Missouri flies SEC flag to symbolize conference switch

The Southeastern Conference flag flies outside Mizzou Arena above Walsworth Plaza. The ceremonial flag raising took place on Monday to mark Missouri's official move to the conference.

The MU athletics department symbolized its move to the Southeastern Conference with the raising of an SEC flag Monday.

Adjustment to college, adulthood tough for circle of friends in West Plains

Four friends try to make it through school with passing grades, search for decent jobs and hope for better lives than what they've seen in their hometowns. They are sweet and sassy, funny and frustrating, maddening and, at times, tragic.

Missouri's Alden welcomes challenges of move to SEC

MU Athletics Director Mike Alden called the raising of the Southeastern Conference flag "the beginning" Monday.

Roller derby provides CoMo Derby Dames escape from stresses of everyday life

By transforming into their alter egos as members of the team, the CoMo Derby Dames are allowed to show parts of their personality that are deemed unacceptable outside the rink.

Former Missouri cross country coach signs on for track job at Battle High School

Shortly after resigning as Missouri women's cross country coach, Rebecca Wilmes was named the track and field coach at Battle High School.

Fireworks pose risk in Boone County due to dry weather

Water and electric use remain under capacity, but officials are keeping watch.

MULTIMEDIA: A dine-in tradition

Lucy's Cafe, Ernie's Diner and 63 Diner are three of Columbia's quintessential dining experiences. Each diner offers a unique atmosphere and caters to all different types of people.

Rock Bridge graduate wins national culinary contest

Will Kinney of Columbia won the culinary arts competition at the SkillsUSA Championships that were held in Kansas City in June.

City Council approves amendment to DoubleTree Hotel agreement

The Columbia City Council voted unanimously to approve an amendment extending the timeline of construction on the DoubleTree hotel project on Broadway. Construction will begin by the end of September.

Frank Wegner remembered for his love of food and family

Frank L. Wegner of Columbia died Saturday, June 30, 2012. He was 69.

Herbert Williams, 74, of Columbia died

Herbert Williams of Columbia died Monday, June 25, 2012. He was 74.

Herbert Williams, Sept. 17, 1937 — June 25, 2012

Herbert Williams of Columbia died Monday, June 25, 2012. He was 74.

Frank L. Wegner of Columbia, April 23, 1943 — June 30, 2012

Frank L. Wegner, 69, of Columbia, passed away Saturday at South Hampton Place.

FROM READERS: Share your shaggy dog tales

Reader Joe G. Dillard shares two humorous shaggy dog stories and has issued a challenge for the rest of us to share ours. What's the best (or worst!) shaggy dog tale you can come up with?

Amber Carpenter, 20, West Plains

Having a baby and losing her father in the same year wasn't part of Amber Carpenter's plans, but she's still working toward her American Dream.

Initiative aims for easier e-book access at public libraries

The New York Public Library has started the ReadersFirst Initiative, aimed at improving user access to e-books at libraries across the country. Currently, checking out e-books is a difficult process, requiring users to visit multiple third-party websites before getting the e-book.

Craig hits 2 homers, Cardinals rip Rockies 9-3

A pair of Allen Craig home runs helped key the Cardinals offense to a 9-3 victory against the Rockies.

Moustakas hits grand slam as Royals rout Blue Jays

Mike Moustakas' first career grand slam and seven innings from pitcher Everett Teaford helped propel the Royals to a 11-3 win against the Blue Jays on Monday night.

Missouri job incentive program comes up short, audit finds

The report focuses on the Quality Jobs program, which provides tax breaks to businesses that add jobs with decent wages and health insurance.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should expand Medicaid program now

Gov. Jay Nixon should accelerate his state's plans to implement a law that will improve the health of its citizens and inject billions of new dollars into the economy.