Rock Bridge graduates look forward to future dreams

Rock Bridge graduates walked across the stage at Mizzou Arena on Friday evening and became graduates. The 2013 graduating class of Rock Bridge High School had 570 seniors.

Rock Bridge High School seniors of the 2012-2013 school year say goodbye to high school and are already preparing for what's to come.

Volunteers key to success of Salute to Veterans air show

The annual Memorial Day observance is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Columbia Regional Airport.


Nonbelievers have growing impact in U.S. elections

The Nones, including atheists, agnostics, humanists, non-theists and others, represent a significant portion of the American electorate – one that has the potential for considerable impact on the nation’s politics. How that will happen has yet to be determined.


Missouri softball team ends season with second straight Super Regional loss

Senior ace Chelsea Thomas allowed just two hits to Washington, but with a lack of Missouri offense, a Huskies home run ended up costing Missouri its season.

Columbia residents gain access to free downtown Wi-Fi

Free downtown Wi-Fi provided by the Downtown Community Improvement District will allow visitors and residents of The District alike to utilize Google maps to find their way around and have access to social media networks anywhere they go.

Female shooters join Bianchi Cup competition

Female competitors are becoming more involved in the sport of pistol shooting. That was demonstrated at the 35th annual NRA National Action Pistol Championship. The women on team "Packing in Pink" competed for the first time in the Bianchi Cup and represented a female side to a male-dominated sport.

Three Columbia junior high schools to change names

Jefferson, Oakland and West junior high schools held their last day of class under their current names Friday. Each will become middle schools beginning in the fall.

Columbia Public Schools let out for the summer

Missourian reporters asked elementary school students: "What's the coolest thing you learned this year in school?"

The Go Girl Run races back to Columbia

Columbia's second Go Girl Run has been expected to surpass the number of participants registered during its first year by more than 100 runners. Proceeds will benefit three charities. The race will take place Saturday and is still open to racers who wish to participate.

FROM READERS: Columbia veterans meet with visiting Tuskegee Airman

Gene Robertson talks about his discussions with Charles McGee, one of the last Tuskegee Airmen featured in the movie "Red Tails".

DEAR READER: Journalists are a kind of first responder during disaster coverage

Whether close to home or far away, many people sought out news about Monday's tornado and its tragic aftermath in Moore, Okla. The response adds proof to the need for journalism. Many government or nonprofit officials said during interviews on Monday afternoon that they were getting their information and perspective from news reports, same as everyone else.

Bertha Mae Hendren enjoyed playing cards, gardening

Bertha Mae Hendren of Columbia died Wednesday, May 22, 2013. She was 83.

Bertha Mae Hendren, Aug. 3, 1929 — May 22, 2013

Bertha Mae Hendren worked alongside her husband in the salvage business for 50 years at Hendren’s Salvage. Bertha loved gardening flowers, and she was an avid participating race fan.

World War II hero's medals found inside Goodwill store

A scrap of paper found with the medals told the story of Marine Sgt. James Joseph McKenzie, a former prisoner of war who performed heroism during a heavy artillery barrage from the Japanese in the Philippines.

Washington state's I-5 bridge collapse caused by oversize load

The bridge is used by an average of 71,000 vehicles a day, so the roadblock will cause a major disruption in trade and tourism between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

UPDATE: MU police arrest man who kicked University Hospital employee

MU police arrested Dominque Powell at 10:28 a.m. Friday morning.

Most state park beaches open this weekend

Sixteen beaches will open, including one at Finger Lakes, about a half-hour north of Columbia off Highway 63 N.

Joplin receives grant to build healing garden

The money comes from the Annapolis, Md.-based TKF Foundation's Open Spaces Sacred Places initiative.

FROM READERS: National Merit scholarship winners impart high school wisdom

Two Rock Bridge High School seniors were recently awarded National Merit scholarships. We asked these seniors what they've learned during their years in high school and what advice they would give to incoming students.

Brewers team up on beer to help military families

All proceeds from the beer, which is being released for Memorial Day, will be donated to Operation Homefront, a national group that provides emergency financial assistance to military families.