Boone Life

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.

BOONE LIFE: A night out with Dr. Pong

"I love the sound of pingpong in the background,” Erik Morse said. “It was a welcome to find a pingpong table outside at the bar.” Doctor Pong night at Mojo’s in downtown Columbia offered Morse and a couple dozen others the opportunity to play pingpong inside or on the patio while enjoying the electronic music played by disc jockeys Nick Newlin and Chris Bahn.

BOONE LIFE: From harsh winter to budding spring

We met the first April day of sun and pleasant temperatures. An appointment had been made with April’s glorious potential. Spring had undeniably arrived.

In Boone County, we are blessed with a climate that provides the opportunity to experience all four seasons.

BOONE LIFE: Donning the dancing shoes

Chester and Marian Hilgedick navigate a two-step on the gym floor at the Ashland Senior Citizen Prom in perfect time with a grace acquired through 59 years as partners.

The story goes that Marian tagged along with a girlfriend who was going to a dance in Jefferson City. Chester spotted Marian in the room and quickly walked over and asked her to dance with him.

BOONE LIFE: Wii bowling tournament strikes against autism

On a drizzly Friday evening, 6-year-old Duke Newsted was all smiles as he learned how to bowl on a Wii at Jayden Roberts’ Wii Bowling Tournament at Friendship Place Youth Center in Centralia. Nicole Henry and Jordan Roberts, Jayden’s brother, helped teach Duke how to use his hand to control, swing and release the virtual bowling ball. After a few practice swings, Duke was giggling and clapping as he knocked over virtual pins.

BOONE LIFE: Satin & Chenille enchant through the power of love duets

The most elaborate item on the bandstand stage at CAT 3 television studios on the Stephens College campus was a simple black lectern — the kind one finds in high school music rooms and cheap hotel conference areas. Often overlooked, a lectern will typically lead an anonymous life lest it find itself bestowed with a national seal or a religious emblem.

BOONE LIFE: Guitar Hero Tournament rocks Columbia

Families lined up around the block for the second Guitar Hero Tournament on March 15 at the Blue Note.

BOONE LIFE: Small dog, big wins at Columbia Kennel Club dog show

Carly won Best in Show at the Boone County dog show on March 9. Carly travels with her owner and handler to more than a hundred dog shows a year.

BOONE LIFE: Husband and wife befriend, feed stray and feral cats

Christina and David McCullen have been looking after a stray and feral cat colony since 2006

BOONE LIFE: Love and bean soup

A couple that met over 50 years ago at Ashland’s American Legion Post 152 is still active there today.

BOONE LIFE: The gift of art

Expressive first-grader Lisa Zhou inspires classmates with her detailed artwork.

BOONE LIFE: Rocheport couple collects, creates artworks

In addition to their own original work, Christina Reisberg and George Robb II’s collection has grown to include estate jewelry, antique linens, Oriental carpets, Victorian furniture, tintype photographs and sterling silver accessories.

BOONE LIFE: Even in cold weather, disc golf has appeal

Skyler Babcock takes advantage of Oakland Park, one of the city’s two public disc golf courses, even in the dead of winter.

BOONE LIFE: A party for a princess for a day

Wearing gold sparkle eye shadow, a pink dress with swirls and a rhinestone-studded princess crown, Ashton Hall is having her shining moment.

BOONE LIFE: Serving up smiles at Lucy’s Diner in downtown Columbia

Just like ‘Cheers,’ everybody really does know your name at Lucy's Diner.

BOONE LIFE: Cooking up community from scratch

When Kim Phillips and her sister, Stacey Karabegovic, peeked through the cracks in the window coverings of a former ceramics shop on historic Rocheport’s Central Street, they knew that they’d found something special.

BOONE LIFE: School days and play

A busy Columbia family bustles from activity to activity while enjoying together time.

BOONE LIFE: Weaving tales and friendship

As a little girl, Navajo weaver Sarah Natani remembers watching her mother, who was a weaver and potter, work.

BOONE LIFE: Philosophy and Alexander the Great

Sara Chant, an MU philosophy professor, talks about her job and Alexander the Great, one of her five Great Danes.

BOONE LIFE: Divided drivers

Two brothers are brought together despite a difference of opinion on motorcycles.