How the heat wave of 2012 stacks up to years past in Columbia

Even though triple-digit temperatures have been difficult to endure over the past several days, past years in Columbia have packed an even worse summer punch.

Small-town community living drives family relationships in Rocheport

The close-knit town has drawn in two 20-something women who have opted for a quieter, and quainter, existence. Eschewing the bustle of the city, they're choosing the simple life in this tiny Missouri town as the spot to lead their lives.

Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approves Odles' Locust Street development plan

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the Odles' development plan for their Locust Street property to the Columbia City Council for its next meeting on July 16.  

Geocaching takes enthusiasts on modern-day treasure hunts

Dan Hickey and his group enjoy geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunt that uses GPS units, the Internet and nature.

Big rewards, less job security for college leaders

When it comes to running the 21st century American university, the men and women in the president's office are increasingly on high alert that their stays at the top could prove short.

First year downtown, Fire in the Sky gets positive feedback

Columbia's annual fireworks display attracted large crowds and positive reviews despite being staged in a different location.

UPDATE: Electrocutions of Ashland siblings caused by faulty wiring

The electrocutions of two Ashland children were the result of unprotected underwater wiring, said Sgt. Paul Reinsch of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Fourth of July celebrated with food, clothing and flags

Columbia celebrated the Fourth of July with its annual Fire in the Sky. This year, though, the show was moved downtown. Peace Park and Flat Branch Park were the scenes of other activities.

Fire in the Sky brings out red, white and blue

Kids, families and adults celebrated the Fourth of July with patriotic clothing. Some wore flag hats, some wore red, white and blue shirts and some wore firecracker crowns to the Fire in the Sky celebration.

Blue Thunder Track Club athletes qualify for AAU nationals

Forty-two athletes from Columbia's Blue Thunder Track Club have qualified for the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Houston, Texas.

UPDATE: Gov. Jay Nixon signs Missouri license plate, higher ed fund bill

Gov. Jay Nixon signed the bill that restricts college license plates, and establishes a new higher education fund to finance construction at public colleges and universities.

Columbia roll-your-own tobacco store to end rolling Friday after new law passes

Roll On Premium Smokes will no longer be able to roll cigarettes after a new bill is signed into law.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let your representative know what you want

Occupy Missouri working to end the "the whole corporations-are-people-and-money-is-free-speech nonsense."

Fewer fatalities, accidents on Fourth of July than in past years

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol indicates this year's Fourth of July saw fewer traffic and boating accidents than years past. A total of six fatalities occurred Wednesday.

Missouri softball staff wins regional coaching award

The Missouri softball coaching staff won the 2012 Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year award for the third time in the past four years.

Patrol says dock wiring not properly grounded at site of children's electrocution

Sgt. Paul Reinsch of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said details of the electrical problem remain unclear and would be difficult to pinpoint. Bystanders praised for efforts to rescue children.

Lance Lynn pitches six scoreless innings as Cardinals beat Rockies

Lynn (11-4) bounced back with a strong effort following three successive poor outings. The All-Star surrendered four hits and struck out seven in St. Louis' 6-2 victory over Colorado, his first win since June 13.

Planning and Zoning Commission approves annexation and rezoning of Peppers Nightclub property

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve annexation and rezoning of the Peppers Nightclub property. The Columbia City Council will take up the issue during its July 16 meeting.

Royals pitcher Hochevar gets win after leaving game with sprained ankle

The Kansas City Royals had a season-high 16 hits in a win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night. All-Star Billy Butler snapped a season-long 0-for-24 hitless streak against Toronto pitching and Yuniesky Betancourt homered as the Royals won for the second time in six games.

Hot, dry conditions contribute to Columbia fires

A lack of rain and the resulting dry conditions have contributed to natural cover fires and a fire at Broadway Townhomes. Fire officials urge residents to be careful when disposing of potential fire hazards.