The race for the Boone County Southern District commissioner got off to an early start this week.
Mike Asmus, an Ashland alderman and member of the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission, declared Tuesday his intent to run for the office, almost seven months before the required March 30 filing deadline. The office is now held by Karen Miller, a Democrat.
In its boldest move since incorporation, Huntsdale’s Town Council has voted to triple the size of the riverside town by annexing 68 acres.
The three-to-one vote Monday added 68 acres of a new development to the town. The annexed area, adjacent to the Missouri River and the Katy Trail, includes a boat ramp, campsite and bait shop owned by Linda Lenau and Robert Brown, who have also expressed interest in developing an RV park near the trail.
The Improve I-70 Advisory Group will meet today to discuss options for widening Interstate 70 through Columbia.
No one was injured in a fire that scorched the basement and damaged the main floor of a northern Columbia home Wednesday evening.
The brown, one-story building, located at 3205 Parker St., sustained an unknown amount of fire, smoke and water damage after a fire started in the basement at 6:31 p.m., according to the Columbia Fire Department.
Students stroll beneath large stone archways lining the west side of the building that at the same time looks both modern and ancient. They select from a number of thick glass doors, all leading into the air-conditioned comfort of a nearly finished 24,322-square-foot addition at Hickman High School.
“Home of the Kewpies” etched in stone above the main entryway lets them know they are still at Hickman, despite the new environment and cooler temperatures.
On one side of the street, the suspected drug dealers perched on the scarred, old cruiser, narrowed their eyes and just stared.
On the other side, Columbia Housing Authority safety officer Dearl Logan turned his head out his car window and stared back.
JEFFERSON CITY — At a time when Missouri is experiencing massive budget cuts, $3 million is being spent to renovate 10 Capitol building bathrooms with bronze faucets and marble imported from Germany.
The cost to reconstruct 10 public restrooms was met by disbelief, surprise and anger by Capitol visitors protesting education budget cuts.
The UM Board of Curators is considering President Elson Floyd’s recommendation to appoint Stephen Knorr as the vice president of governmental relations in a meeting today.
The vice president will be the main person dealing with state and federal relations for the four-campus system. The board decided in July to establish this position by merging the offices of state relations and federal relations.
More than 600 people have accepted invitations for the kickoff this weekend of the public phase of MU’s massive fund-raising campaign.
Most are alumni — including Jann Carl of “Entertainment Tonight” and actor Mike Villani, both graduates of the School of Journalism. Other guests are donors considered to be “real loyal friends of the university” and campaign volunteers, said Mary Jo Banken, director of the MU News Bureau.
Now open: the Bookmark Cafe in MU’s Ellis Library. And coming soon: a coffee cart at the Columbia Public Library.
Because of the widespread success of library coffee shops across the country, officials at Ellis Library decided to follow the lead. They approached Campus Dining Services to become next in line for a cafe.
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.