• Centralia church plans to rebuild after fire Posted on 20 March 2018 at 10:30pm

    AUDRAIN COUNTY - The Friendship Christian Church held its monthly board meeting Tuesday night, but this time it had a different focus. The church burned down Saturday night. It’s a total loss. 
    “The assumption is we are going to rebuild,” Pastor Jed Angell said.
    The church is still holding services at 8 and 10 a.m. Sundays at Friendship Place in Centralia. The building members are using now was just used for youth, but now it’s going to be used for the entire congregation. 
    The board members opened the meeting with prayer asking for guidance on their next steps.
    “Why don’t we go straight to the reason we’re all here,” a board member said.
    The Little Dixie Fire Department called the fire “accidental electrical.”
    “There’s kind of a weird excitement. It’s kind of odd to think about that, but after the initial shock and the initial grieving or mourning about what you’re looking at just to be totally destroyed, after that moment, then you look forward,” Angell said.
    The board decided to send thank you notes to all the fire departments that responded. Angell said the fire departments worked hard to try to save anything they could.
    The board talked about everything from buying new chairs to what the new building will look like. They approved purchasing 100 chairs to get back on their feet. “Or we could just stand like our brothers and sisters in third world countries,” Angell joked.
    A lot of the equipment that was destroyed in the fire belonged to church members. Angell said, “We’ve already purchased about $15,000 of musical equipment.”
    “I got a phone call this morning from a church in Slater, Missouri,” a board member said. “The pastor brought a $555 check to us today, we also had another call from a church in Columbia.” 
    Angell said there’s an $880,000 limit for the building itself on the insurance policy, which they hope to get soon. 
    Angell and the rest of the board are hopeful for the next steps in the rebuilding process.
    The president of the board ended the meeting saying, “This too shall pass.”

  • Local web developer weighs in on Facebook data scandal Posted on 20 March 2018 at 9:09pm

    COLUMBIA - The New York Times reported this weekend that a political firm the 2016 Trump campaign hired accessed private data of more than 50 million Facebook profiles. Cambridge Analytica offered the campaign tools that could identify the personalities of voters and influence their behavior. 

    The data harvested includes details of users' identities, friend networks and likes. Cambridge Analytica used the data to craft targeted ads for digital audiences. 

  • Boone County Fire District will stop responding to calls in Columbia city limits Posted on 20 March 2018 at 9:05pm

    COLUMBIA - The Boone County Fire Protection District will only serve fire and medical emergency calls within the county limits beginning April 3.

    “From the fire district’s perspective we were responding to substantially more calls in the city than the city was responding in the fire district,” said Bill Watkins, the Director of Boone County Fire Protection District Board.

  • Mizzou baseball prepares for Arkansas State Posted on 20 March 2018 at 5:30pm

    COLUMBIA - The No. 25 Missouri Tigers baseball team who recently captured one win in their three game series against LSU this past weekend, prepares for their upcoming five-game homestand.

  • Human rights activist group protests to halt inmate's execution Posted on 20 March 2018 at 4:36pm

    JEFFERSON CITY- Members of Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation and Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP) hosted vigils for life Tuesday afternoon for a Missouri inmate set to be executed Tuesday evening.

    Russell Bucklew, 49,  was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, Michael Sanders, in the late 90s. He also kidnapped and raped his ex-girlfriend, Stephanie Ray.

  • Students, families discuss a "culture of belonging" in Columbia Public Schools Posted on 20 March 2018 at 4:26pm

    COLUMBIA – Students and parents gathered Tuesday night to discuss the importance of a “culture of belonging” throughout Columbia Public Schools.

    Two local organizations, Worley Street Roundtable and Faith Voices of Columbia, organized the forum between community members and school board candidates.

  • Report reveals Alzheimer's disease the sixth leading cause of death Posted on 20 March 2018 at 5:56pm

    COLUMBIA - A report by the Alzheimer's Association reveals there is a sharp increase in the prevalence of Alzheimer's and the cost of caring for the patients.

    Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death the U.S. and in the state of Missouri. In 2015, there were more than 2,000 people who died from Alzheimer's in Missouri.

  • UM Board of Curators review renovation, construction priorities Posted on 20 March 2018 at 2:14pm

    COLUMBIA - The UM Board of Curators' Finance Committee met on Tuesday to review project plans for all UM campuses and their associated timelines.

    Campus officials from MU, UMSL, UMKC and Missouri S&T reaffirmed their "priority projects" and expressed their funding needs.

  • Columbia girl featured in St. Jude's commercials dies of cancer Posted on 20 March 2018 at 2:09pm

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A 10-year-old girl and cancer patient who was featured in commercials for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and honored at several sporting events has died.

  • Greitens next hearing scheduled, wants to move trial date up Posted on 20 March 2018 at 1:05pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is expected to ask a judge to move up his criminal trial to start in two weeks, more than a month earlier than scheduled.