Humanist minister performs services for nonreligious

Gale Fuller became a minister with the American Humanist Association in 1987. He is the only humanist celebrant in Missouri, according to the association's website.

Gale Fuller has been a circus performer, a Navy corpsman, a teacher and, for the last 30 years, a humanist minister. In this capacity he has officiated about 200 wedding ceremonies.


Making prosthetics blends art with science

Tracy Ell crafts prosthetics at Mid-Mo Orthotics and Prosthetics. For Ell, who has always loved building and sculpting, his natural ability for creation has enabled him to help others.

SPECIAL SECTION: Dawn breaks on Battle High

The Missourian took an in-depth look at the new high school and heard from students, teachers and administrators about their hopes for the school.

Columbia Transit proposes overhaul of bus system

The proposal, CoMo Connect, includes 35 connection points along nine routes throughout Columbia.


New name, new identity for Columbia students when Battle High opens

As fall ushers in a new school year, Columbia students will have a new name to use as an identity: Muriel Williams Battle High School.


Martial arts provides physical, mental outlet for autistic child

Physical activity helps Thomas Matthews, 10, improve his focus and muscle tone, things that are often a struggle for children with autism.

Missouri softball can't slack off for NCAA Super Regionals

The Tigers ended last season in the Super Regionals and missed the Women’s College World Series. Their coach hopes that doesn't happen again.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fairview Elementary students enjoy Field Day fun

Elementary students enjoyed games, snacks and sunshine during Fairview's Field Day activities on Wednesday.

Mildred Kennedy worked at MU for more than 30 years

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home at 1217 Business Loop 70 E, followed by the services at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Carol Sapp known for her gardening, interior decorating projects

Mrs. Sapp died Friday, May 10, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. She was 68.

DAVID ROSMAN: Prayer in public schools crosses constitutional line

Two school districts have hosted prayer meetings, despite the Constitution is clear that the government, from local to federal, cannot promote or establish a religion.


Missouri baseball ends season with 17-inning loss at SEC tournament

Mississippi State scored on a two-out single in the 17th inning to beat Missouri 2-1 early Wednesday morning in the opening round of the SEC baseball tournament.

Scammers call for utility payments

The Columbia Police Department is warning utility customers not to comply with any requests to make payments via phone.

Tennis just one of many endeavors for Stephens player

Stephens College tennis player Dina Kaissi, a Hickman graduate, is studying hard to get accepted to medical school.


Wanda Incle shared bond with sisters, family

Wanda Faye Edwards Incle was a passionate Jehovah's Witness and enjoyed scary movies that featured aliens.

Maxine Worley contributed to her family and community

The visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 110 Main St. in Sweet Springs, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m.

Stephanie Jo Potter was a nurse, avid quilter

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E 79th St., Tulsa, OK, 74133. 

Stephanie Jo Potter, July 17, 1961 — May 20, 2013

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E 79th St., Tulsa, OK 74133.

Maxine Jeanette Frerking Worley, Jan. 11, 1926 — May 21, 2013

Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at the church.

Wanda Faye Edwards Incle, Jan. 13, 1951 — May 18, 2013

Visitation will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Blue Springs at 10:45 a.m. on May 25. Services will be held immediately following visitation.