Mules take center ring Saturday at Boone County Fair

Thomas Stewart asks his mule to go back into the barn Thursday. Stewart will participate in the Boone County Fair mule show Saturday. He also marched in the Boone County Fair parade with his mules and 100-year-old wagon.

The Boone County Fair Mule show will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Columbia volunteers renovate community activist Almeta Crayton's home

Fairview Road Church of Christ volunteers decided to help Almeta Crayton, the driving force behind charity efforts including the annual Everybody Eats Thanksgiving dinner and food drive.

PHOTO GALLERY: Basketball teams take to the court for Show-Me State Games

Today's games took place at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic and Hickman high schools, the MU Student Recreation Complex and the Southwell Complex at Columbia College.

New officers expected to improve community policing efforts in Columbia

City Manager Mike Matthes said changes to the city's pension plan for police officers has enabled the hiring of three new officers.

Vandalism closes Lincoln Memorial in D.C.

Police discovered green paint splashed on the statute early Friday morning.

MU evaluates test of new alert system

The new alert system through Blackboard Connect seemed to work better than the past program, but still has some problems.

Health department to offer free whooping cough vaccine

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department will offer a free vaccine clinic Saturday morning to prevent the spread of whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria.

Missouri drops one slot in the well-being for children

A national report ranks states based on its ability to provide a healthy environment for children based on 16 indicators. Missouri dropped one place compared to last year, despite improvement in key areas.

FROM READERS: Area high school student reflects on mission trip in Nicaragua

Hickman High School student Luke Troyer shares his experiences from a recent mission trip to Nicaragua.

DEAR READER: Join the Missourian's Readers Board and help us learn more about each other

The board meets monthly to talk about what's most important to the community and how the Missourian should best reflect that. Apply to be a part of it here.

GEORGE KENNEDY: About the next MU chancellor — an outsider isn't always better

The previous outsiders holding the job did not leave much of a legacy when they departed.

Sycamore Creek Farm campers enjoy opportunity to work with alpacas

Campers at Sycamore Creek Farm learn how to work with alpacas and spin fibers into yarn.

Hallsville twins work together to raise, show hogs for Boone County Fair

The parents of A.J. and Olivia Hombs covered the initial start-up costs to buy swine but left the twins responsible for the pigs’ upbringing, as well as their marketing.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A final worthy hunt for criminals of the Holocaust

Fewer elderly Nazis are still living beyond the reach of the law, but even if it’s only a handful, the search for them is worth the effort in the interest of justice and a full historical accounting of how remarkably close the murderous Hitler regime came to realizing its astonishing goal of eradicating of European Jewry.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Walmart ruling may be fair, but it leaves much confusion

Another Walmart will move in to Springfield, despite a citizen referendum.

Shots fired into Jeep in west Columbia

A Jeep parked on the 3300 block of Appalachian Drive was shot in the rear windshield, and officers found five spent casings near the vehicle.

Woman reports burglary in East Walnut Street apartment

The woman woke up to a man who had gotten in her bed and began to touch her sexually, according to the release.

FDA proposes rules to keep produce, cheese and other imports safe

Only 2 percent of that food from 150 countries is inspected by the government at ports and borders. About 50 percent of fruit eaten by Americans and 20 percent of vegetables are imported.

Ethics committee investigating GOP Rep. Michele Bachman

The probe is focused in part on her short-lived presidential bid.

Mo. woman faces charges after severe animal abuse

Bragging about killing dogs on Facebook led to arrest.