The company erecting a steel frame that collapsed Tuesday morning, injuring three men, did not have the proper building permit.
Prost Builders, the lead contractor on the future Columbia Transload terminal at 6501 Brown Station Road, had a permit for foundation work on the site, but no authority to begin construction on the terminal building itself, said Rich Sternadori, the city’s chief building inspector.
John Porporis has traveled the country for 25 years opening Famous Barr stores. But since graduating from MU in 1976 and getting a job at Famous Barr’s parent, May Department Stores Co., he has always wanted to open one near his alma mater.
After years of waiting, the senior vice president of Famous Barr stores has finally gotten his wish. Columbia’s newest department store is set to open next month on the site of the former Biscayne Mall. Of the 42 Famous Barrs in the country, Columbia’s will be the only stand-alone store featuring what the May design team calls its lifestyle prototype.
After debuting at No. 2 on Money magazine’s “best places to live” list in 1992, Columbia has reappeared on a top 10 list, this time for healthy living.
The current issue of Organic Style magazine ranks Columbia ninth in the nation as one of the most environmentally healthy cities.
Lake of the Woods residents are angry.
Dump trucks and machinery from nearby Eastport Gardens and Eastport Village are damaging roads in a North Grace Lane subdivision that were not meant to carry heavy traffic, residents say.
The attorney for convicted “Ruby Tuesday Killer” Earl Ringo Jr. argued before the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday that Ringo should get a new trial because his jury was not presented with evidence that he was mentally disabled.
Ringo, 29, of Jeffersonville, Ind., was sentenced to death in July 1999 for killing Dennis Poyser, 45, and JoAnna Baysinger, 22, during an attempted robbery of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant at 2010 Bernadette Drive. Ringo, a former employee, was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder for the July 4, 1998 killings.
The number of animals testing positive for West Nile virus has spiked over the past week. Gayle Johnson, MU associate professor of veterinary pathobiology, said that even though the mosquito season is waning, West Nile still poses a risk for both animals and humans.
A construction worker was in critical condition Tuesday night after he and two other men fell when a steel building frame collapsed at the site of a future rail terminal in northeast Columbia.
Registered Nurse Eduardo Crespi draws a drop of blood on Tuesday for a hypertension screening and diabetes test during ‘Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day’ at Centro Latino de Salud, Educacion y Cultura. The center is part of Latino Link, which provides access to affordable medical treatment for Latinos, and is sponsored by the Columbia/Boone County Department of Health. This year’s ‘Doctor Day’ focused on Latinos, while last year’s reached out to the black population.
Traffic surged Tuesday off the Outer Banks island chain as more than 100,000 people were urged to evacuate the North Carolina coast before the arrival of Hurricane Isabel.
Meanwhile, Missouri Task Force One sent a 32-member team to Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Tuesday morning to help with the potential disaster. The deployment is scheduled to last 10 days but could change with the severity of the storm.
MU faculty members are concerned that the university might be involved in a game not worth playing, an “arms race” that is drawing money away from the academic mission of the university and into an increasingly commercial athletics program.
Chancellor Richard Wallace shares faculty members’ concern. He forwarded an MU Faculty Council resolution to colleagues in the Big 12 Conference and around the nation last week in an attempt to encourage discussion and cooperatively find a solution to a problem with its roots in athletics’ sometimes-conflicting roles within the university.
The fate of the controversial Grindstone Plaza development, which would put a Wal-Mart Supercenter on Columbia’s south side, remains uncertain.
After nearly three hours, the Columbia City Council tabled the rezoning of the controversial 53-acre Grindstone Plaza project proposal, which includes a Wal-Mart Supercenter and accompanying development along Grindstone Parkway.
Nestled in the residential 100 block of East Sexton Avenue, three-story John Ridgeway Elementary is an imposing structure. Here the roar of traffic on Providence Road is faint despite its close proximity. More dominant is the laughter of children playing during recess. It’s clear the brick building has been around for some time, long enough to have been designed to serve as a fallout shelter in times of war.
Built in two sections — one in 1923, the other in 1934 — the school will celebrate its 80th anniversary and dedicate its newest addition, a media center, tonight.
A Springfield-based nonprofit group that provides support to independent businesses is lending a voice of opposition to proposed plans to build a new Wal-Mart in Columbia.
The Hometown Merchants Association met Monday with area business owners, urging them to form a Columbia chapter of the organization. Only four people attended the afternoon meeting with the group’s director, Donna Kennedy, who also spoke at Monday night’s City Council hearing on Grindstone Plaza, a 53-acre development in south Columbia that would be anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter.
Homeowners refinancing to cash in on low interest rates this summer unwittingly have bailed Boone County out of a sluggish year in sales tax and investment income, all thanks to fees collected by the Recorder of Deeds’ office.
Think of it as a bonus, County Auditor June Pitchford said. The income, expected to total nearly $1 million, is almost twice what the county expected from Recorder Bettie Johnson’s office when the fiscal year began in January.
A new law allowing Missouri citizens to carry concealed weapons is only a few days old, but Boone County Sheriff Ted Boehm is already worried that his department might not be able to handle the additional duties.
“I think there is a lot for us to do,” Boehm said. “I know our role is going to take more work than issuing the permits.”
When diagnosed with a chronic disease such as diabetes, most people wouldn’t think twice about scheduling regular doctor’s appointments. But the federal government is reminding people today that the best way to combat these diseases is to visit the doctor — even in times of good health.
“Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day,” a program that began two years ago, is being celebrated nationally today. The event is directed toward minority populations. A report by the Missouri Hospital Association shows that minorities have a higher rate of certain chronic diseases and as a result tend to have lower life expectancies than the rest of the population.
The Columbia City Council approved the final annual budget for the 2004 fiscal year on Monday night.
The budget of about $236 million is a 3.3 percent increase over the city’s 2003 amended budget.
Sitting on the counter at Main Squeeze, a natural foods restaurant on Ninth Street, is a petition calling for an end to junk food in public school vending machines.
Leigh Lockhart, owner of Main Squeeze, said that since she displayed the petition started by a Columbia group many people have signed. She thinks allowing the sale of junk food in schools contributes to the growing problem of Americans’ obesity.
A pilot literacy project sponsored by the Columbia branch of the American Association of University Women will be unveiled tonight at Field Elementary School.
The new curriculum, spotlighting the lives of 10 Missouri women, is being prepared by freelance author Carlynn Trout of Columbia.
A small herd of cattle grazes in the pasture north of Brown School Road and a stone’s throw from a farmhouse that sits at the end of a winding driveway. Steep ditches, not shoulders, line either side of the gently sloping two-lane county road, and the stop sign atop the hill catches unsuspecting drivers off guard.
The oasis of country living, however, is now part of the city of Columbia, a target for the kind of growth that has transformed the northern fringes of the city over the past several years. At its Sept. 2 meeting, the Columbia City Council annexed and rezoned the 86-acre property, between Shalimar Gardens on the east and Crestwood Hills on the west. Owned by Forrest and Elizabeth Sappington, the land will be developed by PGS Development LLC. Plans call for as many as 150 single-family homes and 66 duplexes.