DEAR READER: Life stories and family obituaries can be found in one place

Columbia Missourian is beginning the merger between and, of which the family obituaries are the first of "from readers" content to make the switch to Missourian proper.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri gymnastics team competed against University of Denver Friday

The Missouri gymnastics team competed against the Denver Pioneers Friday at Hearnes Center. The Tigers defeated the Pioneers 194.725 to 194.625.

PHOTO GALLERY: Father Tolton girls basketball team defeats Fulton School at St. Albans Friday night

The Father Tolton girls basketball team defeated the Fulton School at St. Albans 25-14 Friday at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School. After the victory over the Eagles, the Trailblazers now have a record of 11-6.

Creative writing program draws author Scott Turow for visit

Best-selling author Scott Turow is scheduled to visit Columbia next month as the John William Distinguished Author for MU's Creative Writing Program Reading Series.

Seven leadership positions filled at Battle High School

Battle High School's staff is beginning to take shape as the Columbia Public School District announces seven new hires from Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools, Oakland Junior High School and Lange Middle School.

Missouri club hockey team honors National Guard

Missouri will face off against Eastern Illinois in "Hockey Loves Heroes" Saturday, with active and former military personnel receiving free admission. 

Rock Bridge girls basketball team keeps winning streak alive

The Bruins defeated top-ranked Incarnate Word 46-39, extending its home game winning streak to 21.

Chinese middle school students usher in Year of the Dragon

Visiting Chinese middle school students performed Friday night at Jesse Auditorium to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. The Chinese New Year falls on Monday this year. 

Hickman basketball uses late-game heroics to topple Raytown South

The Hickman boys basketball team defeated Raytown South 51-48 to earn third place in the Culver Classic at Lee's Summit High School.

Two years later, Citizens United case causes a stir

Two years ago the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision deemed that political groups could receive an unlimited amount of money from corporations for political ads. Eleven protesters met outside the federal court house in Jefferson City on Friday to protest the ruling.

New York fashion designer visits Stephens College

Fashion designer Dayanne Danier's visit to Stephens College includes time with a group of fashion students, along with individual critiques of their designs.

Columbia home sales decrease, prices rise in 2011

The number of homes sold in Columbia reportedly decreased in 2011, while the average price of homes increased. But, Boone County has seen an increase in home sales during December and January, which Columbia Board of Realtors President Kim Coleman said could be a sign of an increase in consumer confidence.

Two MU Veterans Center members to receive service award

Carol Fleisher and Daniel Sewell will be honored Monday with the U.S. Department of Defense's second-highest civilian award.

Outdoorsman loved living life hands-on

Mark "Marty" Esser will be remembered for his hands-on approach to life. He was described as funny, a sweetheart and a great person.

MU Mechanical Aerospace Engineering faculty member remembered for his intellect

Dr. John Bruce Miles was valedictorian of his classes at Rolla High School and Missouri School of Mines.

Columbia transportation project provides mobility to Nicaraguans in need

The Personal Energy Transportation Project, founded in Columbia, sent more than $33,000 worth of donated supplies, including hand-cranked wheelchairs to Nicaragua on Friday.

John Bruce Miles, Feb. 2, 1933 — Jan. 19, 2012, of Columbia

World-renowned conductor and composer to visit Columbia

Organist, conductor and composer Paul Leddington from England will be in Columbia for the Memorial Baptist Church's choral festival. On Sunday he will conduct a free concert.

Mark Duwayne "Marty" Esser, Sept. 2, 1955 — Jan. 17, 2012 of New Franklin

Columbia College recognizes YouZeum benefactors

Columbia College purchased the former health and science museum, and now uses it to house its nursing and online programs. The school offers membership in its President's Society to those who've donated $10,000 or more.