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Fine arts showcased for Columbia fifth-graders at district extravaganza

Elementary school students listen to middle school students from the MS Honor Concert Band perform in the Missouri Theatre on Thursday as part of the Columbia Public Schools District Extravaganza. The performance introduced the elementary students to various instruments, which they will have the option to play in middle school.

More than 1,200 Columbia Public Schools fifth-graders joined hundreds of middle and high school art performers downtown Thursday for the district Fine Arts Extravaganza.

The science behind ice on the Missouri River

The Big Muddy was running white with ice this week, but warmer temperatures are expected to reduce the coverage by the weekend.

Columbia artist Kerry Hirth paints the music she hears

Kerry Hirth has synesthesia, a neurological condition in which one sensory experience will stimulate another sense. Hirth sees music in terms of color and uses that experience to create art.

First night of Hanukkah draws dozens to MU Student Center

Several dozen people gathered around a 9-foot menorah for a lighting ceremony hosted by Chabad of MU and Mid-Missouri.

Recycling Ambassadors volunteer for a greener Columbia

The program requires all ambassadors to attend a two-hour training session, complete 12 hours of community service and to promote a sustainable lifestyle. Volunteers are expected to participate at events such as the hazardous household waste collection.

Mosey off the path to Blackwater, where a cowboy saloon brings history to life

A couple of history lovers and re-enactors created Bucksnort Trading Co. and saloon to help people step back in time to the Wild West.

Infants can learn basic swim skills to save themselves in the water

Parents enroll infants as young as 6 months in swim lessons to learn potentially life saving skills.

Community celebrates Kwanzaa at Saturday festivities

Around 70 people sang, recited poetry and passed around the unity cup during the festivities at Douglass High School.

MU students think of goals for final 27 days of the year

The Missourian asked six women at MU what they hoped to achieve in the final 27 days of the 2014.

From dishwashing to delicacies: Executive chef advocates natural foods, expanded palates

Daniel Pliska, director of catering at MU and top chef in the University Club's kitchen, champions natural foods and leaves a legacy through his writings. 

Columbia couple marries after 13-year engagement

After Missouri's same-sex marriage ban was overturned in Jackson and St. Louis counties earlier this month, Karen Bataille and Becky Plovanich traveled across state lines from Columbia to Carlinville, Illinois, to marry on Friday in the town where Plovanich grew up.

Local tattoo artist inks out past mistakes

The tattoos that Pete Tieman got when he was younger didn't age with him, and he's not the only person to outgrow tattoos.

Karis Church member plans move to Japan to spread Christianity

Drew Glosson plans to join a ministry in Tokyo with a growing Christian community, preach the Gospel and build a network of Christian communities throughout Japan.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: For MU student, learning to adapt is part of the performance

MU graduate student Julie McGinnity hopes to keep performing in operas, but sometimes other people's expectations of her abilities get in her way.

Smurf quartet raises funds downtown

Four locals camped out at the intersection of Broadway and Ninth Street for Job Point's fifth annual Local Celebrity Apprentice Fundraiser on Tuesday.

Living his dream: Local artist brings on a renaissance in printmaking in Missouri

Artist Jeffery Moore started a new life in Columbia after struggling in St. Louis and found a way to connect Columbia with his art and printmaking.

Haskell Indian Nation Dancers travel the country to share culture

The group from Lawrence, Kansas, represents traditions of several tribes and works to preserve Native American culture.

MU student born without forearm tests prosthetics technology in hopes of becoming police officer

Nathan West's brain sends a signal to his nerves, telling them how his lower arm should move. The electrodes then send messages to the prosthetic, which responds to West's direction.

Huffstutter Orchards offers fall volunteer opportunity

For eight years, the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri has partnered with Huffstutter Orchards, about 25 miles west of Columbia, to send apples to impoverished families in 32 counties. The next opportunity to help with their efforts will be Sunday, Sept. 14.

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

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

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