From Readers

Welcome to the section of the Missourian dedicated to your voices and your stories. Community contributions make our coverage more complete, and we hope you'll consider sharing — in text, picture or video form. We also publish obituaries just as families write them, as submitted by funeral homes.

The Missourian has a long history of and commitment to sharing community voices. Not sure what you have to share? Take a look at these examples of past submissions for inspiration. Or get in touch with Joy Mayer, the section's editor, to talk about some ideas.

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Columbia Missourian, Attn: Submissions
221 S. Eighth Street, Columbia MO 65211

Guidelines for submission

Questions: Joy Mayer, the Missourian’s director of community outreach

My news and features
Jacob Agliata was born Dec. 20, 2000. He lived for only a few hours. His father, John Agliata, has written two books on suffering and the loss of a child.

FROM READERS: Author finds meaning in loss of his son

When John Agliata and his wife lost their newborn son, they suffered and then suffered some more. But over time, John has realized his suffering had a purpose.

FROM READERS: Amateur photographer shares nature images

Bill Allen Jr.'s photography portfolio includes images of birds, plants and the night sky.

FROM READERS: Volunteer reflects on faith, stress at homeless shelter

Letitia DenHartog has volunteer at Room at the Inn, a homeless shelter sponsored by faith organizations in Columbia. She shares her experiences providing a warm, safe place for people to get rest and food.

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My family obituaries

Missourian reporters try to write life stories for every person in our community who dies. We also, however, publish all obituaries we receive, just as we receive them. You’ll find those here.

William Leon Hughes, May 22, 1926–Jan. 21, 2015

Rex Owen Dillow, Sept. 12, 1922 — Jan. 22, 2015, of Columbia

Martha Golden, June 23, 1919 — Jan. 23, 2015, of Topeka, Kansas

See all family obituaries


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