Returning Columbia School Board member Darin Preis has potential of children in mind

Darin Preis likes the direction of the Columbia School Board and, as Paul Cushing's replacement on the board, looks forward to contributing to issues including transportation and drawing in various perspectives.

Cooks in the Kitchen teaches people with disabilities independent living skills

Cooks in the Kitchen is a program through Services for Independent Living that teaches adults with disabilities basic cooking skills and how to feel comfortable in a kitchen. 

Getting board in place next step for county mental health tax

The Boone County Commission plans to put out a call for applicants to the board that will make decisions about the quarter-cent sales tax for children's mental health, which passed with 57.2 percent voter approval on Nov. 7 and will take effect April 1.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gun owners bear responsibility, need accountability

Gun owners should have, by now, come up with a way of demonstrating a commitment to preserving a right to bear arms that involves holding one another more accountable.

Mobile app identifies hundreds of weeds

MU Extension developed a mobile app that identifies about 400 weeds. 

Hickman High student hit by driver

A Hickman High School student crossing Providence Road was struck by a vehicle Thursday morning. The student was not seriously injured.

McCaskill petition urges NRA to come to the table

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said in a news release Thursday the right to own guns isn't the issue. She says what's needed are "commonsense laws that respect that right but prevent the mass slaughter of innocent Americans."

Storms improve outlook for Mississippi River

The season's first major snowstorm dumped nearly a foot of snow in parts of Iowa and nearly 9 inches in parts of Nebraska.

Midwest, Plains bankers see rural economy growing

The Rural Mainstreet Index released Thursday climbed in December, the fourth straight month of growth.

Drought's grip unrelenting across Midwest

The latest numbers were as of Tuesday, before the arrival of the Midwest's first winter snowstorm.

High winds, snow prompt winter advisory

Winds in excess of 30 mph with higher gusts will combine with snow and make travel difficult by Thursday afternoon. 

Volunteers sew snowflakes for Sandy Hook

Satin Stiches, a sewing and embroidery store, is devoting three of its electronic sewing machines during the coming weeks to create snowflakes for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Room at the Inn to open in January at Wilkes Boulevard Church

Room at the Inn, which was started by the Missouri United Methodist Church in 2010, is moving to Wilkes Boulevard Church in January.

TELL US: Columbia, share your 26 acts of kindness

Are you inspired to respond to tragedy by helping others? We want to hear about your efforts — or those that you witness.

MU Law School Dean Gary Myers plans for school's future

Gary Myers, who in August became dean of the MU School of Law, has short- and long-term goals for the school, including fundraising and raising the visibility of faculty.

Variety of shots adds up for Missouri women's basketball team

The Tigers lead the nation in 3-pointers, but the women's basketball team's success begins from inside the 3-point arc.

Oriakhi finding his fit in Missouri men's basketball

Extra conditioning has helped Tigers forward Alex Oriakhi become a more multidimensional player.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boonville tree farm prepares, bales pre-cut Christmas trees

Wayne Harmon, owner of Starr Pines farm in Boonville, helps a family from Columbia select a Christmas tree on Wednesday. Harmon has been growing and selling Christmas trees for 26 years.

Five will enter Missouri's Hall of Fame

Justin Smith and Ian Kinsler highlight the class that will be inducted Feb. 1, 2013.

UPDATE: Columbia residents surpass Mayor McDavid's food donation challenge

Columbia residents surpassed Mayor Bob McDavid's "Million Pounds Challenge" by donating 1,083,780 pounds of food by Tuesday evening.