Columbia vying for $5 million prize in energy-saving competition

The Columbia sustainability educator is using social media and community events to provide residents with tips on saving energy.


'Blind' Boone focus of artistic performance at diversity celebration

John William “Blind” Boone, an influential Columbia ragtime composer and pianist, will be honored at the 22nd annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration.

Tow truck driver reports roadside assault, robbery

The victim told police he was assaulted and robbed after he stopped to offer help to a vehicle on the side of Interstate 70.

Two more candidates in running for Sixth Ward post

As of Tuesday night, there were four declared candidates in the First Ward, two in the Second Ward and three in the Sixth Ward.


High school boxer finds sport a test of his will

Nathan Dick, a student at Mexico High School in Mexico, Missouri, escapes from the stress of his daily routine by making a trip to Columbia twice a week to box at Zen's Gym.

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Farmers markets continue to sprout

Increased interest in locally grown food has spurred the popularity of farmers markets in the United States.

Public meeting to address traffic and speeding on College Park Drive

Potential solutions to excessive speeding on College Park Drive will be addressed at a 5:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday at Russell Boulevard Elementary School.

Fishing dock, fruit trees in plan for northwest neighborhood park

The Barberry Park proposal goes before the Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday evening.

Students, teachers settle into routine after school times changed

It's been a year since Columbia Public Schools changed school start times. Parents, teachers and students have created and settled into a new routine — even if it does mean early mornings for some groups such as the Rock Bridge Bruin Girls dance team.

First witnesses testify in murder-for-hire trial

The trial of a Columbia man accused of arranging a murder-for-hire began Monday. Suspect James Thompson allegedly paid Casey Lewis to help him break into the home of Columbia resident Brian Daniels and shoot him.

New elementary school named in honor of Beulah Ralph

Beulah Ralph was known in the Columbia Public School district for her dedication to children and continuous hard work. The Columbia School Board decided Monday night to name the new elementary school in southwest Columbia after her.

MU loses power for about 40 minutes

The outage was attributed to an electrical short circuit, and power was restored to campus buildings by about 3 p.m.

Columbia Public Schools receives feedback on late starts

District spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said the district received both positive and negative feedback regarding late start days, but late starts were preferred to full-day cancellations.

Stephens Lake Park open to public for ice skating

Stephens Lake Park is open to the public for ice skating. The ice at Cosmo-Bethel Park, however, is not thick enough for skating.

THIS WEEK'S MOST READ: Michael Porter Jr. and Columbia's newest legislator

An "impossible" basketball dunk from a 16-year-old player and a feature about Columbia's newest legislator topped the list of most-read stories.

Columbia School Board to name new elementary school

Columbia Public School's 21st elementary school will either be named after Luella St. Clair or Beulah Ralph, two influential women in the district's history.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Children's artwork, Boy Scouts camping and basketball

Missourian photographers captured pictures of children's artwork, Boy Scouts camping in the cold and basketball games.

Freezing rain, drizzle predicted for Columbia

There was a 60 percent chance of precipitation Sunday and a 20 percent chance of precipitation Monday, according to the National Weather Service. A winter weather advisory was issued from 8 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

Couple takes pride in upkeep and legacy of Mount Zion Church

"When you love something as much as we love this place, you want to keep it nice," says Bonnie Durk.

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: A primer on composting

Composting has economic, environmental and health benefits, which include reducing the amount of trash sent to the landfill.