Salvaging history

Nestled near the bank of the Missouri River on a quiet gravel road is an aging and abandoned country store. Signs featuring bold red letters on the peeling white paint declare the old wooden structure to be the Easley Store.

The building has stood for 114 years and served the Easley area almost that entire time, enduring even the Missouri River floods of 1993 and 1995 before finally closing about five years ago.

Aid on way for farmers who employ Hispanics

An increasing number of mostly Mexican immigrants are growing, harvesting and packaging Missouri’s crops and meat. For these workers, finding housing, work and health care is often difficult.

Likewise, employers in agricultural businesses are struggling with language, the law and cultural differences in their attempt to make the workplace safer and more efficient.

Fugitives lured with fake giveaway

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — More than 100 people wanted for crimes ranging from passing bad checks to assault have been nabbed in an elaborate police sting that fooled suspects into thinking they were receiving unclaimed money.

Springfield police, under the guise of Jefferson City-based Missouri Settlement Retrieval Corp., sent out 1,200 certified letters to people wanted on outstanding warrants and said they were eligible for “unclaimed money or property to which you may be entitled.” If they didn’t respond, the letter said, they could forfeit the claims.

Demand for low-carb items is thinning out

Low-carb diets took the nation by storm last year. Local grocers scrambled to meet demand even as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts — a mass producer of high-carb foods — was forced to adjust earnings projections downward and to close stores and kiosks in Canada.

The holiday season and the rule of “what goes up must come down,” however, have contributed to a decline in demand for low-carb foods, as people are being lured back to the carb-laden world of bread and doughnuts.

Conscientious Christmas

This holiday season, the Schopp family decided to forgo their usual gift exchange, and instead of decorating homes they are focused on building them.

Laura Schopp e-mailed her four sisters and one brother to enlist their talents to raise money for Food for the Poor Inc., a Christian international aid organization that has distributed more than $1.7 billion in food and medical, educational and building supplies to countries in the Caribbean and Central America.

Slam dunked

It was not what Quin Snyder wanted, but the crowd at Mizzou Arena loved it when Marshall Brown finished the game with a 360 dunk.

The 6-foot-7 forward’s dunk capped off Missouri’s (6-4) amazing 56-53 comeback victory against Indiana (2-5).

Tigers show heart in second half

Thomas Gardner walked slowly into the tunnel leading to Norm Stewart Court. Jason Conley followed closely behind.

They were composed. They were resolute. Their faces reflected no ill effects of a dismal first-half performance and neither did their play when they took to the court to begin the second half.

Hurt nose slows Indiana's Wright

Missouri had been wondering how exactly it was going to take Indiana guard Bracey Wright out of the game.

What happened probably wasn’t exactly what the Tigers had in mind. But an elbow to the face wasn’t enough to stop Wright