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Boone Life

Detective Jeff Westbrook retires from Columbia Police Department after 22 years

Detective Jeff Westbrook, a lifelong resident of Columbia, has retired from the Columbia Police Department after 22 years of service. He is one of the founding fathers of the Domestic Violence Enforcement Unit.

Columbia firefighters organize benefit for injured colleague

The car wash will be hosted by Boone County firefighters on Saturday at Fire Station 12. Proceeds will benefit Keith Null, a volunteer firefighter who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in May.

Ragtime documentary to be filmed during 'Blind' Boone Festival

Pianist and composer Reginald Robinson is attending the J.W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival to show clips from his in-the-works ragtime documentary. He will be interviewing historians at the festival and featuring Columbia in his documentary.

Power for Boone County residents affected by storm

A lightning strike is the likely cause of the outage that affected 934 customers of the Boone Electric Cooperative.

Boone County Fairgrounds hosts state barrel racing championships

The finals of the Missouri State Champshionships were held Sunday afternoon with the fastest time of 13.7 seconds.

Nixon orders flags at half-staff for Pfc. Fingar

A release from the governor's office said flags will be at half staff in Missouri on May 31, the day of Pfc. Jason Fingar's funeral. Flags in Boone County will remain at half-staff for the following week.

Photos of the week: May 23-28

Pedaler's Jamboree expected to bring 800 to Katy Trail

This weekend's Pedaler's Jamboree, along with the Katy Trail Celebration Ride and Torch Relay, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Katy Trail. Riders can still sign up for the jamboree Saturday morning.

Columbia Farmers Market expands with three new locations

Forum Christian Church is the new south location for the Columbia Farmers Market. It will be open on Thursday afternoons until the end of October.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Housing Authority's second annual Planting Day brings flowers, vegetables

Theresa Churchhill prepares her home garden for the second annual Columbia Housing Authority Planting Day.

Bike, Walk & Wheel Week breakfast serves hundreds

Breakfast Station Day, hosted at 12 locations around Columbia, was part of a week-long event sponsored by GetAbout Columbia in partnership with PedNet.

BOONE LIFE: Boone County church transcends race, language barrier

The International Community Church upholds diversity by translating services into multiple languages.

BOONE LIFE: Welcome Home Inc. provides shelter for veterans

One woman is helping lead the crusade against homelessness among veterans in Columbia through Welcome Home Inc.

BOONE LIFE: Hallsville contractor's business steady despite economic downturn

Contractor William Stone cites his strong reputation in the community as key to his success in an economy that's been particularly rough on construction-related work.

SLIDESHOW: Family helps treat, learns from son's autism

Josh Basye, 4, was diagnosed with autism a year ago. He is one of an increasing number of children with autism in the United States. About 1 percent of children in Boone County have autism.

Dog-grooming business started at 17 still going strong

A Boone County native lives her dream of working with animals.

BOONE LIFE: Cambodian Buddhist monk a spiritual leader

Mey Savann is the only Cambodian Buddhist monk who lives and practices in Missouri.

BOONE LIFE: Older residents have a hard time finding employment

Across the board, older citizens are having difficulty finding part-time employment. Cheryl Wade-Coleman is one such citizen in Columbia.

BOONE LIFE: A 4-H project that went berserk

Missouri has the second largest population of beef cattle in the United States, so spring is a busy time for Missouri beef farmers.

BOONE LIFE: Couple works to raise children in a bilingual home

Immigrants from Mexico find reluctant acceptance from non-Spanish speakers to be a confusing aspect of life in America

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