Jamie Hobbs

Jamie Hobbs hails from Southeastern Missouri, and is a senior at the Missouri School of Journalism. She is also studying Spanish. She specializes in reporting stories on the environment and human rights.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back event took place Friday and Saturday in Boone County. Officials collected 826 pounds of medications from seven locations throughout the county. This year’s event collected the third-highest amount of medications since the program began eight years ago. Major Tom Reddin, chief deputy in Boone County, says the take-back events remove a lot of potentially dangerous drugs from the county.

A student-run program on MU’s campus met a large fundraising goal a year early. In 2014, MizzouThon made a five-year pledge to raise $1 million for the neonatal intensive care unit at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital. On Saturday during MizzouThon’s 13 hour dance marathon, the program met that goal one year early after raising over $300,000.

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Greg Steinhoff celebrated with a few dozen supporters as he again won a seat on the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees. Steinhoff was a trustee on the hospital’s board from 1999 to 2005, and he says the hospital’s current situation is much different.

Two candidates are running in Tuesday’s municipal election to fill the open seat on the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees.

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Following the sudden resignation Thursday of former Callaway County Collector Pam Oestreich, State Auditor Nicole Galloway is working to expedite an audit of the collector’s office. The FBI is also investigating allegations against the collector involving the county’s checking account, according to the Associated Press. Denise Hubbard, the Callaway County clerk, will be overseeing tax records from the collector’s office.

“We are also working with the state auditor’s office to get an audit of the collector’s office done so that we can clear everything that’s in there and expedite opening the office as well,” Hubbard says.

Today, high school students across the country participated in a walkout to commemorate lives lost a month ago in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida.

Local high schoolers also participated in walkouts.


Students across the nation are planning a walkout set for Wednesday in wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, nearly a month ago. Local Columbia students are reportedly planning to participate as well.

The walkout is expected to take place at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes, in honor of the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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The Sharp End Heritage Committee dedicated a new trail marker Tuesday morning for the African American Heritage Trail. The trail through downtown Columbia will provide 15 markers, each of which will commemorate a different historical location of the pre-1960s African American community known as the Sharp End.

Various businesses and individuals throughout Columbia are set to sponsor the future markers. The one dedicated Tuesday was sponsored by Veterans United Home Loans.