Playground for children with disabilities built from donations

Michael Ruh, left, and D.L. Gladbach put the finishing touches on a new barrier-free playground, called the Jack Dylan Kindling Family Commons, at Boone County Family Resources Tuesday at 1209 E. Walnut St. The playground was built with money from a memorial fund for Jack Dylan, who was born with a severe heart defect and survived only six months.

Mall's stores begin charging extra sales tax

Early-season favorites fade in Big 12

Texas’ Limas Sweed is stripped by Kansas State’s Chris Carney. The Longhorns and Oklahoma weren’t the only top teams to drop the ball on Saturday. Seven of the nation’s top 13 ranked teams earned their first loss.

Local View: Columbia's 3M plant

9th Street Video holds its own in a sea of rental chains

Janet Marsh, a co-owner of 9th Street Video, talks to a customer on the phone while she searches for video titles. "We actually have some customers who watch more movies than I do," Marsh says.


Janet Marsh, a co-owner of 9th Street Video, says her store has been successful because it's not a chain store. "We have a different kind of selection here," she says.

Poking about in the pumpkin patch

Jill McCoy, owner of McCoy's Pumpkin Farm in Centraila, moves a table to make a path for the new donkey, Keisha. McCoy and her husband, Roger McCoy, sell more than 50 varieties of gourds, pumpkins and squash.


Peach Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch, located just outside of Boonville, opened for the first day of the season on Monday. Owner, Bruce Arnett, 48, left, and friend Dewayne Murray, 44, put together a teepee for the kids to play in.


McCoy's Pumpkin Farm in Centralia is owned by Roger and Jill McCoy. The farm has a variety of animals including their cat, Boss, as well as rabbits, goats and exotic chickens.


Jill and Roger McCoy, owners of McCoy's Pumpkin Farm, coax their new donkey, Keisha, toward the pen to join the other two donkeys, Beauty and Little Tiny Tim.

Pinkel wins big with youth league before big game

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel gives a talk Monday to players from the Columbia Youth Football League.

Senior citizens trade retirement for the workforce

Mary Lou Black, 61, of Columbia, works 20 hours a week at the Columbia Housing Authority through the Experience Works program.

Bruins tennis team eyeing state semifinal streak

Seniors Allison Wulff, left, and Elizabeth Worsowicz play at No. 1 doubles for the Rock Bridge girls tennis team.

Sports briefs

Rock Bridge senior Brian Breeding fights for the ball against Raymore-Peculiar on Saturday.

Catie Wilson newer to MU volleyball than it seems

Freshman Catie Wilson's mental grasp on college volleyball has impressed MU coach Wayne Kreklow.


Missouri's Weiwen Wang, left, follows the ball as Oklahoma's Julie Chester makes a hit Saturday in the Tigers' victory.

Firefighters talk about the station’s quiet ‘personality’

Probationary firefighter J.E. Hatfield catches up with friends on his cell phone during a quiet evening at the firehouse. Hatfield is 12 months into his 18-month probationary period with the Columbia Fire Department.


Lt. Travis Gregory, left, looks on as probationary firefighter J.E. Hatfield discusses a recent call with fire engineer Dennis Long, not pictured. When a fire station is on call overnight or on weekends, the firefighters pass their time talking, watching TV and waiting for an emergency call.


Hatfield, right, and Lt. Travis Gregory, left, help stabilize a victim of an injury collision on Clark Lane on Friday.


Boots and suits stand at the ready next to the firetruck at Fire Station 5.