Columbia Public Schools hires first school bus safety coordinator

Tina DeClue, the new school bus safety coordinator for Columbia Public Schools, checks the schedule in her binder while training students at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School about school bus safety on Oct. 26. DeClue is in the process of teaching school bus safety to 19 elementary schools.

The position appears to be the first of its kind in Missouri and is designed to educate children about proper bus behavior and the safe and appropriate practice of loading, unloading and riding district school buses.

Gary Pinkel looking forward to next Missouri football season

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel spoke Tuesday morning about his first season in the Southeastern Conference. The season did not go well, but he definitely thinks his team can compete.

UPDATE: House Democrats propose campaign finance reforms; Republican urges compromise

The bill would cap contributions at $5,000 per donor, require nonprofit campaign contributors to identify their donors and make it a crime to deliberately obscure sources of campaign money.

Don't just sit there — People finding relief from sedentary ways by using standing desks

Humans spend more time sitting now than ever before. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. A growing number of people are combating the problem by working at a standing desk.

Tolton boys basketball wins first-ever varsity game

Tolton Catholic defeated Prairie Home 60-51 on Tuesday night in the Trailblazers' season-opener, their first game as a varsity team.

Downtown Community Improvement District seeks proposals for Wi-Fi pilot program

The improvement district is accepting proposals for a six-month public Wi-Fi pilot project, which will be used to gauge public interest in district-wide wireless Internet.

Distracted driver cause of Boone County Protection Fire District tanker crash

An accident in Hallsville on Saturday, in which a Boone County Fire Protection District tanker flipped onto its roof, was caused by driver distraction.


Columbia College, Mizzou Alumni Association participate in 'Giving Tuesday'

Giving Tuesday is a new movement in the vein of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the focus is on charity, not consuming.

Public invited to discuss downtown Columbia sidewalk construction projects

The Public Works Department will host an open house meeting on Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Daniel Boone City Building in room 1A.

FROM READERS: A stroll at the park in the late afternoon

Missourian reader John Hall shares photos from his most recent trip to the park. 

TELL US: What keeps you sitting throughout the day?

Adults should have around 30 minutes of exercise a day, but people have become more sedentary over time, said John Thyfault, director of the Health Activity Center. What keeps you sitting?

English reaches scoring milestone in Columbia College women's basketball loss

Heather English became the eighth player in the Columbia College women's basketball program to reach 1,000 points in a career Tuesday in a 76-63 loss at University of the Cumberlands

Tolton girls basketball player eager to return from surgery

Trailblazers sophomore Andrea Wikle tore her ACL when she went up for a layup and landed awkwardly last May, but she's hoping to return to the court sooner, not later.

Columbia College men's soccer season ends in NAIA tournament

The sixth-seeded Cougars lost to the University of Mobile 2-1 in the second round of the NAIA tournament, ending their season and the college careers of four seniors.

Columbia Police release reports in Dixon incident

The case was closed Nov. 16 because the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said there was insufficient evidence to charge the Missouri basketball player.

Prolific bowler Bill Shoe was also a musician, family man

Bill Shoe, formerly of Columbia, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 72.

Voluntary Action Center fills empty Christmas program sponsor spots

The deadline to participate in the Voluntary Action Center's Christmas program was extended from Nov. 20 to Tuesday. 22 slots remained on Monday; all spots are now filled.

TELL US: Who were the most spirited fans during Mizzou's inaugural SEC football season?

To commemorate the Tigers' first season in the SEC, the Missourian will be awarding those who demonstrated excellence in game day fashion and festivities.

Hot Box Cookies relocation improves business

Hot Box Cookies moved to 1013 E. Broadway in September. The relocation is just one of many improvements owner Corey Rimmel hopes to make to the business. 

Bill Shoe, June 18, 1940 — Nov. 25, 2012, of Columbia

Services will be at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Parker Funeral Service.  Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.