope, struggle

Nearly one year after the deadliest tornado in decades hit southwest Missouri, the images of destruction remain as residents try to remember, but move on.

Fire destroys box trailer, causes $5,000 in damage to warehouse

A box trailer with a cargo of paper bales caught fire Monday afternoon. The Columbia Fire Department contained the blaze to the trailer, but the warehouse at 1711 Paris Road sustained about $5,000 in damage, according to a city news release.

More than 500 cross-country motorcyclists make pit stop in Columbia

Bikers taking Run For The Wall's central route broke to rest and refuel off I-70 Monday afternoon. Their stop in Columbia marks the half-way point on their coast-to-coast ride.

City seeks public input on changing commercial tent regulations

The city wants to improve safety protocols and ensure regular inspections of commercial tents. The proposed changes will be discussed in a meeting Tuesday at the Daniel Boone City Building. 

How Columbia Missourian photojournalist captured solar eclipse images

Parker Miles Blohm photographed the partial solar eclipse with a telephoto lens with an extender, which allowed him to get as close as he could to capture the image before sunset.

Columbia police call town hall meeting to discuss rise in heroin use

The meeting will bring together police, a drug court judge, doctors and citizens affected by heroin to outline the situation and answer questions about warning signs and resources.

Tenth Street closed from Elm to Locust through Wednesday

Motorists will be redirected from Tenth Street due to the installation of underground electric lines. The closure will last through 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Films honor victims of Joplin tornado one year later

Ragtag Cinema will host two screenings of  "Joplin, Missouri," a documentary by Joplin native Chip Gubera, in remembrance of the tornado that swept through the town one year ago.

Missouri softball team will play LSU in NCAA super regionals this weekend

Missouri will battle LSU for the super regional title this weekend in Columbia.