Marching Mizzou drummer works on routine

Shane Batchelor, an MU junior, practices drum stick movements between classes in Peace Park on Wednesday. Batchelor is a section leader on the Marching Mizzou Drumline. "Those who have been around longer help out the newer people. I like helping people out," Batchelor said.

Marching Mizzou is gearing up for its fall season with performances planned at football games. Because of the move to the SEC, Marching Mizzou is sending a smaller band to every conference game.

City retirees could lose health insurance subsidies

The proposed city budget for 2013 would eliminate subsidies but save the city $431,000 in the next fiscal year. However, retired firefighter Dan Hemmelgarn thinks the subsidies, which were approved five years ago, were supposed to be permanent.

Housing Authority continues discussions about renovations to housing units

Columbia Housing Authority, represented by CEO Phil Steinhaus, held a forum at the Columbia Labor Temple to discuss the proposed revitalization of Unity and Lincoln Drive units.

Missouri football's Hoch thrives after position change

Missouri defensive tackle Matt Hoch came into the program planning to play tight end. However, after switching to the other side of the ball, he has risen to the top of the Tigers' depth chart.

Curiosity rover takes first short spin around Mars

The six-wheel NASA rover rolled forward about 15 feet in preparation for the ultimate Martian road trip.

J. KARL MILLER: First day of school represents both change and lasting ideals

The first day of school embodies many of the changes that have taken place in education since the 1940s, but core values from the past remain relevant to academic success today.

DAVID ROSMAN: Trash and Akin, what they have in common

The trash collection system might not have achieved the level of international interest as Akin, but it is certainly top news here.

Hickman softball defeats Boonville in home opener

The Hickman High School softball team won 12-6 in its home opener Wednesday night, courtesy of hot hitting and clutch pitching.

Rise in U.S. home sales suggests healing economy

Home purchases and construction are consistently increasing for the first time since 2005.

Small Business Administration leaders visit Patric Chocolate

Representatives of the Small Business Administration see the Columbia chocolatier as a small-business success story and credit its involvement with the SBA.

Columbia arts district to hold pre-game huddles

Gallery owners and artists want to take advantage of Southeastern Conference crowds and showcase their work.

Columbia ACT scores higher than state, national average

Columbia Public School students scored higher on this year's ACT exam than Missouri and national average scores.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Todd Akin embarrassed Missourians twice

Rep. Todd Akin has lost all credibility.

Suspect arrested in Columbia gas station robbery

Columbia police have arrested a man suspected of Tuesday's Petromart Convenience Store robbery

GUEST COMMENTARY: Recent studies show climate change should be major concern

With new studies converting even a staunch climate change skeptic, and suggesting the planet is nearing it's breaking point, the importance of fighting global warming is clear.

Author, professor P.M. Forni visits MU to discuss civility

Civility campaigns have spread to college campuses around the country. This year, MU is taking part and civility will headline the 2012 MizzouDiversity Summit at the end of October.

Missouri soccer's Alyssa Diggs earns honors after opening weekend

Missouri forward Alyssa Diggs scored three goals in two matches last weekend and won two awards.

Volunteers train for new visitors center

Maryam Lotfibabarood wants to volunteer to share her experiences in Columbia after moving from Tehran, Iran, 10 months ago.

Coast Guard partially reopens Mississippi River

Drought conditions have led to low waters in the Mississippi River, causing problems for boats traveling on the river.

Lucy Ellawee Scheerer was known for her hard work, helping others

Self-sufficient woman known for her cooking and crocheting skills as well as her resilience.