Police identify man found dead near White Oak Lane

The man found dead at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday near White Oak Lane has been identified as Timothy Ray Jones, 43. Investigators have classified the death as a homicide. 

Missouri basketball's Steve Moore aims to please on the court and in the kitchen

Steve Moore, a senior forward on the Missouri men's basketball team, is studying hotel and restaurant management. This past semester, he took Culinary Fundamentals.

Proposed trial would add payment options for downtown parking

Columbia's Downtown Parking Task Force recommended a test of two parking payment systems on Ninth Street. Both options would increase the number of ways downtown visitors can pay for a spot, including the use of credit and debit cards.

Riders take in Columbia holiday lights on bus tour

About two dozen people joined the annual Holiday Lights and Sights tour that showcases some of the best Christmas displays in southwest Columbia.

Columbia city manager recommends restructuring boards, commissions

City Manager Mike Matthes submitted a report recommending the merger and elimination of some of the city's boards and commissions. The City Council, at Mayor Bob McDavid's suggestion, decided to seek the input of the boards involved.

Columbia College men's basketball downs Lourdes

The Cougars pick up a 10-point win on the first day of the St. Xavier Midwest Tournament in Chicago.

Derrick Washington's assault trial delayed

Derrick Washington was scheduled to go on trial Wednesday in the misdemeanor domestic assault case, but his lawyer received a continuance. A scheduling conference is set for early January.

Columbia police offer tips for avoiding home burglaries

Chris Mangano, whose home was burglarized during the Thanksgiving holiday, expressed concern about holiday-season crimes to the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

UM System Board of Curators Executive Committee will hold closed meeting Wednesday

A spokeswoman for the University of Missouri System would not verify the agenda of the meeting.

Columbia man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

Joel W. Hartenbower was arrested March 8 after the Columbia Police Department received a tip that he was in possession of a large amount of child pornography.

GUEST COMMENTARY: To each his own when celebrating Christmas

My Christmas is essentially the Christmas of Charles Dickens. It's a Christmas of family, goodwill, compassion, and presents — lots of presents.

20 years later, Columbia residents share Christmas decoration traditions

Some Christmas decoration traditions are kept every year, whether it's wooden cutouts of holiday-related characters or lights on a Christmas tree.

J. KARL MILLER: Separating the journalists from the charlatans and wannabes

True journalists must write for an established publication that follows reasonable rules, has mindful editors and verifies its information. Others, such as bloggers and sensationalist video wielders, don't live up to this standard.

Missouri creditors seek involuntary bankruptcy for Mamtek

Septagon Construction Co. of Columbia is among the companies involved in a case against Mamtek U.S. Inc. in federal bankruptcy court in Kansas City.

Columbia College men's basketball team wins opener at Chicago tournament

The Columbia College men's basketball team beat Lourdes 75-65 on Tuesday to win its first game of the St. Xavier Midwest Tournament in Chicago.



Simmons resigns as Mo. administration commissioner

Administration Commissioner Kelvin Simmons is leaving the position effective Feb. 1 to pursue an "opportunity outside of state government."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Higher education should not lose in budget again

Despite lofty rhetoric from governors and lawmakers about how education is vital to economic development, Missouri remains near the bottom in terms of taxpayer support of higher education.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time to really clamp down on texting while driving

Like drunken driving, distracted driving is nothing new. A more recent addition, however, is the use of cellular telephones — including the practice of texting while driving.

UPDATE: Columbia police identify victim of 'suspicious' death near White Oak Lane

Columbia police have reason to believe the death of Timothy Ray Jones may be a homicide, Sgt. Jill Schlude said. A jogger calling from the end of White Oak Lane reported seeing him lying unresponsive near the MKT Trail.