Columbia families celebrate New Year's at First Night event

Families came out to enjoy First Night Columbia, which offered entertainment for all ages. The themes for the celebration were youth and guitars.

The First Night celebration offers families a wholesome way to celebrate New Year's Eve.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2012 ends with snow showers

Snow showers began Monday morning across mid-Missouri resulting in two inches of snow accumulation by noon.

Self-described 'old fashioned cook' serves up homemade classics at diner

Cat Rehma opened Cats Kitchen on Nov. 1 at 1802 Paris Road after running it successfully in Hallsville since April 2010.

Water and Light Department extends deadline for input on proposed power lines

The Columbia Water and Light Department is sending letters to its customers, which will be impacted by rate increases to cover the costs of the new lines..

Columbia residents share their New Year's resolutions

For some, New Year's resolutions are changes to diet, habits and use of time.


Missouri's minimum wage set for 10-cent increase starting Tuesday

Nearly 80,000 Missouri workers will see a slight increase in their paychecks, on average $190 annually.

Missouri men's basketball falls to No. 12 in AP Rankings

Despite falling in the rankings, Missouri remains the highest ranked team in the Southeastern Conference.

County building fee increases will take effect midnight Monday

The Boone County Commission last raised fees in 2002.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Roll cart issue should not be raised again

If the subject of trash roll carts comes up again, I feel it should be put up for a citywide vote.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Public crime map

BAIR Analytics allows users to view crime reports in certain areas of Columbia.

Patricia Brock believed in importance of family

Patricia Brock taught the importance of family and friends and to her children.

Purple Heart recipient Ralph Poe loved animals and farming

Ralph Poe, 89, of Columbia died Thursday. He was a Purple Heart recipient, farmer, gardener and pied piper of animals. 

Tommy Teel of Clark died Dec. 28, 2012

James Poe, May 5, 1923 - Dec. 27, 2012, of Columbia

James Ralph Poe lost his battle with lung cancer on Dec. 27th.

Democratic officials: Fiscal 'cliff' deal reached

Democratic officials said that barring opposition from majority Democrats, a late-night Senate vote was possible on the deal.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Our nation, on its knees

So, at this writing, there we are, on the very edge of the fiscal cliff with no easy way back.

Missouri lawmaker proposes limits on drone surveillance

The proposed legislation would ban people, organizations and state agencies from using unmanned aircraft to conduct surveillance of people, farms or agricultural operations without the owner's permission.

McCaskill seeks action on Missouri levee project

Sen. McCaskill sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, urging a restart of the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project.

Statewide effort to distribute venison growing

Missouri's Share the Harvest is on track to distribute 400,000 pounds of donated meat.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri and Kansas should expand Medicaid

Right now, it is nearly impossible for low-income workers in Missouri and Kansas to obtain health insurance if their employers don’t provide it. Both states have very low Medicaid eligibility limits.