Boone County Commission candidates talk transportation, economic development, home rule

Boone County Commission candidates discussed key issues at the State and Local Candidates Forum at the Chamber of Commerce.

Schaefer, Still debate economic issues at Chamber of Commerce forum

Democratic candidate Mary Still said higher education could benefit from a higher cigarette tax, while Republican incumbent Kurt Schaefer said financial incentives have brought jobs to Columbia.

MU alma mater: Some women object to 'maiden' in 'Old Missouri'

A group of women approached the MU Status of Women Committee to object to the use of the word "maiden" in the song's second verse, but the committee declined to follow up.

Missouri treasurer candidates campaign out of the spotlight

Perhaps overshadowed by other statewide races, the campaign for Missouri treasurer is a battle over the responsibilities of the position and the experience necessary to hold it.

SEC football schedule: Missouri won't play Arkansas in 2013

The Southeastern Conference released the conference schedule for next season and revealed that Missouri will not play Arkansas next season. A cross-division rivalry between the Tigers and Razorbacks was expected to begin in 2013.

Your online attractiveness falls on the fingertips of friends

An MU study on Facebook profile pictures says that the picture you use has an effect on how popular you appear. MU students weigh in on what they think of other people's profile pictures as well as their own.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boone County Fair Horse Show opens

Horses and horse enthusiasts hoofed it to the Boone County fairgrounds on Thursday to attend the Boone County Fair Horse Show.


United Way shifts funding to target children, families in poverty

Heart of Missouri United Way has released a list of agencies that will receive funding as a result of the change.


GEORGE KENNEDY: Columbia's EEZ proposal continues to evolve sensibly

Recent meetings about a new proposal for the city's Enhanced Enterprise Zone, despite some complaints, displayed a willingness from officials to listen and use reason to form their decisions.

Warmer Midwestern winter hinges on El Nino

A decline in ocean warming in the Pacific has contributed to uncertainty at the National Weather Service about its winter forecast for the Midwest.

Columbia School Board approves exclusive representation for teachers

At a special session Thursday morning, the Columbia School Board approved the results of a teachers' election in which almost 56 percent of those who cast ballots voted for exclusive representation. A new lockdown system, Columbia's proposed Economic Enterprise Zones and changes to school start times were also discussed.

Boy Scout council looks to expand shooting sports opportunities

The Great Rivers Council plans to apply for a grant funded by Larry and Brenda Potterfield, founders of shooting supplies company MidwayUSA. The council would use the money to add new shooting ranges at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation.

FROM READERS: No-frills fall photos

Missourian reader John Hall shares unedited photos of the fall scenery from a long trip through the area around his home.

FROM READERS: Heart and soul of Vietnam veterans

Tom Seematter's experience with the removal of his artwork from a Capitol gallery has led him on a crusade to find a permanent home for his piece and inspired legislation honoring those who served in the Vietnam war.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission rebuffs plan to shelve Grindstone trail

A citizen advisory board voted unanimously to recommend the council not shift funds from the Grindstone trail to other projects.

Scholarship announced to honor Columbia College's Burchard

The Bob Burchard Celebration of Excellence scholarship will support student athletes and the school's department of athletics.

Fire damages duplex on Hendrix Drive

According to a release from the Columbia Fire Department, no one was present in the duplex, which sustained fire, smoke and water damage.

Armed robbery reported outside Columbia Public Library

The victim was forced by a man armed with a handgun to drive to his bank to retrieve money from an ATM.

Columbia man arrested in connection with shooting linked to burglary

Justin Campbell, whom police arrested Wednesday in connection with a shooting, has also been identified as a suspect in Wednesday's armed burglary on Old Ridge Road and attempted armed robbery at 1813 Gordon Street.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia no longer feels safe

There are people in Columbia now who do not even want to talk to the police, Columbia resident Delcia Crockett writes. The feeling of safety is gone for a lot of people. There are some big questions as to why the citizens are treated the way they are treated.