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FROM READERS: Evangelist Aquilla U. Butler is thankful for God's divine favor

Founder of church says "Divine Favor" means “the greatest blessing,” and as she prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, she is praising, celebrating and thanking "my God for the greatest blessing."

FROM READERS: A reader shares his thoughts on Thanksgiving as a Native American

Shane Watson shares his views on Thanksgiving after discovering his Choctaw heritage while he was in high school.

FROM READERS: Thanksgiving service will focus on fellowship and gratitude

Members of this community who would like to take a moment to join in fellowship and briefly share gratitude are invited to a one-hour Thanksgiving Service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, at First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 800 W. Broadway in Columbia.

FROM READERS: A volunteer with Operation Christmas Child shares the deeper meaning of a shoebox

Some kids around the world find more than footwear inside gifted showboxes.

FROM READERS: College students make impact with Relay For Life

American Cancer Society staff member Emily Beydler helps coordinate the University of Missouri's Relay For Life. This year's relay is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 24 on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle. Young people really are making a difference with this event, she said.

FROM READERS: Strength and conditioning coach leaves legacy at MU

Athletes and coworkers write about their respect for Akeem Robinson, a former graduate assistant with Missouri's football and cross country teams, who is now at New Mexico State University.

Readers share hopes for community responses to Ferguson

With a Ferguson grand jury decision on the horizon, community members shared their hopes for how Columbia will respond and move forward.

TELL US: How do you think about your personal safety?

Some people think about how to protect themselves all day every day, but others hardly give it a second thought. Where does your lifestyle fall on the spectrum?

ANY QUESTIONS: Is there a law that regulates how far hunters must be from others' private property when hunting?

A Missourian editor posed the question: Are there any laws regulating how far a hunter has to be from others' private property while hunting? Read what we've found here and submit your own question.

 

FROM READERS: Nursing students share health, one small hand at a time

Nursing student Marina Steinhauer explains how both benefit when nursing students interact with preschoolers.

FROM READERS: Local company, farm work together to bring Columbia fresh food

Columbia residents could have easier access to fresh food with Community Supported Agriculture Distribution programs.

FROM READERS: Nursing student describes life with bipolar disorder

Separately, depression and mania can be crippling. Going through life bouncing between them can be even worse.

FROM READERS: You can't set a personal record every day

A member of the Mizzou Running Club shares a revelation about running and life: You can't set a new personal record every day.

FROM READERS: Jessica Berry provides support, education through hospital advocacy

When a domestic or sexual violence victim seeks help at any Columbia hospital, Jessica Berry is one of the many people on call and ready to help.

FROM READERS: Maplewood Barn already preparing for summer performances

Summer production director applications, due Monday, are available online.

FROM READERS: Celebrating fall with a poem titled 'Leaf'

Local author Nancy Rogers is the author of "Rabbit, Raw: Poems and Short Stories about Rabbits, Relatives and Relationships."

Columbia schools showcase Halloween spirit

Teachers and students at Columbia Public Schools showed off their creativity today with Halloween costumes inspired by apps, books and more.

FROM READERS: Kirksville author talks about what she learned in the Peace Corps

Adventure and service dominated for almost everyone who joined the Peace Corps.  Among the lessons learned: All peoples and individuals are different, all peoples and individuals are the same. If we listen and look for commonalities, we can work and play together with people of all races, cultures and creeds.

 

FROM READERS: MizzouThon volunteers share stories of triumph, tears

Members of MizzouThon leadership share their stories and explain that, good days or bad, it's worth it "for the kids."

FROM READERS: Capturing the beauty of a #CoMoFall

Readers share their favorite spots for leaf-peeping in the Columbia region.

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