Auto shop is already making plans after Thursday fire

Sound Performance's owners are looking for a temporary building to take care of current customers as quickly as possible after a fire destroyed its shop on Indiana Avenue.

Columbia blacksmith begins new business

Justin Tattitch, who works as a forester, is two months into his new blacksmithing business and would like one day to become a full-time blacksmith.

FROM READERS: Wind and snow, warmly photographed from inside

What this reader/photographer gives us in photo quality by taking pictures of the snow through a window, he gains in warmth and comfort.

Suspect accused of stealing laptop from Americas Best Value Inn

Shortly before 4:30 a.m., the suspect was let into the building by a clerk after knocking on a locked door. According to police, the suspect then displayed a handgun and demanded money. The clerk was able to escape by running out a side door and hiding, and the clerk then called police.

FROM READERS: Nutritionist gives tips on how to eat healthy during the holidays

Dietary changes can be difficult, but making small steps toward a goal of healthy eating is more successful than trying to make large nutritional changes all at once.

Phase 1 of Missouri levee restoration complete

Glen Bullington, a civil engineer technician with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saidFriday that the first phase of work on Birds Point levee included restoring the levee to 55 feet of protection.

Joplin church reopens after 2011 tornado

Members of the newly rebuilt Harmony Heights Baptist Church are preparing to open their doors Sunday for their first service at their new church.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Chained-Consumer Price Index makes more sense, of sorts

If lawmakers really want a more precise cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security, they have to invest in better surveys — and accept less dramatic savings, if any.

Belton street crew worker wins TV's 'X-Factor'

Missouri jury awards $108 million in home birth death

A Jackson County jury has awarded $108.6 million to the parents of a Lee's Summit woman who died of infection a month after the home birth of a stillborn daughter.

Carolers pass Santa hat to help Columbia family

Carolers gathered outside the Bappe home Thursday evening to sing songs and collect money for a family struggling with stacking medical bills. 

With pavilion stalled, Columbia Farmers' Market must renegotiate lease

The lease agreement that allows the Columbia Farmers' Market to use land near the Activity and Recreation Center ends May 1 if site development and construction on a permanent structure hasn’t begun.

Fifth-graders at Mill Creek Elementary celebrate holiday by giving

At their holiday party Friday afternoon, fifth-grade students at Mill Creek Elementary School donated and wrapped items for Room at the Inn, an overnight homeless shelter open in January and February.

Community Foundation of Central Missouri exceeds $2 million in assets

By putting nonprofits' funds in investments such as stocks, bonds and real estate, the Community Foundation of Central Missouri exceeded $2 million in assets for the first time since it was established in 2010.

Missouri men's basketball team braces for Braggin' Rights game

On Saturday No. 12 Missouri (9-1) takes on No. 10 Illinois (12-0), which is led by first-year head coach John Groce and two veteran guards, seniors Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson.

Donors pledge $6.4 million for Missouri athletics scholarships

The donors, who wished to remain anonymous, have pledged the donation to the Tiger Scholarship Fund over the next 10 years, beginning in 2013, according to a news release Friday.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We must improve programs to help the mentally ill

We must have a comprehensive conversation about the way Washington funds federal programs that treat mental illness.

Chamber of Commerce bids goodbye to outgoing president

Friends and colleagues helped Don Laird celebrate his contributions to the Chamber of Commerce at a reception in his honor.

Overnight fire destroys audio store

Fire crews responded to a commercial structure fire that damaged Sound Performance on Thursday night. Although it is too early to tell, estimated damage could exceed $300,000.

Braggin' Rights atmosphere new to many on Missouri men's basketball team

With the No. 12 Tigers' game against No. 10 Illinois being played at a neutral site Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, there will be constant cheering no matter which side is doing well.