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Jaret Holden

Jaret is a senior Science and Agricultural Journalism major. He’s a native of Birch Tree, MO.

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Southern Boone Area YMCA recently received a large donation to help with building a new facility in Ashland.

University of Missouri Healthcare donated $450,000 to assist in building the new complex.

The building will include a fitness center, group exercise room, multipurpose room and a child watch room.

Kip Batye, branch director for the YMCA, says that support from MU Healthcare has been critical for the project.

Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

Southern Boone Area YMCA recently received a large donation to help with building a new facility in Ashland.

University of Missouri Healthcare donated $450,000 to assist in building the new complex.

The building will include a fitness center, group exercise room, multipurpose room and a child watch room.

Kip Batye, branch director for the YMCA, says that support from MU Healthcare has been critical for the project.

The city council’s commission on Bicycle and Pedestrian safety met Wednesday to discuss the impact of scooters on the city.

The City of Columbia and Bird Scooters are working out a plan to allow the scooters to safely operate in the city for a year. City officials have been negotiating details with the company but a deal has not yet been reached. 

Columbia Access Television is a community organization highlighting local citizen’s voices. Now, the non-profit may have to do it with less money.

The group has struggled with budget problems in recent years as the city turns to them to make cuts. This year was no different as the most recent city budget proposal doesn’t grant the organization any more funding. At one point, Columbia Access Television (CAT) received $200,000 per year from the city. That was cut to $100,000 four years ago and now CAT receives just $35,000 a year.

The California-based company Bird Scooters has launched scooter rentals in Columbia without official signoff from MU. Campus officials say the company dropped the scooters nearby in mid-August and students have been using them on campus. Use of the scooters is causing safety concerns at the university.

MU spokesperson Liz McCune, says if students plan to use the scooters they should do so off sidewalks, off campus and wear helmets.

Columbia Voters Approve Water Bond Issue by Large Margin

Aug 8, 2018

Columbia residents voted overwhelmingly in support of a $42.8 million water bond issue in Tuesday’s primary election.

The final results, reported at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, showed “yes” on the water bond issue had received 19,289 votes and almost 82 percent of the overall vote.

The bond issue will be used to fund rehabilitation projects for the aging McBaine Water Treatment Plant as well as upgrades to the city’s wells and water distribution system.

  

High school students from around the state took part in an Emerging Leaders Conference which wrapped up on Wednesday.

About 80 students participated in the three day event which allowed them to get a firsthand look at the legislative process by debating a handful of bills on the floor of the Missouri House.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators approved a system-wide tuition increase of 2.1 percent for the coming academic year at its meeting today.

However, under an agreement reached with lawmakers, the campuses will only charge 1 percent more to in-state undergraduate students in exchange for protecting the university’s state funding.

Legislators passed a budget with core funding remaining the same as last year while allowing for additional funding for projects such as the Springfield medical campus and the joint pharmacy program.

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It was over 70 years ago that the Tuskegee Airmen fought their first battle in WWII and Thursday one of the last surviving members spoke to a crowd at the veteran’s hospital.

James Shipley was a mechanic with the African-American aviator group at 19 years old. He was trained in Tuskegee, Alabama and later stationed in Italy. Shipley spoke about his experiences in the war and how he was personally impacted by race relations and discrimination during that time period.

“We were treated differently in Italy than we were in the United States. We didn’t really face discrimination like we did in the States,” said Shipley.

Jaret Holden

Candidates running for Columbia Public Schools Board of Education talked about issues in a forum hosted Thursday by the Columbia Board of Realtors.

Four candidates participated in the forum. There are two open seats on the board with Christine King seeking reelection. The other candidates are Ben Tilley, Susan Blackburn and Tyler Lero. The fifth candidate, Teresa Maledy, didn’t attend.

King said her prior experience working for the Columbia Montessori School was what equipped her for serving on the school board the past nine years.

Jaret Holden

Candidates running for Columbia City Council faced questions in a forum hosted Thursday by the Columbia Board of Realtors.

Three candidates took part in the forum. In Ward 2, incumbent Michael Trapp is seeking a third term but will face opposition from Paul Love. Council member Betsy Peters is running unopposed in Ward 6.

A point of contention was when Love said Trapp had a conflict of interest in developments in the city based on the business Trapp owns.

“That is one of the prime reasons I am running. I am not a huge fan of crony-councilmen,” Love said.