National Bikers Roundup pulls into Columbia

Jay Farmer poses on his heavily decaled truck at the Red Roof Inn on East Texas Avenue near North Providence Road in Columbia on Thursday. “I’m here to sell jackets and stuff. I’m a vendor,” he said describing his trip from North Carolina to Columbia for the National Bikers Roundup, which is held at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Farmer arrived in Columbia on Wednesday evening.

The National Bikers Roundup, an event conservatively estimated to bring 35,000 bikers and $6 million to mid-Missouri, is starting on Tuesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Truck and tractor pull competitors catch on quickly

The Stroker Motorsports team, which competed at Saturday night's truck and tractor pulling event at the Boone County Fair, began 14 years ago as something to do on a date.

Boone County Fair's ham breakfast brings politicians, supporters

The Boone County Fair ham breakfast sold 100 more tickets this year than last, which fair manager George Harris attributed to the upcoming elections.

Off-camera action heart of lawsuit against officers

A lawsuit against two Columbia officers concerning a traffic stop in February 2009 alleges that the officers beat Cadilac Derrick, the driver.

National Bikers Roundup celebrates more than motorcycles

The National Bikers Roundup attracts tens of thousands of bikers and bike enthusiasts across the nation, but its family-friendly atmosphere makes it popular as well.

PHOTO GALLERY: Monster trucks ride through mud at Boone County Fair

The Monster Truck & Tuff Truck show at the Boone County Fair was postponed because of rain. The show, originally scheduled for Friday evening, took place at 1 p.m. Saturday.


Bikers Roundup draws 'politest group,' Pa. fairgrounds secretary says

The public information officer in a small community in Pennsylvania called the 2008 National Bikers Roundup "the biggest non-event that we've ever had." That event drew a third or less of the numbers expected in Columbia starting Tuesday.

Columbia man charged with possession of child porn

Authorities say Norman Troxel, 44, of Columbia, had a large amount of child porn on his computer, including videos and pictures. He was charged with six counts of class B felony child porn possession.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: How significant are leaked Afghan war documents?

The impact of the leaked war documents is being compared to the Pentagon Papers. However, some journalists think the impact might take months to show up. This event also brings into question the effect of Wikileaks on reporting.

Rep. Luetkemeyer's daughter-in-law killed in car accident

Amy Berhorst Luetkemeyer, 27, was traveling north along state highway 133 when her Mazda 6 crossed the center line, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol accident report.

Families gather at Douglass Park for Black and White Ball events

Every two or three years, black alumni from Hickman, Rock Bridge and Douglass schools come together to celebrate community and reconnect.

Campus police searching for suspect in assault

A woman was assaulted around 2:20 a.m. Saturday morning near University Avenue and Hitt Street, according to a press release from the MU Police Department.

Boat explodes at Lake of the Ozarks, injures St. Louis man

According to the Missouri State Water Patrol, the boat exploded when the man turned on the ignition.

Ariz. governor considers changing controversial immigration law

Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday she would consider changes to "tweak" the legislation. A U.S. district judge granted a temporary injuction Wednesday, delaying the most contentious parts of the immigration law.

Attack sub Missouri commissioned in Connecticut

The USS Missouri, the seventh Virginia-class sub, joined the Navy Saturday after a commissioning ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut.

Two MU researchers win USDA award

With the recent invention of an inexpensive genetic device that evaluates merit in cattle, two MU researchers have been awarded a 2010 U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award.

Bachmann cancels appearance after illness

U.S. Rep. canceled her Missouri campaign appearance for a U.S. Senate candidate after she was hospitalized Friday. She was scheduled to go to St. Louis to campaign for Roy Blunt.

LOCALLY GROWN: Renewed uncertainty over clean energy in Missouri

In 2008, Missouri voters passed the Missouri Clean Energy Initiative that requires investor-owned utilities to generate or purchase an incrementally increasing amount of energy from renewable sources to reach 15 percent by 2021. How and where that’s going to happen is still in question.

Woody's Menagerie at the Boone County Fair

Woody's Menagerie holds more than 200 animals and visits more than 10 state fairs throughout the country.

Collegetown 2010: Download the e-book

Collegetown is our annual special publication designed to orient new Mizzou students to life in Columbia. Download this specially formatted e-book version, specially formated for viewing on your laptop or iPad.