A head-on collision just east of Columbia Thursday claimed the life of a Columbia teenager and left another man in serious condition.
Melissa Howland, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:40 p.m. by Boone County Death Investigator Dori Burke. Stephen Cornelison, 27, also of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital.
Tucked away at the back of the El Chaparral neighborhood just east of Columbia is Boone County’s largest sewer lagoon. Guarded by a fence and a “Keep Out” sign, the lagoon drains 166,000 gallons of treated sewage every day. It flows directly into the North Fork of Grindstone Creek, just a few miles upstream of a common swimming area.
The process is legal but not necessarily safe.
Two MU researchers have been awarded nearly $421,000 to conduct a three-year study aimed at improving family planning and outreach in Boone County’s growing Hispanic population.
Dr. James Campbell and Dr. Marjorie Sable will use the grant, funded by the nonprofit Missouri Foundation for Health, to study cultural barriers in the use of birth control among local Hispanics.
Sheela Amin has never been to a Columbia City Council meeting, but soon the meetings will be an integral part of her job.
Amin, Columbia’s new city clerk, began her training Monday. After eight years of working for the State Emergency Management Agency, she is looking forward to the change.
Acting on a series of tips from informants, Boone County Sheriff’s Department detectives arrested two Jefferson City women early Thursday morning on suspicion of possessing about a gram of heroin and a gram of crack cocaine.
Andrea Reid, 33, and Mary Ann Wilson, 31, were pulled over along U.S. 63 near Ashland at 12:25 a.m. after detectives received information that drugs were being transported to Columbia from Jefferson City over the past several days.
Guarding prisoners is one of the lowest-paid and highest-stress jobs in state government, according to the Department of Corrections. But following a recent successful manhunt in and around the Missouri State Penitentiary, the governor is looking for corrections officers to get more respect.
A task force, announced Thursday by Gov. Bob Holden, will create a professional certification program for Missouri corrections officers. The nine-member Corrections Officer Certification Commission will study what qualifications state prison guards and county jailers should meet, as well as whether applicants should be tested to become corrections officers.
The first diesel engine produced in the United States roared to life in St. Louis in 1898. These early engines ran on peanut oil.
This primitive form of fuel was soon replaced by petroleum-based diesel, all but eliminating the market for vegetable oil-based fuels. More than 100 years later, the prospects for biodiesel’s re-emergence are brightening, and Missouri is at the center of the comeback.
In the dark mornings of early fall, when breath lingers in the air like smoke, a woman draped in an orange reflective vest struts around her Columbia neighborhood.
What could make a 57-year-old woman walk around the early-morning streets in the cold weather? Is it the stress she relieves? Is it making sure her triple-bypass surgery two years ago was her last?
While the day and night may be filled with fun activities for the children, there are some Halloween hazards that may be masked as well.
According to William Womack, medical director of MU Health Care’s emergency services department, parents and children need to understand that while Halloween is a fun holiday for everyone, it creates some safety concerns.
Antiperspirant isn’t just for preventing sweat and stink. Dab a bit on mosquito bites, and the itching and swelling will soon be history.
At least, that’s what Kenneth Haller says. Haller is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and an active promoter of the value of home remedies.
Tensions were high Thursday night as a group of more than 45 Columbia residents gathered at a Public Service Commission public hearing to learn more about the proposed 78 percent increase in the nongas portion of their AmerenUE bills.
The utility’s request would eventually cost an average residential user an extra $16 a month for nongas charges, which make up one-third of a customer’s bill. The nongas rate covers expenses such as billing, maintenance, infrastructure and meter-reading — essentially everything other than the gas itself.
Numbers are everywhere, and the Columbia Public School District is working to make sure its students learn to understand them.
Even Dana Dillon’s fifth-grade pupils at Benton Elementary School can cite examples of math in their daily lives. Educators say that a sound understanding of basic math skills is necessary for adult success.
One of the strongest geomagnetic storms in almost 30 years hit the Earth on Wednesday, and MU assistant professor of astronomy Angela Speck doesn’t know why. The solar activity that brings this type of storm usually climaxes every 11 years, she explained, meaning the cyclical peak for solar flares should have been three years ago.
“This is not supposed to be happening,” Speck said.
The provocative photo exhibit of aborted fetuses and human embryos ended on the MU campus Wednesday without the emotional confrontations that people on both sides of the abortion debate feared.
However, almost as soon as the two-story, billboard-sized photo exhibit went up in front of Kuhlman Court on Monday morning, tensions between the university and the group hosting the display, Mizzou Justice for All: Students for Bio-Ethical Equality, simmered behind the scenes.
For some Missourians, the price of optimism is $125. For others, it runs as high as $100,000.
The cost depends on where one stands on the issue of concealed guns.
The eyes of 15 boys are glued to film canisters filled with water and Alka-Seltzer tablets. Suddenly, the canisters shoot to the ceiling, spraying water as they fall. Science specialist Gregory Kirchhofer shouts over the screams of joy, “maybe we should take this experiment outside.”
This was the scene at the second meeting of the Mill Creek Science Club for fifth-graders, which, because of the large roster, meets at 7:30 a.m. every Monday for boys and on Tuesdays for girls. Kirchhofer gives the students hands-on learning opportunities each week to get them interested in science.
The grass is always greener on the other side — especially when it’s got a brand new irrigation system.
L.A. Nickell Golf Course, a public course run by the Parks and Recreation Department, will get such a system soon. The Columbia City Council on Oct. 20 approved a plan to spend $700,000 to irrigate the course and convert its fairway turf to zoysia.
Courtney Nelson has a passion for clothing, and she is willing to steam dresses for eight hours just to get hands-on experience.
Nelson, a senior at Stephens College from Keystone, Colo., has spent the past six months helping organize Stephens’ fashion department exhibit, “For Better, For Worse: The Dress, The Woman, The Life.”
Carol Spratt still trick-or-treats — even at age 40. Her secret: take a child along.
Spratt was an aunt at the age of 10, and there was always a child who needed her to take them out on Halloween.
Rep. Chuck Graham is challenging what he calls a loophole in a state amusement park statute that doesn’t require all climbing walls to be subject to inspections or to have safety cables.
Graham announced Wednesday that he intends to file legislation on Dec. 1 that would add climbing walls to the list of rides requiring inspection under Missouri’s amusement park statute. The current law only requires rides with mechanical devices to be inspected.