PHOTO GALLERY: Election night watch parties

Vicki Hobbs, co-manager of the Chris Kelly campaign, tapes a sign up in Billiards on Broadway for the watch party on Tuesday. Kelly is a Democratic candidate for Missouri House of Representatives District 24.

Follow the Missourian's photographers as they travel to different candidates' watch parties on election night.

SLIDESHOW: Election Day in Boone County

Voters began turning out early Tuesday morning in Columbia and around Boone County. Polls opened at 6 a.m. and remained open until 7 p.m.

Soon-to-be-vacant City Council seats attract early attention

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce plans to form a candidate recruitment committee to find people willing to fill the First and Fifth Ward seats on the Columbia City Council that Paul Sturtz and Laura Nauser plan to leave.

Gabbert hears from angry Missouri football fans on Twitter

With direct communication between fans and athletes becoming increasingly simple thanks to websites like Twitter and Facebook, fans hating on players is fairly common. On Sunday, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert got a sample of what it's like.



New MU women's basketball coach gets win in debut

The Missouri women's basketball team didn't play as well as new head coach Robin Pingeton would have liked, but the Tigers beat exhibition opponent Missouri Western 67-60 in Pingeton's coaching debut at Mizzou Arena.

Voters speak up about issues important to them

Election Day attracted voters across Columbia to the polls, but what issues and races most inspired turnout? Residents explain here, in their own words.

Missouri warns motorists to watch for deer

Motorists are being warned to stay alert for deer running across roadways and standing on road shoulders. The early part of November is breeding season for white-tailed deer, which makes them more active.

Missouri women's basketball team narrowly avoids upset

The Missouri women's basketball team beat Missouri Western 66-60 Tuesday night in the season's first exhibition game, but the Tigers had to come from behind to win.

Man involved in Walmart assaults pleads guilty

James Pezold pleaded guilty to four counts of second degree assault and first degree tampering with a motor vehicle for an incident at a Walmart in 2009.

Independent film 'Box Elder' to make TV debut

A self-financed independent film originating in Columbia has signed a deal with Gravitas Ventures.  The movie will be available on cable and satellite Video On Demand for at least 90 days.

Kruse sets tone for Missouri soccer team's tough defense

When No. 6 seed Missouri takes on No. 3 seed Nebraska in the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday in San Antonio, senior Krista Kruse will be bringing her high-energy playing style.

Columbia Public Schools seeks community input at World Café event

Columbia Public Schools is holding a public forum Thursday at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center to get community input and discussion on an achievement gap among students.

First Christian Church hosts 13th annual Election Day luncheon

Roughly 350 to 400 people gathered Tuesday at the First Christian Church for the annual luncheon.  Even though the even is held on election day, it's meant to be an opportunity for the members to get to know each other better.

Columbia police: Be wary of 'grandparent scam'

As part of the scam, callers claimed to be family members who needed money to be bailed out of a Canadian jail.

Future teachers must show, not just tell, skills

Under a new system being tested in 19 states, including Missouri, video of student teachers in their classroom will be evaluated and candidates must show they can prepare a lesson, tailor it to different levels of students and present it effectively.

Increase in recycling at MU drives purchase of new city truck

The new truck will ease the burden on the city's one existing truck for commercial recycling, which already goes to the campus three times a week.

Victim of Callaway County shooting released from hospital

Gina Werdehausen, a victim of a shooting in Callaway County on Oct. 26, was released from the hospital Monday.

Some Columbia schools closed on Election Day

Though several middle and elementary schools were used as polling places for the election, that was not the lone factor for closing the schools. Several schools that were polling places did stay open.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What do you think about passage of the East Area Plan?

The plan highlights needs for changes in infrastructure, regulating commercial development and maintaining development densities consistent with the area.

SLIDESHOW: Election judges talk about the job

Why do election judges drop everything to work on Election Day? Listen as they explain why.