Public questions Columbia City Council's intent with budget proposal

Residents brought up the proposed discontinuation of the city's trash bag voucher program and hike in sewer connection fees. Others supported a change to rental property inspection fees.

Record-setting rain causes flooding, road closures, power outages

More thunderstorms have been forecast for Wednesday and Friday, though they aren't expected to be as severe.

Discussion to take down MU rec complex rock wall sparks social media outcry

The MU Student Recreation Complex is discussing taking down the rock climbing wall to expand one of the complex's weight-training rooms, but no decision has been made yet.

Columbia residents can now adopt rain gardens

The gardens are collections of deep-rooted plants in small depressions in the ground. They improve water quality and offset flooding by absorbing rainwater.

A chance for free Roots 'N' Blues tickets offered to low-income residents

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 12, and winners will be selected by a random drawing Sept. 15.

Upcoming Tomato Festival set to be largest in its decade-long history

The 10th annual Tomato Festival is expanding to accommodate more people this year. The festival aims to educate the community and interest them in growing tomatoes and other vegetables at home.


Artists moved by Michael Brown death gather in Peace Park

Columbia-based group Artists for Justice set up a stage for musical and spoken word performances, while other artists created work around the park.

Columbia City Council to discuss solar project, Hinkson Creek, sewer cost increase, Flat Branch trunk line

Here's a preview of the various public improvement projects and rate increases the Columbia City Council will discuss Tuesday night.

UPDATE: Monday night thunderstorm causes floods, fires, road closures

A lightning strike ignited an north Columbia roof, and flood water submerged roads across town.

Fall festivals used to competing with Missouri football games

Two popular fall festivals, the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival and the Heritage Festival, are sticking to their scheduled dates despite Missouri home football games being held at the same time.

City, users optimistic about natural gas filling station

The Clean Energy pumps opened last Monday and are open to the public.

Neighbors say Ameren Missouri property would be ideal for a park

Residents of the North Village Arts District are hoping the city will buy the land, which is the site of a former coal gasification plant.

UPDATE: Columbians celebrate Labor Day

Workers talk about what Labor Day means to them, as they miss out on one of America's most common day off.

Homemade ice cream contest is sweet affair for Arrow Rock

Each year, the Ice Cream Freeze-Off attracts about 150 visitors to Arrow Rock, population 56. "The idea to make homemade ice creams and cakes — and have people come and be friendly and love our town — I don't think has changed," Mary Burge said.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Maty Mauk steps up, former Vanderbilt star joins team as graduate assistant

Also among this week's most read stories are the Mid-Missouri PrideFest, the new renovations at Memorial Stadium and the latest on where former Tigers stand in the NFL.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Michael Brown march at MU, bow ties, Missouri's first football game

This week Missourian photographers captured images of protestors in the Michael Brown march, a drummer who plays out of his van and student fans prepping for the Tigers' first football game.

Showers and thunderstorms expected in Columbia for Labor Day

According to the National Weather Service in St. Louis, rain, strong winds and hail are possible in Columbia tomorrow.

City Council considers increasing parking fees to address budget shortfall

City Manager Mike Matthes said the city needs more parking revenue to close this year's $30,000 deficit.

Slain 6-year-old loved to play, give hugs

Dayne William Hathman, shot and killed Thursday in Callaway County, will be remembered by family and friends for his positive attitude.

Artists for Justice to host event in response to Ferguson shooting

Artists for Justice, a Columbia coalition of students and artistic professionals, will be putting on a Labor Day event to creatively protest the recent civil unrest in Ferguson.