PHOTO GALLERY: Dogs and owners attend annual Pooch Plunge

Dogs and owners attended the annual Pooch Plunge on Tuesday at Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center. The event allows dogs to swim off-leash at the pool.

The event took place Tuesday at Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center.

Missouri's vineyard owners expect the best 2012 vintage

Despite Missouri's drop in average vineyard harvests, grape growers and winemakers are hopeful for the year's vintage.

Columbia budget amendment would reduce cut in health care subsidies

Retired city employees could see only a 50 percent cut in their health care subsidies after the City Council unanimously approved an amendment to City Manager Mike Matthes' proposed budget for fiscal year 2013.

Central Missouri Development Council backs Tiger Town USA initiative

The Central Missouri Development Council has endorsed Tom Atkins' proposal to create a brand name for Columbia.

Carter named Missouri assistant men's basketball coach

The Missouri men's basketball team announced the hiring of Rick Carter as the team's newest assistant coach Tuesday.

Georgia looking forward to early season SEC matchup against Missouri

No. 7 Georgia can appreciate what Saturday's football game means to Missouri, but couldn't care less. The Bulldogs won the  Southeastern Conference's  east division a year ago despite an 0-2 start.

West, Jefferson dismissing students early for 8th time as heat continues

The district plans to present bids for air conditioning at West and Jefferson to the Columbia School Board in October. The estimated cost for each is $3 million to $4 million.

MU's Delta Tau Delta honors the life of Kelly Needham

Kelly Needham died Aug. 18 following a two-vehicle crash Aug. 13 in Wisconsin. Needham, an MU senior majoring in business administration, was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and worked at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

Missouri men's basketball season tickets on sale

Prices for the upcoming season start at $250. Fans can request up to six season tickets using the online Season Ticket Request List, which requires a deposit of $50 per seat.

ROSE NOLEN: Create jobs, not war

This convention seasons brings out a host of people claiming to have ideas on how to fix this country. Unfortunately, most of those ideas are not very good.

Hickman boys soccer team loses home opener

The Kewpies, who have yet to win a game this season, lost 4-0 to Jefferson City on Tuesday.

CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS: Obama nominated; Michelle Obama, Julian Castro speak

A week after Republicans met in Tampa, Fla., to officially nominate Mitt Romney for president, Democrats are converging in Charlotte, N.C., through Thursday for their convention. 

Home runs power Hickman softball team's victory

The Hickman softball team beat Kirksville 8-4 on Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Rock Bridge defensive tackle A.J. Logan orally commits to Missouri

Rock Bridge senior A.J. Logan was named an all-state defensive lineman his junior year.

Henning earns Missouri volleyball team's first SEC honor

Missouri volleyball player Lisa Henning, who helped the Tigers gain a 3-0 record in the Lipscomb Invitational Tournament last weekend in Nashville, Tenn., was named SEC Player of the Week.

PHOTO GALLERY: Venture Out hosts Happy Hour at the Tower

The event at the Alpine Tower was free and participants did not need rock-climbing experience.

Downtown Business Incubator opening Wednesday in Columbia

A new downtown business incubator has its opening ceremony on Wednesday. 

Summer 2012 the sixth-warmest, ninth-driest on record in Columbia

The National Weather Service in St. Louis released this summer's weather statistics.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Natural gas not viable alternative for city vehicles

Natural gas is extracted by "fracking," a process that can pollute water, soil and air. Columbia should power its city fleet with its own renewable energy.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Donations to Goodwill yield powerful change

MERS/Goodwill programs give clients not only employment but also renewed confidence, hope, independence, responsibility and more. The organization receives annual funding from grants and other sources, but in-kind donations make up one-third of its revenue.