Missouri's Pinkel and staff still searching for SEC respect

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel speaks to reporters at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media day July 17 in Hoover, Ala.

Before the 2012 season, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said the only way Missouri would gain respect in a new conference was to win games. After a 5-7 season, his team is still searching for that respect.

Cyber Monday could help or hurt Columbia businesses

Cyber Monday, the day for online shopping after Thanksgiving, is expected to give online businesses a bump in sales. However, the day might hurt local tax revenue.

Voluntary Action Center needs 22 more sponsors for Christmas program

The Voluntary Action Center needs 22 more sponsors before its Tuesday deadline for the Christmas program. The program provides gifts and food to low-income families in Columbia. 

Ian Thomas, of PedNet, will run for Fourth Ward City Council seat

The executive director of PedNet said he sees transportation as the issue he's most knowledgeable about, but his platform is still growing to address other issues affecting Columbia residents.

County officials, management staff gauge improvements to Central Missouri Events Center

TAG Events says things are improving but more big events are necessary.

Blind Boone Home to begin next phase of restoration

The John William Boone Heritage Foundation donated $16,500 to the city to add landscaping behind the home. 

Missouri men's basketball drops to No. 16

The Missouri men's basketball team dropped in the Associated Press basketball poll this week, falling three spots to number No. 16.

Columbia hiker prepares to conquer the Appalachian Trail

Caleb McMurry, a graduate from Webster University, hopes to think, reflect and emerge in nature as he spends five months to conquer the Appalachian Trail with a friend.

Ferreira helps Columbia College volleyball team excel

The Cougars are 37-1 and ranked No. 3 in the nation in the NAIA as the team enters the first round of the NAIA national tournament this week in Sioux City, Iowa. 

Victim testifies that she wants woman who financially exploited her sent to prison

A mentally disabled woman testified against the woman who pleaded guilty to financially exploiting her.

Hickman seniors strive to be leaders of girls basketball team

This year, the Kewpies will feature seniors Jade Holly and Cherish Walton. They look to be the team’s top scoring threats as well as the leaders of a young but experienced Hickman team.

'Free Ryan Ferguson' billboard stands at first of three locations

A "Free Ryan Ferguson" billboard stands to the north of Interstate 70 in Columbia between Stadium Boulevard and West Boulevard exits Monday morning. It is one of three rotating locations for the sign.

MU student embraces Cherokee heritage

Willow Hoxie is a member of the on-campus group Four Directions: Indigenous Peoples and Allies. She is passionate about celebrating her Native American heritage and educating others about native traditions.

Public Works Department creates Facebook, Twitter accounts

According to a news release, Columbia Public Works stepped onto the social media platform to improve communications with customers. 

UM Press Advisory Committee discusses series possibility, UM Press workings

The University of Missouri Press Advisory Committee reviewed UM Press history and inner workings and discussed a possible series on scholarly communication.

Gloria Seabaugh always had smile on her face

Gloria Seabaugh, 73, former director of human resources for the city of Columbia, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Blue Springs.

2012 is so far the warmest year on record for parts of Missouri

Columbia has had the warmest year on record as of Nov. 24, with an average temperature of 61.7 degrees. The previous warmest year was in 1938, when the average was 61 degrees.

Missouri basketball players chronicle their Bahamas trip

The team played in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, and many players posted about the trip on Twitter and Instagram.

Gloria Seabaugh, April 21, 1939 — Nov. 24, 2012, of Blue Springs

Gloria Ann Seabaugh, 73, of Blue Springs, formerly of Columbia, died Saturday.

FROM READERS: How I survived working Black Friday

Even though I was tired, sick of dealing with coupon and sale-crazed customers, and hungry — I survived working Black Friday.