Columbians revel in First Night celebrations

Hanna, 4, Angie, Jacob, 1, and Ben Liess watch Aesop's Fabulous Tales Puppet Show at the Missouri United Methodist Church as part of First Night celebrations on Monday. "It's totally cool," said Hanna of the puppet show. The Leisses participated in arts and crafts activities before attending the puppet show.

First Night got off to a slow start, but many expressed appreciation for the events and the performers. The chance to visit with family and friends as well as to help out were oft repeated themes.

Game time

The Cotton Bowl kicks off at 10:40 Tuesday in Dallas.

5K race attracts about 300 runners

Texas Welcomes Mizzou Fans

Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Dallas to enjoy the Comerica Bank New Year’s Parade, Monday afternoon, Dec. 31, 2007. The parade is one of many events preceding Tuesday's Cotton Bowl.

Chattanooga, Springfield transformed eyesores through visioning

Chattanooga, Tenn., and Springfield are among a host of cities that have adopted the visioning process and are two that have made major changes in their communities.

Lorenzo Williams and Martin Rucker have watched Missouri football rebirth

Williams and Rucker have been instrumental in the Missouri attitude change.

Is MU a public or a private institution?

The selection of Gary Forsee as president shows that the UM System is committed to becoming a private university, which will hurt the public interest in the long run.

Investigation clears McFadden

Missouri's keys to the game

Bills aim to preserve billboards on Mo. interstates

The billboard industry wants the state to move instead of demolish thousands of old billboards when the eventual reconstruction of interstates 70 and 40 begins.

It's all about the offense

All the attention has been on the high-powered offenses of Missouri and Arkansas.

10 Things you didn't know about Arkansas

New laws take effect Tuesday

Some of the Missouri laws that take effect Tuesday include a raise in minimum wage and an extension of disabled parking permits.

Missouri ethanol mandate kicks in quietly

A law taking effect Tuesday makes Missouri just the third state — behind Minnesota and Hawaii — to implement a wide-ranging ethanol mandate. Because ethanol is cheaper than traditional gasoline, most of Missouri’s gas stations quietly made the switch months in advance.

Boone County couple loses machine shop in early morning fire

An explosion woke the owners, and 20 firefighters were required to extinguish the flames.

Firefighters able to put out house fire on Fifth Street

Firefighters were called just after 2 a.m. Saturday to a report of smoke coming from a house at 410 N. Fifth St.

Cab driver the victim of strong-armed robbery in central Columbia

The driver was punched in the face multiple times before the assailant made off with an unknown amount of cash.

New Year’s Eve forecast calls for cold, windy conditions; fireworks shows could be called off

The Columbia Fire Department will decide at 8 p.m. whether or not conditions are too windy for fireworks

City offices, most services closed for New Year’s Day

Also, parking at city meters will not be enforced Tuesday.

A New Year makeover, starting with a to-do list

To be popular requires changes this writer is not willing to make.