Honoring with art

Of all the portraits Columbia police Detective Jeff Nichols has painted, Officer Molly Bowden’s was the hardest.

Fetal pain cited as issue in abortion

JEFFERSON CITY — In one of the latest pieces of legislation on abortion sponsored by a Missouri state senator pregnant women would have to be notified of the possibility of their fetuses feeling the operation.

Rivalry faces final cut

For the Hickman girls basketball team, the 2006-2007 season marked a return to normalcy.

Missouri in line for phone help system

Missouri residents can call 211 for help in finding social services such as child care, employment support, food banks and health care as early as this summer, two health organizations announced Thursday.

Jackson attempts to profit from NFL Combine

When invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine were sent out to prospective draft picks, Missouri defensive end Xzavie Jackson figured that he would be one of three or four Tigers going.

Consultant discusses fairgrounds

More horses could help haul the Boone County Fairgrounds out of its financial straits.

First slams are grand for Tigers

Normal human beings can’t do what Leo Lyons did at practice Thursday.

Big 12 tough road for Tigers

Before the Missouri women’s basketball team played Kansas State on Wednesday night, it was one loss away from being tied with Kansas for last place in the Big 12 Conference.

New tax laws create refund

Filing for taxes may be tedious, but knowing one detail when filing this year may pay off.

Missouri gymnastics team in full swing at Cat Classic

The Missouri gymnastics team may be preparing for its largest home meet of the year, but that didn’t stop coach Rob Drass from canceling Thursday’s practice.

Healthnet proposed to replace Medicaid

JEFFERSON CITY — A bill proposed Thursday in the Missouri Senate would replace the state’s Medicaid program and aim to provide coverage for all eligible Missourians in five years, but would not restore coverage eliminated by budget cuts two years ago.

Mason land plan tabled until August

A motion to re-zone 49.68 acres of property owned by the Masonic Home of Missouri was tabled last night by the Planning and Zoning Commission. After a lengthy discussion of the proposal, the commission decided that a better plan was necessary before a final decision could be made.

Little easy for Bruins this time

JEFFERSON CITY — Thirty minutes before the District 10 semifinal game between the Rock Bridge Bruins and the Jefferson City Jays, the gym at Helias High School’s James L. Rackers Fieldhouse was still nearly empty.

Growth sparks shift in bank leadership

Increasing growth has led to a shift in top leadership at First National Bank & Trust.

Kewpies’ season ends

Having a chance to make the final basket to advance your team in postseason play is what basketball players dream about. Making that crucial free throw or desperately throwing up the 3-pointer at the buzzer are practiced

Tax-cutting for retiree benefits goes to Senate

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House passed a bill to cut taxes on retirement benefits Thursday, but the plan faces being scaled down as it moves to the Senate.

New rotation revving up Cougars before tourney

The tattoo on Columbia College forward Bryant Chambly’s left biceps reads “B-Nice,” while the matching tattoo on his right biceps says “B-Nasty.” It was fitting that his right arm — the nasty one — recorded his two thunderous blocks Thursday night at Southwell Complex. The most impressive might have been stonewalling Hannibal-LaGrange’s Haakon Skuggedal as Skuggedal went up for a dunk in the first half of the Cougars men’s basketball team’s 64-52 victory.

Gleason shines in overtime win

Douglass sophomore guard Brandon Gleason said he had been waiting to play Slater for over a year. On Thursday night at Smithton Middle School, Gleason finally got his chance.

Music pays tribute to America

With a cacophany of screeches, chairs and music stands are pulled into position across the stage. A warm-up tune flows from a clarinet. A slight girl with a heavy BC Calculus textbook lying open on her lap nonchalantly tunes her violin. Suddenly, a woman stands, and the bustling sound settles on one low note. The rehearsal is ready to begin.

Columbia names new public communications officer

Renee Graham will become the city of Columbia’s new public communications officer on March 5. She’ll replace Robert Ross, who retired in January.