2015 Columbia Values Diversity Celebration awards CROP, Robert Harrison Sr.

Columbia CROP Hunger Walk and Robert Harrison of the Reality House Program were honored before a crowd of 900 at the 22nd annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration.

Deadline Friday for volunteer award nominations

Nominations are being sought for the sixth annual Lang Volunteer Award.


Columbia man driving dump truck killed in crash

The driver was not wearing his seat belt when his dump truck overturned Wednesday afternoon in Callaway County. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Skaters venture outside to Stephens Lake after its recent freeze

Mid-Missouri residents came out to ice skate at Stephens Lake Park on Tuesday, the day after city officials deemed the ice thick enough to skate on.

GRAPHIC: How cochlear implants help infants with hearing loss

A cochlear implant imitates, but does not replicate, the sounds in the environment of a person with a hearing loss. Research shows some examples of children overcoming developmental delays that come with hearing loss if they have an implant when they’re 12 months old.

REDI board of directors decides against endorsement on local ballot issues, initiatives

During its Wednesday meeting, the board approved a one-sentence policy: "It shall be the policy of Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) Board of Directors to not endorse or oppose any local ballot issues or initiatives."


Phone records highlighted day three of murder-for-hire trial

Evidence introduced Wednesday included cellphone records of calls and text messages sent from defendant James Thompson’s phone to suspected hit man Casey Lewis. The defense for Thompson, accused in the 2013 murder of Brian Daniels, was scheduled to present evidence Thursday morning.

Used book sales at Columbia Public Library trade a deal for a donation

The Friends of the Columbia Public Library held a used book sale Wednesday at the library. The group offered discount prices on books twice a week with all proceeds going to the library.

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.


INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Farmers markets continue to sprout

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

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.

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.