PHOTO GALLERY: Downtown businesses gear up for Living Windows Festival

Throughout the week, many businesses in downtown Columbia prepared for the Living Windows Festival on Friday.  The festival, which starts at 6 p.m., features people re-enacting holiday scenes in store windows.  

More than 1,000 comments affect school boundary committee's proceedings

Members of the secondary enrollment planning committee met at the district’s central office today to discuss how they would use community feedback to move closer to their objective of recommending two school boundary scenarios to the Board of Education.


Close family bolsters MU volleyball's Brittney Brimmage

It wasn't always easy for Tigers senior volleyball player Brittney Brimmage, who grew up in a single-parent household with her mother and two sisters, but she said her family is a big part of her success. 

FDA examines level of arsenic in apple juice

The Food and Drug Administration is considering tightening restrictions for the levels of arsenic allowed in apple juice after consumer groups pushed the agency to crack down on the contaminant.

PHOTO GALLERY: Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center holds early Kwanzaa celebration

The Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center held an early Kwanzaa celebration on Thursday. The event featured a presentation of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, a gospel choir and steel drum performance. Kwanzaa begins Dec. 26 and ends Jan. 1.

Plan for new state House and Senate districts affects next election

Boone County representatives see significant boundary changes as the Missouri Appellate Apportionment Commission filed new maps for state representatives and senatorial districts.

Missouri tight end Andrew Jones could join Tigers men's basketball team

The back-up tight end on the Missouri football team practiced with the team on Wednesday. MU Athletics spokesperson Chad Moller said a decision has not been made if Jones will permanently be a member of the Tigers' men's basketball team.

Job creation tax credits falling short across U.S.

The deal for an artificial sweetener factory to setup in Moberly has left a bad taste in local leader's mouths as the city plans to default on $39 million of bonds. This failure represents the mixed results of tax-credit programs aimed at job creation.

Freshmen on Missouri women's basketball team adjust to roles as college athletes

Tough love is a part of a new college life for Tigers freshmen Kyley Simmons and Morgan Eye.

Missouri lawmakers start filing bills for 2012 session

One bill filed would require candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to run on the same ticket. The legislative session begins Jan. 4 and ends in mid-May.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Let's turn the spotlight on well-intentioned bad ideas

The City Council works to promote the best interests of Columbia, but sometimes its policy ideas do the opposite.

Home-schoolers combine academic lessons, real-life experiences

r Home schooling has seen significant growth over the past two decades. Many families are going beyond traditional school curriculum, adding activities such as field trips and extracurricular classes and organizations to theichildren's education.

PHOTO GALLERY: Home schooling includes learning through music, nature

Kyra and Liam Fogle of Ashland are getting their education through home schooling. In addition to having traditional lessons in subjects such as math, the children also learn by playing music, caring for animals, exploring nature and other activities.

Columbia indoor winter farmers market moves to new location

The winter farmers market will now be held at Parkade Plaza.

Obama announcing new goals to combat HIV and AIDS

President Barack Obama is setting goals for getting more people access to life-saving AIDS drugs and boosting spending on treatment of the virus in the U.S. by $50 million.

Fourth Comprehensive Plan meeting draws small crowd

The members of the Comprehensive Plan Task Force plans to reach out to residents to draw a bigger attendance at meetings for the next phase of the plan.

Magic Tree lights up for the 16th year

Randy Fletcher lit the Magic Tree on Dec. 1 for its 16th year. The lights moved to the Village of Cherry Hill in 2010.

Point guard keeps Columbia College men's basketball team positive

Henrique Medeiros, the Cougars' senior point guard, said he won't let the team get down. Medeiros takes it upon himself to lighten the mood in the locker room and at practice.

Schneider takes the helm at Columbia visitors bureau

Long-range planning and an ambassador program are among Amy Schneider's first priorities.

Rock Bridge girls basketball team boasts family atmosphere, literally

With three sets of sisters on the roster, the Rock Bridge High School girls basketball team truly has a family atmosphere.