PHOTO GALLERY: A reprieve from the heat

Columbia's high was 73 degrees Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Columbia woman to compete in Miss Africa USA

Patricia Simbu Mabengo, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, hopes the pageant will help her raise awareness about rape as a weapon of war and to empower survivors in her homeland.

For Josh "Popeye" Clark repairing bikes is labor of love

Josh "Popeye" Clark has been repairing different kinds of vehicles for close to 19 years. Five years ago, he decided to work exclusively on motorcycles.

Cooler July weather bodes well for fishing

Pleasant weather should be a theme for the week, with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the high 50s.

Children's art and participation featured in Hot Summer Nights concert

The Color of Music, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's latest show in the Hot Summer Nights concert series, showcased children's art, the classics and a neurological phenomenon.

New tailgating experience comes with amenities — and a price

Truman's Terrace is expected to feature live music, a buffet line, a beer tent and more, all right next to Memorial Stadium..

Man accused of murder pleads guilty to reduced charge

Samuel Butler pleaded guilty Monday to the amended charge of attempted distribution of a controlled substance.

ANY QUESTIONS: Is Taqueria El Rodeo closed?

As of Friday, employees at other businesses in the shopping center haven't seen anyone at the restaurant in nearly a week.

More than three tons of spoiled food collected Saturday morning

More than 100 Columbia residents took advantage of the special drop-offs to get rid of food that spoiled while the power was out.

Garth Avenue to close overnight Monday and Wednesday for sewer maintenance

The construction is set to be completed by Thursday morning.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia's chicken ordinance information available

Residents considering owning chickens within city limits must follow specific instructions in the ordinance.

Friends, family help couple with storm cleanup

The cleanup party started Saturday morning to help the couple cut down on the cost of clearing the debris. Clearing their land was verbally estimated at $22,000.

WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: King to sell The Blue Note, Red Lobster helps woman celebrate anniversary

This week's most read stories include the sale of popular music venue The Blue Note and a random act of kindness at a Columbia Red Lobster restaurant.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Community remembers fallen soldier, Columbia recovers from storm damage

This week a soldier's memorial, women protesting foreign military action and storm damage caught the eye of Missourian photographers.

ANY QUESTIONS: Vacant hotel building has history of crime

A hotel building under renovation at the Interstate 70 and U.S. 63 interchange was the site of two grisly crimes in 2007.

Council to vote on ballot issues to increase property taxes, development fees

The proposal for an increase of city property taxes would pay for additional police officers and firefighters. Council will consider adding the public safety proposal and a proposal for higher development fees to the November ballot at its July 21 meeting.


SPLAT! Junior Obstacle Course Mud Run brings fun, mud to youth

Almost 350 kids gathered Saturday to run, jump and crawl through mud-filled obstacles at the SPLAT! Jr. Obstacle Course Mud Run.

Ceremony honors fallen soldier Sterling Wyatt

An informal park dedication ceremony was held Friday at Sterling W. Wyatt Park to honor U.S. Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2012.

New bus brings information on changes to city bus system

The COMO Connect Information Bus will be driving information about the new bus system from various high-traffic areas across Columbia next week.

Water main break closes Ash Street between Providence Road and Fourth Street

A water main break on Ash Street on Saturday morning has closed the street between Providence Road and Fourth Street. Four businesses lost water from the break.