July 8, 2014
A severe line of thunderstorms hit Columbia late Monday night, taking down trees and power lines across the area.
Laura and Matt Pinkstaff have cared for two foster children — brothers, ages 3 and 4 — for nearly a year and a half. They also have three birth daughters, Sophia, 11, Hannah, 8, and Ivy, 5. They requested the names of their foster children be withheld to protect their privacy.
July 7, 2014
Brand-new doctors often launch right into patient care within weeks of graduating from medical school. To make sure their skills are up to snuff, many medical schools and hospitals run crash courses in the basics for these new interns.
July 6, 2014
This week Missourian photographers captured images of fireworks at night, soccer players at a unique camp, a wheelchair basketball scrimmage and children drumming to their own beat.
Elias, a Beauceron, is the world's first service dog successfully trained to detect gluten particles. His owner, Hollie Dennis, has severe Celiac disease and could get sick from even trace amounts of gluten. Elias is unique among other dogs trained to detect gluten because of his perfect record — the others were less accurate and couldn't be certified. Elias and Dennis have been together for five years.
July 5, 2014
The City of Hope soccer camp has been held over the past four Saturdays on a field behind Broadway Christian Church. The camp brings together local refugees to learn new skills and form stronger ties with the community.
July 4, 2014
People gathered throughout downtown Friday to celebrate the Fourth of July. The Fire in the Sky celebration included concerts at Flat Branch and Peace parks as well as fireworks above the parking garage at the intersection of Sixth Street and Cherry Street.
Ashland residents gathered Friday for town's annual July Fourth Parade.
July 3, 2014
A construction crew began removing the rubble of the old Delta Upsilon house on Thursday. After clearing the debris, a new house will be built for the fraternity and is expected to be finished by for the 2015-2016 school year.
Angela Anderson lost two of her children when they died in the Lake of the Ozarks on July 4, 2012. Brayden, 8, and Alexandra, 13, swam into an undetected electric current while swimming near the shore. The Fourth of July marks the second anniversary of their deaths.
July 2, 2014
The Columbia Public Schools' Fine Arts Explorers program gives selected fourth- and fifth-graders opportunities for creative growth and team work though the visual and performing arts. The program hosted over 100 students from 19 schools.
MU wheelchair basketball player Carter Arey, along with the rest of the U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team, held an open scrimmage Tuesday night at the MU Student Recreation Complex in preparation for this weekend's Men's Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Incheon, South Korea.
July 1, 2014
The Parley P. Pratt Memorial Freedom Run will commemorate early Mormon leader Parley P. Pratt's escape from Boone County jail 175 years ago on July 4. Gerald Neuffer, one of Parley P. Pratt's great-great-grandsons, will participate in the race.
June 30, 2014
The U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team scrimmaged Monday at the MU Student Recreation Complex. The team was practicing for the World Championships in Incheon, South Korea, which will be held Saturday through July 14.
Marilyn McCreary is bringing books to a new Little Free Library just behind Broadway Christian Church. Charles Kyriakos built the library, and McCreary has helped to stock it. She recently added one of her favorites: "The Velveteen Rabbit."
June 29, 2014
About 15 members of the MU sorority returned to clean and decorate their house during marathon weekend. Over the weekend the sisters also crafted decorations and props and prepared skits.
MU English professor Michael Marlo will be part of team of four in Kenya thanks to an African language research grant. The team will study four languages for four years and write books about each.
June 28, 2014
Kim English coaches a basketball workshop Friday. The day ended with a free-throw competition, and English promised to follow the winners on Instagram and Facebook.
June 27, 2014
Nineteen firefighters, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, died on June 30, 2013, in the deadliest day for U.S. fire crews since 9/11. The tragedy has seen the community go from an outpouring of support in the days after the deaths to animosity over survivors' benefits to blaming fire officials for mismanaging the blaze.
Brandt farm, a family dairy farm owned by Alfred Brandt, raises dairy cows. Droughts in recent years have driven up the cost of grasses, grains and other feed, making it harder to turn a profit.