Remembering a friend

Nathaniel JaRoe “Nate” Bentley

On a weekend like this one, Nate Bentley’s friends probably would have been hanging out at his place, a duplex in southeast Columbia. “Instead,” Tony Shaw said, “we’re sitting here talking about him.”

19th Annual National Red Power Roundup held at the Boone County Fairgrounds

Mid-Missouri LGBT Coalition celebrates PrideFest at Stephens Lake Park

A Karaoke contest and a “gayest dog” competition were among the highlights of Saturday afternoon’s LGBT Coalition’s PrideFest.

Edwards keeps fans in mind

The Columbia native said he is concerned about the hardships NASCAR fans are facing these days.

UPDATE: Candidates debate at Muleskinners’ 25th House District forum

Bob Pund, Sean Spence and Mary Still fielded questions from a packed luncheon of the Democratic Party club.

Columbia woman recalls work as a civilian diplomat to Iran

Lily Tinker-Fortel, 24 year old Columbia resident and mid-Missouri Peaceworks community outreach coordinator, participated in a U.S. citizen interfaith delegation of fellowship to Iran.

2 lawsuits accuse former Kansas City area clergymen of abuse

The two cases concern priests from St. Elizabeth Parish in the 1970s.

Rolla man commutes on horseback to save on gas

It takes him two "green-broke" horses and four hours to travel 13 miles.

MU closes fall 2008 enrollment

MU officials said Friday that effective Monday, the university will no longer accept freshman applications for the fall.

AmerenUE looks to build second nuclear plant in Callaway County

But to do so, it needs to reverse a 30-year-old law that keeps utilities from charging for plants while they're being built.

Torrential rain in Springfield meant dozens of motorists had to be rescued

Firefighters performed the rescues Friday after nearly nearly 4 inches of rain fell on the city.

UPDATE: Kinder calls for more volunteers in northeast Mo. and mobilizes National Guard

The lieutenant governor called in the National Guard on Saturday. He says more volunteers are needed in Hannibal, Canton and Alexandria to prepare sandbags as the threat of floods looms.

Five Ideas: What are your thoughts on these items in the news this week?

This week, we ask readers to share their thoughts on the professors’ plea to the state to change math curriculum, how to conserve energy using compact fluorescent bulbs, the woes of rain, the proposed buyout of Anheuser-Busch, and the ongoing investigations of shootings in the city.

Columbia School District should use surplus to pay teachers

The school board showed two budgets to the public at its meeting Thursday. One would cause the teachers to endure a cut in salary.