Ceramic artist wins second 'Best in Show' at Festival of the Arts

Mary Verdi-Fletcher performs with Carly Dorman during the Columbia Festival of the Arts on Saturday. The Dancing Wheels company from Cleveland incorporates seated and standing performers in modern dances.

Oklahoma artist and self-proclaimed "wannabe local" Paul Pfrehm won his second "Best in Show" award at Columbia's Festival of the Arts for his ceramics collection. The festival continues from 10 to 5 p.m. today.

Five Ideas: What are your thoughts about these items in the news this week?

This week we ask you to weigh in on math curriculum, First Ward cottages, a bike overpass, MOHELA and the end of the Twilight Festival.

Columbia residents recall Paul Newman as 'philanthropic,' 'talented'

As one of Hollywood's greatest "sweethearts," Paul Newman is a legend to several generations. For some people, he's more than a handsome man or a good actor. To them, he's known as a charitable gentleman who frequently gave back to his community.

Hickman rolls to Providence Bowl win

The Rock Bridge Bruins featured a decidedly different look at Faurot Field in Friday’s annual Providence Bowl. Several of their jerseys were stolen or lost before they fell 41-7 to the Hickman Kewpies, who moved to 8-4 all-time against Rock Bridge.

Experts share observations about first debate

Professors from MU watched the McCain-Obama debate and had some choice words to share about their performance.

Participation surges for Hinkson Creek cleanup

The Clean Sweep has seen a huge increase in numbers since its inaugural season. The first year, there were only 30 participants. This year, 230 participants registered.

Volunteers clean up graffiti and stickers from downtown

Volunteers from Karis Community Church scoured Cherry Street, Seventh Street, Peace Park and the alleys in between on Saturday morning for graffiti and stickers on light posts and mailboxes. Event organizers said it was an effort to spruce up the city before the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ festival next weekend.

Junior high marching bands play in Providence Bowl

Friday's Providence Bowl Parade was the first public marching experience for students from Jefferson, Oakland and West junior high schools. The junior high school bands also played the national anthem with the high school bands at Friday's rivalry game.

Winners announced at Boone County Art Show

The 49th annual Boone County Art Show takes place this weekend in the Boone County National Bank's downtown lobby at Broadway and Eighth Street. The show is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Joplin mosque's sign set ablaze

After a Joplin mosque's sign was set on fire early Thursday, the FBI has begun a hate crime investigation.

MU Volleyball defeats SIU Edwardsville

MU scored the first 10 points of the match and won the first set 25-8. But the second and third sets were much closer, with MU winning 25-21 and 25-22.

Mother confesses to killing 6-week-old son

Sweet Cherry Ann Halliburton had another two babies who died, but the ruling of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is being questioned by police who have decided to reopen the Aberdeen, S.D. case in light of Halliburton's arrest this week.

Former basketball star finds MU football success

Tigers right tackle Colin Brown didn't take football seriously in high school, but has shown serious dedication in developing his raw talent and body size into what Chase Daniel now calls "the cornerstone of the offensive line."

Paul Newman dies at 83

Paul Newman, the Academy-Award winning superstar who personified cool as the anti-hero of such films as "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke" and "The Color of Money," and as an activist, race car driver and popcorn impresario, has died. He was 83.

Fenton woman arrested in Nebraska car chase

The pursuit began shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday when state troopers found the car on eastbound I-80 near Giltner, Neb. driving at speeds topping 100 mph.