NFL's ratings, revenue, popularity continue to grow

The NFL has the Midas touch — its ratings and revenues keep increasing even when the economy isn't at its best.

Growth needs drive Boone County Family Resources' property acquisitions

The agency, which provides services for those with developmental disabilities, says it hopes a Short Street option will allow it to meet space requirements while preserving the North Village's residential character.

Hoosier state charms East Coast guests

Patriots fans are streaming into Indianapolis in preparation for the 46th Super Bowl, and from sandwiches to scarves, their Hoosier hosts are doing everything possible to make them feel at home.

'Tebowmania' comes to Super Bowl

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has become a national sensation for his last-minute victories and trademark "tebowing." Tebow visited the Super Bowl on Thursday to talk with reporter about his season, the Broncos' loss to the Patriots, and his desire to keep improving.

By hosting the Super Bowl, Indianapolis gets dose of star power

Celebrities, event planners say that the Midwest city will attract the rich and famous despite its reputation.

Boone County Family Resources relies on network to serve clients' needs

Boone County Family Resources — established in 1976 — served 1,392 clients in 2011 through 202 agencies, therapists and other professionals to provide 44 different services for clients.

Assistance helps attorney live independently

Max Lewis — who still runs his own family law practice even after he became paralyzed — relies on Boone County Family Resources, Services for Independent Living and Medicaid for support.

Boone County Family Resources gives teenager sense of freedom

The agency has helped Isaac Pasley, a teenager with Asperger's syndrome, learn to drive, find a job, make friends and, most importantly, gain his independence.

Teens migrate to Twitter for privacy

Twitter use among teenagers is up but for reasons different from what many may think.

Parents of stillborns struggle with grief process

Recent reactions to the Santorum and Duggar families have brought to light the lack of a standard for mourning a child who never alive in the world.

A survivor himself, musician shares gift of hope with cancer patients

With personal knowledge about the fight against cancer and a keen knack for music, Charlie Lustman works to inspire others to continue their personal battles.

Volunteer meeting house in Joplin takes first steps toward preservation

After taking a direct hit in the tornado that hit Joplin, the "Volunteer House," with messages scribbled on its walls by people from around the country, takes first steps toward preservation.

From wife to widow, living without Arch

Living through grief is difficult. Mary Leean lost her husband of 56 years last April to a rare degenerative brain disorder. How does someone carry on after losing his or her soul mate?

Stephens College hosts watch party for Joplin episode of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

Members of Stephens College who volunteered to build and design homes in Joplin for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" watched their efforts revealed to the public Friday night at a watch party while they were surrounded by family and friends.

Astronomers see more planets than stars in galaxy

Astronomers have found planets that mirror "Star Wars" Luke Skywalker's home planet with twin suns and a mini-star system with a dwarf sun and shrunken planets.

4-H program helps family stay bonded despite prison bars

The 4-H LIFE program allows children to visit a parent in prison in a less restrictive environment.

Clips from Missouri River television series to be shown in Rocheport

Clips from the unscripted TV episodes focus on the Missouri River and people whose lives are intertwined with it. They will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level of Les Bourgeois Bistro in Rocheport. 

Woman's quest could mean Medal of Honor for dad

Last month, President Barack Obama signed an act which contains a provision that allows  a Pentagon review of Jewish soldiers and sailors who may have been overlooked for the Medal of Honor because of their faith. Because of this provision, William Shemin may finally get that medal years after his death. 

Nostalgia Shop reflects changes in trends, growth in friendship

Nostalgia Shop opened in 1977 in downtown Columbia, and 35 years later, George Liggett is still at it. A dig into the Missourian's archives around Halloween uncovered an amusing photo at the Nostalgia Shop from 1981. We followed up with Liggett and former co-owner Tim Flynn.

Holiday reading list: Booksellers suggest titles with Columbia connections

If you'll be spending some free time during the holidays doing some reading, allow us to make suggestions for your reading list.