Missouri football pioneer Mel West never dwelled on past success

Mel West was the first African-American football player at Missouri. He didn't dwell much on the past and his stories of race, football career, later career and life went untold outside his family as he lost touch with former teammates.

After his football career at Missouri was over, Mel West proved to be as elusive off the field as he was on it.

Odles' temporary Brookside parking lot approved

The Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a request from the Brookside developers to build and maintain a parking lot through August 2014. Construction of the lot is contingent upon the City Council's approval of a rezoning request.

Quilting machine users still have more to learn

A conference being held in Columbia from Monday until Wednesday is teaching attendees how to use a computerized quilting machine developed by Columbia resident Paul Statler.

Ragtime enthusiasts celebrate the past while moving into the future

The three-day Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival continues through Wednesday evening at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Community Improvement District votes to approve Tiger Town street closure

District board members approved Tiger Town's street closure plans. However, this proposal and one that would allow for open containers of alcohol in the closed-off area must still go before the City Council on Monday.

Ashland teen's competitiveness sets her apart in rodeo competition

Ashton Glascock is hoping to win her second state title at this week’s 2012 Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals.

ROSE NOLEN: Women need women on their side over workplace rights

Workplace discrimination against women still exists today, and solving the problem will require women 'banding together' on the same side.


Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals return to Columbia

The Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals kick off at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Wednesday. The event is open to the public.

Record warmth in Columbia expected to continue through August

Columbia has experienced record-high average temperatures since January, and the trend is likely to continue through summer.

GetAbout Columbia to hold funding meeting Wednesday evening

Funding for the second round of GetAbout Columbia will be discussed at the meeting, which is open to the public.

Rock Bridge State Park hosts event to raise awareness of endangered bats

A park naturalist will teach participants about the kinds of bats in the park and lead a tour of an area cave.

Truman Veterans Hospital expands mental health staff

Truman Veterans Hospital is creating new job positions as part of a nationwide effort to increase the number of mental health care providers available to veterans.

Former Missouri coach Quin Snyder in Bobcats' final three

Jerry Sloan, Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder are on the trimmed down list of coaching candidates for the Charlotte Bobcats.


Judge denies former police officer Rios new trial in 2004 murder case

Former Columbia Police officer Steven Rios was denied his appeal for a new trial. He appealed on the grounds that his counsel was ineffective. 

Drought, dwindling supplies push hay prices up

Hay prices are far higher than they have been in previous years for two reasons: a prolonged drought and farmers planting more profitable crops such as corn and soybeans therefore reducing the amount of hay produced.

Martial arts tournament attracts city financing

For the first time, the Show-Me State Showdown will feature Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The addition of this event has the potential to bring more business to Columbia hotels and motels.

William 'Slim' Somerville, 85, loved his family, had passion for aviation

William H. "Slim" Somerville, formerly of Columbia, died Monday, April 23, 2012. He was 85 years old.

Dorothy 'Dottie' Dillow, Dec. 13, 1925 – June 8, 2012

Dorothy "Dottie" Dillow, of Columbia, died Friday, June 8. She was 86 years old. 

William H. 'Slim' Somerville, Jan. 26, 1927 – April 23, 2012

William H. "Slim" Somerville, formerly of Columbia, died Monday, April 23, 2012. He was 85 years old.

Dorothy 'Dottie' Dillow, 86, was cheerful, philanthropic

Dorothy "Dottie" (Jones) Dillow, of Columbia, died Friday, June 8, 2012.