John Blattel [Photo]

John Blattel, Columbia’s interim director of the city Finance Department, has been promoted to permanent director of the city Finance Department, City Manager Bill Watkins announced on Monday.

Ryan Ferguson petition for writ of habeas corpus [Document]

VIDEO: Columbia's snow starts to melt [Photo]

Unseasonably warm temperatures during the weekend melted some of Columbia's snow.

Victoria Guida [Photo]

Victoria Guida is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism and political science with an emphasis in international relations.

Columbia widower remembers his wife on Valentine's Day [Video]

Clyde Krager, a resident at Terrace Retirement Community, was married to his wife, Anna Bell, for 61 years. Since her death in 2009, Clyde has held onto her memory. In this Valentine’s Day video, he shares what the holiday meant to the two of them.

McCormick holds off Iowa State [Photo]

Missouri sophomore Nathan McCormick struggles to maintain leverage against Iowa State freshman Ben Cash. McCormick won the match between 133-pound wrestlers.


One man perished in a trailer home fire Saturday night at a mobile home community off Old Millers Road.

Roses are prepared for Valentine's Day [Photo]

Hailey Stamper prepares bouquets of freedom roses by soaking the stems in water on Saturday at My Secret Garden, located downtown on Broadway.

Chandra Oleksiewicz shops for Valentine's Day [Photo]

Chandra Oleksiewicz browses for Valentine's Day gifts for her children on Saturday at My Secret Garden, located downtown on Broadway.

MU student paints for love and tolerance [Photo]

MU student Kirsten Duncan spray-paints a peace sign as a way of promoting love and tolerance in front of Hatch Hall on Saturday. Duncan initiated the sign-painting as a response to the graffiti incident that left a sculpture in front of the residence hall marred by a racial slur.

MU softball player Kristin Nottelmann at the Black and Gold game [Photo]

Missouri pitcher Kristin Nottelmann winds up during the Black and Gold exhibition game on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011.

Hickman boys basketball player Cory Riley vs. Ozark [Photo]

Hickman High School's Cory Riley guards Ozark High School's Cody Holzer on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at Columbia College. The Hickman Kewpies lost the game 90-68.

MU women's basketball player Shakara Jones vs. Oklahoma [Photo]

Missouri forward Shakara Jones, left, grabs a rebound in front of Oklahoma's, from rear, forward Lyndsey Cloman, guard Morgan Hook and forward Carlee Roethlisberger.

MU men's basketball player Justin Safford vs. Oklahoma [Photo]

Missouri basketball player Justin Safford calls for the ball in the post against Oklahoma freshman Cameron Clark on Saturday, Feb. 12 at Mizzou Arena. Missouri beat Oklahoma 84-61 and improved its record to 15-0 at home.

Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream opens for one day [Photo]

Emma O'Connell and her daughter, Lula, eat ice cream today at Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream. The shop had a one day opening because of the warm weather — today's high is 46 degrees. Sparky's will open for the season at a later date.

Kristin Nottelmann prepares to pitch [Photo]

Kristin Nottelmann winds up her pitch on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at the MU softball Black and Gold exhibition game.

Missouri and Oklahoma face off Saturday [Photo]

Laurence Bowers and Cade Davis prepare to take their chance at the ball at Saturday's game on Feb. 12.

MU students rally against racial hate crime at Hatch Residence Hall [Photo]

MU freshmen Mecca Wilkerson, left, and Arial Ruffin, right, draw messages of love and peace on a sign in front of Hatch Residence Hall Saturday while Jillian Smith, center, quietly observes. The sign painting was a response to an incident that occurred at Hatch Hall Saturday morning — a statue outside the residence hall was marked with offensive graffiti.

Man dies in trailer fire [Photo]

Boone County Fire Department responds to a fatal fire at 5:40 p.m. today at Old Millers Drive. The cause of the fire is unknown, and the man who lived in the trailer was not able to be resuscitated, Boone County Fire Chief Scott Olsen said.

Rock Bridge's Maggie Washer finishes second in 100-yard freestyle [Photo]

Rock Bridge High School's Annie Rumpf swims in the second heat of the girls' 100-Yard Freestyle Saturday at Hickman Pool.