Sarah Phillips graduated from MU with a degree in journalism. At the end of this summer she is moving to Los Angeles to attend acting school. But before that, she’s filming “Memory, Loss” — a no-budget film home-grown in Columbia.
Minutes after the final bell rang at Ridgeway Elementary School a few weeks ago, fourth-grader Cole Nelson was pressing dirt around the delicate stem of a newly planted flower, a rose turtle head.
Little green thumbs like Cole’s are sprouting up all over Columbia, thanks to students, teachers, volunteers and parents tending elementary school gardens. The idea is to give kids a hands-on learning experience and encourage them to play outside, away from TV and video games.
Before newborns can be adopted, birth parents must legally end their parental rights. The Watson family provides foster care for newborns in their transition from the hospital to their adoptive home.
People in Columbia post their photos on Flickr as a way to connect with other photographers about shared interests.
Former Columbian Jessica Bender will return to her hometown Saturday to show a documentary at the Ragtag Cinema that has been six and a half years in the making.
Some people go to Columbia’s annual Art in the Park for the handmade arts and crafts. Some people go to hear live music. This year, in celebration of the event’s 50th anniversary, organizers want to help the two groups circulate more.
When Kate and Christian Basi’s daughter, Julianna, was born, they said they were in a state of denial that she had Down syndrome. Now, Kate Basi says she would not change her daughter’s condition; Julianna is perfect the way she is.
People suffering psychological challenges can benefit from properly trained service dogs.
“Acting white” is a social offense that minority students are sometimes accused of committing when they try hard to get good grades, read books for fun or join clubs. It is also leveled at students for making the wrong kinds of friends.
A native plant of North America, sunflowers are easy to grow. The flowers come in various colors, and the seeds can be good snacks.
From puffy hats and tams to hanging shawls and hoods, each item of clothing worn at college and university graduation has significance and meaning.
Frances Hayashida lies on a mat in a quiet room as a soothing voice washes over her, guiding her toward a tranquil place.
She listens as the yoga nidra instructor talks her through the emotional and spiritual process of becoming aware and letting go.
As she slips into a serene state, Hayashida is suddenly startled by a familiar sound.
The person next to her snoring.
Statistics reveal the way Columbians live, from favorite foods to voting habits.
Here’s a typical grocery list: ground beef, bread, eggs, grapes, cheese, milk and flour.
Today it would cost $18.28.
In February, it cost $17.57.
Last year, you would have spent $15.08.
It has become painfully obvious that grocery prices are on the rise.
Nicole Wilson was an athlete at MU on both the volleyball and women’s basketball teams.
Ghanaian-born artist El Anatsui illustrates his provocative use of found-object art in his first U.S. solo show.
In Columbia, many people have been here for years, others for just a few months.
Some are just here to attend school, some chose this town to be their home.
But whether you’ve settled here for life or just for a couple of years, the question is this: How well do you know Columbia?
The Missourian asked at least 25 people what makes the city special and collected 15 ways to know you’re a die-hard Columbian.
On the phone, Debbie Dougherty reassures her father she will pick up the medicine for the animals on the way home.
Not the type of academic conversation one would expect for such a well-regarded MU professor of communications.
Debbie and her husband, Tom Clark, are academics, but they are also farmers. They live in Williamsburg, approximately 31 miles from farmhouse porch to her office door in Switzler Hall.
The black sky met the 16 acres of land the Renwicks owned in Hillsboro, 45 miles south of St. Louis.
From her bathroom window, Annette Renwick could no longer see the two horses, five sheep and 11 chickens the family had acquired during the past 16 years.
The next day, the family was leaving for good. They were moving to Columbia.
The Renwick family sold their animals, left the in-ground swimming pool and the home they had built upon 16 acres of land to move from the farm to the city — a place where people live closer together, sit in traffic and wait in long lines at grocery stores at 6 p.m. on weeknights.
Both traded what they knew for something new.