Boone Life

BOONE LIFE: Good hits, big smiles accompany grandfather, grandson at shooting range

“Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam!” Jack shoots four in a row at an object in the dirt on the range.

“That got dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt in my eye, eye, eye, eye,” Zach jokes as some dust blows back toward them.

BOONE LIFE: Comic artists burn the midnight oil for 24 Hour Comics Day

About 12 people burned the midnight oil to participate in the international 24 Hour Comics Day at the Quinlan Keep comic book store at 315 N Eighth St. from noon Saturday to noon Sunday.


BOONE LIFE: The looking glass

Santo Noce, 25, became an artist after years of traveling and learning.

BOONE LIFE: Firefighters talk about the station’s quiet ‘personality’

Each fire station has its own personality, say the firefighters who work for the Columbia Fire Department.

BOONE LIFE: Picture-perfect Saturday

Church patrons and Columbia residents crowded into St. Paul AME Church on Saturday to have their pictures taken.

BOONE LIFE: Warehouse-turned-nightclub brings Hispanic culture to McBaine

Salón Azteca opened two months ago in the village southwest of Columbia.

BOONE LIFE: A junk man's heaven

When Don Jordan looks at a broken washing machine or a twisted ladder, he doesn’t see a piece of junk — he sees potential. His Boone County compound is full of relics he's collected over the years.

BOONE LIFE: A father's love

When visiting his 16-month-old son, a young parent gets to see, for the first time, his child walk.

BOONE LIFE: Barbecue restaurant continues neighborhood tradition

Although it has a new name and a new manager, J.R. Barton’s Southern Kitchen and BBQ still relies on good comfort food and a family’s barbecue knowledge to bring in customers.

BOONE LIFE: Easy riders

When it comes to zipping around town, two wheels are better than four if you ask the founding members of the Scooter Sirens, Columbia’s only motor scooter club.

BOONE LIFE: Seamless integration

Ranadhir Mitra, an associate professor in the department of pathology and anatomical sciences at MU’s School of Medicine, is a follower of Hinduism.

BOONE LIFE: Hallsville square dancers cross the generation gap

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with an instrumental jam session, followed by square dance instruction. After a potluck dinner, kids, teenagers and adults begin to line up for the square dancing.

BOONE LIFE: A brand new tradition

Ashland residents flock to Hooligans, a 6-month-old bar, speaking about Hooligans as if it has been in operation their entire lives.

BOONE LIFE: Two parties in one

The Van Sickles’ birthday party is more than just a community social. It’s an opportunity for friends and neighbors to gather in an informal setting, celebrating to the talents of artists from around the state.

BOONE LIFE: Celtic summer

Four students, each double the age of their 28-year-old instructor, Brian Hart, take their seats in a room inside the Unity Center and begin playing a song on tin whistles.

BOONE LIFE: Riding with tomorrow's cowpokes

Eight-year-old Cole Scheetz stands with his hands on his hips next to two stick horses lying on the ground at the Hallsville Fairgrounds stables. Cole looks like a real cowboy with his dirt-covered boots, long blue jeans, belt buckle, cowboy hat and light-blue shirt.

BOONE LIFE: Growing with music

It’s nine in the morning at the Parkade Mall in Columbia. Walk inside and go down a flight of stairs, and in Room 124 parents Nancy Robinson, Valerie Bryant, Julie Telken and Meera Sood sit in the waiting room of Kindermusik with Brenda Haynes, the instructor. A window separates the waiting room and the classroom, which has solid purple walls and a hardwood dance floor. Two-year-olds play with a slew of toys.


BOONE LIFE: Preaching on the prairie

Known as Cowboy Church, a small group of congregants and two church leaders convene each Tuesday evening in front of a small log cabin at the Lambert residence.

BOONE LIFE: Feudal Fun

As Killian Winterwolf puts on his gray helmet, Orion Harman and Rob Howell are already hacking each other with their duct tape-covered swords. Underneath a maroon canopy, one of the modern conveniences that continuously stands unnoticed, Chris Harman weaves wool while Mark Abbott unveils the group’s flag. The fighters’ chain and plate armor jingles and clangs to the pace of their movements.

BOONE LIFE: Life in the small town

John Mellencamp would be at home in Sturgeon