When Marcus Floyd bought a portable climbing wall in September, the previous owner told him that the center cable had broken strands and needed to be replaced, according to court records filed Wednesday. The cable was not fixed.
It was 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday when Billy Kubart, a homeless man sleeping behind a building on Ninth Street, was startled awake. Documentary filmmaker Kerri Yost was standing over him, waiting to start telling his story.
Later, it was Yost, 31, who was startled when her film about Kubart won the Audience Award at the inaugural Silverdocs documentary film festival in June. The American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel sponsor the festival, held in Silver Springs, Md.
Clifford Eubanks’ death certificate originally listed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation as his cause of death in 1992.
Alfred Robbins’ said he died of metastatic lung cancer.
Early on a crisp 1964 summer morning in the Canadian tundra, two MU graduate students boarded a canvas covered, single-engine plane. One student was intent on finding a thesis idea, the other excited about igniting his geological career.
They never reached their destination. Although there were no memorial services, their unknown fate wasn’t forgotten.
For the third straight year, more than 100 MU students will backpack to campus from Stephens College this fall.
Even though Mark Twain Residential Hall reopens after renovations, there is still a shortage of housing on the MU campus. About 77 men and 54 women will temporarily stay in Hillcrest Hall on Broadway. That’s five more than the 126 men who stayed there last fall and will put Hillcrest at its capacity. Approximately 12 Stephens students will live there this fall.
Bicyclists, walkers and runners on the MKT Trail can look forward to easier access to downtown.
The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has won a $75,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to help pay the cost of running the trail through box culverts beneath Providence and Stewart roads.
Skip DuCharme’s vacation ended quickly Wednesday when one of his employees at Lakota Coffee Co. called to tell him the coffee roaster had caught fire. Again.
Tracking the habits and history of a mountain lion is the kind of mystery the employees of the Missouri Department of Conservation solve best.
A light-hearted air surrounded the group of unlikely detectives gathered Wednesday around the carcass of their newest celebrity in the back corner of the parking lot behind the Missouri Department of Conservation Research Center.
Despite some setbacks, apartments in the new Grindstone Canyon complex on Old Highway 63 will be ready for residents at the start of the fall semester.
According to Grindstone Canyon manager Laura Cagle, four of the seven total buildings will be available for leasing this fall. The other three buildings will be completed in time for a December move-in, she said.
Boone County Government Center employees took part in a two-day disaster emergency training program conducted by the Boone County Fire District.
The program, called Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, concluded Wednesday.
A Columbia man who called for help from police early Wednesday was arrested several minutes later on suspicion of trying to rob the Fast Lane Convenience Store at 520 Hinton Road.
Boone County Sheriff’s Sgt. Lance Robbins said in a prepared statement that deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of Hinton Road at 2:36 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a call from 18-year-old Matthew F. Bruce, who said he was “really messed up” and in need of police.
In the first two weeks of August, when many leases begin and end, it’s a trash-picker’s paradise as many people throw away worthwhile items they no longer want. Working TVs, stereos, building materials, records, furniture and personal possessions are among the items local Dumpster divers have found.
The Army Corps of Engineers expected to lower the Missouri River’s water level to 21,000 cubic feet per second by Tuesday evening to comply with a court order issued last week.
Last month, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the corps to begin lowering the river between July 15 and Aug. 15, and U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson ruled last week that the river level must be lowered by Tuesday. The gradual process of lowering the water level began Sunday evening, said Mike Wells, chief of water resources with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, who keeps track of the Missouri River’s water level.
Quarters, dimes, nickels and plastic. New card readers installed on Columbia’s parking meters will give drivers a fourth option when they pay for parking.
The card readers are part of the 2004 city budget proposal released by the city manager in July. If approved by City Council next month, the proposal would fund the installation of 320 card readers, 600 prepaid cards and a card charger. Each card reader would cost about $23 and would fit into the existing meters.
State conservation agent Brian Ham received a 2 a.m. phone call to pick something up from the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday — a mountain lion in a body bag.
The mountain lion was killed Monday night by a woman driving in the southbound lane of U.S. 54 in Callaway County, a mile south of Fulton. She called the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department about 11:20 p.m. to say she thought she had hit a dog.
After five years of using bus services provided by First Student and the city of Columbia, MU has entered into an exclusive contract with the city to provide bus services on campus.
Jim Joy, MU director of parking and transportation, estimates that the service will cost MU about $500,000 this year. In past years, the cost has been between $300,000 and $400,000 depending on services, the number of buses and hours of availability. Last year, the use of city buses cost the university $36 per hour per 40-foot bus, resulting in a cost of about $1,600 per day for the use of four city buses. Costs for this year are hard to determine because the city didn’t bid for the contract by the hour as in previous years, and a combination of bus types will be used.
Weighing about 20 pounds less than when he went to Pittsburgh for surgery last month, Mayor Darwin Hindman is back and already receiving calls involving city business.
But Hindman is not rushing back into public activities and is not sure when he will fully return to his duties as mayor.
A teenage boy and girl greet churchgoers by name at Calvary Baptist Church. An usher hands out bulletins and quips, “You can’t get in without one of these!”
Then Penny Garrison, in a Southern drawl, brightly welcomes visitors as they take their seats.
The Phillips 66 gas station at 1202 Business Loop 70 E. was robbed early Tuesday morning, according to Columbia police.
At 7:50 a.m., police responded to a holdup alarm at the gas station. Upon arrival, officers were told that a man entered the store and went behind the counter, said Sgt. Gerry Greene of the Columbia Police Department.
Because of liquor violations, Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport will be unable to sell wine at its A-Frame facility from Aug. 27 through Sept. 11.
The suspension was handed down after Les Bourgeois was found to have sold alcohol to minors and to have allowed them to consume alcohol on the property, according to the Missouri Division of Liquor Control. The 15-day suspension is the establishment’s second of the year; the first was from June 16 to June 30.