Haith focuses on development during Missouri's week off

Missouri basketball guard Earnest Ross watches a free-throw shot during the game against Southeast Missouri State on Dec. 4. Ross was in a 0-7 field-goal shooting slump during the past two games, and coach Frank Haith hopes to get him out of it during break.

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith said Monday he planned to use all 20 hours, the NCAA maximum of practice per week, to work with players on skill development.

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ looking to move to Stephens Lake Park

The fall blues festival could move from downtown to Stephens Lake Park next year, pending city approval.

A unit of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center to be named after late oncologist

The new Ellis Fischel Center and seven-story patient care tower are on track to open in 2013. The tower will have six operating rooms and 90 private rooms.

911 advisory panel recommends upgrades for Office of Emergency Management

The 911 advisory panel suggested upgrades to structures and equipment for the Public Safety Joint Communications and Office of Emergency Management.

Quail Drive residents live cautiously, want greater police presence

Residents of Quail Drive in northeast Columbia have said for a long time that they want to see more police on their street, where there has been 26 shots-fired incidents since 2009.

Lack of snow in Columbia has historical significance, repercussions

Columbia has gone 303 days without snow, a streak that ranks No. 6 on the list of most consecutive days without snow in Columbia since 1890. 

Digital dreams? 12 low-tech gift ideas might be better for children

With Christmas 12 days away, add one of these gifts to your shopping list to get your child unplugged from TV or digital devices and increase his or her activity level. 

Housing authority buys six central-city lots for redevelopment

Plans call for a developing new affordable housing in cooperation with the city and the Columbia Community Development Corp.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Engaged citizens were key to EEZ defeat

The dispute over an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia represented a larger ongoing battle between citizens resentful at being pushed around and those who they see as doing the pushing.

Hoop dance takes off in Columbia at Peace Park jams

Hula hooping is an open form of expression that allows people of all ages to build fitness. The Hulagans, a mid-Missouri hoop group, will perform at Mojo's Thursday night in celebration of World Hoop Day.

Police think Thursday morning Petro Mart robberies might be related

The first armed robbery occurred on Stadium Boulevard at 3:37 a.m., and the second occurred at 4:58 a.m. on St. Charles Road.

Annette Triplett named new executive director of PedNet Coalition

Annette Triplett, the state director of two early childhood health programs with MU Extension, will become executive director of PedNet Coalition on Jan. 7.

Columbia College women's basketball player doubles as standout singer

Jasmine Davis, a junior forward from Hot Springs, Ark., volunteered before the season to sing the national anthem before the Cougars' games. But her singing ability means more to her than just singing before basketball games.

PHOTO GALLERY: Canines caper around Bear Creek Nature Area

Dogs big and small spent an afternoon at the Bear Creek Nature Area.

Brookside Downtown apartment site of armed robbery Wednesday night

The attempted invasion occurred around 8:15 p.m. No property was reported stolen.

Two lanes of Broadway to close for repair Monday

The concrete replacement repairs to Broadway are expected to be completed by Dec. 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Officials: No one saw Columbia soccer player in distress in Michigan pool

An investigation into the drowning of an 18-year-old freshman on Northern Michigan University's varsity women's soccer team confirms that no one saw or heard her in distress in the water.

Hunters cite challenge, personal connection in choosing recurve bows

While compound bows remain popular, recurve bows are rising in popularity again. The challenge they provide, and the personal connection that hunters feel for their bow, are main draws for those that choose them. 

Nell Atchley, 103, of Columbia enjoyed life and family

Curly Joe Harper soulfully contributed to the Columbia blues community

Curly Joe Harper died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. He was 63.