Mayor Bob McDavid introduces the new Frontier Airlines route at a press conference at Columbia City Hall on August 16. (Behind McDavid, from left) Mike Matthes, Dan Atwell, Greg Steinhoff, John Glascock and Don Elliot.
The Columbia Regional Airport will offer nonstop flights to and from Orlando, Florida, beginning November 20. Frontier Airlines will fly 138 passengers directly between the Columbia Regional Airport and the Orlando International Airport in Florida on the Airbus 319. Mayor Bob McDavid told reporters at a press conference Thursday that the new route will increase the airport’s passenger traffic by 27 percent.
As public school starts Thursday in both Columbia and Jefferson City, those school districts are dealing with a surge in student enrollment. To deal with this, the districts have hired several teachers at the last minute to maintain a healthy ratio of students to instructors.
Although enrollment numbers are expected to fluctuate for the next few weeks, Columbia and Jefferson City have added several teachers at the elementary level to accommodate the influx of younger students.
Donors have stepped forward to make sure a rally to support Muslims in Joplin will be held.
The Neighbors — Joplin Mosque Rally will be held Saturday at Landreth Park.
Organizer Ashley Carter said several people contributed about $2,500 this week to fund the rally, which will feature speakers and entertainment.
The event was planned after a suspicious fire destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin's mosque on Aug. 6. A reward totaling $25,000 has been offered for information on the fire. The FBI is investigating.
Electric bills are on the way down for some residents of western Missouri, thanks to a decline in fuel prices.
The Missouri Public Service Commission has reduced the fuel adjustment charge for Kansas City Power & Light's Greater Missouri Operations. Fuel adjustment clauses allow power companies to adjust rates for changes in the price of natural gas.
A state House member from southwest Missouri says he'll seek a recount after a narrow loss in his Republican primary election.
Election results certified in Greene County this week show incumbent Thomas Long losing to challenger Jeff Messenger by 28 votes in the Aug. 7 primary. Long told the Springfield News-Leader on Wednesday he'll ask to have the ballots in the 130th House District counted again.
Missouri law allows candidates to request recounts if they lose by less than 1 percent of the total vote.
Ed Greiman, a cattle producer and president-elect of the Iowa Cattlemen, climbs onto the front of a truck hauling silage on his ranch near Garner, Iowa. Like other ranchers, he's getting a feel for what life would be like without a farm bill.
Roy Pralle is an 85-year-old retired farmer from Latimer, Iowa. He spends most afternoons playing cribbage with other retired farmers at Dudley's Corner, a diner attached to a gas station in north-central Iowa.