Boone Life

Empire Roller Rink owner reflects on Columbia's families

Willie Trent has stories about skaters of all ages. Trent's father opened the rink in 1938, and his wife teaches skating lessons there.

Engaging People: Grant Blackwell

A local artist and self-made man, Grant Blackwell travels Columbia's Ninth Street, putting his soul onto paper.

Engaging People: Jerry Rowden

Jerry’s Instrument Repair is a one-man show — Jerry Rowden is the owner, proprietor, accountant, head repairman and customer service representative. Rowden has been working with musical instruments since fifth grade when he began playing trumpet in band.

ENGAGING PEOPLE: Sixth-grader learns how to grow up green

Sydney Hemwall grows up on a sustainable, organic farm her parents started five years ago in Pierpont.

Engaging People: Kenneth Greene, custom jeweler, is just playing

Kenneth Greene owns Monarch Jewelry, 1019 E. Walnut St., and teaches at William Woods University.

BOONE LIFE: In the summer, James ‘Trey’ Aldridge III becomes a hot-dog man

James "Trey" Aldridge III spends the summer selling — and smelling like — hot dogs.

Participants taste victory at Boone County Fair barbecue contest

Blowin' Smoke Barbecue became the first-ever People's Choice barbecue contest winner at the Boone County Fair.

Former midwife switches from audience member to actor

After attending an improvisational comedy show, DeeDee Folkerts, a former midwife in Boone County, decided it was time for a career change. Today, she participates in improv comedy, acts in scripted plays and is a founding member of a local theater company.

Lucy's Burgers and Beverages owner retires after 51 years

The 82-year-old has spent most of her life in mid-Missouri. She opened Lucy’s in 1957 with her late husband, Hank.

Humane trapping teaches compassion and responsibility

Humane trapping of animals brings family and Columbia together.

Arborists work to preserve McBaine bur oak tree

Arborists have been taking wood samples from the popular McBaine oak tree, using them to create little clone trees called grafts in order to preserve the 350-year-old tree's DNA. 

Columbia couple answers call for taxi service

With 17 years in the pizza business, Rick and Betsy Lacy moved to Columbia more than year ago to set up a pizzeria. But with competition so stiff, the couple decided to start their own taxi company, Rick's Taxi.

EngagingPeople: Ian Thomas

Thomas has only driven a car about 20 times in the last year. He said he thinks it makes more sense to ride a bike or walk, especially for short distances.

BOONE LIFE: Elvis impersonator enjoys performing, living in Columbia

After a life performing in New York City, Mario Manzini, 45, enjoys being in Columbia and using it as a home base for his shows.

BOONE LIFE: Racing fan mows his support

Going along Highway H on the way to the Columbia Regional Airport, one may notice an enormous number 99 – two digits familiar to racing fans around the country especially those in Boone County.

Boone Life: 'River rats' come out to play

After several days of heavy rain, Millersburg resident Darren Crites and his friend Kelley Neal were spotted testing their Jet Skis in what used to be a parking lot. The pair was accompanied by Crites' dog Chloe, who had to wait in the truck while the adults had their fun.

Motorcycle repair runs in the family

Rock and Raymond Palmer, father and son, are doing what they love together. They are Harley Davidson virtuosos and operate R & R Cycles in Centralia to prove it.

Cambodian New Year adds religious diversity to Easter weekend

The Wat Angkor Cambodian Buddhist Temple near Hallsville on Old Highway 63 hosted celebrations for the Cambodian New Year festival over the weekend. Called Chol Chnam Thmey in the Khmer language, the Cambodian New Year usually falls on April 13.

BOONE LIFE: Friendship, hard work reap tasty rewards

People have been flocking to Centralia's Robin's Nest Café, the newly-realized dream of longtime friends Robin Potter and Linda Cunningham.

BOONE LIFE: Father, son welcome in spring with game of hoops

For all of Rocheport's charms, the best thing boils down to this simple act of love between a father and his son.