Festive foliage

Like the snowflakes accumulating outside during the MU Horticulture Club’s annual poinsettia sale, no two plants were alike.

Search of sauna nets four arrests

Boone County sheriff’s deputies arrested four people, including a husband and wife, and seized money, documents and condoms packaged in bulk from a massage parlor on North Missouri 763 on Saturday after nearby residents claimed that prostitution was going on at the business.

Deal to formalize developer promises

Earth-moving machines crawl across the nearly treeless plain that is the Grindstone Plaza development. A large crane hangs above the dust and concrete. A large tractor uses its jaws to make way for things to come.

Dream Factory, with Santa’s help, grants children’s wishes

The 7-year-old triplets test the limits of Santa’s lap, but he makes room for three children and three gifts.

A lifelong lesson

When Sheryl Chase began attending Stephens College in 1965, she had no major in mind and just wanted to go to college because “it was the thing to do.” Now, 40 years later, she is preparing to graduate Saturday from MU with an undergraduate degree in English.

Focus key to victory for Pell

During Matt Pell’s 15-2 major decision victory Sunday, there was a noticeable difference in his approach. He was calmer. He was more focused.

Rousing romp

The game was well in hand and had been since the first five minutes. Well, at least that’s what it seemed like to the fans at Mizzou Arena on Sunday to see the Missouri women’s basketball team earn its seventh straight win with a 88-34 victory against the Colonels of Nicholls State.

Bowl lets Missouri show team in action

Coach Gary Pinkel had a full plate over the weekend. One minute, he was organizing practice, intently preparing for Missouri’s game against South Carolina on Dec. 30 in the Independence Bowl, the next he was organizing dinners and mingling with parents of recruits on the sideline, turning on his softer, charming side.

A soldier's return

While many Americans hopped on planes to return to their families this holiday season, few traveled as far as Artez Briseno. This soldier returned to Columbia from Iraq one day after Thanksgiving to surprise his friends and family and rest two weeks before returning to complete his tour.

Jumping rope nets Hickman results

Hickman girls’ basketball coach Curt Riley has a constant reminder for his team: Hold the rope.

Rock Bridge guard shows quiet poise

Andrea Seabaugh has a quiet confidence about herself on the court. You won’t find her celebrating after a big shot. You won’t see her cracking a smile after a great pass. She’ll sometimes toy with defenders when she handles the ball, but not in a way that taunts them.

Air conditioning, summer school top agenda

The Columbia School Board will discuss summer school, air conditioning and graduation requirements at its meeting tonight.

Revised ordinance allows more oversight of logging

When heavy machinery was used to take down trees along Grindstone Parkway in 2003, Gene Busteed, Columbia’s city arborist, lacked the enforcement tools to investigate the extent of logging at what would become the future site of Grindstone Plaza.