Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ: what you should know

Workers prepare Thursday for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

Gear up for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival with information on who's playing, where to go, how to get there and what to bring. And get a preview with our Spotify playlist and video clips.

PHOTO GALLERY: The other Columbia prepares for Missouri Tigers' visit

South Carolina will host the Missouri Tigers on Saturday in Columbia, S.C., in the Tigers' first away game as a member of the SEC.

Journalism scholar, former MU professor John Merrill dies at 88

John Merrill taught at the Missouri School of Journalism from 1964 until 1979, then returned to the school in the early 1990s. He died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in Birmingham, Ala.

Rains bring improvement, but Missouri drought forecast remains bleak

Although a burn ban has been lifted and lawns have become greener, the National Weather Service says the long-term weather prognosis isn't good.

Second-grade students learn about bird banding at Audubon observatory

Second-grade students from four local elementary schools took a field trip to the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary on Thursday.

Montessori preschool at Grant Elementary features public-private partnership

The preschool, which opened in August, gives students in the Grant Elementary School attendance area better access to early childhood education in the face of limited space in existing Title I preschools.

Community Club keeps small but tight knot in Englewood

This fall marks the second year of the renamed Englewood Fall Supper.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing adds faculty to serve students

MU's Sinclair School of Nursing added two full-time and one part-time teaching positions to meet the high demand for nursing degrees.

Columbia School Board discusses school-day schedule changes

Discussing the future of the district's transportation, Superintendent Chris Belcher raised the possibility of a three-tier bell schedule that would change the start and stop times for schools district-wide.

Newly formed Stephens College soccer team prepares for first season

For the first time since joining the American Midwest Conference within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes in 2004, Stephens College has a soccer team. The team will make its debut at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.

FROM READERS: The cost of buying organic

Annette Triplett shares her thoughts on buying organic produce and the difference in cost between buying organic and conventional fruits and vegetables.

Columbia police search for suspect wanted on felony warrants

Columbia police were looking for a man in the area of Fir Place on Thursday afternoon but were unable to locate him.

Columbia College volleyball remains unbeaten in conference play

The Cougars defeated William Woods in three sets, running their regular season American Midwest Conference winning streak to 143 matches.

Rock Bridge softball beats New Franklin with strong offense

The Bruins won 14-0 with two pitchers combining for a one-hitter.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Sequestration would significantly damage defense industry

Budget cuts that are set to begin in January 2013 could have a devastating effect on the American Military and economy. 

Raymond Edward Lee, Sept. 24, 1919-Sept. 19, 2012, of Columbia

Raymond Edward Lee, Sept. 24, 1919-Sept. 19, 2012, of Columbia

Raymond Edward Lee served in World War II, named Boone County roads

A World War II veteran with a history of Boone County involvement died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

FROM READERS: Sign-up begins for Voluntary Action Center Christmas Program

In the program, sponsors provide gifts for children as well as food for the sponsored family. Applications for clients must be received at the VAC office by Oct. 10. The center also needs volunteers to assist with the client application process.

Cardinals' Chris Carpenter to make 2012 debut

Carpenter will make his first start of the season Friday against the Cubs. He's returning less than two months after undergoing surgery to relieve a nerve ailment.

Beltran big in pinch as Cards sweep Astros at home

Beltran snapped a sixth-inning tie with a two-run, pinch-hit double, and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer, powering the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory Thursday that held their cushion in the NL wild card race.