Columbia's First Night New Year's celebration makes noise

Colin Wolinski, 9, participates in a hydrogen balloon fire experiment with "Nitro Joe," known in real life as Joseph Higgs, at the Daniel Boone City Building as part of the First Night events in Columbia on Saturday. Wolinski and his family traveled from San Diego to visit family in Columbia.

First Night Columbia participants had the opportunity to attend multiple events in 12 venues for the annual New Year's Eve celebration.

City Council agenda features mobile home rent vote, snow removal

Among the items to be discussed at Tuesday's meeting are rent abatement for mobile home residents in closed parks, a report on the establishment of a shelter for the homeless on Old 63 and plans for a new terminal building at Columbia Regional Airport.

Columbia College men's basketball beats Cumberland University

The Cougars are 12-5 on the season with the win.

Columbia College women defeat Campbellsville

In the final day of the Cougars vs. Cancer Classic the NAIA-No. 23 ranked Cougars defeated No. 12-ranked Campbellsville University Tigers 86-70.


Columbia resident dies after car hits tree Saturday

The cause the of death has not been determined. The victim had a history of heart problems and high-blood pressure and had previously had a stroke. 

It was a snowy, wet, hot, humid 12 months in Columbia

From a near blizzard in February to violent spring storms and a humid summer filled with cicadas, 2011 was a year for extreme weather in Columbia.


Columbia restaurants' hours for the New Year's holiday weekend

Here is a sampling of Columbia restaurants that will have different hours over the New Year's holiday weekend.

AGING AMERICA: Advocates say more gay-friendly senior housing needed

The first of the 77 million baby boomers turns 65 this year. At least 1.5 million seniors are gay, a number expected to double by 2030, according to SAGE, the New York-based group Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders.

Missouri GOP lawmakers refocus their business proposals

Missouri's Republican legislative leaders are refining their goals for "economic development" in 2012 to focus on incremental changes to workplace laws that they hope will cause the business climate to inch upward — even if only by a matter of degrees.

Midwest officials explore passenger rail expansion

One option it examined would provide nighttime passenger train service between Fort Worth, Texas, and Newton, Kansas. Another would establish daytime service between Fort Worth and Kansas City.

BROKEN BUDGET: State revenue rises, but not enough to offset cuts

If government budgets were once an eye-glazing topic, they moved to the top of the public agenda in 2011 as state and local governments faced some of their most difficult decisions since the national recession began in late 2007.

Bison herd return to northwest Missouri

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislature faces a trying, contentious session

As the General Assembly session's opening nears, House and Senate leaders have yet to resolve their bitter differences over economic development legislation.


PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia's First Night New Year's Eve celebration

The annual First Night celebration included art, performances and family events in venues throughout downtown Columbia. Unusually warm weather resulted in bigger-than-expected crowds for the New Year's Eve event.