• Columbia to create new task force to prevent housing discrimination Posted on 18 February 2018 at 6:58pm

    COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia plans to pull together a group of professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on eliminating discrimination in its housing market. 

    Columbia’s Housing Programs Supervisor, Randy Cole, said the city has been eyeing the creation of a Fair Housing Task Force for a while. He said every five years, the city does an analysis of the its fair housing issues, such as economic and racial segregation, access to opportunities, affordable housing, etc. 

  • Mobility-impaired hunters, children come together for annual pheasant hunt Posted on 18 February 2018 at 3:07pm

    CENTERTOWN - A warm, but blustery Sunday morning carried the smell of gunpowder over Rock Creek Road in Centertown, a smell not unfamiliar to the families and friends gathered. Dozens of orange-clad volunteers, children and disabled hunters were preparing for a full day of shooting at the annual Batchel/Henry Mobility-Impaired and Youth Pheasant Hunt.

    The free event, put together by the non-profit organization Missouri Disabled Sportsmen, aims to give hunters who struggle with maneuvering the outdoors a chance to get back to what they know best.

  • Free online training for officers could free up time for Columbia police Posted on 18 February 2018 at 11:14am

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department will soon be supplementing classroom training with online courses, according to Public Information Officer Bryana Larimer.

    Virtual Academy, a professional police training program, will be free to Columbia police for the first year thanks to support from the Missouri Police Chief's Association.

  • UPDATE: Homeowners not injured as fire guts Boone County home Posted on 18 February 2018 at 10:53am

    BOONE COUNTY - A fire destroyed a home on East Mount Hope Road early Sunday morning.

    Boone County Fire Protection District captain Martina Pounds said crews arrived at 6861 E. Mount Hope Road around 6:13 a.m. to find fire coming though the roof.

  • Eric Hosmer leaves Kansas City Royals Posted on 18 February 2018 at 1:04am

    Eric Hosmer is leaving the Royals.

    Hosmer signed an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres for
    for around $144 million, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The contract comes with an opt-out cause after five years, according to the Kansas City Star.

  • Columbia students build skills and friendships at local chess tournament Posted on 17 February 2018 at 6:22pm

    COLUMBIA - More than 100 students gathered to compete in the 2018 Columbia Elementary & Middle School Scholastic Chess Tournament at Lange Middle School Saturday.

    It's an event that's been held since the late 1990s and has amassed a large group of dedicated participants throughout the years.

  • Two Columbia dance teams come together to showcase talent Posted on 17 February 2018 at 5:49pm

    COLUMBIA - The Father Tolton Catholic High School Blazers and the Battle High School Spartan Sparklers came to share their love for dance Saturday.

    The two teams hosted the inaugural Blazer/Battle Showcase. 

  • Ashland Police are creating a stronger presence in Southern Boone schools Posted on 17 February 2018 at 5:36pm

    ASHLAND – The Ashland Police Department is taking precautionary measures after a school shooting at a Florida high school. The shooting in Florida left 17 people dead. 

    The department said it will be placing an officer in school buildings at various times during school hours at the Southern Boone County School District. The police department made the announcement on it's Facebook page Friday. The post received over 500 shares. 

  • Junior chefs compete in cooking competition Posted on 17 February 2018 at 4:40pm

    OSAGE BEACH – Elementary students displayed their creativity on Saturday.

    Hy-Vee hosted a Junior Chefs Energy Bite competition.

  • Driver flees fatal hit-and-run on I-70 Posted on 17 February 2018 at 3:34pm

    COLUMBIA - Columbia police were unsure Saturday who drove a vehicle they believe hit and killed a man on I-70. 

    In a news release, police said 35-year-old Jerry Martin, of Florissant, was walking on I-70 westbound at mile marker 129.6 when the vehicle hit him.