MU Music School gift to help Columbia become center for music composition

Arts supporter and musician Jeanne Sinquefield and her husband, Rex, gave $1 million to the MU School of Music, which will, among other things, create full scholarships, assistantships and a summer music festival.

BOONE LIFE: Dancing with 'Wild Older Women'

Retiree Fred West spends his free time line dancing at various locales in mid-Missouri. He is the lone male in a group of female senior citizen line dancers who call themselves "Wild Older Women."

Taste of Mid-Missouri to feature several new restaurants

The 24th annual Taste of Mid-Missouri features delicious fare from both new and old restaurants in Columbia.

Effects of climate change in Missouri take root

Temperatures have been rising slowly over the past several decades in Missouri, causing cardinals to sing sooner, some birds to move northward and different species of plants to thrive in more northern climates. Scientists say now is the time to take action.

What is Purim?

Parents and children gathered Sunday to celebrate this year's Purim carnival at Congregation Beth Shalom.

No joke: 'Real World' audition challenges reality TV perceptions

A Missourian reporter learns first-hand that reality TV has some truth to it — and, so far, he's made it to the third round of casting.

Father of dead soldier investigates daughter's death

Army Pfc. LaVena Johnson's death in Iraq in 2005 was ruled as a suicide by Army investigators, however, her family is reveiwing evidence and death scene photos, which they think point to signs of murder and possibly sexual assualt.

Columbia Regional Hospital to receive baby sleepers from 4-H members

Members of the MU Extension 4-H are sewing baby sleepers for the Columbia Regional Hospital. These sleepers reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and help teach parents proper swaddling techniques.

Parking causes problems for downtown churches

Parking downtown is a struggle for churchgoers, especially during festival and football game weekends.

FBI raid, lawsuit threaten Angel Food Ministries reputation

Questions have been raised about Angel Food Ministries, a non-denominational Christian charity that sells low-cost food boxes, after an FBI raid on the group's headquarters. The charity is also facing a lawsuit filed by two of its board members.

Columbia's churches give financial advice

These are bad times for the economy, so Columbians are turning to churches to get help managing their money.

Blind artist: 'Painting is seeing for me'

Artist John Bramblitt has lived in darkness since 2001, but he still sees in color. Bramblitt is in Columbia this week giving workshops for artists, students and teachers as part of the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology's "Driven" exhibit. The exhibit showcases the work of artists with disabilities.

Plenty of live weekend music planned for Columbia

Columbia is set to be rich with live music this weekend, including orchestras and a jazz ensemble. Two master classes are part of the lineup.

History's Closet full of treasured items for public display

Usually in storage, a noteworthy cross-section of historical clothing will be presented to raise money for the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection.

Activity pyramid offers guideline to exercise

An MU professor and fitness specialist with MU Extension helped develop the pyramid to simplify new government exercise information.

BOONE LIFE: There's no place like this home

The Worleys live in a small house filled with memories and collectibles.

True/False looks ahead after "fantastic growth" in attendance

Festival co-director David Wilson estimated 23,000 tickets were sold at last weekend's film festival, up nearly 5,000 tickets from last year.

True/False offers intimacy other festivals lack

 Festival veterans weigh in on what gives True/False the edge over other screenings.

True/False moviegoers enjoy field trip to secret showing

Moviegoers watched a secret screening at the "Reel Gone Round-Up," a True/False Film Festival event. The showing took place in the Bull Pen livestock barn Sunday morning.

KaShaye Mathews exceeds expectations in overcoming autism

KaShaye Mathews, 15, of Columbia has learned to excel in ways doctors who diagnosed her with autism never thought possible.