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.


UM System sees financial health despite lower state funding, curators say

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators' meeting Friday included discussions on bolstering revenue, increasing enrollment, focusing on research, and recruiting and maintaining faculty.

Roots 'N' Blues changes expected to curtail ticket sales

This year, Columbia's annual blues festival is moving to Stephens Lake Park, eliminating its barbecue contest and charging admission. Tickets will cost $40 to $75, depending on the day or days.

Jacob Meadows had appreciation for jazz music, nature

Jacob William Meadows of Ashland died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. He was 17.

Missouri Task Force 1 on alert to aid in Colorado flood relief

The task force has an 80-member team ready for a possible deployment order from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Memorial service set for 'Diamond Dave,' an 'icon' in Columbia

A homeless man and familiar face on Ninth Street, David Tye — better known as "Diamond Dave" — died this week. A memorial service will be held Saturday morning.

Dock diving grows in popularity for active dogs

This weekend at Stephens Lake Park, Paws in the Park will hold dock diving competitions where dogs leap into the water to fetch a prize.

Cardinals take back NL Central lead with win over Mariners

With a 2-1 win over the Seattle on Friday, St. Louis leads the division by one game. The Cardinals are 6-1 on a nine-game homestand.

Man released after detention over suspicious behavior near Shepard Boulevard Elementary

Students noticed the man watching the school's recess, Shepard principal Jacquie Ward said.

Fire causes $40,000 in damage to Columbia home under renovation

The Columbia Fire Department responded to a fire that broke out in an unoccupied home at 604 Florence Ave. on Friday afternoon.

FROM READERS: Act as renaissance-era royalty in Kingdom City fair

Boster Castle offers a chance for people to sing with pirates and play with swords, as the Central Missouri Renaissance Fair will be in Kingdom City this weekend.

Clay Rhodes tweets that it hurts to get his nails painted, and other posts from Tiger football players

Life's little annoyances and music were on the minds of Missouri football players this week. The team isn't playing this weekend but will play against Indiana on Sept. 21.

Eat Healthy, Stay Active! aims to improve health of Head Start children

Central Missouri Community Action and MU medical students are collaborating to bring the California-based program to Columbia. Training for children and families on nutrition and health literacy will begin in the spring.

Rock Bridge volleyball enjoys roster depth, experienced players

With nine seniors on the team, Rock Bridge volleyball coach Robin Sherman gets a lot of help coaching younger players.