The year that was

Missouri tight end Chase Coffman leaps over a Southeast Missouri State defender during the Tigers home opener against the Redhawks on Sept. 6 at Faurot Field. The Tigers finished their season with a win over Northwestern at the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

What a year.

Headlines about Missouri’s shrinking state budget, a historic election, the resignations of three long-time public officials and a Missouri football team that fell short of lofty expectations all fluttered like confetti through our city’s headlines.

Four things we need to change for a better 2009

The American government's 2009 resolutions should be to limit out-of-control spending and increase accountability to the people. As citizens we should strive to get along and create a more diverse transportation community.

First Night brings different generations together

The different First Night venues brought together a mix of grandparents, parents, teens and young children out to celebrate the new year.

First Night kicks off with 5k

Matt Dreier and Nicole Mello won the 5K run/walk to kick off Columbia's First Night celebrations Wednesday afternoon downtown.

Group says program benefits industrial farms

A federal conservation program originally designed to help small farmers is now disproportionately benefiting industrial livestock operations, according to a new report by a family farm advocacy group.

Jobless rate still growing and more expected in 2009

While first-time applications for jobless benefits dropped last week, economists mostly attributed that to the Christmas holiday and cautioned that a more accurate picture of new layoff filings won’t become clear until the holiday season is passed — around mid-January.

Police seek two who dropped cocaine while fleeing, report says

Columbia Police are seeking two men who threw a baggy containing about one ounce of powder cocaine from their vehicle while fleeing from officers who attempted to pull them over Wednesday afternoon, a Columbia Police Department news release states.

Columbia Police seek two men in attempted home invasion

Columbia Police continue to investigate and search for two men in an attempted home invasion. Police also obtained a search warrant for the victim's home and found marijuana.

2008: A year of profound change for some

Embracing our changes that made 2008 a memorable year.

Tiller and Taylor create opportunities for Tigers

The junior guards focus on assists and steals and leave the scoring to their teammates.

MU football looks toward the future

The Tigers will look to build on program's success in 2009.

Social networking isn't a waste? Duh

A study published by the MacArthur Foundation concluded that social network sites like Facebook and MySpace actually don't waste kids' time. Hadn't you heard?

Maclin shines

If the Alamo Bowl turns out to be Maclin’s last game as a Tiger, he won’t be disappointed. “I caught Chase Daniel’s last pass at Mizzou,” Maclin said.


Life Changes: MU student serves in Afghanistan

MU senior Aaron Briscoe spent the past year in Afghanistan with the Missouri National Guard Agribusiness Development Team.  Using his talents in agriculture, Briscoe was able to help the Afghani people improve their farming practices.

Life Changes: MU graduate finds first job in Korea

Burgundy Anderson received business and psychology degrees from MU, but she is now working in Korea teaching English to middle and elementary students. For her, life after college has brought unexpected challenges and rewards.

Life Changes: Leonor Jurado, born in Ecuador, became a U.S citizen

It took her about nearly 10 years, and she said she feels safer here.

Life Changes: Stephen Webber: Missouri's 23rd District House of Representatives

Stephen Webber calls his election in November to the General Assembly a life-changing event.  Just two years out of college, the 25-year-old Columbia native won a seat representing the 23rd District.

Life Changes: Columbia photographer had first baby in 2008

Pregnancy came as a surprise to Kelsey Hammond and her husband, Joe Chevlier. “I didn’t believe it was real until the first ultrasound,” Hammond said.

Life Changes: African refugee builds a new home in Columbia

Aaron Ruvugwa moved to the United States in 2004 from Rwanda as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His family moved to Columbia in 2006. With help from Habitat for Humanity, he will become a first-time homeowner in early 2009.

Life Changes: Widow moves forward after losing husband in 2008

Bonnie Cassida lost her husband this past year, leaving her to raise three children  and to pastor an entire church alone. She finds her grieving a way to minister to others.