First Night: 15 venues, 70 performances, 13,000 people

On New Year’s Eve 1995, folk musicians Paul and Win Grace had to introduce themselves from the stage at the Episcopal Church. The duo was two songs into their concert, Win Grace recalls, when the lone First Night emcee rushed in from one of the other three venues and made the formal introduction.

Lawrence lines it up

Missouri guard Stefhon Hannah described practice over the last month as “hell.” His reasoning was Missouri’s two-game losing streak that, because of the team’s schedule, was stretched over 26 days.

Snow halts MU fan caravan in Roswell

MU students returning by bus Friday evening from watching the Missouri football team play in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, were caught in a snow storm in New Mexico.

Run great way to start year

Most people start their New Year’s resolutions on Jan. 1. The Columbia track club will start a day early.

Keon Lawrence starts to play heads up ball

It seems so easy, so elementary. It’s something young kids are told when they start playing basketball.

Car crash cuts off heat to 350 homes

A man suspected of driving drunk early Friday morning crashed his car into a natural gas regulator, causing a significant leak that forced the evacuation of four homes and cut off heat to about 350 more. He then abandoned his car and broke into a nearby house where the resident was sleeping upstairs, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Newest curator appointee says UM should be more affordable

The newest appointee to the University of Missouri Board of Curators was watching the Sun Bowl on his sun porch Friday as his son and daughter played in the backyard.

Two men rob adult store; no one hurt

An adult video rental and lingerie store was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night.

Tigers say disappointing finale doesn’t diminish season

Going into the 2006 season, the Missouri football team had high expectations for itself.

Offices closed Monday, Tuesday

Most city, county and federal offices will be closed Monday in observance of New Year’s Day.

Starter sidelined, but Bruins prevail

Rock Bridge’s five starters have led the Rock Bridge girls basketball team to five straight victories. But in Saturday’s game against St. Teresa’s Academy, The Bruins were forced to change their lineup.

Pair complement each other well, pace Kewps’ win

Senior Lauren Nolke and junior Yvonne Anderson, took turns making plays for the Hickman girls basketball team in its game Friday.

Town shaken by double murder

NEW BLOOMFIELD — Usually the talk around town in New Bloomfield is about the snow or the rain, but not this past week.

Second half energy burst sparks Tigers

Delores Hughley hobbled gingerly to the Arkansas-Pine Bluff bench after an injury in the first minute and a half of the team’s women’s basketball game Friday night against Missouri.

Alumni band together to provide some pep

In the top row of the Missouri women’s basketball pep band, a baritone player stands between two sousaphone players. Eric Kegley should be playing the sousaphone, but he was stuck with a secondary instrument that he hadn’t played in 12 years.

Boone County to get federal aid to help pay storm clean-up costs

Boone County will be eligible for federal aid to help cover clean-up costs of a snowstorm that dumped more than 16 inches of snow in some areas earlier this month.

Bike, Walk & Wheel Week coordinator is named

The city has tapped a new coordinator for the annual Mayor’s Challenge: Bike, Walk, & Wheel Week.

Foreign visitors look forward to volunteering at First Night

Five visiting Chinese scholars have signed up to be First Night volunteers as children’s art teachers, assisting younger children with art projects and cleanup.

Gunmen kick in front door, rob residents

Two Boone County residents were assaulted and robbed at gunpoint at a home on the 5100 block of Tony Street on Friday.

Reactions mixed in Columbia to execution

Experts and laypeople in Columbia took little satisfaction in the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and some predicted it would have little impact on the state of affairs in his war-torn country.