Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Forget caffeine. Take a nap.

Experts agree that naps can be beneficial to long-term health and can help alleviate sleep deprivation.

Where are the bees?

Honeybees are disappearing at alarming rates across the nation. Beekeepers and specialists have identified some causes, such as colony collapse disorder and a harsh winter.

Faithfully filling the shelves

Columbia congregations have been keeping food pantries stocked, but it’s getting harder.

Colony collapse disorder FAQs

How to identify colony collapse disorder, safety tips and causes of colony collapse disorder.

Picture of the week

Nick Wilson, a Hickman High School golfer, drives a ball at the 9th hole as his opponent, Rock Bridge High School golfer Mark Kollias, looks on.

Response to page 1A placement warrants greater discussion

News of the shooting that killed 17-year-old Tedarrian Robinson belonged on A1 by most standards.

But did his Life Story several days later deserve the same prominent placement?

Chez chef

When Sycamore's chef and co-owner Mike Odette gets home, he opts change of pace. He treats himself to a home-cooked meal.

Larry G. Brown

I learned to tell stories ... growing up at home. My grandfather couldn’t talk without telling a story or joke or illustration. I learned that is the way that communication works.

Belief in brief: Buddhism

Siddhartha Gautama, otherwise known as the Buddha, or “the awakened one,” was born into royalty but chose to go out into the world to live a life of aestheticism as a monk. He sat under a Bodhi tree at Buddha

After his parents’ divorce, Sean Zullo learned a lot about resiliency

When Rock Bridge senior outfielder Sean Zullo was in eighth grade, his parents, Paul and Connie Zullo, were divorced. He said the experience changed his life.

Acknowledging ESPN’s flaws necessary

There’s one thing that every bar in the United States has in common. It’s ESPN.

These are my ESSAYS

Susan Williams’ third-grade class at Grant Elementary wrote essays exploring Columbia’s future.

Contributing to community’s vision

Imagine: It’s 2032 and you’re tooling around Columbia, driving along U-63 — that’s ‘U’ for underground highway — on your way to the Fun Center, where you’ll deposit the kids for an afternoon of sports, arcade games, working out and playing. Or you’re en route to Columbia National Airport, where you’ll pick up family members and friends who are eager to visit your progressive city. They’ll enjoy spending time in a vibrant central business district, perhaps staying at the 10-story hotel and convention center and taking a stroll to the Historical Society museum just a few blocks away. Maybe they’ll take in a concert at the new MU Performing Arts Center.

Residents like small-town appeal, big-city feel

Kathy Ennis remembers years ago driving by the cattle farm west of the city where the Columbia Mall now stands. Back then, the Parkade Center, anchored by J.C. Penney, was the mall that attracted shoppers from around the region.


Columbia residents would like to see business leaders offer a hand to citizens on the lower rungs of the employment ladder.


No one can accuse Columbia’s leaders of ignoring residents’ need and desire for more parks.

This is my DOWNTOWN

A few trends emerge when Columbia residents discuss their desires for the future of downtown.


On April 3, 13,032 voters approved a bond referendum to finance $60 million of new construction, building improvements, air conditioning and technology for Columbia Public Schools. School district officials expect the money to help alleviate overcrowding. One-third of schools are overcrowded and nearly a fourth of students attend classes in trailers.


Dareth Goettemoeller believes Columbia has arrived at a pivotal moment in its effort to become an arts and culture center for mid-Missouri and beyond.


Listen to Columbia residents talk about growth and development in the city, and you might get the impression they’re running for City Council.