Young couple competes together at Special Olympics Missouri State Games

Boyfriend and girlfriend Tyrus Cunliffe, 14, and Julia Dyer, 13, share a hug at the Healthy Athlete Park event Saturday inside Hickman High School's gymnasium.

Julia Dyer, 13, and Tyrus Cunliffe, 14, have known each other for almost a decade. They met in a classroom, when Cunliffe was a first-grader and Dyer a kindergartner.


Artists hope their pieces will go to good homes

Artists came from across Missouri and the U.S. to show their work at Art in the Park at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday.

Special Olympics powerlifter shows growth at state competition

Nick Watterson's height may not have earned him the nickname "Big Nick," but his success in Special Olympics powerlifting proves that it is fitting.

After training in motel, La Plata swimmer makes Special Olympics debut

11-year-old Keane Bane won gold in her first-ever Special Olympics swimming race.

Visually impaired twins compete in Special Olympics swimming

Nathan and Ethan Baldwin have competed in several sports despite having retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that could leave them blind as they grow older.

Southwest Dairy Farmers sponsors Special Olympics state games

Based in Sulpher Springs, Texas, the association sponsors Special Olympics Summer Games in a number of states while providing dairy industry education. 

Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games: ‘A family affair’

Gary Wilbers first volunteered at the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games in 1994. Nearly a decade later, Wilbers and his family help out with the games each year.

Special Olympics State Games brings together athletes from across Missouri

Teams from around the state convened in Columbia this weekend to compete in aquatics, powerlifting and more in the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games.


Special Olympics offers free screenings for athletes at Healthy Athlete Park

Special Olympics Missouri organizes Healthy Athlete Park, a clinic where athletes can receive a variety of health screenings at no charge.


Swimmer with cerebral palsy competes at Special Olympics

Rozier has cerebral palsy and limited use of his legs. He swims with just his arms. When not swimming, he uses a wheelchair. 

Kansas City family discovers new community at Special Olympics State Games

The Pineda family has been looking for a disability-friendly community to be a part of. At the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games this weekend, that's what they found.

Nevada, Mo., athlete keeps up family's sports tradition

William Evans won first place in the 100 meter relay at the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games.

Missouri football players volunteer at Special Olympics powerlifting competition

Missouri football player has personal connection as his reason to help out at Special Olympics competitions.

Sports Journalism Institute takes the spotlight

Participants in annual Sports Journalism Institute covered Missouri State Special Olympics on Saturday at venues across Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Animals blessed at horse show

At the Calvary Episcopal Charity Horse Show, animals were blessed by church leaders Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Ashland students learn to work soil at Southern Boone Learning Garden

Since two moms founded the Southern Boone Learning Garden in 2007, it has grown to serve all elementary-aged students in the Southern Boone School District.

Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents modern take on 'Alice in Wonderland'

The Missouri Contemporary Ballet is rolling out a modern adaptation of the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," complete with new choreography, live music and student dancers.

Weather service confirms St. Louis-area tornadoes

Portions of suburban St. Louis and southwest Illinois were hit by tornadoes Friday night, leaving homes damaged and thousands without power but no injuries.

Lois Annette Noel worked for Shelter Insurance for more than 38 years

Lois Annette Noel, 76, died June 1, 2013

Lois Noel worked as a Certified Professional Secretary for Shelter Insurance for over 38 years.