GEORGE KENNEDY: Columbia has hit the awkward stage of its growth

Our town is getting more interesting as it ages, but its infrastructure and transportation systems are caught between those of a small village and a grown-up city.

Columbia pediatrician takes medical trip to rural Missouri counties

Longtime Columbia pediatrician Robert Harris knows it's a kind of Don Quixote mission, but it's a small step in the right direction: He's headed to southeast Missouri where he'll deliver a few days of care to underserved children.

Bike polo subculture in Columbia continues to grow through COMOPOLO

When Tim Donahoe was growing up, he considered himself to be a part of what he called the “punk rock and hardcore scene.” Years later, he is part of a new subculture: bike polo.

Young shot-putter finds success with Columbia's Blue Thunder Track Club

After earning a bronze medal at the AAU Junior Olympics last year, 8-year-old Eryn Puett hopes to qualify for the national competition again this weekend.

Former Missouri Gov. Wilson out as Missouri Employers Mutual CEO

After being placed on administrative leave from the insurance firm in May, Roger Wilson is no longer the CEO of Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co.

Voluntary Action Center's Cindy Mustard hopes for busy retirement

The VAC's longtime director said she can't see herself sitting at home all day after retiring this fall, and she plans to stay involved in the community.

NCAA looks to limit basketball recruiting in July

The NCAA is working to rewrite its men's basketball recruiting rules to try to limit down the potentially unsavory influences of the summer recruiting season.

Senators from Missouri, North Dakota collaborate to discuss flood control

The four senators created the Missouri River Working Group to evaluate factors that led to flooding and find ways to avoid future problems.

Taylor, Thomas, Team USA start out summer victorious

After playing exhibition games, the USA Softball team will travel to British Columbia for the Canadian Open FastPitch International Championship, which starts July 9.

Missouri baseball's Tim Jamieson leads Team USA to 5-1 start

The USA Collegiate National Team's lone defeat was a one-run loss to the New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars at Fenway Park.

Flooding prompts Obama to issue emergency declaration for Missouri

The declaration covers the 25 counties along the river and makes federal assistance a possibility.

Beaches at Finger Lakes closed for high bacteria concentration

The beaches will remain closed until after the July 4 weekend. However, Finger Lakes will still allow boating, fishing, picnics and hiking.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students imagine at Shepard Elementary music, art camp

Campers are wrapping up two weeks of camp with the theme "The 'I' in imagination," and they've been asking "What if?" and "Why not?" Friday is also the last day of summer school in Columbia.

What does patriotism mean to you?

As Independence Day approaches, the Missourian explores the meaning of a concept that proves complex for some. We'd like to hear your stories and know what you have to say.

UPDATE: Man threatens to jump off Fifth and Walnut parking garage

Columbia police say a man attempted to jump from the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets on Wednesday night.

LETTER: Police, firefighters did great job helping neighbor during fire

After a fire at the Park de Ville Place condominiums last week, police and firefighters were particularly helpful in evacuating a blind woman and her dogs.

Man threatens to jump off Fifth and Walnut parking garage

After police officers talked to the man, he climbed back over the railing. He was taken to the hospital.

Former Missouri quarterback Tyler Gabbert going to Louisville

The younger brother of Blaine Gabbert will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2011 football season.

Departing Missouri judge says courts face money, political pressures

With his term set to end Friday, Chief Justice William Ray Price Jr. warned of ongoing pressures that are weighing on the court.

Donation boxes for Joplin relief set up in state parks

Proceeds will be used to help buy and plant trees in Joplin parks.