Ozark towns slog through shutdown as parkland remains closed

Shutting down the federal government has affected those in mid-Missouri. The Current and Jacks Fork rivers have been closed to the public, hurting the economy of the town of Eminence.

Floating companies remained closed for the fourth day in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways as the Eminence mayor and others were seeking answers about access to the Current and Jacks Fork rivers.

Central Missouri Head Start facilities' future unclear if shutdown continues

Central Missouri Community Action's funding contract is not set to expire until May, so its Head Start facilities have not closed. However, they have lost federal funding for food, which could lead to closures.

Columbia gas prices hit lowest point since December

While the average gas price in Missouri was $3.08 per gallon, according to, 37 of 45 Columbia stations tracked by the website showed a pump price of $2.97.

At Columbia bank, video teller a cross between real person and ATM

A video teller was unveiled Friday at the Landmark Bank on Stadium Boulevard and Ash Street. It is the first of its kind in Missouri.

Missouri football fans make predictions for MVP, total wins, more

Only 56 percent of fans polled are impressed with the Tigers' 4-0 start. Check out who they think should be team MVP.

Missouri cross country impresses at Notre Dame

Missouri cross country finishes 11th and 18th at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.

Free flu shots available soon for MU students

The MU Student Health Center is still waiting for its flu shots to be delivered, but when they come in, there will be stations set up on campus to provide them to students.

TIGERS REPORT: Missouri begins SEC play against Vanderbilt

Missouri football will get its first test against a Southeastern Conference opponent  Saturday when it travels to play Vanderbilt.

Pirates ride 'Cole train' to even division series vs. Cardinals

After taking advantage of several Cardinals mistakes Friday, the Pirates head home for Game 3 on Sunday.

Columbia couple donates $1 million to improve public K-12 education

Larry and Brenda Potterfield donated $1 million to a foundation that will award the money to the first Missouri school district to win a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Early morning crash kills Columbia woman, seriously injures another

Heather Cole, 20, of Columbia, died in a crash that happened around 2:30 a.m. in Cooper County. The passenger in the car Cole was driving, Sara Buxton, 20, also of Columbia, was flown to University Hospital in serious condition.

United Way honors 40 companies for fundraising efforts

The Heart of Missouri United Way recognized Boone County Family Resources and Watlow Electric Manufacturing, among others, for fundraising contributions.

Subjects of '100 Ages' project celebrate with community

Members of the Missourian's community outreach team and photographers documented the party. If you'd like to see more, take a look at an album of the event on the Missourian's Facebook page.

DEAR READER: Sorry, this letter is closed due to the federal shutdown

Shuttered offices and websites have shown some of the many ways we’re affected by our federal government. Tell me the shutdown doesn’t touch you, and I’ll suggest you aren’t looking hard enough.

Tolton spoils Harrisburg's first homecoming

The Trailblazers walked away with a 41-0 win — their first victory of the season.

Missouri soccer ties against Vanderbilt

Missouri soccer ends in a 1-1 tie against Vanderbilt on Friday. 

Missouri swimming, diving teams victorious as Show-Me Showdown returns for 9th year

With the Missouri swimming and diving teams winning the title Friday, swimming coach Greg Rhodenbaugh looks to build the program with the help of team leadership.

Stephens College volleyball falls to Peru State

The 3-0 loss drops the Stars to 3-11.

Hickman softball surges past Troy-Buchanan

The Kewpies won 12-3, and coach Courtney Haskell said the win came at a crucial point in the season.

Police investigating Friday morning robbery at Kaldi's

A man entered Kaldi's Coffee through the back door Friday morning and demanded money at gunpoint. No one was injured, the general manager said.