Efforts by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department to crack down on child molestation resulted in deputies arresting a man Friday on suspicion of enticing a child.
Deputies arrested a man who had allegedly communicated with a detective who was posing as a 13-year-old girl online, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department. After communicating for about two weeks, the man allegedly arranged to meet the fictitious girl at a prearranged location for sex.
The past two weeks have not been good ones for a Pizza Hut in north Columbia.
Police say they think the same person is responsible for four robberies in 11 days at the Pizza Hut at 2000 W. Worley St. The suspect is described as a man in his late 30s, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and 170 pounds, with blue or green eyes.
After two years of preparation and competition, four West Junior High eighth-graders earned a chance to show off their math smarts — and they won first place in the state MathCounts competition last weekend, beating 44 other schools for the title.
This is the second year in a row that West Junior High has won first place in the competition.
Columbia’s elite will now have some provocative reading material aimed toward them, thanks to local media creator Fred Parry.
Parry’s latest magazine, Inside Columbia, his 12th publication in the city, is geared to homes with an average income of more than $125,000. The magazine will focus on homes, business and leisure in Columbia.
Book lovers in Boone and Callaway counties have the opportunity to choose between saving Earth from space aliens or exploring Afghanistan’s changing lifestyles and regimes.
They can participate in One Read and choose their favorite of three books picked by a panel of residents from Boone and Callaway counties: “Ender’s Game,” by Orson Scott Card; “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini; and “West of Kabul, East of New York,” by Tamim Ansary.
I was saying to someone the other day that whether in spite of or because of the state of the weather, spring flowers seem to bloom in their own time. There have been spring mornings when I have seen crocus blossoms spread open in the snow. Daffodils, iris and forsythia always seem to flower, no matter the temperature. I think there is a life lesson here that we could all learn from. I think there are special moments when the rhythms of life, for no apparent reason, blend together in a harmonious refrain without the assistance of other identifiable forces.
I am always amazed at the number of times, for example, when I have had phone calls or letters from several special friends on the same days without reason, though I may not have heard from them for several months. People call such occasions coincidental acts, and for lack of a better explanation, I accept that. Frankly, I like to think there are forces moving in the universe that I don’t know about which trigger that kind of activity.
Six powerful women sent a powerful message Monday: Women must support each other in order to change society.
“It is absolutely critical that we stand together, that we encourage each other to run (for office),” said Wendy Noren, Boone County clerk, who participated in the discussion at Stephens College on “Navigating Political Cultures: How Women Affect Policy Change.”
It is material that John Nies, a Derby Ridge Elementary School teacher, knows: basic math.
The problems and solutions haven’t changed since Nies was an elementary school student more than 20 years ago. The way students go about finding those solutions, however, has changed. Thanks to the continued advancement of technology, mathematics is drastically different from what it was two decades ago.
A Tennessee man remained in critical condition Sunday after a weekend car accident on Interstate 70 that blocked traffic in both directions. The five passengers of the car were listed in stable condition.
The initial investigation indicates Ron Benedict, 57, of Brentwood, Tenn., fell asleep while driving, according to the Columbia Police Department. His black sport utility vehicle left the interstate about a mile west of Stadium Boulevard and overturned.
Arch Brooks’ experience in the Columbia Public School District spurred his determination to try to change the system — from the inside.
“When I was in elementary school, my family moved to the white neighborhood,” he said. “We were not allowed to go to Grant School because we were African-American. The only school we could go to was Douglass. You have a tendency to remember that.”
On a recent Saturday, Frank Noel and his 14-year-old son, Josh, wove through nature’s cage of thicket and fallen trees in search of a hulking animal with razor-sharp tusks — the Russian boar. Noel followed a few paces behind Josh as the unusually warm afternoon faded into a late-day chill. The falling temperature would bring the boars out of their beds of uprooted trees.
“Do you see him?” whispered Noel as he halted and pointed down the ravine to a brown, hairy beast.
JEFFERSON CITY— It’s legislative spring break, which means it’s time for midterm evaluations. Today’s subject: Gov. Matt Blunt.
In office just 11 weeks, the new Republican governor already has accomplished at least three political goals with the help of a friendly Republican-led legislature. Lawmakers have sent Blunt bills renaming Southwest Missouri State University and overhauling the workers’ compensation system and how Missouri’s courts handle injury complaints.
Traci Wilson-Kleekamp often lies awake until 2 a.m. reading cemetery records. Her husband calls it sick and teases her about her fascination with dead people.
She calls it one of her life’s passions, and it goes far beyond reading about burials.
Gone are the days of chasing joggers and begging for food from children at family reunions, at least for dogs at Twin Lakes Recreation Area.
The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is taking steps to alleviate conflicts among users of the park by building fences to enclose a leash-free area for dogs, creating Columbia’s first dog park.
A 33-year-old Columbia man was arrested last week on charges of first-degree involuntary manslaughter after the death of a passenger in his car.
Lance B. Morris was arrested on March 22, five days after a one-car crash on Creasy Springs Road.
A vase of blooming red roses, with one pure white rose, sat on the altar. His stand-up bass with its trademark snake head stood nearby. Half the crowd sat in neat rows; the other half stood wherever they could find room.
And, of course, there was music.
In America, most students will attend more than 2,300 days of school from kindergarten through 12th grade. In Japan, most students will have attended the same number of school days by eighth grade.
To ensure an equal opportunity for academic achievement, the number of days in a school year could increase in Columbia schools.
The term “e-mail” has been part of mainstream terminology for years. An Internet search engine’s name, Google, is now a verb. And the word “blog” is a Webster’s entry.
Get ready for a new buzzword: podcasting.
For as long as I can remember, I have been in a battle with my weight. And although I’ve won a few skirmishes, I’ve never won the war. For the last decade it’s been a standoff. A few weeks ago I started my “now or never” makeover. First the braces (not my idea), then I stopped smoking (again) and decided that if I was really going to be a lifetime nonsmoker, I’d have to address the weight issue. It’s always been the number one reason why I start puffing nicotine again.
I heard about a 30-day makeover one of the gyms in town was offering. I met with a young (thin) woman who explained the program. She said I needed the “extended” program to get the results I wanted. I guess I’m too far gone to see a transformation in only one month.
Every year, an hour before the clock strikes Easter Sunday, members of Missouri United Methodist Church gather in the sanctuary on Ninth Street.
The ceremony begins with scriptural accounts of Jesus Christ’s arrest, trial and crucifixion. The mood is somber: the room is candle-lit, there are no flowers and black cloth covers the walls and altar brass. As each reading is concluded, a series of candles are snuffed out and a hymn is sung.