Hero Awards honor those who have given back in the past year

Recipients of the twelfth annual Columbia Daily Tribune Hero Awards were honored at a ceremony at the Stoney Creek Inn. The seven winning volunteers and 36 nominees gathered with their families and friends to celebrate their hours of service to the Columbia community.

'Angels in America' playwright Tony Kushner discusses homosexuality, theater

On Wednesday afternoon at a conference called “Angels in Performance: Documenting LGBTQ Lives in Theatre and Performance,"MU theater professor David Crespy interviewed Kushner at the Rhynsburger Theatre.

Local man wins Individual Volunteer of the Year for work with autism

John Cleek's autistic son has been a motivation for his work over the last decade. Cleek won the Columbia Daily Tribune's Hero Award for Individual Volunteer of the Year at Tuesday's reception.

Columbia College professor Nathan Means receives Fulbright to Uruguay

After years of volunteering, research and teaching, associate professor Nathan Means will spend this fall in Uruguay on a Fulbright scholarship. He is the first full-time faculty member to receive a Fulbright while working at Columbia College.

PHOTO GALLERY: Game night at Valhalla's Gate draws players

All are welcome at game night every Tuesday at Valhalla's Gate.

Honor Flight takes Missouri veterans to war memorials in Washington

The non-profit Central Missouri Honor Flight has flown more than 1,000 veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials.

PHOTO GALLERY: Papa Goat and the Three Kids wins Iron Chef Mizzou contest

Four teams of students headed by professional chefs competed Wednesday in Iron Chef Mizzou at Bengal Lair at Memorial Union.

Matt Echelmeier tries brother's old role for Rock Bridge golf

Matt Echelmeier tees off second for the Bruins, a spot once held by his older brother, Will Echelmeier, who now plays for Missouri.

NFL Draft puts Missouri's McGriff-Culver at a crossroads

With the help of his mother, Jared McGriff-Culver is coming to grips with the reality that his football career might be over after this weekend.

UPDATE: Missouri House backs income tax cut, sales tax hike

Missouri's Republican-led House voted Wednesday to slice income taxes for individuals and businesses while imposing a higher sales tax that would fund schools and road. The legislation would mark the most significant change to Missouri's tax code in at least a couple of decades.

Columbia man found guilty of 2011 Ellis Library arson

Christopher Kelley was found guilty of two federal counts of arson for setting fire to MU's Ellis Library and a Stephens College building in 2011. Kelley could face up to 20 years in prison for the crimes.

DAVID ROSMAN: Should Big Brother be watching Columbia more?

While public and private security cameras have minimal effect deterring crime, they do aid in the capture of criminals. Does this advantage outweigh our expectations to privacy?

J. KARL MILLER: Earth Day, a fad or necessary?

Earth Day has evolved into little more than a “feel good” exercise in pop environmentalism, embraced largely by those with negligible scientific or agricultural experience.

Boyken takes command in net for Rock Bridge girls soccer

With senior Aubrie Cornell out with an injury, Madison Boyken is now the Bruins' starting goalkeeper.

Missouri baseball team couldn't overcome Missouri State's pitching

Five different Tigers pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts, but it was the lack of offense that led to a 4-2 loss to the Bears on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium.

Hickman girls soccer continues streak with win over Rock Bridge

Hickman assistant coach Adam Taylor said the intense atmosphere of the rivalry game brought out the best in the Kewpies players for a 3-1 victory that marked their fifth straight win.

Tiger Academy youth gymnastics program to find new home

The Tiger Academy of Gymnastics, one of Columbia's largest youth gymnastics clubs, has practiced out of MU's Tiger Performance Complex since the facility opened in October of 2011. But come Aug. 31, it will no longer be able to use the home of the Missouri gymnastics team.

Missouri softball splits double-header with Western Kentucky

While the Tigers' No. 2 and 3 pitchers had strong performances, the team's lack of enthusiasm led to a split double-header against Western Kentucky on Wednesday.

Cowan's two home runs power Hickman baseball team over Smith-Cotton

The Kewpies had few problems with the Tigers' pitching on their way to their fourth straight win. 

Charles F. Pinney Jr. proudly served country in World War II

Charles F. Pinney Jr. died Tuesday, April 23. He was 92. He worked at Boeing for 30 years.