Christmas Eve tradition bring families back to Booche’s

Christmas Eve is one of the busiest days of the year for Booche’s, co-owner Richard Robertson said.

Fruitcake is a slice of heaven

Like their brethren elsewhere, the Trappist monks of Assumption Abbey are a quiet bunch. Then fruitcake season hits. The people of the noisy world want a piece of the monks’ handiwork: a rum-soaked, fruit-stocked cake so dense its weight defies its size.

Engravings used to track stolen electronic devices

Columbia police say now is the best time for owners of electronic devices to have them engraved to deter thieves.

Shelters continue to operate on Christmas

In Columbia, organizations such as the St. Francis Homeless Shelter cater to the needy. Its mission is no different on Christmas Day.

Former elementary school principal files for seat on board

Rosie Tippin said experience will be her primary asset; Darin Preis says he plans to seek re-election.

Remembering childhood Christmases through songs of the season

Music is an integral part of the Christmas season; it has a way of entrancing listeners and connecting them to Christmases of the past.

Like mother, like daugthers, all five of them, as they take on Christmas spirit

This Christmas, five sisters will remember their mother by remembering others. The Williams sisters are spreading good will by making and delivering Christmas baskets to elderly residents of Columbia.

Animals in the classroom program enhances science lessons

The "critters program," which lets students observe animals and care for them gives science class something extra, and teachers hope it will be long remembered by the students.

Churches should find better ways to use mission money

In this Christmas season, neighborhood churches should do more to reinforce our values than attract youthful congregations.