Used vs. unused violins

Used vs. unused violins (w/ audio)

Miss Missouri is all smiles after national pageant

Sarah French picked out her evening dress and song for Monday’s Miss America talent competition with help from her grandfather. But just weeks before the pageant, he died.

Single contract aims to fix 800 bridges

JEFFERSON CITY — With one sweeping motion, the Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking to rectify a statewide safety concern.

Columbia, Boone look to FEMA for winter storm relief

Costs related to the January ice storms have piled up and Boone County is looking to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance.

Mo. farmers eligible for snow loans

JEFFERSON CITY — Farmers in 29 counties are eligible for loans to make up for agriculture losses in recent ice storms, Gov. Matt Blunt said Friday.

Confidence dwindling

Keon Lawrence is usually a talkative, engaging guy.

Gage family eager for his Super debut

A 13-year-old boy prepares to punt a rubber football as far as his leg can.

Complex expands

The public had its first chance to see MU’s renovated and expanded student-athlete center in an open house Friday afternoon.

Difficult day for Missouri

Missouri freshman Kaitlin Dunham is a fighter. At least that’s how Missouri women’s tennis coach Blake Starkey described her after Dunham’s come-from-behind victory against Arkansas’ Carly Dixon.

Glass windows broken in drive-by shootings

Two large windows at a car dealership in central Columbia were shot out Friday afternoon, and employees who were inside the building at the time were left cold but unhurt.

City plans to improve intersections for walkers, bikers

Some of the busiest intersections in Columbia are in line for makeovers as part of an emerging trail network designed to get more people out of their cars and onto their feet.

Eevolving Riddle

Meet EeTisha Riddle’s mother.

Christie’s ‘Mousetrap’ opens theater’s 28th year

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” has been in production around the world for 55 years, and now it’s playing in Columbia, thanks to the Columbia Entertainment Company.

Mall begins enforcing new unaccompanied youth policy

Under a new parental guidance policy that went into effect Friday at Columbia Mall, youths younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult who is at least 21 years old from 4 p.m. until the mall closes at 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The mall was crowded on the first day that the policy was in effect, but not with unsupervised teenagers.

Some business owners confused by proposal on sign ordinances

A sign ordinance proposal scheduled for a City Council vote Monday night has many downtown business owners scratching their heads. Some don’t see why a new ordinance is necessary. Others are confused about the legal language of the proposal. Still, more wonder why they should even worry about the proposal.

City to decide on pursuing new bioreactor

John Glascock, Columbia’s director of public works, has approved a bid from Frank Twehous Excavating Company in Jefferson City to begin construction on what will potentially become the first bioreactor in Missouri. The bid now goes to the city’s purchasing division, which will decide whether to finalize the deal to bring the latest in landfill technology and renewable energy to mid-Missouri.

MU star Wehrli elected to Hall of Fame

MIAMI — Former Missouri standout and St. Louis Cardinals five-time All-Pro cornerback Roger Wehrli was one of six elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Lineup changes, but result doesn’t

Not even a dramatic change in the lineup could change the growing, and certainly disconcerting, trends for Missouri.

Cacophony of clucking

Jake Biddle carries his most prized possessions — a collection of wild turkey calls — in a small plastic box. There are slate calls, box calls and mouth calls, all of which he uses to create the sounds of one of the country’s most popular game birds.

Advocating awareness

In the late 1990s, the Rev. Raymond Hayes invited a young MU student named Violet to speak to his congregation at St. Luke United Methodist Church.