THIS WEEK'S MOST READ: Michael Porter Jr. and Columbia's newest legislator

An "impossible" basketball dunk from a 16-year-old player and a feature about Columbia's newest legislator topped the list of most-read stories.

Columbia School Board to name new elementary school

Columbia Public School's 21st elementary school will either be named after Luella St. Clair or Beulah Ralph, two influential women in the district's history.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Children's artwork, Boy Scouts camping and basketball

Missourian photographers captured pictures of children's artwork, Boy Scouts camping in the cold and basketball games.

Freezing rain, drizzle predicted for Columbia

There was a 60 percent chance of precipitation Sunday and a 20 percent chance of precipitation Monday, according to the National Weather Service. A winter weather advisory was issued from 8 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

Couple takes pride in upkeep and legacy of Mount Zion Church

"When you love something as much as we love this place, you want to keep it nice," says Bonnie Durk.

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: A primer on composting

Composting has economic, environmental and health benefits, which include reducing the amount of trash sent to the landfill.

Suspicious package found in Callaway County resident's mailbox

A Holts Summit woman found an explosive in her mailbox Saturday. It was not detonated.


Robert B. Stewart Jr. plans to run for First Ward council seat

Robert B. Stewart Jr. said that growing up in the First Ward helped him become who he is and accomplish his goals.

In taxi vs. ride-share minitest, Uber comes out cheaper, but experiences otherwise equal

An experiment to see whether Uber or Taxi Terry's was more consumer-friendly compares cost, cleanliness, driver professionalism, time for process, waiting and travel and the payment options.

Columbia Public School District plans to upgrade lactation rooms

The Health Department is funding the upgrades from its Healthy Eating Active Living Grant. Each updated room will include a comfortable chair, table, refrigerator and breast-feeding pump.

Low-income families encouraged to apply for refurbished computers

More than 400 families have received computers though this program in the past 11 years. Applications are due Feb. 13.

Boone County Fire Protection District board fills vacancy

Columbia lawyer David Shorr said his background in firefighting can bring value to the position.

UPDATE: Annual symposium shows benefits of sustainable farming

The 6th Annual Agroforestry Symposium gave landowners a chance to discuss their successes in sustainable farming using agroforestry as a form of land management.

Columbia drops 10 spots on best-performing small cities list

Columbia has fallen from No. 1 to No. 11 in the Milken Institute's 2014 list of Best-Performing Small Cities. Columbia's ranking of job growth fell significantly.

Murder-for-hire trial to begin Monday

Investigators have built a case that suggests James Thompson was after a Columbia man's money — part of a settlement the man received after being burned in a 2008 apartment fire.

Most fatal crashes in '14 follow pattern of distraction, no seat belt

2014 was a bad year for crashes caused by driver distraction, especially texting. And when the driver wasn't wearing a seat belt, the results were often fatal.


MoDOT reduces speed limit on part of I-70 in Columbia

The reduced speed limit is part of an effort to lower the number of serious crashes on the stretch from east of the U.S. 63 connector to east of the Lake of the Woods/St. Charles Road interchange.

True/False Film Fest co-hosts art exhibit with Columbia gallery

The exhibit at Imago Gallery and Cultural Center is called "The Long Now." A percentage of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the True Life Fund.

13th Judicial Circuit chooses new presiding judge

Judge Christine Carpenter succeeds Judge Jodie Capshaw Asel as presiding judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit. Her term begins Jan. 30.

Moberly Police Department receives grant for new radar equipment

The department plans to purchase new radar equipment with the help of a $2,500 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation and Facility No. 40.