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Big crowds, broken bones and berserk cattle — all in a day's work at the Ashland rodeo

Cowboy hats, frenzied cattle and a big crowd could be seen at the Ashland rodeo Friday.

"Everybody in this business gets hurt," said 12-year rodeo clown Johnny Dudley at the Cattlemen Days Rodeo.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Couple's dance lessons help them stay in rhythm

Patrick Sekarski and Loriana Tisher enjoy taking private lessons at Studio B Dance Center because it helps them grow closer as a couple.

Columbia woman to compete in Miss Africa USA

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.

Columbia resident takes life a step at a time

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.

Columbia man tries to pick up life after storm

Cheston Fox tells his side of the story on the night a massive white oak almost took his life.

 

Alpha Gamma Sigma pledge class reunites, reminisces

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.

Global First Responder connects volunteers to medical care, relief programs

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fifth-grade class graduates at Alpha Hart Elementary School

Fifth-graders and teachers celebrated the end of the Columbia Public Schools' year on Thursday.

How to: Plant flowers in your garden

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.

Specialty in Asian carp brings scientist unexpected fame

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.

After long journey, new mom spends Mother's Day with her preemies

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.

Surgeon from Boonville finds thrill, balance in the cockpit

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 veteran recounts student protests at MU

Vietnam war veteran John Betz shares his memories of watching MU student protests after the Kent State shootings.

Russian pianist brings music to Columbia neighborhood

A Saint Petersburg State Conservatory-educated Russian refugee, Olga Koldobskiy, teaches piano and gives concerts in Columbia.

Glynn Thacker says airbrush painting is ticket to his sobriety

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.

Avid cyclist racks up miles as Park Patrol volunteer on Columbia trails

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.

Columbia Area Career Center students maintain milk crate gardens

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's passion for scuba diving started early, never waned

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.

Columbia pastor balances two Sturgeon churches with declining memberships

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.

Your True/False Film Fest Q-and-A guide

A user-friendly guide to the ins and outs of Columbia's renowned film festival.

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