Columbia riders of all ages take part in rodeo fundraiser

Amada Mincher of Auxvasse practices on Gray, the horse she uses in competitions, for the Open Barrel Jackpot fundraiser at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Wednesday. The fundraiser will benefit victims of the Joplin tornado.

Riders of all ages took advantage of an open barrel riding competition at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The competition kicked off the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals and was a fundraiser benefitting Joplin relief.

J. KARL MILLER: Betrayals of public trust should not be tolerated

Elected public officials must be held to higher standards of conduct and integrity.

Board of Curators meeting to discuss budget, retirement, presidency

Recent cuts in state funding and changes in the employee retirement plan will be among the issues discussed at the UM System Board of Curators meetings Thursday and Friday.

Participation in Soap Box Derby spans generations

The 2011 Mid-Missouri Soap Box Derby will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Seventh Street and Broadway.

Columbia swimmer to compete in Special Olympics World Games in Greece

Leanna Krogmann is one of six athletes from Missouri traveling to Athens, Greece, for the Special Olympics World Games.

Stakeholders fail to reach compromise in final Scott's Branch Trail meeting

The third meeting, originally scheduled for June 22, has been canceled because organizer Daryl Dudley said nothing new would be discussed.

Family Fun Fest shows off Missouri's natural assets at Flat Branch Park

Residents enjoyed entertainment, community interaction and perfect weather at the June festival.

MU study shows tai chi might improve cognitive function after chemotherapy

An MU pilot study found that tai chi can counteract the decline of cognitive skills in breast cancer patients.

Hassler family continues tradition of dirt-track racing

Brooke, Thomas and Galen Hassler carry on the family passion of "grass-roots" racing, ignited by their father.

Archaeologists' findings affirm Battle of Boonville site

Civil War-era ammunition was among the artifacts were found at the Willard Avery farm on Rocheport Road in Boonville.

Mid-Missouri's urban deer hunting zone will shrink

The border of the deer hunting zone will shift this fall in hopes of rejuvenating the deer population in northern Boone County just south of Missouri 124.


Garage at Tenth and Cherry streets to be cleaned Monday

One level of the garage will close at a time over the course of the week. Permits for the garage may be used in two other city garages.

Two Biomass Crop Assistance Program areas announced in Missouri

Farmers in Boone and surrounding counties can be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of their costs in establishing bioenergy crops, such as the grass to be used in a new Columbia energy facility.

Volunteers surprise Joplin couple with rebuilt home

In just a week, workers from Home Depot and a Virginia organization completely refurbished a Joplin house badly damaged by the May 22 tornado.

Sheriff's Department warns of telephone scams

Several Boone County residents have reported phone calls seeking personal or financial information to collect a prize. They're phony, the Sheriff's Department says.

Corn prices rise as multiple floods cut into crop

The price of corn per bushel has more than doubled in the past year, in part because of the flooding in the Midwest.

Temporary levee in Hamburg, Iowa braces for Missouri River flooding

Officials in the southwestern Iowa town race to build a higher temporary levee to keep the floodwaters of the rising Missouri River at bay.

Bustamante lawyers seek new jail for teen

Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Bustamante has been scheduled for trial Sept. 13 on a charge of murdering 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten in rural Cole County. She has pleaded not guilty.

Missouri to open children's trauma center after Joplin tornado

Children can suffer from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Missouri is committed to funding a center to aid youth.

Interstate 29 closing in northwest Missouri

The interstate closed because of the risk of flood waters crossing the highway.