Dedication pays off in wheelchair basketball

Heavily recruited as a wheelchair basketball player since eighth grade, junior John Gilbert chose MU over many other schools.

John Gilbert has undergone long hours of intense training to play wheelchair basketball. His dedication made him an alternate for Team USA in the Paralympics this September.

Soapbox derby provides fun for families, kids

The 71st annual Soap Box Derby, a long-standing family-oriented tradition in Columbia, featured races between children ages 8 to 17 as well as several notable community members.

Vanderveen neighbors oppose proposed trail near their homes

Thirty-two homeowners and residents of the Vanderveen subdivision signed and submitted a letter to GetAbout Columbia, opposing a plan to build a proposed biking and walking trail.

School Board to discuss budget, policy changes

The School Board will present a first draft of the 2008-09 budget. Also up for discussion is the voluntary superintendent salary cut.

Missouri remains behind in illegal immigration legislation

Missouri legislators have joined in the movement against undocumented workers by passing legislation at the end of last month’s session. Despite their initiatives, they are still behind the front-runners.

Fire causes $1 million in damage at Columbia manufacturing plant

A manufacturing plant fire on Sunday morning resulted in $1 million worth of damage at Engineered Plastic Components Inc.

Heart condition won’t stop an MU junior from dancing

During a 2005 dance performance in Amy Parrish’s junior year of high school, her heart was racing so fast she couldn’t breathe. It wasn’t because of adrenaline or excitement; it was her heart condition.

Home on Sonora Drive burglarized Saturday afternoon

Two gaming systems, a semi-automatic rifle and a small-caliber pistol were among the items missing from the home.

ArtCycle auction raises almost $2,000 for Columbia Art League

ArtCycle awards were given out Sunday at Art in the Park. Following the awards ceremony, an auction for the commissioned cycles raised money for the Columbia Art League’s move to the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Summer movies raise fascination in spying

Because new spy movies are playing in theaters this summer, the guests of Global Journalist talk about the fascination and future of what some call the world's second-oldest profession: spying