This Christmas Eve, members of the First Baptist Church of Columbia were to have been greeted by smiling faces and large tables adorned with festive Christmas tablecloths and filled with homemade cookies, fudge and pastries. Hot apple cider was to have warmed them before they stepped out into cold December air.
This wasn’t the ladies’ Sunday school class or a youth ministry bake sale at work. This dessert reception after the 11 p.m. service was planned by Congregation Beth Shalom Synagogue in Columbia.
Nia Imani’s name is a testament to the message of Kwanzaa.
More than two decades ago, she changed her first and last name to glorify the Kwanzaa principles that most inspire her.
The city of Columbia has made applications for city boards and commissions available. The applications are available from the city clerk’s office or on the Internet at www.gocolumbiamo.com.
There are seven vacancies.
Some of Maj. George Windham’s hopes of reaching his holiday goal lie with the people who have been ringing Salvation Army bells for the past few weeks.
By Jan. 15, Windham, the commanding officer for the Salvation Army in Boone County, wants to have raised $250,000 — $7,000 more than last year. Through bell ringers and private donations, the Salvation Army has raised about $170,000 so far.
The American Red Cross is predicting that by Jan. 1 its blood supply will be gone.
According to the Red Cross, blood supplies typically decline during the holidays and deplete regional supplies. The Red Cross has already issued a community alert asking for blood donations because patient needs might be compromised.
The Missourian does not publish a newspaper the day after Christmas. Normal delivery will resume with the Sunday edition. Merry Christmas.
Mike Chippendale envisions Columbia as the next Silicon Valley. Only instead of developing microchips, Chippendale wants to develop a cure for cancer. Or perhaps a plant that removes pollutants from contaminated soil. Or perhaps something so extraordinary, it has yet to be imagined.
Chippendale’s vision for Columbia might have moved one step closer to reality Tuesday.
Construction trucks that have routinely rolled through the Lake of the Woods subdivision during the past several months were halted Tuesday when Boone County commissioners voted to close Teton Drive and block access to the Eastport Village construction site.
Commissioners voted 3-0 to close the road Tuesday.
After slogging through a slew of obstacles, Prime Development gained approval Tuesday to start platting development in eastern Boone County.
The Boone County Commission approved the company’s request to rezone about 47 acres of a 200-acre plot at 4750 E. Route WW. The area will be zoned as planned commercial and planned residential areas instead of single-family residential areas.
On average, the Central Missouri Humane Society receives one or two phone calls of suspected animal neglect each day. On Tuesday, it received four or five.
Since two severely malnourished horses were found at a Hallsville farm on Sunday, public awareness about animal neglect has sparked increased phone calls to the Central Missouri Humane Society about suspected animal neglect, said Karen Stix of the Central Missouri Humane Society.
MU has reached a deal with federal regulators that settles a case of employment discrimination and retaliation at the school’s research reactor.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission told University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd in a letter dated Friday that the agency would not pursue further enforcement actions in the case. Commission investigators already had found that a former senior research scientist faced discrimination and retaliation for “protected activities.”
CALWOOD — Ask the residents of Missouri Girls Town what their favorite aspect of Christmas is, and the result is unanimous.
JEFFERSON CITY — The University of Missouri system plans to ask lawmakers next year to approve $190 million in bonds to build or renovate buildings at the system’s four campuses.
The bond issue would help fund $75 million for construction of a new health science research center at MU; $52 million for construction of a health sciences building at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; $24 million in renovations to the Benton Stadler science complex at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; $20.9 million in renovations at an engineering building at Columbia; and $18.6 million for renovations to a mechanical engineering building at Rolla.
Joe and Peggy Hendren enjoy sharing the meaning of Christmas even if the sharing is not voluntary.
For the past six years, the Hendrens have created an elaborate Christmas light display in their front yard at West Phyllis Avenue. From the growing number of glowing angels in the Hendrens’ yard, the illuminated scene beams the original meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ.
JEFFERSON CITY — It’s important for the public to know where the money to pay state university chancellors is coming from; if it takes legislation to ensure that happens, so be it, one lawmaker said Monday.
Sen. Sarah Steelman, R-Rolla, promised to file legislation this week that would require the sources of public university chancellors’ salaries to be made public.
KANSAS CITY — Sgt. Ronald Buxton’s family finds it fitting the soldier was picked to represent the American soldier, the Time magazine Person of the Year, on the cover of the publication.
The name of the 32-year-old from Lake Ozark is a tribute to another soldier, slain during World War II.
A team from the Central Missouri Humane Society was looking for a fallen, severely malnourished horse in the Hallsville area Sunday morning. But nothing could prepare them for what they found.
The horse was hidden behind a barn, some shrubs and a truck. As the team moved closer, they saw 6-inch trenches the horse had dug in the dirt with his hooves. The trenches were evidence of a desperate struggle to stand that was so violent the horse had multiple lesions on the side of his face and neck.
As early as Friday, Columbia residents can dispose of their Christmas trees.
From Friday through Jan. 30, trees can be set on the curb for pickup during regular garbage collection.
Columbia police are seeking an Independence man on suspicion of assaulting the owner of Mari’s Convenience Store on Sunday night.
The owner of the store, in the 1200 block of East Prathersville Road, was assaulted Sunday night after the owner refused to accept an out-of-town check, Columbia police said.
For the second straight year, Columbia School District has not been among districts receiving the “Distinction in Performance” award from Gov. Bob Holden.
The award is given to districts that have made consistent progress in improving academic performance based on Missouri Assessment Program scores.