Sedalia woman masters the art of the hula hoop

Heather Hughes hula hoops every day as a way to relax and express herself. She makes her own hoops and sells home-made hoops at festivals and the Sedalia Area Farmers' Market.

Jackson's Neverland Ranch might be a tough sell

The homes of even the most beloved stars rarely see any appreciable boost in value from their celebrity cachet, and in the case of Neverland Ranch and the Los Angeles mansion Jackson was leasing when he died, the association might even work against them.

Jackson was energetic, upbeat ahead of London tour

Friends and colleagues said on Friday that Michael Jackson appeared in recent months to be rejuvenated by the prospect of performing again.

Athletics run in the Hinton family

As part of the Columbia Colts sixth grade football team, K.C. Hinton draws athletic inspiration from his family.

Umpires for Daniel Boone Little League feel summer's heat

Ryan Schmidt, a 15-year-old umpire for the Daniel Boone Little League, is learning how to endure the heat he faces in the course of his job.

Overturned truck catches fire on Highway 63, driver escapes

Truck driver Steve Schrader escaped through his window when his truck caught fire.

Field Elementary crossing guard has strong presence in neighborhood

Crossing guard Cedar Albert spends her days slowing down the cars that drive by Eugene Field Elementary and has become a familiar face on Range Line Street.

Columbia skydivers are first to jump over Mt. McKinley

The skydive, which included the owner of Flat Branch Pub and Brewing and an operating partner of Sirius Hospitality/HuHot Mongolian Grill, involved jumping from an altitude of 23,000 feet.

Dancers remember Jackson's influence

“The whole dancing world will never forget him. At every (dance) competition, there is always a Michael Jackson song, always a Michael Jackson dance.”

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of meth manufacturing

A Columbia man was arrested Friday on suspicion of meth manufacturing.

Nineteen arrested during Friday night sobriety checkpoint

Eight of the arrests were for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Music professor shares thoughts on King of Pop

MU's "Jazz, Pop and Rock" instructor says Michael Jackson's cultural revelations will stand the test of time.

Missouri's Lyons to play for Pacers in summer league

Former Missouri men's basketball player Leo Lyons, who was not drafted in Thursday night's NBA Draft, has agreed to play for the Indiana Pacers' summer league team.

UPDATE: Suspect arrested in Cole Camp slayings

Authorities have charged 45-year-old Robert Blurton on three counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of three people in Cole Camp.

Suspect arrested in Cole Camp slayings

Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a triple homicide in Cole County. The bodies of three family members were found shot to death in their home earlier this month.

Timeline of Michael Jackson's life and career

Take a look at the many successes and controversies of the King of Pop, from his days in the Jackson 5 to his death on Thursday.

Dancers will compete in first ever Show-Me State Games ballroom dance competition

Colette Nolin is competing in the first ballroom dance competition in the Show-Me State Games on Saturday.

Michael Jackson's death is a local story

Although Michael Jackson's death is an international news story, the Missourian jumped to cover it because he was part of our collective, local conciousness.

Dear Reader: It's time for some steamy (weather) stories

Summer heat stories are as predictable as Christmas shopping stories in November or NCAA bracketology in March.

Bringing big-city transit to college-town America

Getting around Columbia by bus can sometimes take an hour or more. Other ideas are being proposed to revitalize the transit system, but until the city can improve the situation, many are likely to remain in their cars.