Special Olympics State Summer Games begin in Columbia

Tuesday marked the beginning of the 2012 Special Olympics State Summer Games, which returns to Columbia for the first time since 2007. Opening ceremonies included a parade dedicated to the athletes competing in the games, as well as a torch lighting ceremony to officially kick off the start of the games.

The Special Olympics State Summer Games opened Tuesday with track and field, bowling and opening ceremonies on Mel Carnahan Quadrangle. 

SEC coaches want football playoff to include best teams in country, not conferences

Football coaches from the powerhouse and recently expanded league were in unison Tuesday at the SEC meetings. They want a proposed four-team playoff to include the best teams in the country — and not be tied to conference champions.

Intersection improvements at Providence and Business Loop begin

GetAbout Columbia is funding the improvements to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and drivers.

City manager addresses mayor, city council in State of the City message

In the annual State of the City message on May 25 City Manager Mike Matthes discussed the growth of Columbia's economy and population.

Author to discuss EEZ, alternatives at Columbia library

Author and activist Greg LeRoy will speak about the Enhanced Enterprise Zone via webcam Thursday at the Columbia Public Library.

ROSE NOLEN: Today's history presents a more exciting view of the past

We can learn from history in more exciting ways than we used to. And sometimes, it is helpful to look over our shoulders and profit from past experiences.

GUEST COMMENTARY: EEZ: Scourge, savior or waste of time?

What effects will the zone have on businesses outside the zone or homeowners in the community? 

GENE ROBERTSON: Columbia intersection needs inspiring community space

The intersection at Broadway and Providence Road offers potential to become an inviting community space. Columbia should aim to add a mall or commons that create an inspiring ambiance.

Columbia resident dies in motorcycle accident on I-70

Donald Hawkins, 39, died Tuesday afternoon after colliding with median cables on the highway.

Shooting in Columbia park affects nearby neighborhood

A neighborhood Memorial Day picnic was disrupted by several shots in Albert-Oakland Park's parking lot. 

Cleanup and investigations continue after Brookside fire

After Sunday morning's fire at Brookside on College, investigations and cleanup efforts are under way.



Jordan Maze, 22, works as a waitress at Main Squeeze and Uprise Bakery in Columbia. A college graduate who came back home for lack of a better plan, Jordan reflects on her work and her future.

Generation Y values living within means

Reporter Roxanne Foster reflects on her conversations with young adults and the emphasis they place on avoiding debt and earning the things they want, despite what many older adults think.

Forward progress — with a few detours

Ashley and Stetson Allen's lives center around their 14-month-old son, Jackson. Careful decisions and the willingness to compromise have put them on a track to career advancement and financial security. But it hasn't been a straight or smooth path.


Weddings as a job and as a dream

Kristin Ayer, 18, will be “almost the first” in her family to get a college degree. She wants to become a wedding planner because weddings are supposedly the happiest days in people's lives, and she wants to be a part of that.

Gesture by Indians' pitcher angers Royals' Jarrod Dyson

After fanning Dyson on three pitches, Perez walked off the mound and waved his hand in front of his face to mock Dyson, who was unaware of the gesture until seeing it later on videotape.

Ridgeway Community Garden to serve as outdoor classroom

The Ridgeway Community Garden, Columbia's first joint school and community garden, broke ground Tuesday.

Chiefs rookies getting used to life in the NFL

Among the rookies taking part in Kansas City's early preseason practices, Dontari Poe, the Chiefs' 6-foot-3, 346-pound first-round draft pick, has made the biggest impression.

Jack Kennedy was an active volunteer in Columbia

Mr. Kennedy's passion for the history of early aviation led him to become a member of the Boone County Historical Society and he was also a member of several other volunteer organizations in Columbia. 


New Salvation Army leadership appointed for Columbia

Richard and Beth Trimmell will replace K. Kendall and Katrina Mathews as the Columbia/Jefferson City regional coordinator and director of special services for the Salvation Army.