Local church hosts conference to promote political discussion

In an effort to encourage people with diverse backgrounds to engage in civil discussions of politics, Missouri United Methodist Church is inviting the Columbia community to participate in their “Civil Dialogue in an Election Year” conference.

BOONE LIFE: Dancerobics class moves and grooves to improve health

Dale White, a dance instructor for 32 years, began holding classes for people who, like herself, hate to exercise. She rents out a room behind the Copper Kettle Restaurant to hold the 40-minute classes at 11 a.m. every Monday and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Volunteering not as hard as it seems

There are more than a few opportunities to volunteer within the community, with openings that will fit your time commitment.

12-year-old 'dog whisperer' volunteers at Humane Society

Zeb Charlton, 12, and his family have become regulars at the Central Missouri Humane Society. Zeb, known as the "dog whisperer," has a way of working with dogs who need extra love and special care.

Team in Training runs to help fight cancer

Volunteers train to run in races and raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Family Health Center tries to reduce patient waiting time

The center has cut its lengthy waiting list by hiring three new health care providers.

Historic Costume Gallery spotlights polyester, other synthetic fashions

The exhibit, called "The Synthetic Evolution: The Rise of Polyester and Other Synthetic Fibers," features garments from the 1920s to the '70s.

MU battles to close rec complex tanning beds

Owners of Tan Time LLC, which operates The Spa, are still operating through a restraining order despite MU's attempt to shut down the service over the summer.



Educators disagree on minimum legal drinking age

More than 100 college presidents signed a petition last month calling for a debate on whether the minimum legal drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18.

Amethyst Initiative pushes for lower drinking age

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and UM System President Gary Forsee both oppose the petition, which calls for the federal drinking age recommendation to be knocked down from 21 to 19.

‘Missouri Through Lens and Palette’ juxtaposes paintings, photos

The exhibit in MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology juxtaposes paintings from the past 100 years and post-1948 photographs from the Missouri Photo Workshop. The exhibit was timed to open just before the Missouri School of Journalism’s centennial celebration, which began Wednesday.

States bicker over legislation on managing the Missouri River

More than 60 years after Congress passed the Flood Control Act that created the reservoir system on the upper Missouri River, it's time to step back and reassess. Conflicting priorities have placed states at odds with those down the river.

Museum’s Free Film Series explores connections through film

The movie "Network" links to the centennial celebration of the Missouri School of Journalism and a new exhibit at the museum, "Missouri through Lens and Palette."

Interfaith community shares ideas on caring for creation

Mid-Missouri churches work to develop disaster response

Since the Missouri Department of Public Safety and Gov. Matt Blunt's Faith-Based Initiative held a symposium in June, several mid-Missouri churches are developing diaster responses in their communities. Attendees of the symposium were encouraged to return to their congregation and pick one of eight human services missions.

Broadway Christian Church minister retires

 Rick Frost will be replaced by and interim minister, Larry Gallamore.

ABCs of Fashion

We all have to get dressed and should know if we're wearing a cowl neck or a halter.

Stephens exhibit showcases women in art prints

Stephens College is marking its anniversary with ‘175 Years of Women in Print,’ an exhibit that charts social change through artistic depictions.

Interfaith group to hold climate change event

Care for Creation is gathering members of the interfaith community to eat ice cream made with solar power and discuss how to involve their community in being good stewards of the earth.

Panelists to discuss religion and politics

A forum titled "Politics and Religion - God in the White House" is being held during MU's School of Journalism centennial, focusing on the involvement of religion in the political arena and the public's views on this trend.