11 specialty shops for pastries, cookies, cakes and other sweets around town

Four of the 11 specialty shops sell frozen yogurt and ice cream.

Columbia kindergartens host open houses for students and parents

New students and their parents gather at Columbia's kindergartens Wednesday night to meet their new teachers and scope out their future classmates.

Council members react to forum, mayor's abrupt Facebook announcement

Several council members commented on the proposal put forth by the Columbia Police Officers Association to not put a proposed tax to pay for more officers on the fall ballot and the mayor's decision to no longer support the increased property tax proposal.

Two new elementary schools set to open in next three years

The schools are being constructed to relieve some elementary school overcrowding problems in developing parts of Columbia.

Missouri football kicking game is a DIY business

College football coaching staffs have ballooned in size and importance over the years, but there is one ingredient still commonly missing: a special teams coordinator.

Mayor reverses stance on new police hires

Mayor Bob McDavid retracted his support for a property tax increase after representatives of the Columbia Police Officers' Association held a public forum Tuesday at which they said the tax increase is unnecessary.

UM Press narrows director search to three finalists

The candidates will be interviewed over the next few weeks and will participate in public forums while on campus.

GENE ROBERTSON: Knee-jerk solutions don't work

An anti-violence committee may be a far better early step than an arbitrary increase in police officers at the taxpayers expense.

J. KARL MILLER: The end rarely justifies the means when priorities are manipulated

While funding public safety must be the No. 1 priority of Columbia's revenue expenditure, levying a special tax to cure an ongoing problem sets a dangerous precedent.

Missouri Supreme Court sets two execution dates for fall

The high court did not state in its orders why it decided now to set execution dates. Executions essentially have been on hold in Missouri since the court declined last August to set dates for six inmates.

Commission reaches out to businesses about alcohol training

Alcohol servers will be required to become certified beginning in January 2014. They have the option to take free online courses to meet the requirement.

Samuel N. Allen arrested in connection with four domestic violence cases

Allen, 35, was arrested Tuesday night in connection with four different cases of domestic violence against the same victim, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. 

Columbia police arrest burglary suspect

Police officers arrested a Columbia man in connection with a Saturday burglary in the 5600 block of Majestic Circle.


UPDATE: Driver in serious condition after Ash Street accident

Lynna Relford-Jones, 43, of Moberly, was the driver of 2003 Pontiac Grand Am that was hit  by a white 1999 Ford F-150 on Tuesday evening, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

DAVID ROSMAN: Military ruling must meet spiritual needs of all groups

If the military allows sanctioned chaplains to minister to the needs of the troops, then it must meet the needs of all of the troops, including the servicemen and -women who are atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, skeptics and secular humanists.

BATTLE RISING: Competition cheerleaders work toward state competition

The Battle High School competition cheerleading squad practiced Tuesday.

Morgan Andrew Burnham loved Irish history, Missouri football

Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.


Sun shade structure opens at Oakland Middle School thanks to grant

School nurse Courtney Stout led a sun safety awareness program at Oakland Middle School. Oakland's efforts were rewarded by an American Academy of Dermatology grant for a new sun shade structure outside of the school.  

Daniel Kent Showers was a licensed taxidermist

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel.

Neon green creek not hazardous, battalion chief says

Officials determine that stormwater pipe system testing was the cause of a neon green substance found in a Columbia creek.