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by the Columbia City Council tonight, but at least one of the people who drafted the bill believes it’s already out of date.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.

Governor considers MOHELA shortcut

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers will convene Wednesday for their annual session. But this year, there is a new uncertainty: Will they convene once, or twice?

MU Music School to get $1 million

The MU School of Music is singing its praises of alumna Isobel “Robin” Degnan. The pianist recently announced her plans to give $1 million to the school from her estate when she dies.

Columbia, Boone County to update building codes

The building codes for Columbia and Boone County, which have not been updated since 2000, are about to get a makeover.

Getting the skinny on personal trainers

America’s waistline is growing. Almost a quarter of the population is obese, according to a 2005 report by the Trust for America’s Health. But health club membership is also increasing.

Life-saving sale: flu shots half off

Around 6,000 flu vaccines have been given by the Columbia/Boone County Department of Health, and 3,000 more are in store.

Holiday sales surge

Despite slow sales across the country and a Dec. 1 snowstorm that stalled the shopping season for days in Columbia, many local merchants are reporting better than average holiday sales this year.

Law now requires 40 hours of driving

Beginning today, teenage drivers who get their instruction permit will need 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction to meet one of the requirements to obtain a driver’s license.

Veterans Hospital open

All Truman Veterans Hospital outpatient clinics, including the community-based outpatient clinics, will be open Tuesday. Federal offices, banks and the U.S. Post Office will be closed in observance of a national day of mourning for former President Gerald Ford, who died last week.

Rodeo regular

Gerry Lisby is a supervisor for the Columbia Public Works Department in the Sanitary Sewer Maintenance section, at least during the week.

First Night 5K brisk start to holiday

Some families spend the holidays eating food by the bucket-load and sitting around a television watching football or movies. Other families go for a run.

Chiefs sneak into playoffs

KANSAS CITY — Sometimes teams that enter the final game of the season needing half a dozen things to break their way get their wish.

Finish gives Rams promising outlook

MINNEAPOLIS — Steven Jackson and the St. Louis Rams played like contenders with a promising performance. The Minnesota Vikings still have plenty of work remaining on their reconstruction project.