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2008-10-10 18:00:35

The joint city and county health department changed its name this month to the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services. Department spokeswoman Geni Alexander said the name reflects the more comprehensive nature the department has taken on in recent years, including the incorporation of the Office of Community Services. "Overall public health has facets like environmental health," the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program "and clinics," Alexander said....

2008-10-07 18:00:34

By JODIE JACKSON . Hallsville residents are taking the community's health care into their own hands. Nearly a year has passed since University Physicians loaded a moving truck and left the community without a health clinic. Now, legislation that puts the community in the driver's seat as a rural health pilot project could soon bring a clinic back to Hallsville. The Hallsville Area Development and Rural Health Corp. is interviewing doctors this week, looking for one or more physicians to...

2008-10-05 15:00:11

By KEN MIDKIF With gasoline prices hovering around $3.50 per gallon, there has been much talk of "staycations" vacationing at home. While staying at home, sleeping in your own bed and visiting local events and exhibitions might be appealing, there's nothing quite like going somewhere and seeing different things. It is not necessary to travel to faraway places and spend a bundle on fuel. Right here in Boone County there are enticing places to spend a few days without contributing to the...

2008-08-29 18:00:23

Missouri Task Force 1, a division of the Boone County Fire Protection District, has been activated to deploy to the Republican National Convention next week in St. Paul, Minn. The deployment will include roughly 80 people and four disaster search dogs, according to a news release from the fire district. The group also will also be equipped with 100,000 pounds of rescue, medical and support equipment. "The task force will be in a staging location near the event site for a quick response...

2008-07-23 18:00:30

By KAT HUGHES For more than 31/2 hours last night, a line of residents snaked from the podium to the back of a packed Columbia City Council chamber as residents waited patiently for their three minutes to weigh in on the GetAbout Columbia project. Some expressed support and some opposition, and in the end the city council scrapped one of the most controversial projects proposed. The city council held the special meeting to gather public comment on how to allocate the remaining $13...

2008-07-11 18:00:34

As temperatures continue to climb toward the 90s and beyond, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department is urging people to allow caution and common sense to dictate how much time they spend outside. The health department has set up eight cooling centers around town where people can get out of the hot weather and have access to drinking water. The following places are open to the public as cooling centers during normal business hours: - Activity & Recreation Center, 1707 W. Ash...

2008-07-11 18:00:18

Wildfires in California are so fierce that for the first time, Boone County volunteer firefighters are being called up to help battle the blazes scorching that state. Gale Blomenkamp, a division chief for the Boone County Fire Protection District, said a call for help this early in the season from a state with such a large pool of volunteers illustrates the severity of the situation. "We are in the eastern coordination area," Blomenkamp said this morning. "When they are reaching this far...

2008-06-20 18:00:28

By Sara Semelka, Columbia Daily Tribune, Mo. Jun. 20--The Missouri River in parts of Boone County is expected to stay above flood stage at least through the weekend. Boonville and Jefferson City are the closest points along the river for which the National Weather Service collects data. The river might remain above flood stage at Boonville through Monday, weather service meteorologist Maren Stoflet said. The water level is falling, however, and this morning was measured at about 24.8...