Clarence Richard Castleman enjoyed playing the guitar

Clarence Richard Castleman, 69, of Hallsville died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. His family will hold visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home.

Clarence Richard Castleman, Sept. 6, 1943 — Dec. 11, 2012, of Hallsville

Clarence Richard Castleman, 69, loved playing his guitar with his family and friends.


Columbia resident Linda Green writes that school workers, public employees, business owners, job seekers and Columbia residents should all be concerned about Enhanced Enterprise Zones coming to Columbia.

FROM READERS: Read the winning entry of the 2012 Flash Fiction contest

Brandi Robison was the first place winner of Daniel Boone Regional Library's 2012 Flash Fiction Contest. You can read her winning entry, "The Playmate," in this article.

Northern Michigan soccer team going to teammate's funeral

Northern Michigan spokeswoman Cindy Paavola says 22 players, the head coach and others are taking a university bus to Columbia for a Friday afternoon visitation and Saturday morning funeral service.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why 'land of the free' is more than a lyric

Students can tweet about their favorite five freedoms and compete for a $5,000 scholarship.


James Vernon Lamb, Oct. 12, 1922 — Dec. 6, 2012

James Vernon Lamb of Columbia passed away Thursday, Dec. 6. He was 90.

Mo. Sen. McCaskill spent $19.3M, now in debt

A summary of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill's finances released Friday shows she had less than $8,800 in her campaign account as of Nov. 26.

Man killed after bar fight in central Missouri

Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane said 28-year-old Benjamin Harris of Auxvasse died after being shot early Thursday.

GOP Senate group financially aided Akin despite disavowal

Despite publicly disavowing Todd Akin, the political committee for Republican senators quietly sent $760,000 to Missouri in a last-ditch attempt to aid Akin's unsuccessful challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill

Midwest cities breaking no-snow records

Many cities in the Midwest haven't seen any decent snow this season — and some are even setting records for the number of days without it, in part because last winter was so mild and any precipitation that does fall gets soaked into the drought-parched land.

Study: Missouri ranks 46th in smoking cessation funding

The report states that Missouri currently spends 0.1 percent of what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends on efforts to prevent kids from starting and helping smokers stop.

Charitable birthdays redefine giving for kids

Some children are using their birthday parties as a way to give gifts to children who need them.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Drop the politics and expand Missouri's Medicaid program

The healthcare debate has not ended with the conclusion of the presidential election. Lawmakers weigh the benefits and costs as they assess the issue of Medicaid expansion.

Strong earthquake hits same area in Japan devastated last year

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. local time, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

St. Louis voters might weigh tax hike for area parks

If approved by voters, 30 percent of the money raised would go to the Arch grounds, 30 percent to the Great Rivers Greenway trail system, and 40 percent would be divided among the city and the two counties.

Solar panels installed for St. Louis Co. district

The Mehlville School District has installed the panels at five schools.

New book details life of Kansas City civil rights activist

A professor emeritus of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has written a new biography about Leon M. Jordon, a Kansas City civil rights activist.

Pearl Harbor dead remembered on 71st anniversary

The crew of a Navy guided-missile destroyer in Pearl Harbor will stand on deck while the ship passes the USS Arizona, a battleship that still lies in the harbor where it sank.

Missouri education board leader denies sex allegations

In a lawsuit, a woman alleges the Rev. Stan Archie, senior pastor at Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in Kansas City, began a sexual relationship with her while he was counseling her.