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.