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Without a rabbi, Temple Beth-El finds its leadership in community

Beth-El is one of the oldest temples west of the Mississippi River that still holds services at its original site. But its congregation is so small that it has never been able to afford to hire a rabbi, instead choosing to have lay leaders take turns stepping up to the dais.

Columbians chow on BBQ, listen to blues and celebrate community

Music from the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival is shaking buildings in downtown Columbia, and the air is heady with pungent barbecue. Our reporters are kicking around the city’s biggest party, talking with visitors, vendors and musicians.

Rebels can’t answer Missouri offense

It should have been a laugher, a 30-minute sitcom starring quarterback Chase Daniel and his talented ensemble of receivers, tight ends and running backs. But the Tigers dominated in the first half, allowed Ole Miss fans to regain hope in the second half, then held on to beat the Rebels 38-25.

Dispatches from the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival

The Missourian's reporters are kicking around the city’s biggest party, talking with visitors, vendors and musicians. Here are their dispatches.

A smoking good time

The night before the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival, cooks rested before the hot competition ahead.

NTSB lists tall grass as factor in July helicopter crash

Pilot error and tall grass caused a July helicopter crash in north Columbia, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Smokin' good time

Music from the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival is shaking buildings in downtown Columbia, and the air is heady with pungent barbeque. Our reporters are kicking around the city's biggest party, talking with visitors, vendors and musicians. Here are their dispatches:

Two-foot-long alligator caught, killed in MU’s South Farm Lake

Missouri Department of Conservation reinforces why people should not release exotic animals into the wild.

Riding for a cause

At 7 a.m. Saturday, the ribbon was cut to begin the 23rd Annual “Express Scripts MS Bike Ride 2007,” and in the few hours that followed, more than 3,000 cyclists began the first day of the ride near the Midway Expo center.

Residents robbed at knifepoint in central Columbia

Two men were robbed in their home at knifepoint Friday morning. The suspect stole their car and proceeded to crash into a house while attempting to avoid arrest.

School board to review bullying policy; may include cyberbullying provisions

Columbia School Board members will review updates to the district’s policy on bullying and hazing recommended by the Missouri School Board Association during a Monday night meeting.

AmerenUE reports “unusual event” at nuclear plant

AmerenUE’s nuclear power plant in Callaway County remains fully operational after an “unusual event” was declared late Thursday night. No release of radioactivity resulted from the event, and neither the public nor the plant’s personnel were put in danger, a news release said.

Lay leaders keep synagogue going

A Jewish congregation manages to keep its synagogue running in the absence of a full-time rabbi.

Judge to hear whether state is doing its part for lower education funding

A Cole County judge will hold a Sept. 20 hearing to learn more about whether the state is putting 25 percent of its annual budget toward public schools as is required by Missouri’s constitution.

Pictionary fundraiser has players doodling for dollars

Bruins softball team ready for senior night

The Rock Bridge Bruins softball team will have its senior night at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Rick Roebel runs another barefoot marathon

Rick Roebel, known as “Barefoot Rick,” ran his fifth Heart of America Marathon on Monday. It was the fourth he has completed without shoes.

Wineries assess losses

ST. JAMES — A combination of the Easter freeze and increased losses of fruit to birds has left Missouri’s wineries predicting a tiny harvest this year and big economic losses.

Shooting victim was to visit children, records show

Less than 15 minutes before 32-year-old Jeremy Bohannon was scheduled to visit his children at a Columbia McDonald’s, he was shot down in the parking lot.

 

20 cars in Lake of the Woods burglarized

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department investigated more than 20 thefts Monday from vehicles that happened over the weekend in the Lake of the Woods area.

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