Future MU athletes, twins, graduate from Hickman High School

Hickman High School awarded diplomas to 547 seniors at graduation ceremonies at Mizzou Arena on Thursday.

Among this year's graduates of Hickman High School, twins Bianca and Nicole Mello will run competitively for MU next year. Hickman graduated 547 seniors at its commencement at 6 p.m. Thursday in Mizzou Arena.

MU's Jesse, Swallow and Pickard halls to close for renovations

On Thursday, MU announced a $22.85 million project to renovate Jesse Hall, Swallow Hall and Pickard Hall, sending hundreds of staff and faculty to different buildings on and off the main campus.

Washington beats Missouri in first game of NCAA Softball Super Regionals

Defensive errors by Missouri and late rallies by Washington allowed the Huskies to win the first game of the series 2-1.

Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys

Local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to ease a divisive ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted into the nation's leading youth organization. Gay adults will remain barred from serving as Scout leaders.


Memorial Day Weekend events include parade, air show, mass parachute jump

The Memorial Day Weekend Salute to Veterans Corporation is sponsoring its 25th annual Two-Day Salute to Veterans Airshow at the Columbia Regional Airport. The show will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking will be free.

Chelsea Thomas faces end of career with Missouri softball

With a career ERA of 1.22 and the most strikeouts in Missouri softball history, Chelsea Thomas has led an illustrious college career, but her days as a Tiger are nearing an end.

MU police searching for man who kicked University Hospital employee in shin

An MU police officer was dispatched to University Hospital on Thursday morning after a man demanded money of a hospital employee and then kicked her in the shin.

Abandoned duplex in northeast Columbia burns down

The Boone County Fire Protection District was called to a fire at an abandoned duplex at 4:20 p.m. Thursday. No one was hurt, but the investigation is ongoing to determine the cause.

PHOTO GALLERY: 35th annual Bianchi Cup pistol competition continues through Saturday

The 35th annual Bianchi Cup pistol competition opened Wednesday at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club in Hallsville. The event, is one of the most prestigious pistol competitions in the world, continues through Saturday.

Columbia residents targeted by donation scammers

After Monday's Oklahoma tornado, Columbia residents have received calls from scammers claiming to be from the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

Barbershop offers beer with its buzzes

John Liner get his hair cut by barber Seth Reynolds while drinking a beer at The Buzz Barbershop on Thursday. The Buzz Barbershop is unique to downtown Columbia in that it serves beer for $2 each to customers as they are getting a haircut.

Nonreligious mother talks about respect for family's faith

By definition, Ellie Ragland is an atheist, a word that annoys her. She finds atheism to be an adversarial word that presumes a God to begin with. She prefers “non-believer” because how could she be against a God that doesn’t exist?

Rock Bridge baseball ends season with loss in state quarterfinals

The Bruins lost 3-2 to Willard on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Class 5 state tournament.

Michele Dillehay 'Ma Gna-nadevi Ananda,' Jan. 11 1956 — May 10, 2013

Michele Dillehay, who changed her name to Ma Gna-nadevi Ananda, was an avionics technician from Oklahoma City who served in Iraq, died Friday, May 10, 2013. She was 57.



SEC's Slive still focused on future after big changes

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has checked off two huge items from his to-do list: completing the admission of Missouri and Texas A&M and cutting a deal for an SEC Network.

Michele Dillehay, Jan. 11, 1956 — May 10, 2013

Michele Dillehay served in Iraq as a civilian aircraft technician during "Operation Iraqi Freedom."

Fulton man charged with sexually assaulting 5-year-old girl

Randy W. Woods, 27, was charged with two counts of statutory sodomy in connection with an assault that occurred earlier this month at Green Hills Trailer Court, north of Columbia.

FROM READERS: Hickman Lacrosse wraps up its season with a banquet

The Hickman varsity lacrosse team finished its season with win-loss record of 4-9. Hickman alumni players are invited to play during the alumni game at 4 p.m. June 2 at the Activity and Recreation Center field.

Manchester City rallies to beat Chelsea in St. Louis exhibition

Micah Richards scored in extra time to cap a four-goal comeback for Manchester City in a 4-3 victory over rival Chelsea on Thursday night in the opener of a two-city U.S. tour.

Home runs sink Royals' Santana

Ervin Santana struck out eight, but he also gave up four home runs and Kansas City lost to the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Thursday night.