MU alumnus Shawn Askinosie sweetens humanitarian efforts with chocolate business

MU alumnus Shawn Akinosie talks about his chocolate business at the MU Law School on Wednesday. Akinosie was a lawyer before he started his business. Some of his chocolates include dark milk chocolate with Ancho chiles and pistachios and dark milk chocolate with black licorice.

Shawn Askinosie started Askinosie Chocolate after 20 years as a successful lawyer. He works directly with farmers to produce the highest quality chocolate and give back to the communities that he works with. 

Subcommittee wants independent contractor to study downtown Columbia infrastructure

The Downtown Leadership Council will review the recommendation Tuesday and decide whether to present it to Columbia City Council.

Jabari Brown remains committed to NBA Draft

Former Missouri basketball player Jabari Brown, who declared for the 2014 NBA Draft on April 2, originally stated that he was not ruling out the possibility of returning to school if he did not like his evaluation from the NBA. He had until April 15 to change his mind. Tuesday, he chose to stay declared for the NBA draft.

BATTLE RISING: Battle High students become witches, wizards in Dumbledore's Army

Students in Dumbledore's Army, a "Harry Potter" club at Battle High School, play a modified version of quidditch, the sport played by characters from the book series.

Columbia Independent School students don Roman garb for Toga Day

The middle and high school students were celebrating the founding of Rome as part of their Latin language studies classes.

Fancher's speed leads Bruins' girls soccer in win against Kewpies

With the help of Haleigh Fancher's 21st-minute goal, the Bruins defeated the Hickman Kewpies 2-0 Wednesday night.

Missouri tennis advances in SEC tournament for first time

The Missouri tennis team did something it had never done before on Wednesday by advancing in the Southeastern Conference tournament. Missouri beat Arkansas, 4-0.

UM System hires risk management firm to address sexual assault policies

By the first week of May, the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management will deliver an independent analysis of each University of Missouri System campus' sexual assault and mental health services.

New gas pipeline reflects Ashland's growth

The town's population has tripled since the 1990s, and city officials don't expect it to stop anytime soon. 

Five family friendly ideas for celebrating Easter

Looking for fun activities this week to mark the upcoming Easter holiday? Here's a rundown of ideas.

Tolton tennis defeats Wentworth Military Academy to remain undefeated

The Tolton tennis team improved its record to 3-0 courtesy of a win over Wentworth Military Academy on Wednesday.

Allegations dismissed in case between Missouri basketball's Earnest Ross and Zach Price

Due to Earnest Ross' absence from court on Wednesday, the hearing involving former teammate Zach Price and Ross' original protection order against Price were dismissed. Ross had filed a protection order against Price to the Boone County Circuit Court on April 2.



No. 13 Missouri softball swept in doubleheader against Iowa

The Tigers lost Game 1, 3-1, and Game 2, 13-9, on Wednesday in Iowa City, Iowa.

Hickman basketball's Chris Clark commits to Moberly

Kewpie basketball star puts Division I on hold. For now.

William George was a craftsman, carpenter who loved 'anything with a wheel'

William Orville George was a mechanic with a passion for woodworking and anything with wheels. He worked at MU for 31 years.

Gene Vance Neff Paterson enjoyed voluteerism, studied at Stephens College

Gene Vance Neff Paterson lived in Columbia for 40 years and was an active member of the community.

Police make arrest in Passions robbery case

Derrick Orlando Webster of Columbia faces a charge for unlawfully concealing a weapon with a bond set at $4,500. He also faces charges of armed criminal action and robbery in the first degree with bonds for both charges still to be set.

Truman's Closet offers clothing rentals for MU students, staff, faculty

Founded last semester, Truman's Closet provides free business attire and formal wear rentals.

FROM READERS: Seventh-graders turn out for first track and field meet

The short season for Columbia's seventh-grade track and field teams has begun. The teams from the area schools gathered last week at Battle High School for the season opening meet.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: E-cigarettes should be treated the same as tobacco products

A Missouri Senate bill could exempt e-cigarettes from current tobacco laws despite limited research suggesting they could have equally adverse effects as traditional cigarettes.