From Readers

FROM READERS: What I learned from moving to South Korea

Elana Sindelar traveled to South Korea her freshman year of college to teach English to elementary students. She explained why she decided to stay: "Letting myself be vulnerable and falling in love with this country and the beautiful people I have met here — it’s the best decision I have ever made."

FROM READERS: Can we teach our kids to stop staring?

A mother hopes other parents will teach their children to not stare at others who are different from them and ask questions instead.

ANY QUESTIONS: Is Costco coming to Columbia?

According to a map on Costco’s official website, the warehouse closest to Columbia is located at 200 Costco Way, St. Peters, Mo.

FROM READERS: Photographer shares Columbia favorites

Nate Brown, manager of external relations at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, shares photos of his favorite places in the Columbia area. Take a look.

ANY QUESTIONS: What happened with the proposed cell tower at Battle High School?

The proposed communications tower would enhance radio, cellular and wireless internet signals, but no action has been taken on the project yet.

FROM READERS: Artrageous Fridays are Artrageously personal

Kate Gunn, the executive director for Argrageous Fridays, explains why she is passionate about local art. The next event is scheduled for Oct. 10-12.

FROM READERS: Homecoming queen candidate raises money for Alzheimer's Association

Although Tristen Shaw's grandmother, who has Alzheimer's, does not always recognize her,  she is the reason Shaw is running for Homecoming queen at Hickman High School. As part of the process, Shaw is raising money for Alzheimer's Association. 

FROM READERS: One smart spider

Reader Joe Dillard recently got a new appreciation for the brilliance of at least one arachnid that has taken up residence at his back door.

TELL US: How is your Internet access outside Columbia?

We want to hear from people who live outside of Columbia and who have trouble accessing the Internet.

FROM READERS: Church program gives second chances

Programs such as Turning Point and Into Action give second chances to the homeless and released prisoners, offering support and a fresh start.


FROM READERS: Playing trumpet is way of life

Jason Mathews has been playing trumpet for 16 years. He says it has taught him lessons about being timely, respectable and hardworking. It also cured his stage fright.

TELL US: Do you know any of Columbia's Vietnam casualties?

Help us create a photographic database with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund of soldiers who gave their lives.

FROM READERS: 9-year-old cuts her hair and supports 2 charities

Leigha Vandegriffe donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love on Sunday at Green Meadows Hair Co. and Spa's annual cut-a-thon. 

TELL US: How is your Internet access?

Missourian reporters would like to paint a picture about Internet experiences in local households and businesses.

FROM READERS: EcoArtFest helps showcase, preserve local arts

Vanessa Leitza, the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy's event planner and coordinator, answers questions about the free event. It's one of two major fundraisers the conservancy holds annually to fund its recording and archiving projects.

FROM READERS: The work (and low pay) of a home care attendant

Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway "walked a day in her shoes" as part of efforts to raise the minimum wage for home care attendants.

Meet some of the fans tailgating the Missouri game against South Dakota State

The Missourian staff members spoke with some fans of Missouri and South Dakota State at the start of tailgating season.

Fans react on Twitter to announcement that Rams cut Michael Sam

Some fans expressed their disappointment on Twitter after the St. Louis Rams announced that former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was cut from the team's roster.

ArtTalk: Growing spiritually free through art

Artist learned to be keenly aware of the critics in her head


FROM READERS: Harvest Hootenanny to celebrate conclusion of growing season

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture is a not-for-profit organization that teaches people how to grow their own food through programs at its Urban Farm, in backyards and in the community.