From Readers

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.

#MIZWhereRU? Alumni participate in roll call for MU Homecoming

Former students checked in from across the country. Was your city represented?

FROM READERS: All Saints' Day focuses on family, faith and treats instead of tricks

All Saints' Day can provide an alternative to Halloween that focuses on family and education. Many cultures outside of the U.S. celebrate this day with feasting and remembering the dead in various fashions.

FROM READERS: 5K's help a student work towards personal and charitable goals

The 5K Phreedom run in November is to help veterans and their families as they work to reduce the adverse effects of alcoholism and other drug addictions.

FROM THE NEWSROOM: Meet Alex Menz, assistant director of photography

She loves Disney and portrait photography. Learn more about the Missourian's assistant director of photography in this edition of From the Newsroom.


FROM READERS: We are road warriors

Ian Ford is a motorcycle fanatic. His passion for the road helps him stay sane, but it isn't without its dangers.

FROM READERS: Centralia parents share why they prefer organic food for their family

Heidi and Josh Monroe of Centralia have two daughters and are committed to feeding them mostly organic foods.

FROM READERS: Radio host Emily Larkin pairs with sculptor to support Access Arts

The co-host of Kellogg & Co. with Chris and Emily on KPLA teamed up with sculptor Matt Moyer to support CelebrARTY in support of Access Arts.

FROM READERS: Battle High School student participates in Missouri Boys State

Tate Robert Dempsey was selected on his merits to be in the American Legion Boys State of Missouri.

FROM READERS: How my daughter's life was saved in Rocky Mountain National Park

Chip Sandstedt's daughter made it off a mountain after a health scare, thanks to a device and a fast-acting medical team.

FROM READERS: Knitting proves to be creative, therapeutic pastime

An MU student reveals how knitting can be a therapeutic escape for students who feel overwhelmed with stress.

FROM READERS: Football helps young girl succeed in school

Harrisburg Middle School has three girls on its football team this year, and, for one of them, the success on the field has found its way into the classroom.

Joe Dillard, 'Room 47 Archivist,' shares why he volunteers

Why do you volunteer? One committed reader talked to us about why he shares his time and expertise. Will you share your story?

FROM READERS: Honor Flight proves special for Macon veteran and his wife

Linda Truitt, in a letter to her husband, Jack Truitt, reflects on his participation in Wednesday's Central Missouri Honor Flight and his time serving in the Army during the late 1950s.