Special Sections

Steve Weaver, president of the Spartan Alliance, discusses plans for organization

Battle High School opted for a parent-teacher-student organization to make sure all the funds go to benefiting the school.

Eliot Battle talks about his wife and her accomplishments

Eliot Battle and his wife, Muriel, for whom the new high school is named, worked to help ease the tensions from school desegregation.

TIMELINE: A look at the history of Columbia's schools and the building of Battle

A look at events of Columbia Public School District.

PHOTO GALLERY: Construction of Battle High School

Freshmen, sophomore and junior classes will occupy the building in August.

Addition of new school prompts changes in school boundaries, structure

The opening of Battle High School means a change in the boundaries at the high school level and a change in the structure of middle and junior high schools.

EBOOK: Dawn breaks on Battle High School

A downloadable PDF of the Missourian's special section on the opening of Battle High School. The school officially opens June 3 for summer school.

Battle area to see more traffic and development

New roads in the area around the high school are planned to help relieve the congestion, and homeowners there may see a silver lining in the coming years with increased property values.

YEARS OF PROGRESS: Columbia works to balance population, infrastructure

The Missourian profiled how Columbia has developed in recent years, what issues the city has faced and how growth has affected members of the community.

Moving past recession, developer Fred Overton puts subdivisions on the map

In the past 10 years, land developer Fred Overton has watched housing sales boom and bust. As the market recovers from the recent recession, he's regaining ground while clawing his way through the obstacles to a full recovery.

Jim Shaw fights to keep rural lifestyle as city growth surrounds his farm

Late last year, the Boone County Regional Sewer District used eminent domain to acquire just under 20 acres of land from cattle farmer Jim Shaw. It will be used for a water treatment plant.

Teacher Beth Newton takes classroom technology to a new level

Beth Newton incorporates iPads, laptops, a SMART Board, electronic probes and cameras into classroom to help transform the way her students learn.

For more than 75 years, Ernie's Cafe has built success on consistency

Ernie's Cafe & Steak House has kept its same, consistent diner theme since it opened in 1934 and is still enjoyed by regulars, generations of downtown customers and newcomers alike.

Downtown Columbia is canvas for third-generation builder

Tony Grove's appreciation for downtown Columbia inspires him to work toward diversifying apartments to attract folks of different ages and backgrounds.

Psychology professor Kenneth Wang has spent a lifetime adjusting to change

An assistant professor in the MU Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, Kenneth Wang cultivates a global perspective in his classes, introducing Americans to cultural experiences or easing the transition for international students.

Cardiologist brings latest heart-mapping system to Boone Hospital

Jason Rytlewski is an electrophysiologist and cardiologist at Missouri Heart Center who performs procedures at Boone Hospital Center. He brought advanced heart mapping technology and specialized training to treat heart conditions the hospital could not handle before his arrival.

As MU and Columbia grow, developers say city's infrastructure lags

The construction of new housing and parking complexes pepper downtown Columbia, but this new growth comes at a cost to the city's aging infrastructure.

City expects to see most growth in east, southwest areas

Columbia's east and southwestern neighborhoods, especially ones with existing infrastructure, are expected to expand greatly in the next 20 years.

City has seen development, growth in past decade

About 50 housing developments have been built in Columbia since 2002.

GRAPHIC: Overview of Columbia's growth

Columbia and Boone County experienced steady growth until the economic recession in 2008.

Columbia in path of long-awaited expansion of Interstate 70

Interstate 70 is in disrepair and needs to be updated – it was built in the '50s and '60s and only expected to last into the 1980s – but there's no agreement on how to fund the renovation.