PHOTO GALLERY: Children experience games, music from other cultures

Children play games at Fun Fest on Wednesday at Flat Branch Park. The fair was themed Around the World this year and had games and performances from many different countries, including China, Belgium and African countries.

Columbia Parks and Recreation hosted Fun Fest on Wednesday at Flat Branch Park.

Bus driver Toni Grayson connects with students

Toni Grayson, 56, has been driving buses for 22 years. For the past year, she has shuttled commuters to MU.

Alpaca owners develop product line

In addition to rugs, their line of products includes winter insoles, scarves, hats, sweaters, iPad covers, e-reader covers, wall hangings and holiday ornaments.

Fire destroys structure in rural area south of Columbia

A Boone County Fire Protection District official said the building was a loss. All people and pets are accounted for and no injuries were reported.

Maneater shifts to once-a-week print publication

The MU student-run independentnewspaper will now publish once a week on Wednesdays, in addition to keeping a continual online presence

Residents ponder future park in southeast Columbia

Residents dropped by the Activity and Recreation Center on Wednesday night to share their opinions about the city's plans for the Gans Creek Recreation Area.

Missouri football's 2014 SEC schedule released

The Southeastern Conference released the 2014 league schedule on Tuesday, completing Missouri's list of opponents for that season.

J. KARL MILLER: Reaction to rodeo clown performance blew incident out of proportion

The resurgence of assigning racial overtones to any incident involving people of color — whether by misunderstanding or with malice aforethought — is tragic.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Embrace our linguistic diversity to strengthen America

Greater and lesser pockets of diversity emerge when one zooms in on the U.S. Census Bureau's map. In California, 44 percent of people don’t speak English at home. In Laredo, Texas, it’s an astounding 92 percent. Here in the heartland, English has a firmer hold. In Kansas, 11 percent of people speak something else at home. In Missouri, it’s only 6 percent.

Police respond to reports of shots fired at Douglass Park

Officers arrived at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday and didn't find anyone involved in a disturbance, Columbia Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard said. No injuries have been reported.

Senior Bowl names 6 Missouri football players to watch list

It includes more than 400 players trying to fill 110 roster spots between the North and South teams in the annual postseason all-star game.

New principal hopes to bring stability to Our Lady of Lourdes school

The fifth new principle in the last six years, Elaine Hassemer, started at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School on Wednesday, and said she plans on staying long enough to make a difference.

MU students say delays in completing Aspen Heights apartments have left them with a mess

About 80 residents are still waiting to settle in to the 972-bed student housing complex that opened this semester.


UPDATE: Sex offense reported on South Providence Road

The incident occurred in the 800 block of South Providence Road, according to a Clery release from the MU Police Department.

Louis 'Ming' Lohman embraced family, farming, canoeing

Louis Maring "Ming" Lohman of Columbia is remembered for his love of family, farming and the outdoors. A city boy from Jefferson City, he always dreamed of becoming a farmer.

Missouri volleyball sets dates for youth league

The Missouri volleyball program's annual Elementary Youth League starts Sept. 9.


Columbia College's Randerson to retire, led adult higher education

As vice president for adult higher education, David "Mike" Randerson is proud of the college's online campus and the accessibility to higher education it provides.

FROM READERS: Columbia couple harnesses the power of the sun

John and Joni O'Connor are concerned about the future of energy, but they believe they've found the solution. The sun.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Get the facts on food stamps

A new farm bill must address the needs of our nation's agricultural industry and the need to cut an increasingly unsustainable national budget.

Public input meeting scheduled for Gans Creek Recreation Area

The meeting will present a plan to develop 50 acres of the Gans Creek Recreation Area, which will eventually cover 320 acres.