There’s no business like snow business

Lorenzo Williams wipes the sweat from his face and helps a customer select a “Little Nemo” from the “Summer Breezes sno-cone” menu that lists over 40 flavors. He washes his hands, turns on the rumbling ice shaver, and scoops the snow into a Styrofoam cup. He adds a colorful mixture of orange and blue syrup to the treat and tops it off with a bright green straw.

Hickman’s pride shows through loss

The Hickman baseball team’s five graduating seniors took a knee in left field to listen to their coach after their 13-4 loss to Fort Zumwalt South in Class 4 sectionals Thursday at Hickman.

Tough road ends for Kewps

The bleachers at Soccer Park in Jefferson City have been through a lot. Bright red paint chips off the weathered wood with every step, and the boards have become so wobbly that at the slightest movement fans reach for their food containers and chase their water bottles below their seats. But the bleachers still stand along a stretch of the soccer field, supporting screaming fans, win or lose. Despite rough conditions, the stands continue to do their job.

Bruins second at state meet

Rock Bridge was satisfied with its second-place finish Thursday in the Class 2 boys’ tennis state championship. The day featured some of the Bruins most competitive tennis.

MU looks to keep Lay’s grant

Money resulting from the sale of stock donated to MU by former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay, convicted Thursday of fraud, is worth about $1.8 million today, said Joe Moore, spokesman for the University of Missouri System.

Nonsmoking restaurants increasing

If you ask members of the Boone Liberty Coalition, Columbia doesn’t need a smoking ban ­— most restaurants will prohibit smoking within the next several years anyway.

Kewps stay focused on state meet

While most of the students at Hickman are focused on getting through their last day of finals today, eight members of the track team are on their way to Jefferson City to compete in the state track meet.

Rock Bridge hopes to see improved performance

After a seventh-place finish in last year’s state meet, the Rock Bridge track and field team has set its sights a little higher for this weekend’s state meet at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

Court serves up version of ‘tough love’ to nonviolent offenders

As Benji Baker stood in front of Boone County Drug Court Judge Christine Carpenter in March 2003, he tried to explain himself. He told her that he’d violated probation because he was trying to keep his father’s girlfriend, a crack cocaine user, away from his father, who was dying of cancer.

A chronology of Enron Corp. and criminal cases emerging from its collapse:

1985: Houston Natural Gas merges with InterNorth to form Enron. HNG CEO Kenneth Lay becomes CEO of combined company the following year.

Lay remembered locally as ‘nice guy’

The halls of Bethel Baptist Church rang with the laughter of graduating preschoolers on Thursday, shortly after a jury handed down guilty verdicts in the case of one of the Columbia church’s benefactors, Kenneth Lay.

Cheers and tears greet returning Mo. veterans

Handshakes, hugs, tears and jumping children welcomed home 44 soldiers in Jefferson City Thursday.

MU student wins trip to Africa

MU graduate student Casey Parks was riding her bicycle in Wichita, Kan., when she received the phone call.

Mother found guilty of abusing son, 6

The Columbia mother charged with forcing her son into a scalding shower as punishment last May was found guilty on all counts by 13th Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler in Boone County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Simulations encourage seat belt use

JEFFERSON CITY — I strapped myself in, anticipating the collision. Within seconds of being in motion, the vehicle came to an abrupt stop as my body continued to speed forward toward a metal panel that separated me from the pavement. But the seat belt stopped me.

Bank displays art by Grant students

Students from Grant Elementary School will have their artwork on display at Boone County National Bank through Wednesday, when the end of the exhibit will coincide with their last day of school.

Pedestrian safety takes new steps with grant

Only four people showed up Thursday afternoon for a public hearing on projects intended to improve bicycle lanes and to make major intersections more friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians.

Swim into the season

Working for the aquatics section of Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department isn’t just a summer job for Chris McCray.

Chance to defend title thrills Kewpies

It’s a sunny day on the verge of summer and Hickman students have just been dismissed from school. While most are leaving campus with their car windows down and music blasting, a group of young men wearing purple and white uniforms assemble on Hickman’s baseball field.

Target shooting loaded with camaraderie

Action pistol shooters are a unique group. National Rifle Association Press Chief Joe Roberts, 60, who has been involved in the sport since 1954 drew artistic parallels.