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Former Habitat for Humanity supervisor continues to help novice volunteers

Bob Shannon was in charge of Habitat for Humanity’s construction projects for six years full time. In total, he worked on about 40 to 50 houses at various locations around town. After retiring two and a half years ago, Shannon has been supervising less experienced volunteers two days a week. 

When Thanksgiving dinner takes a wrong turn

If ever an ill-timed kitchen disaster is going to strike, it's around Thanksgiving. But while cooking mishaps can be horrifying when they happen, they can turn into great memories. Here are some Thanksgiving cooking disaster tales, edited from first-person accounts.

Lifelong learning helps combat memory loss

Stimulating classes can help older adults improve their mental health, perhaps reduce the chance of getting Alzheimer's and other debilitating diseases.

Daylight Donuts to have grand opening Wednesday

The doughnut shop will be introducing new menu items at its grand opening ceremony, one month after the store officially opened.

Former KFRU director Claxton shares his stories

As Dan Claxton reflects on his years at the local news-talk station, he recalls work that has meant a lot to him as well as the bug that got him into the business in the first place.

Dinner time strengthens new marriage

A recent study conducted by David Schramm, MU Extension specialist and assistant professor of human development and family studies, revealed balancing jobs with spending time together is the number one challenge among newlywed couples.

Missouri guardsman wrestles with post-traumatic stress disorder

Donnie Hoffmann completes work as part of a VA program called Compensation Work Therapy, which offers veterans a place to sleep, the opportunity to work and the help they need to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

A Marine's tale of three tours

When Michael Fiscella, 27, talks about the war, he talks about the boot camp process — the building up, the tearing down. Thirteen weeks in, Fiscella said his parents noticed a change. “When they visited, they told me I talked different," he said. The entire person changes. “You don’t have to say you're better. You know it. It’s ingrained.” Fiscella's three tours of duty covered the years 2003-2006.

Columbia resident's service with Marines cut short by accident

Matt Aragon served in Iraq with the Marines. After returning to the U.S. and completing 130 days of training to become a squad leader, an accident occurred, after which he was discharged.

MU law student finds comic relief

When he’s not spending hours poring over legal precedents, third-year MU law student Brad Desnoyer is dreaming up the next big comic. His "Scared and Scarred" hit comic book stores late last month as part of the DC Universe Halloween '08 issue.

Fantasy football: More than just a game

Tae Cho and Michael Alexander compete against each other in fantasy football each week.

Students find meaning in politics through art

Rock Bridge High School art students and other Columbia artists create artwork that deconstructs political experiences or beliefs. Some of the work will be featured in a show called "Politically Speaking," which will begin in January at the Columbia Art League.

Environmental film festival makes first appearance in Columbia

The Missouri Prairie Foundation and the Columbia Farmers Market are hosting the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Sunday. The sixth annual national festival is making a tour stop in Columbia for the first time.

'Sophisticated, diverse' crafts to be sold at holiday exhibition

The Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild will hold their 19th annual event this weekend.

Mizzou Masti gears up for 17th India Nite

Dance choreographer Prerana Patel and her friends are making final preparations for their Mizzou Masti performance at India Night on Saturday. They and other student groups from MU's South Asian Students Association participate each year at India Nite, hosted by the Cultural Association of India in Columbia since 1992.

Columbia Civic Orchestra celebrates musical tradition at renovated theatre

The Orchestra will feature a tribute to Scott Joplin, who is known as the "King of Ragtime."

10 tips for saving this Halloween

COLUMBIA — With the downturn in the economy, some families are on smaller Halloween budgets this year.

Columbia neighbors turn lawns into a cemetery

Two neighbors joined forces to create Graves Hill Cemetery on their lawns for Halloween, complete with fog and a mausoleum.

Artists mix music, politics in concert for Obama

The Show-Me Change: A Concert for Obama will kick off Wednesday night at the Missouri Theatre. The musicians say that politics and music have been historically intertwined.

Palin sets eyewear fashion ablaze

Palin’s Kazuo Kawasaki 704s, which visionglasses.com estimates to be $450 without lenses, are selling well nationwide; the demand has even created a surge of less-expensive knockoffs.

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