George Hayes, Nov. 19, 1924 — Feb. 16, 2013

George Hayes loved baseball and horses.

Two Missouri softball players earn SEC honors

Nicole Hudson earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors, and Chelsea Thomas was named Pitcher of the Week after leading the Missouri softball team to a 5-0 start this weekend.

Missouri men's basketball remains unranked in the AP poll

Missouri only received four votes in this week's poll.

FROM READERS: A number of fowl fly through Columbia

Photographer John Hall took a morning drive on Sunday and saw plenty of fowl afoot.

Barn fire along U.S. 63 causes $50,000 in damages

Several chickens died in the blaze. No other animals or people were in the building.

Shots fired on Quail Drive on Sunday

Police responded to the shots by setting up a traffic stop at Parker Street and Vandiver Drive.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Ash Wednesday, Valentine's Day

This week's best images captured Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day celebrations across Columbia.

Lexington hopes for survival as an art center

Lexington beat out four other Missouri towns competing for two years of help from MU faculty and students to launch an art-driven revitalization effort.

Police: Law encourages thieves to steal old cars

The law allows the sale of older cars without a title, which has prompted thieves to steal them for scrap.

Civil War dig planned in central Missouri

The excavation is being funded by a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service.

Tennessee men's basketball team confident of another fast finish

Tennessee followed up victories at South Carolina and Vanderbilt — their first true road wins of the season — with an 88-58 drubbing of Kentucky on Saturday that represented the Volunteers' most one-sided victory in that rivalry's 216-game history.

University of Miami president fires back at NCAA investigation

The University of Miami's statement came shortly after the embattled NCAA said it was pressing on with the case against Miami even after acknowledging "missteps" in the investigation.  

Climate contradiction: Less snow, more blizzards

Decreasing snowfall and big blizzards are both signs of global warming, according to scientists.

Amid Boy Scout turmoil, other groups hope to grow

Lesser-known youth organizations hope to be an outlet or increase membership while the Boy Scouts of America deal with its ban on gays.

High-stakes fight over soybeans makes moves to high court

Vernon Hugh Bowman is in a court battle with Monsanto Co. about violating patent rights held by the company for soybeans that are resistant to weed-killers.


Missouri Senate to take up Stan Musial bridge bill

Lawmakers in both Missouri and Illinois would have to approve the name. The bridge is expected to open sometime next year.

In path to American Airline's merger, one CEO had to leave

U.S. Airways leaped at the chance for a merger when American Airlines filed for bankruptcy in 2011. Now that the merger has been signed, U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker takes the helm to give the company a fresh start as American CEO Tom Horton becomes chairman for a year and then will leave.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate forges compromise in passing workers' comp fix

Last week, the Senate passed a very complicated bill that has vexed the chamber for years. If the bill, Senate Bill 1, becomes law, it could fix the insolvent Second Injury Fund.

UNC Chapel Hill chancellor headed to St. Louis

Holden Thorp announced in September he would step down as chancellor at the end of the academic year.

Record gizzard shad caught in SE Missouri river

Brian Taylor caught the fish by jigging. It measured 16 inches and weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces.