A fish that glows

In Tyler Moore’s 20-gallon aquarium, white clouds, goldfish, swordtails and other orange and red fish swirl, making a color coordinated blur. After adding three new GloFish to his tank, Moore was satisfied with the effect.

“They school with my white clouds,” Moore said.

Hindman to seek record fourth term as mayor

The only mayor in Columbia’s history to seek a fourth term in office, Mayor Darwin Hindman, 70, announced Thursday he will seek re-election on April’s ballot.

Hindman, initially elected in 1995 after beating out five other candidates for the position, is in his third term as Columbia’s mayor. He has run unopposed for the non-paying position since 1998.

Mo. woman awarded Bronze Star

After serving four months in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Leonard returned safely home to her life in St. Louis as a systems manager for Washington University.

Although she has been home for months, she cannot forget the soldiers she served with, especially the 35 who were injured in a mortar attack that hit the Corps Support Command on Wednesday. During her time in Iraq, Leonard, along with Maj. Douglas L. Gifford and Sgt. Brett Slaughter, were in charge of tracking the movements and combat of the Third Corps Support Command.

Aiming for the last word

A silence falls over the gymnasium filled with students seated on the carpeted floor at Midway Heights Elementary School. The first contestant steps up to the microphone. The word is “bond,” and the speller slowly delivers the letters one by one.

“That is correct,” said Wende Geitz, the media specialist and spelling bee coordinator at Midway Heights.

Dentists look to spot signs of abuse

Dentists, like all health care professionals in Missouri, are required by law to report evidence of abuse or neglect of their young patients.

Now, some dentists want to strengthen a program that teaches oral-health professionals how to diagnose and report potential abuse situations. The Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness program was started in 1992 by Lyn Mouden, a Weston, Mo., dentist.

Heat funds run low as requests increase

More than 120,000 people in Missouri depended on heating assistance programs last winter, but Community Action Agencies and the Missouri Public Service Commission fear they will run out of money to help this year.

The nationwide Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps people living below or just above the poverty level pay their heating bills.

Green light, green thumb

Hoop houses aren’t exactly a phenomenon of modern science. They’re merely a cheap version of the conventional greenhouse and have been around for decades.

Yet these simple structures are proving an effective way of growing crops at odd times of the year in an organic environment.

Tigers offense facing trouble zone

The Missouri offense might have met its match.

The 2-3 zone defense, nemesis of free-flowing offenses, has given the Tigers fits this season.

Tigers aim to rebound against KU

Many things have come and gone in Marian Washington’s 31 years as coach of the Kansas Jayhawks.

Washington made her first trip to Hearnes Center in 1978, three years after the building opened. In that game, the Jayhawks escaped with a 70-69 victory.

Frustrating finish

Almost doesn’t count in wrestling.

K.C. Pescaglia dominated his match but still came up short for Hickman on Thursday.

Kewpies face rare challenge

Picking on smaller in-state opponents has been quite the remedy for the Hickman girls’ basketball team after its first and only loss.

To keep their new winning streak going, the Kewpies will have to pick on a team from Kansas much more their size.

Energy helps Cougars net easy victory

Energy plus enthusiasm equals victory. It’s a simple formula but one that’s worked for the Columbia College men’s basketball team all season.

The Cougars used another outstanding defensive effort to defeat Peru State (Neb.) 89-48 on Thrusday at the Arena of Southwell Complex. The Cougars (16-1) held the Bobcats to one second-half field goal.