Training new firefighters

Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Warren explains what kind of hands-on search and rescue training the new fire recruits will be receiving.

About the bur oak

Tree specialists talk about the magnificence of the bur oak, what is happening to it, and its place in history.

Rock Bridge wins state championship

Rock Bridge supporters talk about the feeling of going to a state championship as well as highlights from the weekend.

Carl Edwards' new Aflac commercial

Columbia Native Carl Edwards co-stars with the Aflac duck in a commercial starting to run on March 10. Aflac will be the main sponsor of Edwards' No. 99 Sprint Cup car for eight races this season.

A sneak preview of MU's proposed performing arts center

Before the Chancellor’s Concert at Jesse Auditorium on Monday, Michael O’Brien, dean of the MU College of Arts and Science, gave audience members an idea of what a new School of Music and Performing Arts Center might look like. The presentation featured a fly-through video, giving the public a first look at the proposed building.

Sign language interpreting

Interpreting a city council meeting, with its jargon and multiple speakers, into sign language can be a challenge. Kathleen Alexander, owner of Columbia Interpreting Services, explains the nuances of American Sign Language that can make interpretation difficult.

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True/False wraps up

The True/False Film Festival brought hundreds of people downtown over four days to experience documentary films. We wrap up the festival in photos and video.

Video: Gospel explosion

Bill Thompson tells why events such as the Gospel Explosion at St. Luke United Methodist, celebrating black heritage in Columbia, create a greater sense of community and provide a chance to have fun.

Video: Working with wood

Wood artist Jeff Ferguson talks about the bowls he likes to make and why he loves woodturning. Take an inside look into part of the process of woodturning a bowl.

Fish Fry

The members of the Knights of Columbia get together to provide a Lent-approved dinner on Friday. About 1,000 people were expected to show up for fried and baked fish between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

Swimming with a chip on his shoulder

Recently turned professional Adam Ritter talks about swimming with international stars and how he uses his lesser-known status to his advantage.

Swimming with the big fishes

Recently turned professional Adam Ritter talks about swimming with international stars and how he uses his lesser-known status to his advantage.

Cookin' for cash

Thirty-eight teams participated in this year's Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff, a chili competition and fund raiser for Columbia's Boys & Girls Club

One swimmer's tale

Mary Descenza comments on her mindset going into the Grand Prix events, as well as what recognition means to her.

A furry formal

Columbia Second Chance hosted its first annual event, "A Formal Affair," on Feb. 16 and 17. The event showcased 10 black dogs and 10 black and white cats that were up for adoption.

Record-setting race at Grand Prix

Kirsty Coventry, who broke the world record for the women’s 200 meter backstroke Saturday, talks about her feelings about finals races occurring in the morning instead of the evening—what she is accustomed to.

Sue Johanson

Sex expert Sue Johanson hosted a talk show at MU on Thursday night. The event attracted a large number of students and fans of the 77-year-old Canadian television host.

Leader on the mats

Senior gymnast Lisa Puccio talks about overcoming last year’s ACL injury to provide leadership for her teammates this season. To read the story, click here.

Beauty and the Beast event

MU’s Sarah Shire, who placed first in the all-around gymnastics competition, and Raymond Jordan, MU’s 184-pound wrestler, talk about what it is like competing with a completely different sport going on right next to them during the Beauty and the Beast event. Click here for the story.

On the ramp to Damascus

Hear from the teens who skateboard at Damascus Road and 180 in Hermann. Read the article