Fairground manager calls it quits after nearly two decades

George Harris, general manager of the Boone County Fairgrounds for nearly 20 years, puffs on his pipe between chores on Saturday during his last weekend event. Harris' resignation takes effect on Oct. 1, his 79th birthday. "I buy my own tobacco five pounds at a time so I don't run out," Harris said. "Maybe now I can grow my own."

George Harris will officially retire as manager of the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday, his 79th birthday. His time at the grounds has brought him friendships, stress, pleasure — and some controversy. 

Al-Qaida's Anwar al-Awlaki killed in U.S. attack in Yemen

As the man who is said to have inspired various attacks, Anwar al-Awlaki is the most prominent al-Qaida figure to be killed since Osama bin Laden's death in May. But because al-Awlaki was a U.S. citizen, his death has prompted some questions. 

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MU students, alumni prepare for centennial Homecoming

Students and alumni will donate their time Saturday as part of MU’s Homecoming Day of Service. The event is meant to kick off MU's centennial Homecoming.

Two Democrats eye vacant county commissioner seat

Boone County's Democratic and Republican central committees are accepting applications for the position, and will make recommendations to Gov. Jay Nixon for the final appointment.

Race to the Dome canoe and kayak event set for Sunday

The race was postponed in June because of high water levels. About 60 boats and nearly 100 paddlers are expected to participate in the race this Sunday.

After-school program The Intersection to host annual fall barbecue

The barbecue will include music, games, prizes and a cooking competition.

UM System employees can receive $100 in new health incentive

Health plan subscribers can receive $100 for completing a personal health assessment and screening. The incentive will start in 2012.

Hickman football team falls to Rockhurst

An unproductive offense led to the Hickman football team's loss to top-ranked Rockhurst on Friday.

Missouri swim team energizes crowd during Missouri soccer team's win

Members of the Missouri swimming team showed their support for their fellow athletes during a Missouri women's soccer game against Texas A&M.

CEDAR RIDGE: School raising funds through chili supper, pumpkin decorating

Cedar Ridge Elementary School will have its annual chili supper Wednesday in the school cafeteria.

Hickman softball falls to Troy

The Hickman softball team lost 8-3 to Troy on the road Friday night.

Missouri freshman volleyball player Jade Hayes bonds with senior mentor

Freshman Jade Hayes is the libero-in-waiting for the Missouri volleyball team. She's the pupil of senior libero Priscilla Armendariz, who is teaching her to have a voice on and off the court.

Missouri women's cross-country finishes ninth at Notre Dame Invitational

More than 25 teams competed at the 56th annual Notre Dame Invitational on Friday. The Missouri women's team placed ninth overall; the men's team finished 19th.

Lee Expressive Arts Elementary students get colorful on tie-dye day

Students at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary get creative with colors in the school's annual event.

First Presbyterian Church to host Columbia CROP Hunger Walk

More than 20 local groups will participate in Sunday's two and a half mile walk. Goods and money donated will go toward efforts to end hunger locally and internationally.


Unclaimed property auction returns to Columbia

A portion of Missouri's unclaimed property will be available for purchase on Tuesday. Gold, silver, coins, knives, jewelry and sports memorabilia will be for sale.

Better Business Bureau warns Cardinals fans about playoff ticket scams

Fans looking to purchase tickets for the St. Louis Cardinal's upcoming playoff series against the Philadelphia Phillies should be on the lookout for counterfeit sellers both at the ballpark and online.

Health Department to offer flu vaccines

Both the shot and spray options will be available Monday at the Health Department clinic on 1005 W. Worley St.