Steven Sapp retires from Columbia Fire Department after 22 years

Steven Sapp, the former battalion chief of the Columbia Fire Department, has a retirement reception Friday. Sapp has served the community for more than 22 years since 1989.

After 22 years of service at the Columbia Fire Department, Steven Sapp is retiring from the city for one week. Then he'll begin his new job as the public information specialist for the Public Works Department.

Missouri shot-putter fourth at Olympic Trials

Kearsten Peoples did not make the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, but her mark of 17.32 meters in the Friday's finals, earned her fourth place.

Missouri among states granted waiver for No Child Left Behind

In exchange for the waiver, the states must develop accountability plans that set new targets for raising achievement, advancing teacher effectiveness, preparing all students for careers and college, and improving the performance of low-performing schools.

New curriculum standards for Columbia Public Schools meant to align with state

The new curriculum standards will affect the math curriculum for grades nine through 12 and language arts curriculum for grades six through 12.

E-League at Cosmopolitan Park makes competition fun

While perhaps less talented than other Columbia Amateur Softball Association teams, the Eskimo Brothers embrace brotherhood over a cold beer and a fun game of softball.

Pirates whip Cardinals 14-5 for third win in row

Clint Barmes, pinch hitter Alex Presley and Garrett Jones each homered in a four-run sixth inning that snapped a tie, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 14-5 in a game that began in 101-degree heat Friday night.

Mendoza shines in Royals' 4-3 win over Twins

Luis Mendoza allowed one run over a career-high eight innings, Salvador Perez homered and the Kansas City Royals won their fourth straight game, hanging on to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Friday night.

New quilt shop opens Saturday in Vanderveen Plaza

The shop in northern Columbia will celebrate its grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday. Owner Marilyn Wine is hoping to offer quilting classes at the store starting in about a month.

Animal experts offer pet owners heat safety tips

With the heat advisory in effect this weekend, animal experts weigh in on precautions pet owners should take to ensure their pets' safety.

Fire officials caution personal firework use, encourage attending downtown display

The Fourth of July "Fire in the Sky" firework display will continue as planned in its new location on top of a parking garage at Sixth and Cherry streets. Outside the city limits, Boone County fire officials caution the use of personal fireworks.


Some regions experience cooler temperatures but Columbia heat persists

While extreme heat continues in Columbia and other parts of the country, some places in the United States are experiencing far cooler temperatures.

Cardinals' Chris Carpenter throwing, but still dealing with nerve issue

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter resumed a throwing program after recovering from a compressed nerve in his shoulder.

Dry conditions prompt open-fire ban in Missouri conservation areas

The Missouri Department of Conservation issues statewide fire ban in conservation areas Friday. Meanwhile, the wildfire continues in Mark Twain National Forest near Rolla.


FROM READERS: Paxton Keeley 5K organizers, participants present check to Ronald McDonald House

Organizers and participants in the Paxton Keeley 5K Run/Walk presented the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri with a donation on Wednesday.

FROM READERS: Smart grocery shopping key to a healthy lifestyle

Ellen Schuster and Erin Plumberg advise shoppers on how to search for nutritious meals at the grocery store.

Summer drought threatens Missouri crops, farmers

Continued hot and dry weather could mean big trouble for mid-Missouri's corn and soybean crops


Columbia police investigate robbery at Douglass Park

Police were investigating an armed robbery that was reported at 11:56 a.m. Friday at Douglass Park as of 12:30 p.m. Police said there were four suspects at large at that time. 

UPDATE: Columbia man indicted by federal grand jury for distributing heroin

Ellison Hutchison has been indicted by a federal grand jury for distributing heroin, resulting in the death of another man. 

Legend of 125-year-old stirs curiosity in Lawrence, Kan.

A Kansas man who died 103 years ago represents a bit of a mystery to family members and historians alike. According to his gravestone, this freed slave lived to be a 125-years-old though no one knows how he came to be free or how long he lived.

School turnaround weighs on administrators, works to help students succeed

Revitalizing failing schools requires administrators with tenacity and creativity, school officials say.