Hickman choir preparing for weeklong tour of Italy

With the end of the school year approaching, it is an exciting time for most high school students, but choir members at Hickman High School have something extra special to look forward to.

Parachute salute

An estimated 30,000 people packed downtown Columbia on Monday morning for the 18th annual Salute to Veterans parade. Shade was at a premium as the temperature hit 91 degrees by parade time at about 10 a.m.

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Business as usual for some on holiday

For Memorial Day, Columbians walked in parades, played in the sun, and — if their stores were open — did business downtown.

Girlfriend’s tip leads to man’s arrest

A Columbia man was arrested on suspicion of weapon, assault and drug-related violations after a woman who said she was his girlfriend went to police early Sunday morning, according to Columbia Police Department reports.

Splish splash

Not far from downtown Columbia, just off the MKT Trail, shouting and laughter erupt from behind trees. Amid the squealing and screaming, the heavy heat of a Monday afternoon is alleviated by a canopy of branches and leaves. The trees part and, like a hidden oasis, a flooded rock quarry appears. A white cliff juts out of the water and bright green foliage frames the haven. Southwest of the intersection of Stewart and Providence roads, a green fence separates the public walkway from the private refuge.

Missouri to play in NCAA regional

Missouri’s baseball season isn’t over yet.

Marco looks marvelous in Indy debut

INDIANAPOLIS — Mario Andretti and son Michael already knew what everyone else saw in the Indy 500: Marco Andretti is one special driver.

Pujols lifts Cardinals with 25th home run

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols whiffed on his first opportunity to get the St. Louis Cardinals going, striking out on three pitches against Roy Oswalt with two men on to end the fifth inning.