Boone Life

Tradition, camaraderie attract customers to northern Boone County cafe

Heuer's Country Store and Cafe for 12 years has been a hub for rural residents in northern Boone County.

BOONE LIFE: Rocheport blacksmith carries on age-old trade

George Robb II creates tables, beds, candlesticks, chandeliers and more in his blacksmith shop, built in the garage of his Rocheport home. Blacksmithing is both a challenge and a way to relax for him, a "comforting, relaxing, spiritual thing," he said.

Boone Life: Teenagers enjoy youth duck hunt in McBaine

Two 15-year-olds, Katie Radel and Harper Wright, participated in their first duck hunt this October.

Shakespeare's Pizza to open third location

Shakespeare's Pizza will open its third location on Peachtree Drive in south Columbia

BOONE LIFE: All-female bicycle group makes its own rules

A Columbia-based group of female cyclists enjoys weekly rides around town.

PHOTO GALLERY: Shryocks Callaway Farms and Bass Pro Shop provide entertainment during fall

Visitors from across Missouri explored Shryocks Callaway Farms' corn maze located east of Columbia on Saturday. Others spent their Saturday roasting marshmallows or working on crafts at Bass Pro Shop.

Homeless veterans receive help from MU graduate students

MU graduate students have helped nonprofit organizations receive grants for financial assistance.

National Alpaca Farm Days draw crowds at Binder farm in Mexico, Mo.

Alpacas captivated both Sandra Binder and those who visited her farm Saturday.

BOONE LIFE: Farmer raises increasingly popular elderberries

River Hills Harvest is one of the largest farms for elderberries in the country.

Missouri Muzic Festival comes to Boone County Fairgrounds

Entertainment at the festival will include music, comedy and mixed martial arts.

BOONE LIFE: 'It can be done' attitude makes business successful

Rodney Gaines owns a car washing and detailing business that has stayed open because of his hard work and perseverance.

BOONE LIFE: For race car driver Steve Dieckmann, competition on a budget

"Budget" race car driver Steve Dieckmann relies on sponsorships, secondhand parts and support from his wife to remain competitive on the track.

BOONE LIFE: Ford restorations bring sense of comfort

Bill Willis of Sturgeon is an expert in restoring Fords from as long ago as 1935.

BOONE LIFE: Columbia Paranormal searches for spirits from another realm

The nonprofit investigation outfit inspects the property of clientele who think they could be in the presence of uninvited guests.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2011 Boone County Fair Royalty Competition

The 2011 Boone County Royalty Competition at the Boone County Fair took place July 22. The Boone County Fair runs from July 22 to 30 at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

BOONE LIFE: Couple marks a decade of goat cheesemaking

Ken and Jenn Muno met in Ann Arbor, Mich., while selling cheese at a place called Zingerman's Deli. Today, they own an 80-acre farm with about 60 dairy goats and a thriving cheese business.

State Historical Society to host reception for renowned wildlife photographer

Glenn Chambers will celebrate his longtime photography work from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Boone Life: Columbia metal band defies stereotypes

Creaturezoid, a thrash metal band made up of five best friends, isn't your stereotypical metal band. The group isn't just a bunch of "wasted kids."

Boone Life: Stood up in the octagon

Mixed martial artist Mike Barnett is ready to win his lightweight title. Just as soon as his opponent decides to show up.

Boone County is 10th healthiest county in Missouri

Boone County comes in at No. 10 of 114 in a list of the healthiest counties in Missouri. Although the county's air quality is above average, it still has a ways to go to be on par with national averages in smoking, drinking and obesity.