Blind artist: 'Painting is seeing for me'

Blind artist John Bramblitt listens as Lee Elementary third-grader Elora Matthews explains the story of "The Giving Tree." Bramblitt visited the school Thursday to teach students about how he uses the different textures of paints to identify colors and to help the students learn to paint blindfolded.

Artist John Bramblitt has lived in darkness since 2001, but he still sees in color. Bramblitt is in Columbia this week giving workshops for artists, students and teachers as part of the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology's "Driven" exhibit. The exhibit showcases the work of artists with disabilities.

Four MU gymnasts started journey together in high school

Seniors Adrianne Perry and Alicia Hatcher lived together for part of their high school careers, and juniors Liz Straatmann and Sarah Shire became especially close friends after relocating to Blue Springs. The four trained at a prestigious gymnastics program there before attending MU.

The Beat: Why food prices haven't fallen in tandem with gas prices

Managing editor Jeanne Abbott and reporter Kyle Schettler talk about the connection between the price at the pump and at the grocery store.

City Council candidates talk jobs, economy

At the Columbia Chamber of Commerce's annual forum, candidates for the Second and Sixth wards City Council seats told assembled business owners their positions on economic development and job creation.

Opinions and rumors -- no matter, both need verification

The Opinion page at the Missourian should require real names behind all opinions and all rumors should be scrutinized.

How should we remedy the trash problem on East Campus?

Trash in the East Campus neighborhood has been accumulating when residents place their bags out early. How can the city help curb the cost of using special pickups when complaints are made?

Columbia Transit system service is lacking, but new committee could help

Columbia's insufficient public transportation will get worse as the city's population grows.

MU's Hood continues offseason success

Rather than rely on impressive numbers from last month's combine, former Tigers player Ziggy Hood did everything he could at Thursday's MU Pro Day to make his wait shorter on NFL Draft Day in late April.

Cougars squeak into AMC semis

Columbia College got all it could handle from the Williams Baptist Eagles, who won just seven games all season

Bruins' Tolson does the little things right

Rock Bridge boys basketball senior guard Skylar Tolson is known for his leadership abilities. He does not receive as much attention as other teammates, but that's fine with him.

TIF projects hit another roadblock with application revisions, public hearings

Renovations to The Tiger Hotel and construction on an eight-story retail, office and residential building have been put on hold so that revisions to the projects' applications can be made. The Tax Increment Financing Commission plans to hold several work sessions to go over the applications in-depth.

Wednesday's win latest step in Lyons' turnaround

MU forward Leo Lyons's development has been a slow, painful process. But now that he has finally secured his role as a leader and star, he is able to appreciate the journey.

Tigers set sights high entering Big 12 Championships

The Missouri wrestling team will compete on Saturday in Nebraska. The Tigers think they have the depth and talent to compete for a title and send all of their wrestlers to the NCAA meet.

Development near El Chapparral unanimously passed by Planning and Zoning

Annexing and rezoning requests for 37.5 acres of property south and east of El Chapparral Subdivision was unanimously passed in a planning and zoning meeting Thursday. Developers hope to build a neighborhood commercial center and an office center on the land.

Run-DMC hip-hop icon talks history at MU

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run-DMC spoke Thursday night at Jesse Hall about the history of hip-hop.

Douglass knocked out of districts

After upsetting the third seed on Tuesday, the Bulldogs couldn't muster the same performance in the Class 2 District 13 quarterfinals.

Nuclear disarmament advocate to speak at MU

Jonathon Schell, a leading disarmament advocate and writer for The Nation, will speak at MU about his book, "The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger." The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 10 in Fisher Auditorium. Schell was to speak in October at MU, but canceled due to health reasons.

Columbia to move forward with 10-story parking garage

The $15 million project, across Walnut Street from the Columbia post office, should begin this summer.

Lollis leads Tigers into weekend series with Ball State

Ryan Lollis, a four-year starter, is leading the offense for the Missouri baseball team through the first 10 games of the season.

Stephens College to close two residence halls for repairs

Stephens College aims for cost savings in renovating Searcy and Prunty halls. Students from those residence halls will be able to move into one of six others on campus.