Columbia comes together for New Year's Eve Fest

The countdown to 2015 during Columbia Eve Fest on Wednesday night included musical comedy, jazz, rhythm and blues, an illusionist, kids videology party, piano duel and more. The family entertainment took place from 7 p.m. to midnight at venues on Ninth Street downtown, ending with fireworks.

Columbia's annual block party featured an array of family-friendly events designed to offer entertainment and opportunities to reflect on the year ahead.

Despite questions about ticket sales, Citrus Bowl still exciting for Missouri, Minnesota coaches

Even with 38 other bowl games, the Citrus Bowl means a lot to Missouri  and Minnesota coaches. As for the fans, those backing Minnesota don't need "a ham and a blanket" to watch football in Orlando.

PHOTO GALLERY: Relive 2014 in 14 photographs

Missourian photo editors culled through thousands of photographs captured by 27 staff photojournalists this year. This year's top images stand out either because of their news value or their sheer beauty.

Gregory Anderson enjoyed working with electronics, being outdoors

Gregory Anderson died Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. He was 29.

Governor exploring options for tolls along I-70

Gov. Jay Nixon received a report today from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission that details the condition of the highway and potential solutions. 

Blue Note, Mojo's reveal new look for New Year's Eve

Scott Leslie and Matt Gerding, co-owners of The Blue Note and Mojo's, have rushed to finish renovations and put the final touches on their venues before New Year's Eve celebrations.

Missouri laws taking effect Jan. 1 cover beer sales, drug costs, storage units and more

Laws passed during the 2014 session to go into effect on Jan. 1 cover the cost of cancer drugs, beer sales and mammogram reporting. They address how long rented storage units must be in default before contents can be sold and improvements to the state's One Call program.

Bello suspended indefinitely, Gant enters starting five for Mizzou basketball

Freshman Jakeenan Gant made his first appearance in the starting lineup Tuesday against Oklahoma State.

Missouri legislature takes on education in 2015

One bill, which would set up a letter grading system for public schools, is intended to make it easier for parents to understand who their children's schools are performing.

Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: No. 2: ESPN investigates Missouri over alleged rape

ESPN Outside the Lines released a scathing investigation of the Missouri athletics department's failure to report the alleged sexual assault of one of its athletes, Sasha Menu Courey. The former Tigers swimmer, who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, committed suicide in 2011 after the alleged assault in 2010.

10 things you didn't know about Minnesota

From a university-saving philanthropist with a sweet tooth to Bronko Nagurski to the pioneer of open-heart surgery, here are 10 things you didn't know about Missouri's Citrus Bowl opponent, Minnesota.

Speech professor taught 9,000 students

Loren Reid taught more than 9,000 students during his tenure as a professor of speech at MU. He died Dec. 25, 2014, at age 109.

New parking meter enforcement hours take effect Friday

Downtown on-street parking meter payments hours will be shifted to one hour later.

The Rev. James Blanton, 96, was passionate about civil rights, astronomy, music and cameras

The Rev. James Miller Blanton, 96, of Columbia died on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. He was passionate about his job as a founding pastor for the Trinity Presbyterian Church and cared deeply about the civil rights cause.

Jerome Peters, 92, was a lifelong learner

Dr. Jerome "Jerry" Peters served in the Army during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War. He loved woodworking, Siamese fighting fish and kites.

Hickman boys take third in Rolla tournament

Jimmy Whitt scored 47 points to lead the Kewpies to third-place finish in the Holiday tournament.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Be careful, be watchful, be safe

No fatalities were recorded during the New Year’s counting period last year. With planning, good judgment and luck, that could happen again.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: College students will suffer without Medicaid expansion

We need to stop making the assumption that college students are always on their parent or guardian’s health insurance plan.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Support city ordinances; e-cigarettes are not safe

Studies have found that e-cigarette users are significantly less likely than non-users to stop smoking.

Gregory Anderson, Oct. 28, 1985-Dec. 26, 2014

Gregory D. Anderson, of Columbia, died Friday, Dec. 26. He was 29 years old.