Policeman charged with stalking, fired

A six-year veteran of the Columbia Police Department has been dismissed from the force following his arrest Friday on suspicion of stalking a former girlfriend, using phone calls, letters and a vehicular tracking device.

The business of resolutions

Many people make New Year’s resolutions to live healthier lives, whether it be to join a gym, start a diet program or quit smoking. Businesses committed to helping people do that also benefit from their resolutions.

City provides online ­videos

After a Columbia City Council request to make video broadcasts produced by The Columbia Channel available to a wider audience, videos have been uploaded and are ready to access at the city government Web site, The videos run four to six minutes and feature recent broadcasts on topics such as tree recycling and energy conservation tips. The videos are posted free through an online video service provided by Google.

Did you hear about the party?

Art, music, magic and revelry spread throughout downtown Columbia Saturday night for the 11th annual First Night celebration. Organizers were expecting 12,000 people to attend the city’s alcohol-free community party, which was scheduled to culminate with two downtown processions to the Boone County Courthouse for a fireworks display and a midnight ball drop.

As he retires, Beck turns over tradition

Ray Beck treated his final news conference as Columbia’s city manager on Friday with his usual reserved but genial manner. More or less, he’s done this twice a month for the past two decades — sharing with citizens and the news media the agenda for upcoming City Council meetings and explaining them in laymen’s terms.

North sheriff’s base opened in Boone Co.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department expects a new substation that opened Friday to cut response time in half in the northern part of the county.

The allure of going pro

MU quarterback Brad Smith stands behind the center and waits for the snap. Second-and-10, with 8:56 to play, the Tigers are down by 10 to Iowa State. They need something big to win their Homecoming game on this unseasonably warm October afternoon. The center snaps the ball. Smith looks to pass. But the quarterback who holds the NCAA record for single-season rushing yards always has the option to run.

Exclamation point!

SHREVEPORT, LA. — Gary Pinkel had coached his Missouri team to a comeback win in the Independence Bowl, celebrated with a Gatorade shower, spoken with the media and returned to the locker room to shower — this time conventionally.

Seniors make last shot their best

For the Missouri football team’s seniors, this was it.

Hoop resolutions for 2006

The New Year doesn’t afford Missouri a new basketball season. This one’s in full swing. But it can provide a fresh start, of sorts.

Two Tiger fans who do it right

SHREVEPORT, LA. – If you were to write a manual on the intricacies of being a college football fan, you would be wise to consider Ron Fauss and Doc Bryson for your subjects.

Stopping Smith

SHREVEPORT, LA. - The focus of the South Carolina football team could be summed up in one statement Thursday, as the Gamecocks made final preparations for their Independence Bowl match up today against Missouri.

Missouri explores options

What exactly, if the situation was to arise, would a college basketball team do without their starting point guard and floor general?

Rice makes good, finally

Two years ago, Sidney Rice was a big deal. A star high school football and basketball player in Gaffney, S.C, he was one of those guys who everyone knew.

A friendship based on faith ... and fishing

There are more than 100 players on the Missouri football team, and some friendships seem to form naturally.

Shreveport's soiree

SHREVEPORT, La. — The Independence Bowl gets some Americans to turn on their televisions for a few hours at the end of the year. For big college football fans, it might even be a reason for temporary excitement before it becomes an afterthought in the shadow of more prestigious bowls.

Just in case you do get a hangover

The holiday season is renowned for overindulgence, and New Year’s Eve celebrations are no exception. But beware the aches and pains that accompany the morning after the night before.

Got a second? Everybody gets one more on Saturday

“5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... and 1 again! Happy New Year!”

Alcohol servers learn limits

Servers in 20 of Columbia’s bars and restaurants have learned the consequences of serving underage and intoxicated drinkers and how to avoid doing so through the voluntary State of Missouri Alcohol Responsibility Training online program.

Building bond issue floated

There’s a good chance Boone County voters will see a proposed bond issue and sales tax increase on their April 4 ballots. The measures would pay for an expansion of the county courthouse and other building projects.