Columbia residents to run 5K on Thanksgiving Day

Columbia residents to run in the Turkey Trax 3.1 miles on Thanksgiving Day.

PHOTO GALLERY: School Read-a-Thon uses themes, activities to encourage students to read

Columbia Independent School hosted a Read-a-Thon Friday morning to encourage students to read.

Missouri craftsman's chainsaw carving a rare art

Loren Van Abbema has been creating wooden sculptures for eight years at his home, just south of Hannibal, using a pair of chainsaws and his imagination. Van Abbema, 68, admits that his is an unusual, physically demanding hobby. To his knowledge, he's one of the only people in the region who does chainsaw carving.


Ex-employee of Cole County sheriff charged with stealing

Deborah Thomas, 38, is charged with stealing more than $15,700 by using the department's credit card for personal use. She is scheduled to appear in court in December.