Special Olympics athletes lift up one another

Athletes from around the state compete in the powerlifting competition at the 2014 Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games. With constant motivation from coaches and one another, the athletes were able to see their training pay off.

Eddie Blaylock trains three athletes who compete in the powerlifting competition at the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games. Rose Quain, James Rennick and Dallas Griffin work to motivate each other in the physical sport, and were able to see their training pay off on Saturday.

Friends at vigil cherish memories of Columbia teen who drowned

More than 100 people gathered Friday night at Nickell Shelter in Cosmo Park for a candlelight vigil in honor of Jose "Eric" Alvarado, the 17-year-old who drowned Thursday night.

Special Olympics gives identical twins chance to branch out

The 14-year-old Dittemore twins used to be inseparable. Now, Special Olympics allows them to explore their competitive sides.

Athletes, volunteers build character, confidence at Special Olympics powerlifting competition

Attending Special Olympics Missouri has inspired personal growth for both athletes and volunteers.

Douglass Athletic Association summer baseball program kicks off season

The Douglass Athletic Association summer baseball program has grown over the past 18 years. The program aims to bring the community together and defy the stigmas that Douglass Park has accumulated.

DEAR READER: Helping readers navigate style changes in the news

The Missourian editors will be examining changes to the Associated Press Stylebook and deciding which to implement with its own style. If you have a revision for us to consider, please send it along by Friday.

Enough signatures gathered by Opus opponents in Columbia, but petition still not validated

Columbia City Clerk Sheela Amin has verified that petitioners have gathered enough signatures to repeal the city's first agreement with Opus Development Co. However, the new petition has not been fully validated yet.

Special Olympics bring joy to volunteer

Jan Stephens was first inspired to get involved with Special Olympics when she took her then 7-year-old son, Larry, to a track for the first time. She has volunteered for Special Olympics Missouri for 28 years.

Battle High School sprinter Ben Brooks wins Spartans' first state title

Battle High School junior sprinter Ben Brooks made history for a freshly-minted school Saturday.

Swimmer raises thousands for Special Olympics Missouri team

With the help of family and supporters, Elizabeth "Libby" Waddell raised $4,090, more than double the required amount. Team Missouri will compete in the Special Olympics National USA Games in New Jersey on June 14-21.

Special Olympics swimmer began career with fun and games

It all started with fun, small games for Zane Zika, who won three gold medals at Saturday's Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games.

Pleasant Hope students battle the 'R-word' in Special Olympics Missouri video contest

Students at Pleasant Hope High School won an all-expenses-paid trip to volunteer at the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games for producing a video speaking out against the derogatory term known as the 'R-word.'


MU High graduates diverse, far-flung class of 2014

Thirteen students received their diplomas at MU High School's 2014 graduation Saturday afternoon. MU High graduate Scott Thuong, who graduated at the age of 14, spoke of how independent study allowed him to pursue his dreams.

10 Missouri track and field athletes advance in NCAA Outdoor Championships

Ten Missouri track and field athletes advanced in the NCAA Outdoor Championships during three days of competition at the NCAA West Regional in Fayetteville, Ark.

Brother supports Special Olympian as volunteer, partner

Over the past four years, Adam Alghalith has become a guardian and coach for his older brother Sami, who has Down syndrome, through volunteering in Sami's Special Olympics competitions.

Berg sisters push each other to gold at Special Olympics

ShyAnn Berg earned three gold medals during the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games on Saturday. But it took some encouragement from her sister, another gold medalist, to get Berg in the pool in the first place.

Volunteers a crucial part of Special Olympics

Numerous college and high school students volunteered to help make this year's Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games run smoothly.


Ronnie Lowe is 'pool shark,' track competitor

Ronnie Lowe has been a fierce competitor since he discovered track and field as an 8-year-old. Lowe participated in multiple track and field events at this weekend's Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games, and his team coach calls him "one of the nicest men you will ever meet."

Missouri wrestler J'den Cox falls in semis at world trials

Missouri wrestler J'den Cox lost 10-2 to Deron Winn in the semifinals of the World Team Trials in Madison, Wis., Saturday morning.

Healthy Athletes Park provides health screenings for Special Olympics participants

Healthy Athletes Park, a Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games program providing a variety of health screenings for participants, aided athletes Saturday at Hickman High School. Professionals offered oral health, podiatry, hygiene and other examinations.