BATTLE RISING: AVID gives students support, resources to succeed

Students participate in AVID, which is a national college readiness system that targets students in the academic middle who show a strong desire to attend college and are determined to work hard. The class, which consists of 21 sophomores chosen from more than 80 applicants, is graded and credited just like any other course. It teaches academic strategies but also focuses on providing social and emotional help for the students enrolled.

Students at Battle High School participate in the AVID system to gain skills and support as they prepare themselves for college.

The Broadway Hotel's 'Wall of Hope' is filling up

The Broadway Hotel's 'Wall of Hope' has gained many more entries since it was unveiled Dec. 27. 

What to know before attending the New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Columbia

The event has a new name — Columbia Eve Fest — and a more condensed location to create a block-party feel to the event. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with Ninth Street between Elm and Locust streets closed beginning at 5 p.m.

Columbia school among 14 Missouri schools splitting federal grant funds

Frederick Douglass High School in Columbia will share in the $7.5 million for low-achieving schools.

Food bank in Dallas invites MU fans to volunteer before Cotton Bowl

MU fans and their Cotton Bowl rivals from Oklahoma State University can volunteer at a food bank before Friday's game. 

Scholarship fund in memory of slain MU business student will help his son, others

Jarrett's Dream is a scholarship fund created in the memory of MU student Jarrett Mosby, who was shot to death on Christmas Eve. He left behind a 6-year-old son.

Shots fired Sunday night near Rice Road

Officers with the Columbia Police Department responded Sunday night to shots fired near Rice Road. No one was reported injured. 

East St. Louis man charged in shooting death of MU student

Deneshion Swope is accused of shooting Jarrett Mosby seven times during a drug deal, according to the Madison County, Ill., state's attorney.

Dollar General robbed at gunpoint

A man robbed a Dollar General store with a handgun Monday afternoon. No one was injured.

Rock Bridge girls beat Dexter 56-42

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team defeated Dexter High School 56-42 on Monday.

Richard Rauscher taught his family to love the Cardinals

Richard Rauscher  loved to read, listen to Bob Dyan and — most of all — watch the St. Louis Cardinals. Mr. Rauscher died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. He was 67.

Emily Marie Fitzhugh loved to crack jokes, watch NASCAR

She often attended races at the Kansas Speedway with her family. On race days, she was always eager to get out of the door first thing in the morning and cheer on her favorite driver, Tony Stewart.

Jane Marsh, March 4, 1927 — Dec. 23, 2013, of Columbia

Jane Marsh died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. She was 86.

New year means Missouri wage hike, business tax cut

Some of the new Missouri laws that take effect Wednesday are the result of bills passed during the 2013 legislative session, such as new screening requirements for babies born beginning in 2014 and new benefit entitlements for claims of serious work-related illnesses.

Kansas City couple claims $71.5 million Powerball jackpot

Kevin Carlson, 49, and his wife, whose name was not released, claimed the prize Thursday. Carlson celebrated his birthday the next day and has quit his job as a mechanic. His wife plans to keep working.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't start the new year with a fatality

During last year’s holiday counting period, Missouri recorded 1,615 traffic crashes, including 12 fatalities and 517 injury accidents.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia and Boone County health statistics available

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Servicescompiles a report detailing health statistics for various categories of citizens.

FROM READERS: MU student balances school, sports, consignment store

Kate Gallagher, a senior finance major at MU, co-founded an on-campus consignment store while balancing school and a position on the MU women's golf team.

GUEST COMMENTARY: This low carb diet is good for you — and the planet

In 2014, try a low-carb diet. Not a low–carb(ohydrate) diet, but a low-carbon one. As in carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas causing the climate crisis.

Richard Rauscher, of Columbia, Jan. 20, 1946 — Dec. 27, 2013

Richard Rauscher of Columbia died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. He was 67.