Churches transform downtown Centralia into living Nativity scene

Dan Rhoades, right, shows a new lamb to Will Mathew, 9, left, and Ben Ray, 10, before the start of the living Nativity event in Centralia on Saturday. The three were part of a group of actors playing shepherds and watching over several pens of sheep.

On Saturday night, actors portraying Mary, Jesus and King Herod, among others, performed the story of Jesus' birth. Event organizers hope the positive response by community churches and residents will make the event an annual occurrence.

2011 Missouri State Shuffleboard Championship highlights competitive shuffleboard culture

The 2011 Missouri State Shuffleboard Championship was held in Columbia earlier this year. The three-day event featured betting, drinking and a rematch between the top two shuffleboard players in the state.

Comments vary greatly on Columbia Public Schools' redistricting Web page

Some commenters on possible new school boundaries submitted only a a line or two, such as "I like this scenario best." Others wrote essays, expounding for hundreds of words on exactly which streets would be affected by certain boundaries.

PHOTO GALLERY: Centralia churches host living Nativity tour

The town of Centralia went thousands of years back in time Saturday night as nine churches hosted a living Nativity tour. The event featured depictions of major events from the first Christmas as well as a cappella renditions of popular carols.

For Missouri basketball, early season attendance remains the same

The men’s team, No. 10 in the AP poll, is off to a 10-0 start, while the women’s team has started 7-1. But despite the winning records, home game attendance has remained almost the same.


For Missouri students, cellphone debate isn't academic

The community of St. James is still recovering from the death of a high school band student in a highway pileup caused by texting. The National Transportation Safety Board has cited the accident in its push to ban drivers from using cellphones.

Robert Loggia, William Trogdon give advice to MU honors students

Actor Robert Loggia and writer William Trogdon, MU alumni, spoke at the Honors Commencement ceremony on Saturday after receiving honorary doctorate degrees.

MU Arts & Sciences graduates receive their diplomas

With 29 different departments, the College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest academic division at MU.

Missouri defense prepares in earnest for North Carolina

The Tigers will have to stop freshman running back Giovani Bernard if they hope to slow down the Tar Heels in the Independence Bowl.

Columbia skate park meets community's skating needs

Since a group of adults and youth fought for its creation, the skate park at Columbia's Cosmopolitan Recreation Area has been quite popular, even receiving a visit from skate legend Tony Hawk. 

70-year-old Lenna Barker competes in Missouri Powerlifting Championships

Lenna Barker, 70, has been powerlifting for more than a year now. Her goal is to become a world champion.

Hickman girls basketball team rolls on the road

The Hickman girls basketball team defeated Kansas City Southwest 70-29 on Saturday in Kansas City.


MU research helps create chicken substitute

Savage River Farms plans to begin selling a new soy-based chicken substitute next year. The chicken substitute uses research that MU biological engineering professor Fu-Hung Hsieh has spent more than 20 years developing.