• Columbia College awards veteran degree posthumously Posted on 15 December 2018 at 9:15pm

    COLUMBIA - Columbia College had a special moment during the graduation ceremony Saturday to honor a student who died in a car crash.

    Business management student Andrew Helmreich, 28, died in late October, just before completing his degree. The college awarded his family with a diploma to recognize his efforts. His family said they don’t know how to thank the college.

  • Jefferson City Diocese adds names to list of clergy accused of abuse Posted on 15 December 2018 at 8:31pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Diocese confirmed Saturday three people were added to its list of clergy accused of abuse. 

    In a bulletin passed out at the end of its Saturday mass, the diocese included a statement adding the names of Robert Duesdieker, Don Greene and Mel Lahr to its list of clergy accused and/or removed from ministry in the Diocese of Jefferson City. 

  • Radio station works to make community culturally aware Posted on 15 December 2018 at 10:10pm

    COLUMBIA - People gathered at Hickman High School on Saturday to celebrate holidays from several cultures.

    KOPN Community Radio hosted the Multicultural Holiday Rock.

  • 19-year-old woman shot near Aspen Heights Parkway Posted on 15 December 2018 at 5:40pm

    COLUMBIA - A 19-year-old woman was shot Saturday afternoon near Aspen Heights Parkway, police said.

    At around 2:40 p.m., police said they were notified about the woman who had a gunshot wound to the forearm.

  • Missouri State Capitol completes mural restoration project Posted on 15 December 2018 at 4:26pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Capitol has recently completed an effort to restore and conserve the building's murals that provide visitors with snapshots of the state's history.

    Neosho-born artist Thomas Hart Benton's "A Social History of the State of Missouri" was a focus of the preservation project, the Joplin Globe reported . Benton's murals give visitors a chronological guide through the lives of Missouri residents, from fur trading and early farming to a political gathering. Some of the artwork captures uglier parts of the state's history, such as slavery and the 1838 expulsion of Mormons from the western part of Missouri.

  • Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration Posted on 15 December 2018 at 9:53am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke , who's facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year's end.

    Trump tweets that Zinke "accomplished much during his tenure" and that a replacement would be announced next week. The Cabinet post requires Senate confirmation.

  • Tax credit helps YMCA expansion Posted on 15 December 2018 at 8:48am

    ASHLAND - The Southern Boone Area YMCA will build a new 15,714 square-foot facility in the next two years, if they receive more funding.

    The Missouri Department of Economic Development (MoDED) announced it will give $7.57 million to non-profit organizations this month, and the YMCA is one of the benefactors.

  • Man shot in Illinois suspected of fleeing to Missouri Posted on 15 December 2018 at 8:12am

    ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man who is suspected of fleeing to Missouri after officers shot him during a struggle in Illinois.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police identified the man as 34-year-old Todd Lockhart. Police officers in Alton, Illinois, tried to arrest him early Friday after a domestic disturbance call. Police confronted him while he was in a car in the street. They tried to arrest him and pull him from the vehicle, but he drove off.

  • Ex-coroner, already in prison for theft, convicted again Posted on 15 December 2018 at 8:09am

    PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A former county official from southeast Missouri already in prison on a conviction of exploiting the elderly has pleaded guilty to a new theft charge.

    Former Perry County coroner Herbert Miller entered the plea Wednesday. Sentencing is Jan. 29.

  • New Bloomfield prepares for police contract deadline Posted on 14 December 2018 at 10:47pm

    NEW BLOOMFIELD - The Holts Summit Police Department has offered to include New Bloomfield in its coverage area for the next year.

    At a Thursday work session, the New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen reviewed the proposal, a year-long $35,000 contract.