City, advocates debate at first "trash talk" forum

Wary citizens ask city officials questions about the proposed roll-cart trash system at Tuesday night's Second Ward trash forum.

Rodney Smith's life is a story of a self-made man

Columbia's community factotum has died at 86 after a life dedicated to making the city a better place to live.

Columbia Public Schools hopes to annex school land into city

The Columbia City Council is tentatively set to vote on the annexation of Battle High School and Battle Elementary School April 20. The annexation vote date is tentative because the council must first approve the annexation of Somerset Village.

Proposed Perche Creek Trail construction needs Boone County's approval

Mike Snyder, park development superintendent of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, asked the county for permission to build Perche Creek Trail over an abandoned section of Coats Lane. At the earliest, construction would begin in 2018.

Construction on 911 call center likely after Feb. 18

The new emergency management building will cost $9.93 million and be built by Columbia-based Little Dixie Construction.

Public Works Department to hold open house on Clark Lane sidewalk project

The Columbia Public Works Department will reveal new information about the proposed sidewalk along Clark Lane at an interested parties meeting Wednesday night at Daniel Boone City Building.

Woman hurt after motorcycle hits deer near Columbia

According to a report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Laura L. Bradshaw-Straub was riding north on Route B when she hit a deer on Sunday near Columbia.

Stephens College, MU rank among top 50 best fashion institutes worldwide

Stephens College and MU are among the top 50 fashion institutes in the world, according to a recent ranking by the independent fashion news website Fashionista. Columbia, which is home to both schools, has more notable fashion institutes than fashion capitals such as Chicago and Milan.

Ashland may be a role model for the future of Columbia's trash system

Columbia is considering implementing a roll-cart system of trash collection, which is what the town of Ashland has used since 2012.

Columbia School Board approves budget amendments, hears mental health update

The board received an update on mental health and how the school district will treat students with mental illnesses.

Boone County hires Columbia native as new director of 911 communications

Shelton's career took him from Columbia to Kansas City to Greenville, North Carolina. He said he is happy to be back in Columbia, especially because he will be closer to his children and grandchildren.

High school students prepare for Poetry Out Loud

The event will feature winning students from nine high schools. The event is free and open to the public.

Despite court date Tuesday, Missouri basketball's D'Angelo Allen makes trip to South Carolina

With the possibility of Missouri basketball playing with only seven scholarship players Tuesday, freshman D'Angelo Allen traveled to South Carolina despite a Tuesday court date.

Boone County Health Department warns against shigella outbreak

There have been 42 cases of the bacterial infection in the county in the past three weeks. Boone County has averaged six cases a year for the past five years.

RadioShack at Columbia Mall to close

The Columbia Mall RadioShack is one of more than 1,700 locations that RadioShack announced it would be closing in the near future.

Missouri legislator proposes banning local minimum wage laws

Rep. Caleb Rowden of Columbia says the bill will ensure that businesses don't have to deal with regulations that vary across the state.

WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Missouri football announces signing punter Corey Fatony; finalists named for School of Journalism dean

Other top stories this week include a look at the report detailing the death of Columbia firefighter Bruce Britt and a look at public opinion on a proposed single-use plastic bag ordinance.


'Speaking of Culture' series shines light on Hugh Hefner for Valentine's Day

MU history professor Steven Watts sifted through a number of Playboy documents, including Hugh Hefner's 1,800 volume autobiographical scrapbook, to research his book.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Beer growler bill, Missouri men's basketball and Battle High School win

Other photos from this week include a symposium on freedom of speech, Missouri gymnastics and a high school swim meet.

City staff signals interest in hiring consultant for CoMO Connect

The consultant would evaluate the six-month-old bus system and provide feedback to help the city come up with a master plan. CoMO Connect is the first step in restructuring the city's transit system.