Engine stalling contributes to fatal airplane crash near Boonville airport

The Bellanca model airplane diverted to a Boonville airport to avoid dense clouds before crashing into a soybean field, killing the pilot and seriously injuring three passengers.

Fairview United Methodist joins Room at the Inn as winter shelter

Room at the Inn aims to house up to 50 people at each of its host sites during the severely cold weather this year.

Online literacy initiative attempts to get tablets into the hands of children

Columbia READS! is asking for donations of old tablets to provide children with access to online books.

First-graders from Lee Expressive Arts Elementary spread holiday cheer at MU concert

Dozens of elementary students converged on the steps of MU's Memorial Union on Tuesday to sing holiday songs despite the day's cold weather.

Former Mayor Darwin Hindman to receive honorary degree at MU commencement

This weekend's ceremonies will present 2,570 degrees, including 1,916 bachelor's degrees and 474 master's degrees. Other speakers include Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and John Haskins, managing editor of magazines at The New York Times.

Man shoots at northside Columbia home, drives away

Nobody was injured, and police are looking for the perpetrator.

Columbia Mall hosts Santa Claus photo booth for pets

The Columbia Mall held a photo booth for pets to get their pictures taken with Santa. Monday was the closing night for the booth.

Avenue of the Columns developments continue

A public hearing is planned for January on the next phase of work on the Avenue of the Columns.

Columbia baker's cakes bring smiles to children, teens with illnesses, disabilities

Superhero and Cinderella's Castle cakes are just two edible creations Cherie Rutter, a local baker, has made for children and teens in Columbia with critical illnesses and disabilities. She bakes, decorates and delivers the cakes for free as a "sugar angel" volunteer for the nonprofit organization Icing Smiles.

Boone County National Bank robbed; man flees without car

Police couldn't confirm if Monday's robbery was related to the three bank robberies since Nov. 20 where the perpetrator fled on a bicycle.

Columbia man gets probation for threatening pregnant woman with knife

It was the defendant's third domestic assault conviction in the past five years.

Man suspected of sending threatening messages to woman's phone

The 21-year-old MU junior allegedly sent anti-semitic slurs and threats that targeted a Jewish woman and man.

Recycling Ambassadors volunteer for a greener Columbia

The program requires all ambassadors to attend a two-hour training session, complete 12 hours of community service and to promote a sustainable lifestyle. Volunteers are expected to participate at events such as the hazardous household waste collection.

UPDATE: Boonville schools on lockdown during search for suspect

After police pulled a car over for a traffic violation, the passenger jumped out and ran away. The suspect is described as 6 feet tall and 280 pounds and wearing a black hat, shirt and pants.

Columbia man charged with two counts of statutory rape

A Columbia man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of two incidents of statutory rape in November 2012. The victim was 13 at the time.

Arrow Rock gambling on 'A Christmas Carol'

What seems like a tourism no-brainer has been a long time coming, which speaks to the risks and challenges that go with an out-of-the-way town committed to serving up professional theater.

WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: People protest Roxy's 'Hands Up, Pants Up' wristbands; service-animal registry routinely abused

In this week's most read story, a few dozen people protested near Roxy's on Friday night for the nightclub's use of the phrase 'Hands Up, Pants Up' on wristbands. Other top stories included a counterprotest against the NAACP's Journey for Justice march and facts about the Tigers' upcoming trip to Florida for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

Chancellor to revitalize MU Strategic Operating Plan committee

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin plans to appoint new members to fill vacancies after the start of the new year. The plan, known as MUSOP, outlines specific goals for MU, including recruiting and maintaining top faculty members.

Stephens senior dances toward the real world

Senior Alexus Collins started dance when she was 6 years old. Collins, who says dancing defines who she is, plans to continue performing even after graduating from Stephens College in May.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Students protest, MU makes renovations and Columbia selected to host city improvement workshop

This week in photos, MU students protested and held a candlelight vigil, high school students created soft sculptures, and Columbia was chosen to host a city improvement workshop.