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After successful peanut butter drive, Gentry teacher will shave head

Gentry Middle School students participated in a fundraiser to collect 2,000 jars of peanut butter to donate to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. The peanut butter jars will be used in the food bank's Buddy Pack program, which supplies food for kids who don't have enough food at home.

A food drive for Gentry Middle School collected more than 2,100 jars of peanut butter. The jars will be donated for use in the Buddy Pack program at the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

Rock Bridge boys soccer team defeats Whitfield

The Bruins beat the visiting Warriors 2-0 Wednesday night in their final game before district competition.

Missouri, Texas A&M soccer coaches leave friendship off the field

Missouri's Bryan Blitz and Texas A&M's G Guerrieri have met on the field plenty of times as coaches, but their relationship goes back further than that.

MU Faculty Council to discuss voting rights for non-tenure-track faculty

The proposal before the MU Faculty Council would allow non-tenure-track faculty, who  make up more than one-third of faculty, to vote in decisions affecting university policies.

Tiger Hotel renovation scheduled to be complete by the end of this year

The owner of the downtown landmark showed its rooms to local media Wednesday.

Kentucky succumbs to losses, injuries as Missouri game approaches

Missouri's Homecoming opponent, Kentucky, is playing without its starting quarterback and running back and has struggled on the road this season.

New Columbia fitness studio offers dance-like workouts

Pure Barre — the name of the studio and trend in exercise — is the first to open in Columbia and Missouri.

For Columbia's historic Taylor House, a sudden foreclosure

Boone County Clerk records show former owners Robert and Deborah Tucker bought the house in 1999, investing more than $1 million to return it to its original 1909 floor plan.

Leaning Republican, Missouri's presidential bellwether status fades

Once hotly contested, the Show-Me State is now widely considered reliably conservative in the lead-up to the Nov. 6 presidential election.

Stephens soccer team sports purple to support a different cause

The Stephens College soccer team wore purple during their game on Wednesday in support of a member of the Stephens family affected by Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

UM System campus representatives to develop new strategy plans

Innosight, an innovation consulting firm from Boston, will hold workshops in St. Louis to facilitate this first step on the way to a new UM System strategy statement.

UPDATE: Ashland gas main break caused by workers laying stormwater pipe

A gas main on North Main Street in Ashland leaked at approximately 9:30 a.m. The unmarked, abandoned gas main was hit by city workers laying stormwater pipes, according to a city of Ashland news release. 

Young photographer finds passion in taking pictures of newborns

Billie Stock, a 20-year-old photographer, recently started a studio that specializes in capturing the "flush of infancy."

First Presbyterian will celebrate heritage with Kirkin' o' the Tartan

First Presbyterian Church will hold its first Kirkin' o' the Tartan on Sunday. The traditional event celebrates the Scottish influence on the church.

FROM READERS: Creatures take advantage of warm fall weather

With temperatures reaching the 80s, the weather in Columbia felt more like summer than autumn this week. Missourian reader John Hall shares these photos he took in the  respite from the cold.

UPDATE: Two teenagers arrested after Jefferson Junior High lockdown

Jefferson Junior High School was placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon according to a Columbia Public Schools text.

J. KARL MILLER: In elections, actions speak louder than words

Both President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have traded charges that the other has not provided a plan for the future. However, the president's four-year, less-than-successful record augurs little optimism for the future.

Missouri football: Green-Beckham, receivers still hoping to break out

Many of Missouri's talented receivers have shown a flash of explosiveness in breaking open a big play. Unfortunately, they haven't been able to replicate that success.

DAVID ROSMAN: Who called in the adults?

There was no deviating from the course thanks to Bob Schieffer’s unwillingness to take any grief from Mr. Romney who strove to get in the last word.

NAACP holds forum for candidates in county, state races

Eighteen candidates for a variety of elected positions attended the forum, which was hosted by the NAACP at Second Baptist Church in Columbia.

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