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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Or send mail to:

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

ANY QUESTIONS: Vacant hotel building has history of crime

A hotel building under renovation at the Interstate 70 and U.S. 63 interchange was the site of two grisly crimes in 2007.

FROM READERS: The rescue of Zipper the kitten

Jennifer Newberry and Joyce Wilke, volunteers from the local animal rescue organization Second Chance, share their stories about rescuing a kitten from a construction site.


FROM READERS: Security footage shows force of Monday night's storm

Brad Wilmot's security camera looking north from University Place Apartments captured the storm that hit Columbia.

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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.

Willie Pearl Elmore Strickland, Aug. 22, 1929 — July 4, 2014, of Columbia

Martha Jane Baker, Feb. 8, 1921 — July 6, 2014, of Orlando

Adam Weast McElwain, Dec. 27, 1978 — July 7, 2014, of Columbia

See all family obituaries

Latest Comments

The easiest way to make your voice heard on the Missourian’s website is by leaving a comment (observation, question, opinion) on a story. Here are the most recent comments from readers.


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