From Readers

FROM READERS: A hot day on a Morgan County farm

Garry Teeple photographs frogs thriving in a farm pond amidst lilies that have taken over the water's surface.

FROM READERS: Columbia Beer Enthusiasts organize three upcoming tastings

The Columbia Beer Enthusiasts are holding three upcoming tastings: July 22, Aug. 25 and Sept. 16.

TELL US: What memories do you have of coping with the heat?

Talk in the newsroom Tuesday morning turned to what life was like before the days of widespread central air conditioning — and what life is still like for people who don't have it.

FROM READERS: VAC's Christmas in July highlights year-round needs

Over 300 people gathered at Missouri United Methodist Church on Thursday, July 12 for Voluntary Action Center’s 21st annual Christmas in July Picnic.

FROM READERS: Fundraiser at Plato's Closet benefits Heart of Missouri CASA

By participating in the fundraiser, customers will receive discounts on items at Plato's Closet. 

TELL US: How segregated is the Columbia you live in?

Despite profound societal changes during the past decades, some members of Columbia's Silver and Gold group say that a subtle racial divide still exists. What do you think?

FROM READERS: Columbia Boy Scout troops honor fallen soldier Sterling Wyatt

Sterling Wyatt, a 21-year-old soldier and Rock Bridge High School graduate, died in Afghanistan on Wednesday. Columbia Boy Scout troops honored the Eagle Scout's memory Friday by helping to line the street near Wyatt's family's home with American flags.

FROM READERS: Unleavened pizza crust recipe

Annette Triplett, author of CoMo Homestead, shares a recipe for unleavened pizza crust.

FROM READERS: What is your go-to joke?

We're looking for the funniest jokes Columbia has to offer. Do you have a go-to joke to tell? We want to hear it. Share it in the comments or by sending us an email at

TELL US: What do you wish the community knew more about?

Tell us what stories you think journalists are missing.

FROM READERS: Photos of fire on southbound U.S. 63

Sami Jo Freeman of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association submitted photographs of Tuesday's fire on U.S. 63, which resulted in the road's temporary closure.

FROM READERS: A foggy morning

Photographer Greg Arendall shared his photographs from a foggy morning shoot in Boonville.

FROM READERS: July heat has photographer staying close to home

Missourian reader John Hall has "not left his backyard" because of early July heat. Instead he has spent time photographing his surroundings.

FROM READERS: Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, one year later

Eapen Thampy reflects on the year after he went to Jefferson City to file the first text of the Show-Me-Cannabis Regulation ballot initiative.

FROM READERS: Photo resurrection

Photographer John Hall's camera, which he has playfully named "Miss Nikon," broke earlier this week, and he has had to make due with one of lower quality—until he quickly found a better replacement.

TELL US: What is your view of the American Next?

We want to hear want to hear your hopes, dreams, fears and desires as part of the next generation of Americans.

FROM READERS: For MU student from Ozarks, dreams not defined by perceptions

Zack Martin, a junior at MU, shares his thoughts on growing up in the Ozarks and the stereotypes surrounding it as well as what it means to him to be part of the American Next.

FROM READERS: Photos from an excursion to Diana Bend Conservation Area

Greg Arendall shares his photos of the wildlife he saw at the Diana Bend Conservation Area.

FROM READERS: The ultimate athlete

W. Arthur Mehrhoff, the academic coordinator of the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, reflects on the cultural ideal of arete, noble goals pursued along lines of excellence, as it pertains to athletes today and of years long before.

FROM READERS: Share your shaggy dog tales

Reader Joe G. Dillard shares two humorous shaggy dog stories and has issued a challenge for the rest of us to share ours. What's the best (or worst!) shaggy dog tale you can come up with?