New season, new stage for Maplewood Barn Community Theatre

The theater's old stage was installed after a fire destroyed it in 2010. That stage was meant to be temporary and wore-out after a short time in the spotlight. Volunteers tore out the old outdoor stage Wednesday and began installation of a weather-durable stage.

City Council candidates describe ward-specific priority issues

Candidates for three seats on the Columbia City Council respond to a question from the Missourian on specific issues in their ward they look to make a priority if elected to City Council — including infrastructure, affordable housing, tenants' protection, public safety and public parking.

Candidates hope to champion personal causes with council election

The candidates for Columbia City Council said there are many causes — increased polarization in city council, transparent fiscal policy, improving infrastructure, diversity — that they hoped the council would resolve during their time on the council.

Police investigate robbery at Paris Road Break Time

A unidentified man took an undisclosed amount of money from the register before fleeing south on Paris Road, according to a police report. 

Dietary guidelines serve up deficit for Columbia Public Schools

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans led to new regulations for the National School Lunch Program, which require schools to serve healthier, often more expensive food. That's part of the problem, says the director of Nutrition Services for Columbia Public Schools: The funding doesn't go far enough.

Despite years of job growth in Columbia, REDI strives for more

Incubators and new marketing strategies are intended to bring more employment opportunities to town.

Children, parents go batty at Columbia Public Library

Children and parents created bat-related crafts Thursday at the Columbia Public Library. Patrons made crafts based on author Brian Lies' book "Bats at the Library" in honor of Week of the Young Child, which encourages learning for young children.

WEATHER FROM PLANET BOONE: The weekend weather forecast with John Schneller

As spring unfolds, morels are making their march north.

Law professor Ben Trachtenberg elected MU Faculty Council chair

Nicole Monnier, who teaches Russian at MU and is the director of undergraduate studies in the German and Russian Studies Department, was named vice chair.


Death Notices for April 3

Death notices for Lloyd F. Yoest and Helen Hammond.

One Read panel narrows selection to two books

Now is the time for the public to decide which book will be chosen for the community to read for One Read this year.

As rapid growth continues, downtown's future remains uncertain

The relatively open-ended C-2 zoning guidelines that govern downtown development might be a reason why student housing has sprouted up in recent years. An amendment to the zoning card was added by the Columbia City Council to restrict height of buildings and to require adequate parking.

One last round: Speakers duke it out over propositions at candidate forum

Propositions 1 and 2, as well as the Columbia City Council's role in citizen's lives, were discussed at the final candidate forum Thursday night.

UPDATE: LSU's Kurpius chosen as next dean of Missouri School of Journalism

David Kurpius, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management and a professor in the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University, will succeed Dean Mills, who has led the Journalism School for 25 years.

Derby Ridge Elementary wins CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grant

CenturyLink awarded a $1,967 grant to the school to fund a mobile technology station.

Columbia's Pedestrian Safety Campaign kicks off, cracks down on cyclists, jaywalkers

Starting Wednesday, Columbia police issued warnings to pedestrians and bicyclists violating traffic laws, such as jaywalking or biking on sidewalks. On Monday, the Police Department will start issuing tickets. 


Sierra Club endorses Rasmussen for First Ward council seat

The club selected Rob Rasmussen based on his responses to the club’s questionnaire about environmental issues.


Patricia's Foods recycling drop-off removed as Moser's takes over location

Patricia's Foods is losing its recycling drop-off location as it switches ownership to Moser's Foods. This is the third recycling site the city has discontinued. 

City Council candidates discuss strategies for creating jobs, boosting economy

Candidates from the First, Second and Sixth wards answered Missourian reporters questions regarding economic development strategies.

City Council candidates offer their 2 cents on downtown development, zoning

All 13 candidates for three open Columbia City Council seats weighed in on the future and past of downtown Columbia.