WHAT OTHERS ARE REPORTING: A roundup of news about Ferguson

Need to get caught up on what's happening in Ferguson? Check out our Storify of what the Missourian and other media outlets have reported so far.

AMERICAN MADE: Jewelry-maker found inspiration in an aunt's artistic style

Jessica Otterbacher's unique sense of style and artistic nature is on full display at The Bead Gallery, where she crafts metal, beads and semiprecious stones into colorful pieces of wearable art.

Hickman Red Cross Club brings the holidays to our veterans

As the first Red Cross club in central Missouri, the students of Hickman High School  are setting a trend of community service. This weekend they hosted Holiday Mail for Heroes, encouraging residents to show appreciation to local veterans.

Dr. Frank Mitchell's memorial service reflects commitment to community, health care

More than 130 people attended a memorial service for the man who founded the University Hospital's ground ambulance service and Staff for Life Helicopter Service.

Derby Dames have done it, will return to Columbia

The team has raised enough money through a crowd-funding campaign and other efforts to buy the equipment to return to Columbia after a stint in Jefferson City.

Alpaca owners have fun inspiration for naming babies

Mary and Gary Licklider use names from books to name the babies at Curly Eye.

AMERICAN MADE: Columbia woman turned passion into job

Ashley McCally uses fabric from garage sales and thrift stores to create handcrafted toys, dolls, T-shirts and onesies. Her business was declared a finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made competition.

MU dorms to open early for Missouri football game

Missouri plays Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. Friday. MU residence halls typically open on Sunday after an academic break. 


Desserts needed for the Salvation Army's annual Thanksgiving dinner

The Salvation Army is in need of some sweets at its Thanksgiving table this year for its annual dinner. 

Three sought in Columbia burglary Sunday

After a forced-entry burglary at the 1700 block of El Chaparral Avenue, deputies were able to track the suspects and recover some of the stolen property.

Annual Columbia food drive opens at 6 a.m. Tuesday

The Partnership Against Hunger Food Drive has been collecting donations for 12 years now.  The Food Bank's year-round goal for all drives is to collect 28 pounds of food per person in need each month.

Artist Eric Sweet talks about inspiration and his evolving vision

Adjunct MU professor and artist Eric Sweet takes a special interest in minimalism and the failure of utopias in his work. He says he likes beings about to help students find avenues to express themselves.

Ebola outbreak hits close to home for MU student

Because of heightened media attention, the virus has affected everyday life in Ghana, though no cases have been confirmed there.


Almeta Crayton's Everybody Eats program prepares for another Thanksgiving Day

More than a year after founder Almeta Crayton's death, her community feast continues to grow.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: MU student spreads awareness of missing Mexican students, Battle High School mascot prepares to cheer on Spartans

Other photos from this week include images of Hickman High School's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" and the Missouri Contemporary Ballet as it prepares for its fall performance.

WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: MidwayUSA might leave Columbia without sewer extension, local man rides bike to Texas A&M game

Also among this week's most read are stories about Battle High School's Spartan mascot and the Airbnb community that has sprang up in Columbia. 

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Local church records "The Trees Will Clap" for new EP record

The music team at The Crossing spent more than eight hours in local recording house Centro Cellar Studio working on instrumental tracks for "The Trees Will Clap," one of the songs on the spring album.

Hot Box Cookies planning St. Louis store, rebranding

The company is also planning to open its stores earlier and redesign the stores' layouts to match the St. Louis store, expected to open in early 2015.

BATTLE RISING: Spartan mascot brings energy to team

Spartan mascot Cameron Hawkins channels his faith and Battle High School football fans' energy into encouraging the team during playoffs.

Columbia National Guard dispatched to Ferguson

Columbia's 175th Military Police Battalion is heading to Ferguson in anticipation of the grand jury decision.