Both Columbia and Boone County will soon decide whether to opt out of the state-imposed sales tax holiday, scheduled for Aug. 13 to 15.
The tax holiday temporarily lifts the state sales tax on certain items, including school supplies, clothing and computer equipment. Supporters of the tax holiday wanted to give families a financial break on back-to-school purchases. Other advocates say governments stand to gain revenue because shoppers will buy the tax-free school supplies, then buy other taxable merchandise.
Away from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and spending, students at Oakland Junior High School have a free way to get gifts.
The Holiday Bazaar, organized by Pam Didur, is an event that allows the schools and the community to pull together to create an atmosphere of giving.
Two shots rang out just as dawn broke. In the view from his draw, Ralph Wilde saw three does run past. He fired but missed. At 7:15 a.m., four more does ran into view, two paused, and Wilde dropped them both.
“It ain’t supposed to be this easy,” Wilde said about the kills as he returned to the check-in station at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.
Two Nebraska men died as a result of a tractor-trailer accident Saturday at 10:46 a.m. on Interstate 70 East, just west of the Stadium exit, said Scott Sergent of the Columbia Police Department.
Ronald E. Burghardt, 60, was pronounced dead at the scene. An ambulance took the other driver, a 49-year-old man, to University Hospital with “class one traumas,” or serious injuries. He was later pronounced dead, Sergent said. The Columbia Police Department is withholding the man’s name until his family is notified.
First-year teacher Shelley Sanders is learning as much in her classroom as her students. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.
KANSAS CITY — Breaking his near total silence, ex-MU basketball player Ricky Clemons has told a radio network he stands by accusations caught on jailhouse recordings that he received money from MU coaches.
In the interview, to air today on the James Brown Show on The Sporting News radio network, Clemons also says he’s not surprised that former teammates Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson — who Clemons said from jail also got money — have denied it.
KANSAS CITY — MU will not lose the position of chancellor, but neither will it begin a search yet for a person to fill the post after Richard Wallace retires.
That was the only solid decision UM system President Elson Floyd announced Thursday during a long-anticipated presentation to curators on the potential consolidation of MU and the UM system’s administrative offices.
KANSAS CITY — Elson Floyd said Thursday he will not resign as president of the UM system despite being caught in the “whirlwind of controversy” surrounding former Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons and tapes of Clemons’ jailhouse telephone conversations with Floyd’s wife and the wife of an associate athletic director.
Floyd acknowledged in a news conference preceding Thursday’s meeting of the University of Missouri Board of Curators that he had considered a range of options, including his resignation, following revelations about conversations his wife, Carmento, had with Clemons while the former player was in the Boone County Jail, serving time for assaulting a girlfriend.
The flu bug that bit Boone County early this year has become more widespread in December, causing a shortage of the injectable vaccines used to combat the virus.
The Columbia/Boone County Department of Health said Thursday that it is out of injectable vaccinations. The department had received 227 reported cases of the flu from area hospitals since Nov. 6. More than 50 cases were reported on Monday and Tuesday.
For more than a year, members of the Millersburg community have been battling plans to treat contaminated soil near their homes in Callaway County, as well as the state officials who would regulate the business. That clash continued Thursday when residents had a chance to speak out at a joint meeting with state regulators from the Department of Natural Resources.
The so-called “land farms” treat petroleum-contaminated soil using natural processes to break down hydrocarbon compounds by spreading the contaminated soils in a thin layer outdoors. The soil is occasionally tilled for aeration or treated with fertilizer and moisture to accelerate the process. Millersburg residents have condemned a partially built land farm near their homes for fear that the contaminated soil could affect health and property values.
Kim Heyes didn’t ask for presents this year. Instead, she wished for her children to have a good Christmas.
With the help of Columbia’s Voluntary Action Center, Heyes is getting her wish.
Columbia’s first major winter storm of the season, which covered the town with 3 to 5 inches of snow, demonstrated that even experienced winter drivers can be caught off guard by a sudden storm.
On Wednesday, 186 accidents were reported to the Public Safety Joint Communications Center. That number was “certainly more than the normal dozen or so,” accidents the center handles on an average day, said James McNabb, the center’s director.
Establishing the National Center for Soybean Technology at MU will attract scientists from all over the world and could produce research that leads to cures for serious diseases and to more drought-resistant crops.
Dale Ludwig, executive director of the Missouri Soybean Association, made those predictions Thursday at a press conference to announce a $900,000 federal grant secured by U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., that will establish the center.
After two decades of Democratic dominance in the 25th District of the Missouri House of Representatives, Republican Joel Jeffries believes he can change history.
Meanwhile, a pair of Democrats hope the district will remain in the donkeys’ turf.
At Sesame Street Live, everyone has a role to play, but that doesn’t always mean there’s a furry suit involved.
Less than 15 minutes after a seven-hour bus trip from Jonesboro, Ark., Caitlin McIntosh and Heather Shankweiler were sitting in their hotel lobby fulfilling one of those roles: media spokesperson. It’s a job neither of them minds.
The temperature is dropping and birds are flying south for the winter. But what about the birds that stay in Missouri all winter or those that consider Missouri as far south as they’ll go? With the weather turning cold and the natural bird-food supply getting scarce, many Columbians are now gearing up to feed the birds.
Imagine the embarrassment of not being able to eat a bowl of soup at your neighbor’s, write a check at the store or hold a glass of punch during a friend’s wedding reception, all because your hands are shaking violently.
It’s the time of year when high school seniors across the country are sending in their college applications — mistakes and all.
Kim Girse, college and career counselor for Rock Bridge High School, said that some of the most frequent mistakes prospective college students make are in grammar, spelling and legibility.
In taped telephone
calls, Clemons alleges payments to athletes.