Opening ceremony kicks off Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games

Special Olympics Missouri held the opening ceremony of its annual State Summer Games on Friday night at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

Special Olympics Missouri held the opening ceremony of its annual State Summer Games on Friday night at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

UPDATE: Rain swells creeks, closes roads, floods properties in Boone County

The rain finally cleared out by Saturday morning.

DEAR READER: Battle High School's opening is historic moment for Columbia

Battle High School cost nearly $76 million, a cost equivalent to five new MU softball complexes or six Short Street garages. The Missourian is marking the opening by producing coverage in four ways.

Spring flooding closes roads, bridges

River and highway traffic has been disrupted by flash flooding and persistent rain.

Moberly Middle School finds success in eMINTS laptop program

Two years ago, Moberly Middle School received a grant for student laptops. At the end of next year, the grant money will run out. The district is still trying to figure out what happens next.


GEORGE KENNEDY: Columbia airport can handle traffic without adding more debt

With only three flights each day, the Columbia Regional Airport is capable of accommodating its passengers without the addition of a multimillion-dollar terminal.

FROM READERS: Photos of rain and flooding

Missourian readers have been sending us their views of rain and flooding in Columbia.

Little fallout predicted from Boy Scouts' decision to allow gay Scouts

Columbia activists and former Scouts are praising the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow gay boys to join Scouting. The organization voted May 23 to remove the ban.

Flood waters trap woman in home in northeast Columbia

A woman was rescued from her home in northeast Columbia on Friday morning due to flooding. 

Poodle owner Judy Harris enjoys training her dogs into champions

In 1978, toy poodle owner Judy Harris switched from toys to standard poodles.  Nine dogs later, Harris is now training award-winning poodles to compete in American Kennel Club events.

FROM READERS: Pictures from solo kayaker's journey on the Missouri River

Janet Moreland is sharing updates along the way as she paddles down the river. Here is a dispatch from Gates of the Mountains in Montana.

Calvary Episcopal Charity Horse Show brings equestrian fans to fairgrounds

Competitors and horse enthusiasts gathered at the Central Missouri Events Center to show off their hard work.

I-70 passing lanes near The Links to close intermittently next week

Eastbound and westbound passing lanes of Interstate 70 near The Links apartments will be closed intermittently next week.

SEC meetings end with little scheduling resolution

Presidents and chancellors delayed a decision about potentially moving to a nine-game league schedule.

Alternate route suggested for Battle High dedication ceremony

A dedication ceremony will be held at Muriel Williams Battle High School at 2 p.m. Sunday, a day before summer classes begin. Because of recent rains and nearby construction, an alternate route to the school has been suggested.

Record set for May 31 rainfall in Columbia

A record of 2.51 inches of rain has exceeded the previous record of 1.57 inches in 1969. More rainfall expected Friday afternoon and evening could push the total higher.

Columbia man arrested in connection with fire at vacant house

Columbia resident Arnold Larson, 41,  was arrested on the charge of second-degree arson in connection to a basement fire that occurred in a vacant house May 14 in northeast Columbia.

Art in the Park could be delayed if storms persist

The opening of Art in the Park on Saturday could be postponed because of storms.

Special Olympics Missouri events could be moved

Rain hasn't canceled this weekend's Special Olympics Missouri in Columbia, but some locations might be changed because of rain.

Eleanore L. Geel known for her love of family and poetry

Eleanore L. Geel worked for the Columbia Public School district for more than 30 years. Mrs. Geel died on Thursday, May 30, 2013. She was 93.