Johnson adds scoring punch to Oklahoma backcourt

Last week, Sooners senior point guard Austin Johnson earned Big 12 player of the week honors for the first time in his career.

It's torture, stupid, and life is not a TV show

Which is more disturbing: That the president and vice-president continue to deny that the United States engaged in torture, or that the right-wing pundits use the plot of a TV show to justify such actions?

Time to turn the page and design a country we want

Whenever there is a drastic change in ideas and behavior there will always be a backlash. Change can be painful. It means you have to give up something. You have to turn loose something you may not necessarily have held dear, but was something you had become accustomed to. The good news is, with time, people learn to adapt.

Hickman boys basketball loses to Lafayette

Columbians celebrate MLK Day, inauguration

Throughout the city, events were held Monday to honor Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most iconic figures of the U.S. civil rights movement.

Medication will be airlifted to Georgia courtesy of Columbia group

Medication will be distributed to 12,000 child refugees from the Russian invasion in August and 12,000 children under age 5 in the high mountain regions of Georgia, said ACTS President Patricia "Trish" Blair, a Columbia resident who founded the group.

Southwest Columbia house fire causes $200,000 in damage

Investigators have determined that an electrical malfunction caused a fire in a vacant home early Saturday, Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said.

Retailers make big changes to lure customers

Retailers are making drastic changes, such as being more customer-friendly and hiring outside experts to keep inventory lean, to offset expected falls in consumer spending.

School board vice president will not run in April

Steve Calloway will not run for another term this year in order to focus his time on his family.

Sierra Club distributes energy-saving light bulbs

Volunteers handed out compact fluorescent light bulbs to Columbia residents on Monday evening at J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center on North Providence Road in conjunction with President-elect Barack Obama's call for a national day of service.

Teen injured in head-on collision with ambulance

A Boone Hospital Center ambulance collided with a car north of Columbia on Sunday. The teenage driver of the car was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.