What's in a game?

The Show-Me-State Games, which kicked off on Friday, bring together athletes from a variety of sports. Though all the games are popular, they are not necessarily well known by the masses — and their names don’t always help. Disc golf doesn’t use clubs and pickleball isn’t about batting cucumbers.

Here is a primer on some of the games so that as players and fans gather in Columbia for the events, those not as familiar with the rules of the sport can get excited, or at least educated, too.


Pastor John Yonker’s four-day trip will carry him 380 miles from Columbia’s New Haven Elementary School parking lot to Indianapolis. The purpose of the ride is to raise funds for the First Christian Church’s mission of racial reconciliation. He has already raised more than $3,000 in gifts and pledges. In an effort to keep him off interstate highways, Yonker’s course will mostly consist of state highways and routes.

Show-Me State Games Participation

The Show-Me State Games have grown to become the largest state games in the nation and have enjoyed a rich history of promoting fitness for Missourians.

Communications allocations

The Public Communications Resource Advisory Committee has proposed project funding for 11 applicants. Columbia Access Television (CAT TV) has since withdrawn its application, leaving $1,150 to be redistributed among remaining applicants.

Lost funding for Columbia Public Schools

How Missouri cell phone laws compare

After six attempts to pass legislation limiting drivers' use of cell phones, Missouri legislators have passed a bill banning text messaging while driving for people 21 and younger.

Spray and strikes in high numbers

Columbia Police Department use of force

GRAPHIC | Between January 2002 and March 2009, the Columbia Police Department reported and investigated 1,027 use-of-force incidents. Of the 1,027, two were found to be improper.

Science over softball

When the Lights Go Down in the City

GRAPHIC | Columbia Water and Light has proposed replacing a large number of mercury vapor lamps with high-pressure sodium bulbs because they have been shown to be more efficient.

Baseball Card History

A history of baseball card collecting and manufacturing.

Boone County Circuit Clerk among state's most overworked

A state survey has found a significant disparity between the number of employees the Boone County Circuit Clerk has and the number needed to handle the court’s workload.

More cases, fewer employees

Clerks keep track of nearly everything that comes through the Boone County Courthouse. As the worsening economy drives case numbers up, the number of clerks available to handle such cases remains unchanged.

Behind the scenes, clerks make court tick

Each of the hundreds of court appearances that take place in the Boone County Courthouse is made possible by the efforts of the circuit clerk and staff, who take care of most administrative tasks. A quick look at the work that goes into one consumer debt case illustrates their central role. Each step often involves numerous phone calls and minor steps too convoluted to picture here.

Columbia residents in Honduras during coup

Kevin Denson was one of 26 Columbia residents on a service trip in El Pital, Honduras, during last week’s coup.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this map showed the location of the wrong El Pital village. The El Pital village the group visited is in the north, near the city of La Ceiba, as shown here.

Bats in Missouri

A look at bat populations throughout Missouri.

MU student stuck in Honduras

MAP | Tyler Shields has not been able to leave Choluteca, Honduras, after last week's coup.

Proposed street plan for festival

Representatives of Thumper Entertainment Co. met with City Council members during a pre-meeting dinner to hash out details of the upcoming Roots 'n' Blues 'n' BBQ Festival, including proposed downtown street closures and ticketed admission areas.

Pension woes

In the past 10 years, the University of Missouri System’s annual rate of return on its retirement fund has fluctuated with the ebb and flow of the stock market and the performance-calculated benchmark index.

Fireworks culture interactive map

There are several places to buy fireworks in Columbia, but also places where they are restricted.