Living Windows attempts to bring holiday fun, shoppers downtown

The Living Windows Holiday Festival will transform downtown into a winter wonderland — and thanks to some timely weather, it should even look the part. The festival runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Proposed City Hall expansion reviewed at Open House

The proposed project is meant to make city services more accessible to the public, improve working conditions for city employees and build an economic and environmentally-friendly facility that will serve the community for the next 20 years.

Columbia Chorale lets performers buy their way onto stage

The chorale sold four solo performances in a sing-alog version of Handel's "Messiah" on eBay as a fundraiser.

Columbia Public Schools releases priorities

Columbia Public Schools has released its priorities for the next legislative session. They can be found at the Missourian’s online schools Web site,

Vote planned for new baseball stadium

Members of American Legion Post 202 will vote Tuesday on whether to approve plans by the owners of the Mid-Missouri Mavericks to build a $5 million minor league baseball stadium and sports complex.

Columbia scrambling to deal with first snowfall of the season

Fifty-two accidents had been reported in Columbia as of 6:10 p.m. Thursday, most as a result of the snowfall that began in the afternoon. Seven are still being investigated. No injuries have been reported.

Three rollovers were among the worst accidents, said Columbia police Sgt. Tim Moriarity.

Neighbors on board with West Broadway plan

The City Council will discuss funding for changes along West Broadway — as well as minor design changes suggested by property owners — during a future work session.

So far, school's on for Friday

Road conditions will be tested between 4 and 6 a.m. Parents can find out whether school is called off in a number of ways, including the district’s Web site,, and CPS Alert, a text-messaging service available through the Web site.

Man wanted in connection with vehicle pursuit

Columbia Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Alphonso L. Fagala, 27, on charges of felony resisting arrest, receiving stolen property, careless and imprudent driving, and property damage.

Councilwoman collects charity for needy families

Donations of hams, stuffing mix, green beans, corn and other holiday food items will be accepted until Dec. 21.

A snowy day

Snow began falling around midday Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, an inch of snow was expected through the afternoon.

MU offers cold-weather tips

Three more water line leaks reported

Several lines have broken this week. Crews were working on the three most recent leaks Thursday morning.

Religion and politics are like oil and water

The U.S. Constitution unambiguously says that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

Shakespeare's Pizza — now delivering across the nation

You don't have to live in Columbia to enjoy Shakespeare's Pizza — now you can get frozen pizzas through the mail by ordering off the business' Web site. Click here to go to the multimedia presentation.