January 2, 2014
Becca Stock’s classroom is in a trailer at Smithton Middle School. The room is covered with posters, some of which tell about the students and where they come from: Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, Iraq, Kazakhstan, China, Thailand, Rwanda and more.
January 1, 2014
Columbia's first 2014 baby, Emma Grace, was born at Women's and Children's Hospital. Noah Martin Reveley was the first New Year's baby at Boone Hospital Center.
About 80 people decided to bundle up Wednesday and explore the trails at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park as part of the nationwide First Day Hikes program.
December 31, 2013
Entertainment is offered for all ages at Columbia Eve Fest on Tuesday night.
Lots of cats are available for adoption at the Central Missouri Humane Society, so it's having an adoption sale. Pet adoption fees were reduced to $20.14 during the event. The usual adoption rate is $75 for older cats and $100 for kittens.
December 30, 2013
Every thread, every yard of fabric, every pattern and everything else needs to be counted and matched against the computer inventory at Appletree Quilting and Viking Center. Millie Kaiser, the owner, had lots of help Monday from employees, family members and friends.
The "Wall of Hope" outside The Broadway Hotel on Short Street in downtown Columbia will remain open until the end of January. It unveiled Friday, and my Monday afternoon was nearly full of messages. Hotel staff said messages will be erased from time to time to make room for new ones.
Students participate in AVID, which is a national college readiness system that targets students in the academic middle who show a strong desire to attend college and are determined to work hard. The class, which consists of 21 sophomores chosen from more than 80 applicants, is graded and credited just like any other course. It teaches academic strategies but also focuses on providing social and emotional help for the students enrolled.
December 28, 2013
Members of Columbia's Baha'i community gather regularly in members homes to discuss scriptures and other world religions.
December 27, 2013
Employees at The Broadway-Columbia, a new hotel downtown, unveiled a new art exhibit Friday called the "Wall of Hope." People can stop by to write messages of hope for 2014.
Daniel Romero-Compain attends Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary and receives one-on-one attention from learning specialists who help him with interaction skills in structured situations. Daniel, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, often is challenged by new objects, situations and foods.
December 26, 2013
MU students in a textile and apparel management course designed a line of clothing for young working women with limited mobility as a market.
Lucas Wren, left, and George Wren work together at Wren's Shoe Repair Tuesday. The business, once run by George for 28 years, was re-opened by his son Lucas in April.
December 24, 2013
A law, signed in 2012 by Russian President Vladimir Putin, prohibits U.S citizens from adopting Russian children. Mark and Danette Robb of Columbia, who adopted Luke Konstantin Robb from Chelyabinsk, Russia, when he was 3 years old, dislike the ruling. Dannette Robb says when she heard the news she thought of "the children in orphanages who might never know the love of a family and the parents who long for children. Luke is now 8.
December 23, 2013
Columbia pawn brokers assist customers find items in their shops. Pawn shops have been boosted by reality TV shows "Hardcore Pawn" and "Pawn Stars."
December 22, 2013
The Tigers' defeated Western Illinois 75-60 on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.
In the 2012-13 school year, 667 of the 879 students enrolled in AP and honors courses were white, 51 were black, 34 were Hispanic, 80 were Asian and 44 were multiracial. Of the 879 students, 133 received free or reduced-price lunch.
December 21, 2013
Missouri men's basketball lost its first game this season to Illinois, 65-64.
Freezing rain Saturday leaves much of Columbia covered in ice.
Tractors are decorated for the holidays Friday during the annual Centralia Lighted Tractor Parade.