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

FROM READERS: Harvest Hootenanny to celebrate conclusion of growing season

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture is a not-for-profit organization that teaches people how to grow their own food through programs at its Urban Farm, in backyards and in the community.

FROM READERS: Missouri Department of Conservation offers dove hunting opportunity across Central Missouri

Steven Noll, a Wildlife Management Biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, gives tips for dove hunting across central Missouri.

FROM READERS: "Would you like a zucchini?" is question of the season

As many gardeners know, zucchini are more than plentiful this time of year. Missourian reader Joe Dillard shares some advice about what to do with the surplus fruit.

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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.

Esther 'Ann' Annalee Ayers, Nov. 25, 1920 - Aug. 18, 2014, of Williams, Ariz.

Steven R. Nagel, Oct. 27, 1946 - Aug. 21, 2014, of Columbia

Rebecca East, June 13, 1959 — Aug. 24, 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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