July 7, 2012
The hot weather only worsened Saturday, causing major headaches for people across the country. For those that headed out into the heat, staying cool was a priority.
Will Kinney prepares a chicken dish that won him top honors at a national culinary competition.
To Sean and Darline Mabins, a healthy bank account enables a stable life for them and their children. Both came from homes where money was scarce but have worked hard to achieve what many consider to be the classic American Dream.
July 6, 2012
On Friday, DanceWalk COMO started its parade at Artlandish Gallery and marched through Downtown Columbia to end where it began.
July 5, 2012
Blue Thunder Track Club, a community track team in Columbia, was founded in 2005. Since then, its numbers have swelled. This year, the club is sending 42 runners to an AAU national competition.
Geocaching participants work to find hidden boxes by using old-fashioned know-how and some up-to-date technology.
Bruce Hendren, owner of Roll On Premium Smokes, decided to end rolling Friday after a new law passes. The law regulates and taxes roll-your-own tobacco stores. Hendren opened the store in June 2011 on East Broadway.
Friends Jessica Long and Amanda Weyerich both ended up in Rocheport and enjoy the small-town community atmosphere. Long owns Annie's Breads and uses the kitchen of the General Store in the early morning to bake her breads.
Flags, fireworks and food abound on the Fourth of July in Columbia as residents and visitors gathered at Peace Park and Flat Branch Park for entertainment and activities for children and then stayed to watch the downtown fireworks.
July 4, 2012
From cool treats to traditional festival fare, Columbia residents celebrated the Fourth of July with food.
Kids, families and adults dressed in red, white and blue for Columbia's Fire in the Sky celebration.
In honor of Independence Day, two Missourian reporters wandered around Columbia and asked people the question: "What is your favorite Fourth of July tradition or memory?" Whether they were visitors just in town for the holiday or Columbia residents, everyone had something to say about why they enjoy the Fourth of July.
More than 900 people waited outside the Courtyard by Marriott hotel early Wednesday morning for the return of 64 veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C., on an Honor Flight.
A fire at 1716 Rose Drive damaged part of the owners' backyard and a shed.
Ezana Gebru has found that he has never had the work ethic his parents do. The son of two Ethiopian immigrants who raised four kids while going to school and working full time, Gebru had the American Dream drilled into him. Seven years of college later, he is a part-time waiter and nearly ready to graduate from Missouri State University.
July 3, 2012
For Samantha Price and her friends at Missouri State University-West Plains campus, the temptation to spend time with friends often distracts them from other goals and their studies. Editor's note: This photo gallery has been re-edited to more fully capture the lives of the four young women featured in the story.
Andy Griffith, best known for his homespun humor and portrayal of Sheriff Andy Taylor on television, has died at age 86.
July 2, 2012
The CoMo Derby Dames won a bout against So Ill Roller Girls on Saturday in Jefferson City. The CoMo Derby Dames are looking for a location in Columbia.
July 1, 2012
Occupy Missouri gave residents an opportunity to discuss important issues.
Parents and players braved the heat Sunday to watch a competitive baseball game at Hickman High School in Columbia.