Spirits share the night with a crowd at Halloween-themed Twilight Walk

A monkey on the loose, the ghost of an opera singer and hazing rituals in a crematorium were among stories told at this year's fourth and final Twilight Walk through downtown Columbia on Thursday.

A monkey on the loose, the ghost of an opera singer and hazing rituals in a crematorium were among stories told at this year's fourth and final Twilight Walk.

Lee students take inspiration from a beetle for Fall Festival parade

Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School students create their own masterpieces for the annual Fall Festival parade, sparked by an unlikely source — a beetle named Marvin who draws like Albrecht Durer. The parade starts at 8:30 a.m. at the school, 1208 Locust St.

McCollum cites office experience in election for Boone County collector

Democrat Brian McCollum has worked in the collector's office for more than 13 years and hopes to succeed his boss, Pat Lensmeyer, who is retiring.

Reisch draws on decades of political service for Boone County collector bid

The Republican mayor of Hallsville cites her family's long ties to Boone County and her political acumen as qualifications for the job.

Basye says running for 47th District is 'right thing to do'

Republican candidate Chuck Basye hopes to win the 47th District with his farming roots and work experiences.

Education, business experience helped shape 47th District incumbent Wright

John Wright's journey took him from Columbia to the Missouri state legislature — with stops to study at Yale and work in New York City.

Man arrested Wednesday on charge of child pornography possession

A monthlong investigation led to the arrest of a 30-year-old manby Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force detectives.


Missouri House candidates share same-sex marriage views

Recent national developments leave Missouri among the minority of states that ban same-sex marriage.

Lower corn prices bring down cropland values

With the cattle market going strong, the price of pasture is expected to continue climbing, outpacing cropland prices for the first time in four years.


Hard freeze may be frightful for plants

Below freezing temperatures are expected for Columbia late Friday night and Saturday morning.

Military appreciation day features ROTC Hall of Fame, name for new cannon

Missouri football will celebrate the nation's military during Saturday's game against Kentucky. Among the festivities are a ROTC Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the reveal of a name for the new ROTC cannon.

Columbia man arrested in connection with July shooting

The victim of the July 3 shooting went to University Hospital with multiple non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Sturgeon school district seeks $2 million bond for buildings

Proposed renovations and additions would provide students and staff with more adequate facilities and increase safety, officials say.

SEC Nation comes to Columbia

The SEC Network's Saturday pre-game show will broadcast from Francis Quadrangle at MU ahead of the Tigers' game against Kentucky.

Columbia plans Halloween parties for children and adults

Events are happening throughout the city in celebration of the spooky holiday.

MU forms search committee for Title IX administrator

An eight-person committee will recruit candidates and plans to interview them in December, according to an email from MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.

Storytellers promise a fright during Halloween performance

Storytellers will share their tales of ghosts at Talking Horse Theater on Friday evening. Donations benefit Rain-Central Missouri.

Proposed amendment draws concern about future of state budget

Amendment 10, which will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, would change the governor’s power to maintain a balanced budget by requiring the legislature's approval any time the governor reduced the amount of money budgeted to a state agency.

Historic fires part of Halloween themed walking tour

Don't be afraid to take in scary tales during a twilight walking tour downtown on Thursday evening.


Commissioner candidates discuss future of 911 center

A sales tax to fund a new building and an overhaul of the Public Safety and Joint Communications Center was approved by voters in 2013.