'Pockets of change:' Losing faith in institutions, Missourians look to themselves for solutions

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture began in 2008 when three MU graduates decided to do something involving urban agriculture. The organization now runs a 1.3-acre farm at Smith and Fay streets, sells produce to several high-end restaurants, provides landscaping services, organizes educational visits for middle school students, builds community gardens for low-income residents and organizations and attracts more and more volunteers and community affection.

As the American Dream proves more elusive, a recent study says Americans have given up on government and other institutions. But there are pockets of hope among groups that look for success on a smaller scale. 


Tennessee routs cold-shooting Missouri women's basketball team

The Missouri women's basketball team continued to struggle on the road in a 84-39 loss Thursday night at No. 9 Tennessee.

Columbia Fire Department hosts reopening of Ashland Road fire station

Columbia Fire Chief Charles Witt, MU Vice Chancellor Jackie Jones and Mayor Bob McDavid cut a ribbon at a ceremony Thursday to celebrate the reopening of Fire Station No. 3. According to Jones, the station was long overdue for a remodel.

Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, announces retirement

Gerald Brouder served in many administrative roles at MU, and eventually oversaw the expansion of Columbia College's endowment as its president. 

Columbia Police Officers' Association appoints full-time director

Dale Roberts, 60, said the group needs a full-time manager because being a police officer is more complicated than ever.

Drug companies' partnerships with top schools draws questions of ethics

The drug makers' aggressive pursuit of university research has drawn the ire of academic purists who question whether the partnerships put profits ahead of, or on equal footing with, science for science's sake.

Red Cross tries to make up for loss of United Way funding

The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter is approaching businesses and individuals for pledges and is launching a workplace-giving campaign.


GEORGE KENNEDY: Municipal elections will show how enraged citizens are

The mixed field of candidates for Columbia mayor and City Council should draw out community's true feelings about contentious issues, but it could also split the vote with the candidate with the least appeal winning the prize.

Missouri basketball's Phil Pressey named Cousy award finalist

This is the second season in a row that Pressey has been named a top 20 candidate for the award.



Columbia woman gets prison time for tax evasion

Christine Diane Todd pleaded guilty to falsely reporting her income on her 2005 income tax return.

Joplin tornado insurance losses could reach $2 billion

As of Oct. 31, insurance companies had already paid $1.65 billion on 19,870 private and commercial claims from the tornado, which killed 161 people, injured hundreds of others and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

Corps praised for averting Mississippi River shutdown

"The Army Corps of Engineers has done a great job of pulling rabbits out of their hat" by scrambling to rid one crucial river stretch of treacherous bedrock while strategically releasing water from lakes into the Mississippi to raise the river, said Rick Calhoun, president of Cargo Carriers,

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Red Cross seeking funds to recoup United Way loss

The Red Cross now is seeking assistance from individuals and businesses in Boone, Cooper and Howard counties to replace approximately $90,000 we lost when the United Way based in Columbia changed its funding model.

MUPD reports November rape at Center Hall

The report lists 402 Kentucky Blvd., the address for Center Hall, as the location of the incident.

Department of Agriculture designates Boone County a disaster area for drought

The designation makes all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for lower interest emergency loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Police arrest man accused of threatening another person

Jerry Goldman was arrested for armed criminal action, second-degree assault, distribution of controlled substance, unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property.

Man shot in leg on Bonny Linn Drive Wednesday night

Officers arrived at the residence around 10:39 p.m. Wednesday and found evidence of a shooting.

ArtTalk: Try making a "cultural bucket list" for Columbia

Sarah Dresser with Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs writes about starting the new year with a bucket list of arts activities.

Columbia College men's basketball equals program record for straight wins

A 73-40 victory over Benedictine-Springfield on Thursday night pushed the Cougars to 17-0 to match the program record for consecutive victories in a season.

Rock Bridge girls basketball takes control at Ozark

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team won 64-41 on Thursday night at Ozark to improve to 9-3 this season.