Columbia businessman Dave Griggs' civic life: 'It's called relationships'

Dave Griggs, a Columbia businessman who has served as county commissioner and REDI chairman, has extensive contacts in Boone County civic life. While many view his advocacy of incentives as altruism, some are wary of his influence.

January rains offer optimism for easing Missouri drought

January rains have helped pull parts of Missouri out of drought and hold promise that conditions will ease elsewhere.

Chantel Stanciel gives Columbia College men's basketball a big boost

A freshman whom teammates call "Pep," point guard Chantel Stanciel gets in the head of his opponents, then takes the ball from their hands.

Officials seek $211 million upgrade for Missouri mental health facility

Missouri mental health officials would like to replace the antiquated Fulton State Hospital with a new high-security facility, at a cost of $211 million.

Corn shortage idles Missouri ethanol plant, others nationwide

Twenty of the nation's 211 ethanol plants, including one in Macon, have ceased production over the past year, including five in January.


Poor 3-point shooting dooms Missouri in loss to Mississippi State

A week after upsetting Tennessee, the Missouri women's basketball team hosted Mississippi State, a team with a 2-7 record in conference play. But the Bulldogs were able to take away the Tigers' greatest weapon by holding them to 3 of 20 from 3-point range, and Missouri lost 61-56. 

Russell Ronald Jost, Sept. 15, 1930 — Feb. 9, 2013, of St. Louis

Russell Ronald Jost died Feb. 9, 2013, after a fall in his home the day before and a brief hospitalization.

Fundraising starts to fix Kansas City's fountains

The city has budgeted $250,000 specifically for fountain repairs, but that's not nearly enough, according to the City of Fountains Foundation, which is launching the fundraising effort.

Missouri lawmakers begin quest to update criminal code

Two 1,000-page bills introduced in this year's General Assembly session would update the state's criminal code for the first time since 1979.

Missouri men's basketball eases past Ole Miss at Mizzou Arena

Missouri continued its home-winning streak with a 98-79 win over Ole Miss on Saturday.

Missouri wheelchair basketball players find happiness on court

Teammates Alex Ashton, Ethan Linsky and Taylor Moore explain some of the differences between wheelchair basketball and basketball without a wheelchair. 

Hickman boys basketball prevails in high-speed battle against Madison Prep

Pitted against Madison Prep, a team that provided an unprecedented match athletically, the Kewpies came out on top with a late bucket by Jimmy Whitt.

Humane Society's Fur Ball matches animals, people for Valentine's Day

The Central Missouri Humane Society united 34 pets with new homes during its second annual Fur Ball on Saturday. 

Former Columbia College women's basketball assistant returns to coach against Cougars for Stephens

Chris Duncan, who was an assistant coach for the Columbia College women's basketball team, left the Cougars after last season to take over as the head coach of the Stephens College women's basketball team. 

Offense propels Tigers softball in annual Black and Gold game

The Missouri Tigers softball team totaled 19 hits during its annual Black and Gold exhibition game Saturday.

Missouri women' basketball's postseason ambitions remain within reach

The Missouri women's basketball team's win over No. 9 Tennessee breeds hope for postseason opportunities.

Former Missouri football star Jeremy Maclin's foundation hopes to change lives

Former Missouri football standout Jeremy Maclin's foundation hopes to help children living in unstable environments, including those in Columbia.

Columbia Housing Authority, Ridgeway residents discuss low-income housing plans

The Columbia Housing Authority met with the Ridgeway Neighborhood Association and other stakeholders, to discuss the intended construction of affordable housing on land bought in December.

DEAR READER: Thanks for a year of your stories

The Missourian's From Readers section will have its first birthday this weekend. To help celebrate, the Missourian will randomly pick people who have contributed to the section to win prizes next week.

FROM READERS: A mom's tips on how to deal with your child's head lice

Kate Canterbury, a Columbia mother, describes a five-step procedure on what to do if your child gets lice.