Events to mark Islamic Center of Central Missouri's 30th anniversary

Said Mohamed, second from right, sheikh of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, and other Muslims pray at Maghrib, or evening, prayer on Friday. The center is hosting events for the greater Columbia community in honor of its 30th anniversary.

The Islamic Center of Central Missouri is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a week of events to educate the public on Islam.

Sustainable Living Fair teaches techniques for clean living

Participants at Saturday's Sustainable Living Fair learned how to make rain barrels that converted rain into usable water and toilets that converted feces into fertilizer.

Rock Bridge volleyball wins Rockwood tournament

Rock Bridge defeated MICDS 25-16, 25-20 in the championship game of the Rockwood Summit tournament Saturday.

Paws in the Park attracts participants of the 2- and 4-legged varieties

The Missourian stopped by Paws in the Park on Saturday, taking dozens of pictures of participants — both people and pups.

Thomas Matthew Rush, May 1, 1972 — Sept. 10, 2013

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Royer Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m.Wednesday at the funeral home.

FROM READERS: Woman creates group for parents of children with food allergies

Amy Pope's daughter, Nola, suffers from a slew of food allergies. She has formed a support group in which parents in similar situations can share recipes, plan allergy-friendly play dates and lean on one another.

Rock Bridge softball picks up close wins en route to Capital City Invitational crown

Rock Bridge came from behind to beat Oakville 2-1 in the title game after an extra-inning semifinal in Jefferson City

Columbia College women's cross country wins the Central Missouri Mule Run

The Cougars' Lindsey Martin placed second out of 119 runners with a finish of 14:47.05. Emily Shultz finished in fourth place with a time of 14:49.93. Freshman Riley Fader placed 10th.

Chrome and Bacon car show revs up and sizzles

Saturday's Chrome and Bacon motorcycle and classic car show is evidence that Columbia's car show culture is evolving.


Strongman training a family affair in home gym

Heather Leidy and Ted Collins train for strongman competitions in their garage, which they have turned into a gym. Their 6-year-old daughter, Rain, exercises too, and the family has opened their gym — and their home — to fellow competitors.

DEAR READER: Walking one million steps reaps surprising rewards

Walking for the University's Million Step Pedometer Program meant some extra effort, but it yielded the reward of noticing the things that otherwise go unseen.

Mark Douglas Weaver, July 22, 1960 — Sept. 12, 2013

Memorial Services will be held 6:00 PM Thursday, September 19th at Liberty Baptist Church 7461 N Brown Station Road

Central Missouri Renaissance Festival offers singers, blacksmiths and pretend knights

At the Boster Castle near Kingdom City, dozens of tents lined the walls as actors, singers and magicians entertained visitors and fellow travelers alike.

Thomas Matthew Rush, 41, loved fishing and the outdoors.

Thomas Matthew Rush, beloved husband of Carly and proud father of Alleia, passed away September 10 at his home in Columbia, Mo. He was 41.

Mark Douglas Weaver, 53, was loving husband, friend

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Baptist Church.

Analysis: Russia wants seat back at Mideast table

The U.S. deal with Russia to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons has pulled the Obama administration into deep waters: the Kremlin's long-standing drive to put the brakes on American power and to restore Moscow to its place as a pivotal player in the Middle East.

Syria weapons deal averts U.S. military move for now

The agreement with Russia "provides the opportunity for the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons in a transparent, expeditious and verifiable manner," President Barack Obama says.

In Kansas City, GOP chairman defends plan to shorten presidential primary season

Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus defended plans to limit the number of debates and shorten the campaign season for the 2016 presidential primaries by severely penalizing states and candidates that stray from the national party's guidelines.