Welcome Back 2014: What you might have missed over the summer

The cover of Welcome Back, a special section of the Missourian.

The Missourian's 2014 "Welcome Back" edition offers a glimpse of what has happened around Columbia over the summer.

MU welcomes students with Midnight BBQ

The barbecue drew thousands of excited students to Rollins Street. The event, which is part of the Fall Welcome Week, featured food, games and music.

Columbia front and center for total solar eclipse in 2017

An American Astronomical Society workshop this week at MU will begin planning outreach and educational activities in advance of the spectacle.

Alarm causes evacuation at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School

The Boone County Fire Department responded to an alarm at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School caused by a malfunctioning wall heater putting off smoke.

Domionte Cheatum sentenced to 40 years in Anthony Unger murder case

Domionte Cheatum, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in June, was sentenced to 40 years in prison at the Boone County Courthouse on Thursday.

NAACP hosts rally for Michael Brown on Thursday outside Boone County Courthouse

The rally for Michael Brown will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. It will include speakers, hymns from the civil rights movement and prayer from local ministers.

Plaintiffs' legal team adds lawyer in Opus case

Plaintiffs in a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Columbia have added another lawyer, Joseph Sheppard, to their legal team.


South of downtown, park has its own sewer troubles

Manhole covers that overflow in a neighborhood park are one of numerous city sewer projects waiting in the wings.


Families take a world trip at August's Family Fun Fest

A world ball, a robot-shaped bounce house and a station on Chinese culture were a few of the many attractions at Family Fun Fest on Wednesday.


MU students recount their arrests in Ferguson

Third-year MU students Katlyne Ryan and James Pollard were among 78 people arrested in Ferguson Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Rock Bridge, Columbia Area Career Center get buzz-in systems

The final two schools in the Columbia School District are getting a buzz-in security system, which is part of a districtwide evaluation of safety issues.

UM Curators extend President Wolfe's contract through 2018

Under the terms of the extended contract, the president's base salary of $459,000 and incentive pay of $100,000 will remain the same.

Columbia bow hunters learn ground rules for pursuing urban deer

Deer hunters in Columbia are using the city's bow hunting program to hunt deer on select city properties.

Environmental award program announces application dates

The Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement Award Program is open through Dec. 31 for applications.


City releases openings for Boards and Commissions

Residents are needed to fill various vacancies on boards and commissions for the city.

Columbia faces heat advisory into the weekend

A heat advisory is in effect for central Missouri from Wednesday to 7 p.m. Sunday. The warning covers Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Montgomery and Osage counties. Residents are encouraged to use cooling centers.

Plaintiffs say spray paint violates Opus restraining order

Columbia attorney Jeremy Root filed a motion for sanctions against the city Monday that states that by marking utility connections with spray paint around the proposed site of the Opus Development Co. project, the city directly violated a judge's restraining order.

Columbia residents develop card game to stimulate conversation, meaningful interaction

The game, called Spark Cards, is "a collaborative conversation challenge for the curious," according to its creators. It was developed over the past two years, and a Kickstarter campaign began earlier this month to raise funds to print and distribute the cards.

UPDATE: City repeals development agreement with Opus

The repeal came after a group of residents successfully petitioned for the council to consider its repeal.

Columbia City Council approves more downtown housing, zoning rule changes

On Monday night, Columbia City Council approved a development agreement and rezoning request from American Campus Communities to build an apartment tower at Providence Road and Turner Avenue. It also voted to approve interim changes to the zoning code for the central business district.