Rock Bridge Memorial State Park to hold event for National Moth Week

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park invites people to celebrate National Moth Week in a moth viewing on Saturday night. 

Female driver a winner at 2012 Boone County Demolition Derby

Ashley Elam, of Columbia, was the only female out of the 25 competitors at the 2012 Boone County Demolition Derby. She won the compact division and took the $600 prize.

Downtown Columbia public housing redevelopment discussed at forum

Grass Roots Organizing gathered Columbia Housing Authority leaders, public housing residents and the community to talk about the authority's redevelopment plan for its downtown public housing units.

Barn dance at Boone County Fair mixes fiddles and family

The Old Time Barn Dance Wednesday night at the Boone County Fair brought out old-time fiddle music to accompany the fun of a square dance.

Demolition of two St. Joseph Street houses debated

Members of the Historic Preservation Commission seek alternatives to a plan by Boone County Family Resources to demolish two houses on St. Joseph Street.

Boone County Commission candidates talk tax incentives

The candidates for the Boone County Commission discussed the necessity of incentives, the pitfalls to be avoided and the importance of economic development.

UPDATE: Hallsville fire reignites due to 'red-flag' weather conditions

No significant damage was reported in a Hallsville farm fire that burned three additional acres after a fire this morning. The original fire took down a barn and ignited fields full of hay bales and grass. 

Crestmead Mansion returns to historic grandeur after devastating fire

Ann Betteridge has worked for the past four years to restore her family's historic home in Cooper County after fire struck in 2008.

Drivers test limits of trucks, tractors at Boone County Fair

Members of the Missouri Farm Pullers and the Mid-Missouri Truck and Tractor Pulling Association held a tractor pull at the Boone County Fair on Tuesday.

Teens, children compete in Boone County Fair royalty competitions

Competitions for Boone County Queen, Boone County Teen Queen, Boone County Princess, Little Miss Boone County and Little Mr. Boone County took place on Tuesday at the Boone County Fair.

DAVID ROSMAN: Republican front-runners in August primary lack specifics

David Rosman writes that Republican candidates seeking office in the August primary mention no specifics on their stance concerning legislation that will create jobs — or their abilities to manage a nation.

J. KARL MILLER: Banning guns after Colorado shooting won't end killing

J. Karl Miller writes that much of the campaign favoring increased gun control after the recent shooting in Aurora, Colo., is both ill-informed and intentionally untrue.


Demolition derby drivers devote long hours to earn bragging rights

Drivers at Wednesday's demolition derby at the Boone County Fair commit long hours to getting their cars ready to compete for cash prizes, but they all say earning bragging rights over fellow drivers is the real goal.

Boone County commissioner candidates address home-rule, road concerns

The NAACP hosted a forum at which candidates for Boone County Northern District commissioner spoke on home rule and road repairs Tuesday evening.

Fire at Briarcrest Apartments causes $15,000 in damage

The Columbia Fire Department responded to a bedroom on fire at a home on North Garth Avenue on Wednesday evening. The department and Columbia police are looking for a person who may be associated with the fire.

Project Homeless Connect provides food, services at Stephens College event

Homeless people attended an event Wednesday offering free haircuts, medical services, food and clothing. The president of Project Homeless Connect estimated that more than 100 people received services.

Armed man robs trailer park manager's office north of Columbia

A man armed with a semi-automatic pistol took an undisclosed amount of money from the manager's office at Green Hills Mobile Home Park.

KMIZ to be sold to St. Joseph media company for $16 million

The News-Press and Gazette Co., which is owned by the chairman of the UM System Board of Curators, has filed to buy two television stations and two subchannels owned by JW Broadcasting.

Boone County receives award for information technology

Boone County was recognized for effective use of information technology again this year and has been ranked among the top 10 U.S. counties in its population category for seven of the past eight years.

Hallsville barn burns to ground after hay bales catch fire

The fire's cause and the extent of its damage have not been determined. Dry vegetation, high temperatures and low relative humidity have created a serious fire risk in mid-Missouri.