Oduduwa Day is a celebration of the Yoruba culture from Nigeria

Jomoke Sanusi introduces members of Egbe Omo Oduduwa in front of the friends and family who gathered in the American Legion Hall on Saturday evening to celebrate their southern Nigerian heritage. From left are Fela Amos, Olawale Ibitoye and Moyosola Ibitoye.

Members of the Egbe Omo Oduduwa of Mid-Missouri gathered at the American Legion Hall Saturday night to celebrate the Yoruba culture from Nigeria.


Fair queen runner-up lends a pink, manicured hand

The open-breeding cattle and steer show at the Boone County Fair had a set of pink, manicured hands helping out in the ring Saturday.

Comeback complete

Saturday was the first time Megan Nordhues competed in the Show-Me State Games. It was the first time she had competed in the same arena as the MU gymnastics team. It was also her first meet since a potentially career-ending injury.

Reactor simulation will take place Monday

Don’t be alarmed by the sirens and emergency vehicles on the MU campus Monday morning — the Research Reactor Center will be conducting an emergency simulation. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires the MU Research Reactor to conduct drills every two years.

Affordable housing incentives proposed

Rapidly increasing land costs coupled with a much slower rate of income growth, has created a significant gap when it comes to affordable housing in Columbia, said Jeff MacLellan, chair of the Affordable Housing Policy Committee.

Keeping up with the county fair

This weekend the Boone County Fair paid tribute to barbecue, babies, and there's still one day left to enjoy the fun.

St. Louis forum hosts Democratic hopefuls

As the race to be the next president of the United States heats up, four Democratic candidates spoke here Friday about issues concerning the black community.

More moles munch yards for lunch

Mole Man owner David Hull, who specializes in critter control, estimated there’s been a 20-to-25 percent increase in calls about moles. He said that rain and snow over the fall and winter gave the soil extra moisture. That boosted the population of worms and grubs, which moles particularly enjoy.

Natural lighting, landscape top new school’s goal list

Windows in classrooms and good use of natural lighting throughout the building were among the many goals set for the new high school by the High School Construction Steering Committee at Friday’s meeting.

Summer school rewards kids

2,749 students will get $100 each for having perfect attendance for the five-week summer school program.

Downtown food scene adds two new restaurants, loses one

A new coffee shop and restaurant will open while a downtown Columbia restaurant will close.

Curators ready for round 2 of presidential picks

In the next few weeks, the University of Missouri System Board of Curators will begin another round of interviewing candidates to choose the next system president.

5 Ideas: What people should be talking about

In this section, we present a few of the major issues that have come up in the public discourse in the

past week. We end each subject with a question to encourage you to consider your own opinions about these issues and how they affect our community. Please take a moment and contribute to the dialogue.

Supporting MU would help city’s economy

To return to an old theme, the biggest engine driving Columbia’s economy is the university. When it suffers, we all suffer.

‘Lady Bird’ did her best to make a beautiful world

She cherished the Texas Hill Country, where every April ignites a bluebonnet extravaganza that’s become its own tourist attraction.

New Democratic Congress failing

In less than six months, the top Democrats have squandered the outpouring of public support gained from last year’s congressional elections.

The joy of competition

Nine-year-old Kaitlyn Evans of Sturgeon loves to play all kinds of sports. Her father says she’s a natural athlete. But at this year’s Show-Me State Games, she got to play her favorite sport, disc golf. She has her father to thank for that.

Reaching goals

As a child, he was glued to the television screen, captivated by his martial arts idols — Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and David Carradine. These stars inspired 39-year old James Goodwin of Mexico to start tae kwon do.

Staying on target

Fifty-seven faces, sweaty in the swamp-like summer humidity, turned to the bull’s-eyes across a field from them Saturday morning in Stephens Lake Park.

Getting faster

Canote, 14, has been running for just three years, but participated for the first time in the games this weekend.

“I thought I’d try something harder,” Canote said. “The competition is tougher than most of the other meets I go to.”