Husband and wife to share sermon Sunday

The Easter Resurrection is more than a story for these two pastors: It is a hope for new life in the Rev. Bonnie Cassida's husband's body.

Columbia pastors make sermon preparations for Easter crowds

Easter sermons are like the Super Bowl of Sundays for clergy. It’s one Sunday that generally draws record attendance, and pastors like to deliver their best sermon of the year.

Floodwaters continue to rise in southeast Missouri

Torrential rains over a 36-hour period that began Monday and ended Wednesday caused flash flooding Tuesday and Wednesday. Now, attention has turned to flooding along many rivers — the Current, the Big, the Black, the Gasconade, the Meramec.

Man arrested on suspicion of statutory sodomy

A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree statutory sodomy after a school reported to the police that a 14-year-old girl performed oral sex on him.

Public had plenty to say to school board about proposed cuts

Teachers, parents and students weighed in Thursday on the Columbia Public School Board’s 108 proposed budget cuts.

MU student arrested on suspicion of exposing himself via Webcam

The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force arrested 19-year-old Reid Matthew Garcia, an MU junior, for showing his genitals via Webcam to whom he thought was a 13-year-old girl but who was actually an undercover investigator.

Retired architect is painter at heart

A blank sheet of paper waits for Jerry Thompson’s wet paintbrush in a neatly organized studio built above his garage. In two hours, the white paper transforms into a watercolor painting of a foggy pasture scene infused with light and and color.

Gardeners use the Internet to create a virtual community

A year ago, Elizabeth Licata became the fourth member of a group of garden bloggers with an attitude. Garden Rant ( started in mid-2006: A blend of gossip, news, crusade and, yes, raw rant, it blows the cobwebs out of gardening’s mustier corners.

Play the Spelling Bee game!

Christian Ackmann won the Columbia Regional Spelling Bee on Thursday, which qualifies him for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. This interactive game lets you attempt to spell the same words Christian did in the spelling bee. (Christian is the one reading the words.)