FROM READERS: Taekwondo instructor remembers Sterling Wyatt

Jeff Hockman remembers Sterling Wyatt as thoughtful, dedicated and talented.

Youth wrestler won't let hardships keep him from competing

Show-Me State Games competitor Klayton Anderson suffers from Type 1 diabetes and is mostly blind in one eye. He has nursed a broken jaw, overcome a seizure and fought through mononucleosis. But none of that keeps him off the wrestling mat.

First Ward residents discuss changes to affordable housing in the area

A public meeting in Douglass Park allowed members of the First Ward and other Columbia residents to talk directly to officials about neighborhood issues.

FAIR IN THE MAKING: 2011 Little Miss Boone County Kenley Conyers will be involved at fair

Kenley Conyers, 6, has participated in the Boone County Fair beauty pageant almost every year since she was 6 months old.

Community greets Spc. Sterling Wyatt's procession

Friends of the family and Columbia community members gathered along Broadway on Thursday morning to meet the procession of fallen soldier Spc. Sterling Wyatt.

Grindstone neighborhood expresses concerns about Break Time rezoning plan

A proposal to build a Break Time convenience store at Rock Quarry Road and Grindstone Parkway has raised concerns of the neighborhood. 

Scheduled water line removal to close section of Walnut Street

The removal of water service lines on Walnut Street will close the section from College Avenue to Orr Street to traffic. Customers of Columbia Water and Light in the area might experience disruptions in water service.

SUMMER IN COMO: Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park

Family Fun Fest is a monthly event put on by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.

FROM READERS: Photos from procession honoring Sterling Wyatt

Several readers submitted photos of the Sterling Wyatt procession.

First Ward residents to meet tonight in Douglass Park pavilion

Residents from the First Ward and other citizens will be holding a meeting tonight at 6 at the Douglass Park pavilion to discuss recent events and problems the community faces.

Ole Miss coach Freeze knows program has a long way to go

Hugh Freeze and the Rebels are in a conference that has won the last six national championships. Ole Miss has lost 15 of its last 16 SEC games and had a 2-10 overall record last season.

Tennessee hoping to make noise in SEC with 17 returning starters

The Volunteers have an 11-14 record over the past two seasons, including a 4-12 mark in the SEC. Dooley says that should improve thanks to a stabilized roster, a healthy quarterback and 17 returning starters.

Georgia wants end to the West Division's streak of SEC Championships

Georgia was picked at Thursday's SEC media days as the preseason favorite to repeat as East Division champion, which lately has been another way of saying SEC runner-up.

Alabama hopes to avoid complacency after winning National Championship

Alabama is among the preseason favorites to win the national title, but media covering the SEC picked West rival opponent LSU — not the Tide — to win the league the West in balloting released Thursday.

Nick Saban suggests tax on Penn State athletics to benefit children

Alabama Coach Nick Saban said the priority should be the same as in disciplining a player: Try to produce some good from a negative situation.

Big Ten may give conference commissioner ability to fire coaches

An 18-page plan suggests that in certain circumstances requiring "immediate and decisive action," the commissioner would have unilateral authority to "take any and all actions" in the best interest of the Big Ten.

Rams defensive end Robert Quinn charged with drunken driving

Florissant police Capt. Tim Lowery said Robert Quinn was involved in a one-car accident on an exit ramp along Interstate 270 at 5:38 a.m. on July 10. Lowery said the responding officer suspected Quinn was intoxicated and arrested him without incident.

Mariners' Hernandez pitches eight innings in win over Royals

Felix Hernandez (8-5) is 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in his past seven starts since a loss to San Diego on June 12. He allowed one run and eight hits, throwing only 89 pitches in eight innings.

New section of Hospital Drive opens at 5:30 p.m. Thursday

The section of Hospital Drive between College Avenue and Monk Drive will open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tigers place fourth in East of SEC preseason poll, land two on All-SEC team

Senior left tackle Elvis Fisher and junior cornerback E.J. Gaines represented the Tigers on the media preseason All-SEC third team.