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Coping with Cancer

Michelle Wolverton says she’s just like any other mother. At 36, Wolverton, a lifelong resident of Huntsville, watches summer ball games after work and volunteers for Huntsville Christian Church. When she finds the time, she might even try her hand at scrapbooking.

Hands-on heritage at festival

As the stage’s red curtain opened, children began pointing at the sight of the first marionette. It was Jiminy Cricket, peeking out to begin the tale of the wooden boy who became human because he told the truth.

BOONE LIFE: Teaching teamwork

Pucks are stacked on Greg Harmon’s desk at his office at Gaslight Properties. Being a real estate agent is his full-time job, but coaching roller hockey for Hallsville’s Twisters Hockey League consumes at least 15 hours of his week.

New Orleans' recovery

A group of Columbia Presbyterians is visting New Orleans a year after Hurricane Katrina. Missourian staffers Isabelle Roughol, Samantha Clemens and Jenn Jarvis will be sharing stories, photos and video along the way.

News: It’s all about the community

Did you ever take a moment to read the statement at the top of the Missourian editorial page? It was written by Walter Williams, the man who founded the Columbia Missourian 98 years ago this month, and the man who started the world’s first journalism school.

Mr. Ed-ible? Consumption of horses debated

An estimated 75,000 horses are slaughtered annually at three foreign-owned slaughterhouses in the United States. The meat is then sold to distributors in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, where it is eaten by people who consider it a delicacy.

Raw spinach pulled from shelves, menus

Spinach is disappearing from restaurants and stores throughout Columbia due to cases of E. coli being reported in 20 states as of Saturday.

Missourian wins 36 awards in state contest

The Columbia Missourian garnered 36 awards Saturday as the Missouri Press Association announced the winners of this year’s Better Newspaper Contest in Lake Ozark at its annual convention.

Inside the inspiration

Artists are bound by the passion they bring to their work; but what they offer, and why they offer it, is unique. Here are snapshots of three artists — a “gourder,” a writer and an Irish musician — you will find in downtown Columbia next weekend for the city’s 15th Festival of the Arts.

Belief in brief

Christian Science: The healing power of prayer is a fundamental belief of the Church of Christ, Scientist, founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879. While the church does not release membership information, it has grown to include 2,000 churches in 80 countries.

Vision project seeks diverse input

Columbia’s visioning project, up to this point, has primarily been handled by some of the city’s top officials: the mayor, city manager, Boone County presiding commissioner, college leaders and the superintendent of the public school district.

Starving for sales

When Chris Frederick came to MU, she was told the college credit she’d earned in Germany couldn’t go toward the nursing degree she planned to pursue. So she decided to take an art class or two. Since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1996, Frederick has established herself as one of Columbia’s most accomplished artists. Her watercolor paintings are regularly on display in local galleries and art venues, and the fluid landscapes she is known for are part of private collections in the United States and in Europe.

Farm and games at open house

More than just cattle were on display at MU’s South Farm, which held its first South Farm Showcase on Saturday.

A complex crisscross

When Jeremy Littau took his first reporting job at The Daily Democrat in Woodland, Calif., he faced a problem he did not anticipate.

Confessions of a journalist

“Well, tell me this, Amanda, do you have faith?”

Loss lobos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — Missouri’s defense led the Tigers to a 27-17 victory against New Mexico Saturday.

MU rally ends skid

Jessica Vander Kooi was not going to let her team lose again.

MU soccer still unbeaten

The Missouri soccer team remains unbeaten with a 2-1 victory over Wisconsin in the Wisconsin Soccer Classic. Senior Elyse Nikonchuk scored Missouri’s first goal in the final minute of the first half. Three minutes into the second half, Missouri freshman Kristin Andrighetto scored MU’s second goal. Meghan Pfeiffer got the assist.

Diet may be to blame for vision disorder

A study funded by a USDA research service has identified a possible link between eating a “high glycemic-index” diet and developing macular degeneration, an age-related eye disorder that severely impairs central vision.

Going the distance

When Garett Jeff­ries made the transition from being one of the best high school runners in the state to being just another talented runner on the Missouri cross country team, he knew he was getting a bigger chance to showcase what he enjoys.

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