Co-ed troop opens doors to expand scouting opportunities

Scout Troop 121 is the first and only co-ed scouting organization in Columbia. Out of roughly 27 members, 20 are girls.

The Baden-Powell Scouts' Association believes scouting should be available to everyone, youth and adult, regardless of religious beliefs, gender or sexual orientation. The overall experience is virtually the same, leaders say. Members are taught honor, responsibility, service and leadership.

Cities around the country adapt to plastic bag restrictions

The different approaches and results of laws in other communities offer lessons as Columbia considers restricting the use of plastic bags.

Kirkpatrick leaves retirement to be United Way's interim executive director

Peggy Kirkpatrick, former executive director of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, will become the interim executive director for United Way on March 4.

Columbia man who killed wife pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Donald Rowland's charges were amended from first-degree murder and armed criminal action to first-degree involuntary manslaughter. He could serve up to seven years in prison.

Proposed lot width regulation change riles surveyors

Surveyors think that establishing the county's recommended minimum lot width clarifications would unintentionally increase how much land is needed to build a house.

A mixed bag: The science of plastic microparticles

Plastic grocery bags are slowly broken down by sunlight into microscopic fragments which attract toxic pollutants and escort them into the food web.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Boone County Sheriff's Department publishes list of active felony warrants

Find out who has an active felony warrant out for arrest in Boone County. Records are updated frequently.

Business Loop CID petition verified by city

The Columbia City Council will have 45 days to hold a public hearing on the proposed district, whose supporters hope will prompt a renaissance along Business Loop 70.

UPDATE: Late February storm wreaks havoc on Columbia roads

Deteriorating road conditions caused drivers to lose control of their vehicles, and snow canceled flights at Columbia Regional Airport.

Three dead, including suspect, in Saturday night Boone County shooting

Two people were found dead at a residence on the 4400 block of Santa Anna Drive. Another was found wounded and was taken to a local hospital. The suspect was later fatally shot by a Boone County Sheriff's Department deputy.

WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Tom Schweich's death, the end of Missouri men's basketball's long losing streak

Other top stories included the possibility of Memorial Union renovations and arguments over two amendments Missouri voters passed in August.

Victims, suspect identified in Saturday night double homicide

A shooting on Santa Anna Drive, just outside Columbia city limits, left two dead and one wounded. The suspect in the shooting, who was fatally shot by a Boone County Sheriff's Department deputy, has been identified as 28-year-old Cornelius Parker.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Casey Lewis trial, African Children's Choir and Missouri men's basketball

Missourian photographers also captured an after-school workout program and Special Olympics Missouri Best In-State Athlete Allison D'Agostino.

Charity gala helps spread hope for Columbia refugees

There are about 1,000 refugees in Columbia. Many go through Columbia's Refugee and Immigration Services and eventually help other refugees.

Service organizations unite to expand housing for homeless veterans

Volunteers and veterans came together Saturday afternoon to clear out the former Deluxe Inn and make way for low-income housing and a new shelter for homeless veterans.

'Snow tiger' emerges in front of MU Columns

Three graduate students took the time to create a snow tiger in front of the MU Columns on Sunday.

State Republicans, municipal leaders clash on jurisdictional authority

Republican legislators, including Columbia's Caleb Rowden and Kurt Schaefer, have argued that the state should have the final say on matters of finance. Columbia City Councilman Michael Trapp has said that bills limiting local control block the abilities of municipal governments to govern effectively.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Columbia color guard steps up work ahead of state competition

Columbia's first middle school winter guard team will compete in its first statewide meet Saturday. The performance highlights the students' journey through middle school. 

Hallsville man arrested on suspicion of child pornography possession

The Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force found more than 20 pornographic images when it searched Clifford Millam's home Feb. 20.

Boonville Nordyne manufacturing plant empties

Once the workplace for almost 900 mid-Missourians, the Nordyne plant in Boonville is in its final days and will shutter by August.