From animal to art

Gary Sharp’s garage workshop is filled with drawers of glass eyeballs, shelves of paint and walls mounted with yellow Styrofoam mannequins in the shape of deer heads. Everything has its place. There is an island countertop in the middle of the room where Sharp works with animal skins 20 to 30 hours a week.

Next up: a tougher opponent for Tigers

If Missouri (10-2) is going to enter the Big 12 Conference season with momentum, they will have to play a better first half against Mississippi State than it did on Saturday against Southern.

Chiefs’ playoff berth wasn’t lucky break

KANSAS CITY — Angrier than he’d ever appeared when addressing the Kansas City media, Herman Edwards lashed out Monday at anybody who says his Chiefs lucked into the playoffs.

Sleeping man suffers burns after cigarette starts fire

A Columbia man suffered minor burns early Monday after a futon he was sleeping on caught fire from a lit cigarette.

Nation’s eyes on MOHELA proposal

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt calls it an innovative way to finance the buildings where the college students of the future will be taught. Skeptics fear it could make it more difficult for those future students to find affordable loans.

Stream-buffer bill up for final city approval

A stream-buffer bill that’s been in the works for four years will be up for final approval by the Columbia City Council tonight, but at least one of the people who drafted the bill believes it’s already out of date.

Pearson sworn in as presiding commissioner

Ken Pearson entered the room at the Boone County Government Center and immediately began making his way around, shaking hands and talking with anyone he could. Then he stood at the doorway, coat still in hand, and greeted others as they made their way inside.