From Readers

FROM READERS: Tolton athletics director welcomes new basketball coach

Tyler Clark will become Tolton's first boys basketball coach. Clark previously coached at New Bloomfield and South Shelby high schools.

FROM READERS: Postcard to my freshman self

At MU's Senior Send Off,  the Missourian asked seniors what advice they would give to their freshmen selves. For the graduates out there, what advice would you have given yourself?


FROM READERS: MU students receive restaurant association scholarships

Each year, the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Missouri Restaurant Association awards scholarships to MU hospitality management majors who have shown exceptional promise in working toward a career in the culinary arts.

FROM READERS: Lunch in the Park program needs volunteers

The program, which serves nutritional lunches to children in Douglass Park each summer, began in 2001 and provides approximately 4,000 meals each year.

Milan fifth-graders share lessons from mom

We asked a class of fifth-graders what their mothers have taught them while they learned about newspapers at the Missourian on Tuesday morning.

FROM READERS: Photos of stormy skies, cowbirds and toadstools

John Hall prefers to take pictures, not be in them. This week he shares his thoughts on photographs of ominous skies, baby birds and toadstools in his front lawn. He also laments about a less than flattering pose captured in a picture that went with a feature article about his effort to preserve the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri Baseball League.

FROM READERS: Oakland Junior High School artists show their works at downtown galleries

As part of the 28th Annual Partners In Education Week, Oakland Junior High School students from Jody Spriggs' classes display their artwork at galleries in downtown.

FROM READERS: Sen. Danforth, Westminster graduate meet again after 20 years

Christopher Ghan met Missouri U.S. Senator Jack Danforth in 1992 as a small child, but 20 years later they met up again at Ghan's college graduation ceremony May 5.

FROM READERS: A reflection of war

Monir Shababi shares her reflections on the luckiest day of her life, when she survived a bombing during the Iran-Iraq war in January 1987. 

FROM READERS: Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia calls new settled minister

The Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, 27, will become the next settled minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. She is the youngest minister in the congregation's 61-year history.

DEAR READER: Your stories make us better

Since 2004, the Missourian has published stories straight from community members on In February, the newspaper took a huge step in bringing those stories to the main website in a new section called From Readers.

From Readers: ShowMe Music Club fundraising for Boys & Girls Town

The ShowMe Music Club is trying to raise money to buy a piano for Boys & Girls Town, an organization devoted to helping neglected or abused children.

FROM READERS: T. Gale Thompson shares his autobiography

T. Gale Thompson has lived in three countries, served in the Army with Elvis Presley, and taught a semester at sea.

FROM READERS: Harrisburg senior signs NCAA letter of intent

Haley Heuer, who will graduate from Harrisburg High School this year, signed a letter of intent to run track with the University of Central Missouri.

FROM READERS: Backyard bluebirds make a housing choice

Missourian reader John Hall shares pictures of the backyard bluebirds he named Lester and Lessie.

FROM READERS: Irises for an artist

John Hall shares photos he provided to a teacher who wanted to use some of the images as inspiration in a painting workshop.

FROM READERS: Silence the Violence attendees reflect on youth and gang violence in Columbia

The Missourian asked attendees: What issues do you think contribute to youth and gang violence in Columbia and how do you plan to silence the violence?


FROM READERS: Good Shepherd Lutheran School celebrates 10th anniversary

The Good Shepherd Lutheran School's Cornerstone Committee hosted a gala dinner and auction to celebrate the school's 10th anniversary.

FROM READERS: Blue jays on parade

John Hall shares pictures of blue jays in his backyard.

FROM READERS: Dinner and movie nights at Centro Latino


Centro Latino is holding spring dinner and movie nights as part of their health literacy program. The dinners look delicious – fresh, hardy, plant-based fare. The films are the sort that prompt much discussion and reflection.