Track Santa Claus with NORAD's Santa Tracker

Get the latest on St. Nick's whereabouts with NORAD's Santa Tracker.


Homeless shelter to move from downtown church site

The Methodist Church is moving Room at the Inn to 804 Old 63 N., a site donated by the Total Environments Garden Center. The new shelter will open Jan. 1. The church hopes to make it a community-driven project.

Tax cut lives: Congress gives last-minute approval

It will keep in place a 2 percentage point cut in the payroll tax — a salary boost of about $20 a week for an average worker making $50,000 a year — and prevent almost 2 million unemployed people from losing jobless benefits averaging $300 a week.

Columbia settles with plaintiff in lawsuit over officer's use of excessive force

Kenneth Baker, the inmate who was injured Aug. 15 by former Columbia police officer Rob Sanders, will be paid $250,000 by the city to settle his lawsuit.

For Natural Santas, Christmas is more than a seasonal vocation

Each year white-bearded men try out to join an elite brotherhood of Santas, but they can't get by on just looks.

The old-fashioned light bulb's phaseout: a primer

DEAR READER: Of floods, perseverance and the Pinhook story

The story of a village flooded by the levee breach at Birds Point captures the human condition in so many ways. Ultimately, it's a story of perseverance and hope.

Sticky fingers common during holiday shopping season

In the four weeks leading up to Christmas, retailers in the U.S. are expected to lose $5 billion in theft and other crimes. About 36 percent of those losses come from shoplifting.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hazing cannot be ignored or tolerated

Any reasonable person must admit that our men and women in uniform have not only the duty to protect the rest of us but also a fierce obligation to protect one another.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's give a shout out to Food Bank volunteers

One donated hour at a time, dedicated volunteers are working to alleviate hunger among those in need.

City, electric co-op offer incentives for energy-efficient light bulbs

Although Congress has blocked the funding necessary to enforce new energy standards for light bulbs, Columbia's Water and Light Department and Boone Electric Cooperative continuing offering incentives for people to make the switch

Food bank distributes produce, meats at Paquin Tower

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri stopped by Paquin Tower to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables Friday morning. 

Homicide victim spotted at Jimmy John's on Monday night

Police have released footage of homicide victim Timothy Ray Jones walking in and around Jimmy John's Restaurant between 9 and 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Downtown traffic box art wants new ideas

The city budgets $2,000 for each painted box. That includes $1,500 for the artist and $500 for materials.

FDA, CDC help in investigation of baby formula suspected of causing newborn's death

Infant death caused by bacteria believed to be in certain powered-based infant formulas.

Missouri couple expands goat's milk cheese operation

Goodwill leader helps in St. Louis area

In 10 years, Goodwill's revenue has since more than tripled, to $116 million, including employment and job training contracts, and the organization employs more than 2,000 people.

Mississippi River town of Pinhook struggles to reclaim its community after levee break

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew the Birds Point levee last spring, state officials fretted over the potential loss of 130,000 acres of prime farmland. The crops came back, almost immediately. A village, which had survived for generations in the lee of the Mississippi, didn't. 

Missouri men's basketball team overcomes adversity in win over Illinois

The Missouri men's basketball faced adversity during a game for the first time this season, but the Tigers pulled out a win to stay undefeated.

TIGER KICKOFF: Jefferson City graduates to meet on the line in Independence Bowl

North Carolina defensive lineman Sylvester Williams played football at Jefferson City High School at the same time Missouri center Travis Ruth did.