Patricia Simbu Mabengo, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, hopes the pageant will help her raise awareness about rape as a weapon of war and to empower survivors in her homeland.
Despite sometimes debilitating health conditions, Oak Towers resident Linda D. Mitchell remains optimistic and greets her fellow residents with a "Hi, honey," and a smile wherever she goes.
Cheston Fox tells his side of the story on the night a massive white oak almost took his life.
Most of the members from the 1970 Alpha Gamma Sigma pledge class met in Columbia this weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their graduation.
Emergency room physician Adam Beckett has created an online global network for people who want to volunteer on overseas medical relief trips. He and a group of volunteers are about to provide help to people in the world's second-largest refugee camp.
Fifth-graders and teachers celebrated the end of the Columbia Public Schools' year on Thursday.
In order to plant successfully at home, some research is required. According to Michelle Brooks, MU greenhouse coordinator, people should ask questions about the plants they are interested in purchasing while shopping at garden centers.
Research fish biologist and Asian carp expert Duane Chapman has been featured on the Discovery Channel and in National Geographic and the Wall Street Journal.
For Carmen Beck, the road to motherhood was more difficult than she had expected, and when she finally became a mother, her twins were born fighting for their lives.
Bill Kinney is an ear, nose and throat surgeon who spends his spare time flying planes. He says the thrill of flying feels a lot like the work he does in the operating room.
Vietnam war veteran John Betz shares his memories of watching MU student protests after the Kent State shootings.
A Saint Petersburg State Conservatory-educated Russian refugee, Olga Koldobskiy, teaches piano and gives concerts in Columbia.
The Columbia resident has moved from troubled adolescent to member of an itinerant band to aimless hitchhiker, alcoholic, car thief and inmate. Now, he has a job the pays the bills, and he keeps busy by painting.
As a volunteer for the Park Patrol, Chris Ingersoll watches over the Columbia trail system he uses for his daily 20-mile round trip commute to work.
Brook Harlan started a milk crate garden at the Columbia Area Career Center's Culinary Arts school to show students how to grow herbs, fruits and vegetables in almost any location.
Bill Busch has been a scuba diving instructor for 50 years. Teaching scuba diving has given him the opportunity to build strong relationships with his students, who often return to help with his class, even after they have become certified.
Sturgeon was home to seven small churches two decades ago. Now, there are only three, and two of those have seen declining attendance among younger people.
A user-friendly guide to the ins and outs of Columbia's renowned film festival.
Melissa Straw, who has been teaching for more than 20 years, began her music education career in the Southern Boone School District.
Jen Reeves, whose daughter Jordan was born with a left arm that stops just below the elbow, is determined to promote understanding about limb differences.