PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia wraps up 2010

Isabella McGarity, 6, breaks it down at the Videology dance party at City Hall during the First Night festivities on Friday. "She's serious when she's dancing," Tim McGarity, Isabella's father, said. Videology was started by Daryle Bascom of Columbia several years ago and is typically reserved for night clubs around town, but Bascom made a "kid-friendly" dance mix for First Night.

Columbia celebrated the end of 2010 Friday while preparing to welcome 2011 during First Night activities throughout the city.

New Year's Eve tornadoes kill 6 in Missouri, Arkansas

Fort Leonard Wood begins recuperation after tornado disaster

After a tornado struck housing at Fort Leonard Wood this morning, disaster response volunteers from across Missouri joined military personnel in search-and-rescue and repair efforts.

KOMU, Mediacom extend deal through weekend

Mediacom and KOMU will stay together through the weekend, at least.

First Night setup begins in downtown Columbia

The people who keep First Night running smoothly got to work early Friday in preparation for the city's annual New Year's Eve celebration. Admission buttons are on sale through 4 p.m. at several businesses and after 6:30 p.m. at several venues.

UPDATE: Search-and-rescue team deployed to Fort Leonard Wood in response to tornado damage

The Boone County Fire Protection District deployed a search-and-rescue team of nine to Fort Leonard Wood, where a tornado struck a housing development this morning.

City Council to vote on bill requiring pledge before meetings

Fourth Ward's Daryl Dudley asked for the measure

City Council to hear about taxi stands for downtown

City Council will hear a report on a plan for taxi restrictions in downtown Columbia, but some cab companies think it is a bad idea.

Police are investigating a commercial burglary and gas station robbery

Police have arrested one man in connection with an attempted burglary at Kilgore's Pharmacy at Providence Road and looking for two more suspected of being involved in that incident. Police are also looking for two men suspected of robbing Midwest Petroleum on Paris Road.

DEAR READER: Let the lobbying commence on repealing Prop B

The intensity and interest in Proposition B is evident in the discussion on Can we reframe the debate as the legislature talks of repeal?

Cleanup of Gulf oil spill nears the end

Truman State students write their own textbook

Amish man dies after being pinned under cart

Autism insurance mandate begins with new year in Missouri

The law requires insurers to cover $40,000 a year of "applied behavioral analysis" for children through age 18, but it only covers about one-fourth of Missouri's population.

Final goodbye: A roll call of some who died in '10

In 2010, we lost leaders in scientific innovation, politics and the arts.

Amish man dies after being pinned by buggy

Seventy-year-old Tobias S. Borntreger of rural Canton died Wednesday when he was trapped under the right rear wheel of a cart loaded with wood.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cutting public media a reckless notion

More than ever before, we need independent, influence-free journalism — free of commercial influence, political influence and government influence. We should invest more, not less, to get it.

Missouri couple find business in grapes and wine

Jason and Colleen Gerke have run Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery since 2004, expanding the business twice.

Renovated library focuses on history of Independence

The Mid-Continent Public Library has displays containing artifacts that remind visitors of the nature of employment in Independence in past generations.

Program helps autistics aging out of school

The program works with clients whose age limits their options for outside help.