Boone County Family Resources got a fresh start this month with a new name that reflects more accurately the fact that the agency supports the families of people with disabilities.
The nonprofit agency was formerly called Boone County Group Homes and Family Support.
Columbia’s national search for a new public works director ended right where it began.
John Glascock was named director of the department Thursday. He’s been filling the position since former director Lowell Patterson retired May 11.
Columbia’s Democratic lawmakers say Republican Gov. Matt Blunt’s new school funding formula isn’t enough for Columbia schools.
In a press conference held Thursday morning by House Minority Leader Jeff Harris, D-Columbia, local representatives criticized the new plan, saying insufficient funding is their major concern.
The restoration of a 50-cent scrap-tire fee and an increase in the percentage of voter signatures required to block votes on voluntary annexations were among the most significant provisions of four bills signed into law by Gov. Matt Blunt on Thursday.
Blunt said other important measures included the extension of the incentive funds for the use and production of renewable fuels and the creation of the Missouri Downtown Revitalization Preservation Program.
Presiding Boone County Commissioner Keith Schnarre suggested closing Boone County Fairgrounds.
The suggestion came during Thursday night’s meeting with the Boone County Fair Board and county commissioners.
The bombings of three London subway stations and a double-decker bus on Thursday had local colleges checking on whether students studying abroad were safe.
Both MU and Stephens College confirmed none of their students in London were injured in the attacks.
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s business recruitment director resigned under pressure Wednesday after acknowledging she had pleaded guilty to stealing money from a college sorority nearly a decade ago.
Randa A. Hayes, 33, submitted her resignation after being asked to do so by the director of Gov. Matt Blunt’s Department of Economic Development.
Roman candle fireworks started a small fire at 3 p.m. Tuesday outside an apartment in the 700 block of East Demaret Drive, county fire officials said.
The fire started when neighborhood children were shooting off fireworks, and one struck a bag of trash outside the window of the apartment and set the trash on fire, said Boone County Fire Protection District Captain Gale Blomenkamp. A passer-by yelled “fire” and the apartment’s residents extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived.
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Brian Mann of Columbia became a first-time landowner last November. For only $19.95, he bought an acre of gray-dirt desert located on the Crater Campanus.
His property could be considered the ultimate “starter” real estate. Located 240,000 miles from the nearest shopping mall, without electricity, running water or even oxygen, the view of the Earth looming in the jet black sky makes it well worth the money. Or it would be if Mann could actually get to his new homestead on the moon.
Things have been busy for student loan agencies around the nation for the last month.
“It’s like a bomb went off,” said Greg Diamond, director of the loan consolidation department at the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority in Chesterfield.
Lack of rainfall throughout portions of Missouri prompted Gov. Matt Blunt to declare a drought alert Tuesday for 23 counties.
While some parts of the state did receive rain over the holiday weekend, drought-stricken areas did not receive enough moisture needed to compensate for long-term shortages.
The MU SunTiger VI racing team is down to crunch time. After two years of preparation for the 2005 North American Solar Challenge, the team held its final test drive Wednesday before it leaves for Austin, Texas, on Friday.
As the solar car wove through MU’s campus, vans packed with team members closely guarded the vehicle to make sure everything was in working order. Team project manager Dave Barber said the test drive went as expected.
Christina Wagner understands the importance of an annual Pap smear.
Since moving to Columbia four years ago, Wagner, who does not have health insurance, has taken advantage of the women’s exams at the Boone County Health Department.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department has cooked up a program to make it harder to manufacture methamphetamine.
The program is designed to educate retailers and their employees about the products used in making meth.
LONDON — Several blasts rocked the London subway and one tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday, sending bloodied victims fleeing after what a shaken Prime Minister Tony Blair called "barbaric" terrorist attacks. Blair said the "terrorist attacks" were clearly designed to coincide with the opening of the G-8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland. They also came a day after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics.
Two attempted robberies in southwest Columbia early Wednesday resulted in the arrests of a 14- and 18-year-old on numerous robbery and weapon possession charges.
A resident in the 4400 block of Germantown Drive told Boone County Sheriff’s deputies that she heard a knock on her door at about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, deputies said in a news release. When she looked out of her window she saw two men wearing ski masks carrying a shotgun.
Boone County officials should ask voters to approve a temporary sales tax to pay for the expansion of the courthouse and to address other government space needs, a committee appointed by county commissioners said in a report delivered Tuesday.
After 10 months of work and a series of 16 meetings, the 19-member Space Needs Committee presented its final report to the commission. Its overriding message: Get moving on it.
Former Columbia police Officer Steven Rios was transported to a prison facility in Fulton on Tuesday after he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of 23-year-old MU student Jesse Valencia.
Circuit Court Judge Ellen Roper sentenced Rios, 28, to life in prison, plus an additional 10 years in prison for armed criminal action. She ordered both sentences to be served consecutively. Prosecutors did not pursue the death penalty.
Although the sign reads 60 mph, officers unofficially gave a 10 mph speed cushion to violators in Friday’s special traffic enforcement detail. However, police said the cushion was desperately needed given their resources.
Columbia police officers, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Boone County Sheriff’s Department, stopped 141 vehicles between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday.