Despite drought, tomato crops thrive

Megabite tomatoes grow at the MU Bradford Research and Extension Center.

With MU's Bradford Research Center's annual Tomato Festival approaching, local growers reflect on a great tomato season. 


Artists compete to add their sculptures outside Short Street garage

Artists are competing to have their sculpture concepts displayed in front of the Short Street garage. The artist whose concept is chosen based on community feedback will be given $58,000 to complete the artwork. 

Drought stresses hardwoods, crimps food for wildlife

The 2012 drought has strained hardwood trees and their mast crops, which  might simplify deer hunting. Forestry experts warn, however, that we will not know the extent of the tree damage until next spring.

Missouri basketball finishes Europe trip with win

Tigers use fourth quarter to beat Cergy, France, 81-61. The team will return to Columbia late Saturday.

DEAR READER: Where do people and politics meet?

The conclusions drawn by a new study raise questions about where community members see themselves in the country's political discourse and how the Missourian's coverage should be altered in light of those views. 

Missouri football's Ebner takes second shot at senior season

Missouri linebacker Will Ebner, who has battled injuries throughout his college career, is hoping to stay on the field during his final season. He used his missed season in 2011 to become a more well-rounded player.

Visitors center to open in Columbia City Hall

A visitors center in Columbia City Hall will open Aug. 31. Previously, the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau was housed near the Lake of the Woods exit on the east side of Columbia.

Missouri volleyball opens season with scrimmage

Transfer Taylor Simpson led the Gold Team to a 3-0 win over the BlackTeam.

Missouri women's basketball team schedule released

The Tigers will open the season Nov. 9, when they host Saint Louis University. Southeastern Conference play begins for Missouri on Jan. 3, when the team travels to play Georgia.

Ryan Ferguson crime scene walk scheduled for Friday night

About 30 supporters of Ryan Ferguson, who was convicted in 2005 of strangling Columbia Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt, will tour the crime scene Friday evening. Organizers hope the event will raise awareness of the case's contentious verdict.

Police trooper prevents robbery at Wingate Hotel in Columbia

Columbia police are seeking two suspects in connection with an attempted robbery at the Wingate Hotel early Friday. A retired Illinois State Police trooper foiled the robbery.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Photographs can help inspire change

Photography has clout and can change the social environment very quickly to one that is inspiring, hopeful and creative in a positive, productive way.

Sandra Kormeier, May 11, 1943 — Aug. 16, 2012, of Columbia

Sandra Kormeier of Columbia died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. She was 69.

Drought-exposed river sandbars called a danger

Drought conditions have exposed sand that looks inviting but is actually quicksand. Officials advise citizens to avoid sandbars until conditions improve.

Items left at Mark Twain's New York grave go on display

Mementos left at Mark Twain's grave by the writer's admirers, which have been thrown away in the past, are now part of the Chemung Valley History Museum. 

Kansas City Zoo announces giraffe birth, sea lion death

The Kansas City Zoo's new baby giraffe, born Aug. 4, was on display for the first time Thursday.

Judge considers suit over Missouri health care measure

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers filed suit last month, claiming the summary written by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is unfair and misleading.

Missouri Supreme Court to hear Woodworth challenge

The hearing comes five months after a Boone County judge appointed by the high court in an advisory role deemed Mark Woodworth a victim of "a manifest injustice." The judge concluded the Chillicothe man should be freed or receive a new trial.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Koster wins small victory for victims of mortgage fraud

Most of $2 million settlement will end up in Missouri's general fund, which means it will be available for schools, drought relief or whatever lawmakers decide to spend it on.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Social Security does help those who need it

Social Security benefits are not just for retirees. Many people depend on it after an injury and spouses and children depend on the program after the death of a wife or husband.