Each year, in the days after Thanksgiving, families flock to the Christmas tree lots to buy the perfect tree.
For the past 14 years, Ann and Wayne Harmon have provided Boone County with a hands-on Christmas tree experience.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care … empty and cold with nothing to share.
Kind of puts a damper on the Christmas spirit, doesn’t it? Don’t let your stockings hang lifelessly from the fireplace this Christmas. With a wide assortment of great stocking stuffers available, there is no reason that those giant socks shouldn’t be stuffed to the fullest.
The day after Thanksgiving avid shoppers rushed to malls and department stores to find the perfect gift for the perfect price.
Vendors in downtown Columbia suggest there is an alternate route for these holiday shoppers.
Bad gifts are as much a tradition of the holidays as mistletoe and menorahs.
Every year, as you eagerly rip open the brightly wrapped gifts in anticipation of the watch you wanted, you are met with an awful sweater, a pair of too-tight pants or a hideous homemade gift.
For almost 100 years, an aging 3½ -story building has towered above the corner at Wilkes Boulevard and Fay Street. In faded letters painted over its yellow brick, the words “Hamilton Brown Columbia Factory” label the structure’s place in Columbia history since 1907.
Soon, thanks to a federal grant and the optimism of its owners, the building will be remodeled so it can be useful to the community for another hundred years.
Not every gift is the perfect gift.
If Katie Scott, 23, were to be given a pedicure set, she would wonder whether she was being told her feet were “stinky.”
There are an overwhelming number of choices involved when choosing the perfect wine for a gift and accompanying it with the correct cheese, sausage and crackers.
Many take the easy way out and buy a prepacked gifts basket, but for the more adventurous, there are some key elements involved to create the perfect basket.
Tenants of the Atkins building have mixed feelings about plans to renovate the old factory. Most are excited about the pending changes, but one company feels it has been wronged.
The Atkins building, formerly the Hamilton-Brown shoe factory, has been used for years as an office and commercial building. Recent tenants include an eclectic mix, from a mandolin manufacturer and a recording studio to a janitorial supply company and a church.
Everyone has been subjected to a bad holiday gift.
Curtis Wieberg, a student at Moberly Area Community College, knows what to expect from his grandmother.
Residents opposed to a 1,000-acre development in their neighborhood east of Columbia presented estimates Tuesday of what they think the development would cost the city if it decides to annex the property.
Overall, the residents estimate that infrastructure improvements necessary to support the development of homes, stores, condominiums and a golf course will cost the city between $6 million and $7 million.
Christmas is all about giving … giving away your precious, hard-earned money.
From the girlfriend who whines about getting a Tiffany necklace to the people in the red Salvation Army vest repeatedly ringing their bells, people everywhere want your money.
If you’re the type who made a Christmas list and checked it twice all before Thanksgiving rolled around, read no further.
If, like the other 99 percent of the population, you have made a mad, last-minute shopping dash, you might want to keep reading.
Next year, parents of Columbia students may feel a bit more at ease about their children’s safety while at school.
Starting Jan. 1, state law will require all newly hired school employees who have contact with children to undergo a criminal background check and fingerprinting.
The end of the fall semester means the end of class, finals and a lot of stress.
For some, the stress comes from what to give friends and family for the holidays. Although a lucky few students have worked hard at jobs and thus have extra cash to spend, most college students must be more creative when it comes to buying gifts for the ones they love.
JEFFERSON CITY — After three years and a court order, Secretary of State Matt Blunt will publish a rule today requiring new state employees to pay union fees.
The rule will take effect Jan. 30, by which time Blunt will have been inaugurated governor. That means Blunt will have authority to rescind the order, which he said he will do on his first day in the state’s top job.
The holiday season is busy with gift-giving and entertaining, but those notes of thanks shouldn’t be forgotten.
Everyone has received gifts since his or her birth and sending a thank-you note is a great way to show appreciation for those presents and parties attended. People enjoy getting mail that isn’t a bill
Police said the teen who died Saturday night while attempting to cross Interstate 70 was leaving the scene of a burglary.
Abraham M. Schulz, 18, died when he was struck by a vehicle on I-70 near the Providence Road exit. The driver told police he swerved to miss Jason T. Funk, 20, but did not see Schulz. Schulz was pronounced dead at the scene.
The corks are popped, the cookies are in the oven and a collection of wrapping paper sprawls across the floor.
The Christmas spirit fills the air along with the fear that accompanies the realization that you forgot to buy that special someone a gift. No worries; run to the closest convenience store.
Friends just arrived on your doorstep, and you don’t have any food prepared to serve them.
Before you start making those apologies, check out what is in your kitchen. Most people keep things in their cabinets that could be thrown together to make an appetizer or some small snack.
A trip this holiday season might seem like an adventure that takes the amenities of your living room to your vehicle with the variety of gadgets available.
Keeping children, guests and everyone in the vehicle entertained for a short ride to the grocery store or across states can be a challenge. A portable DVD player might be the ideal gift.