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.
It took John Robinson more than 10 years, 250,000 miles of road and 8,000 gallons of gas to cover all of the back roads of Missouri. He recounts his adventures in two books — the second was released in November.
There is no typical day for a fish biologist. One day, Finley might be in the field collecting fish samples for surveys. Another day, he is helping crews on the Missouri River with pallid sturgeon recovery. Sometimes he is in his office, completing paperwork.
Retired missionaries Linda and Dennis Messimer minister to international students at the Christian Campus House. They spent 38 years abroad.
Even as a little girl, Anna Kleinsorge knew she wanted her own children. When she hit 29, she decided she was done waiting. So she posted an ad on Craigslist and waited for her pay-as-you-go phone to ring. The response hasn't been quite what she had hoped for.
MU student Alex Fischler published a book about verbal and emotional abuse and gives tips on how to heal.
Michele Spry pays it forward with random acts of kindness. She hopes to create a chain reaction of generosity through these acts.
Go-go dancers such as the CoMeow Kittens are hired to dance on stage and hype up or entertain a crowd at clubs or raves. They engage the audience and add visuals to the music, Slavit said. She says they are performers, not eye candy.
Most of the woodworkers and other volunteers make the cars as part of a charitable act. The practice of making the cars started as a fulfillment of the woodworkers' association's motto of promoting quality woodworking in a safe way.
The Pierpont Store Coffee Club meets every morning around 6:30 a.m., and members chat about their daily lives, sports, politics and anything else on their minds. On Wednesday, discussion revolved around repairing lawn mowers, the Cardinals' game and a friend's trip to Hannibal.
About 50 MU international students carried the flags of their home countries — which included China, Vietnam, Israel, Iran and Great Britain — Tuesday morning from Jesse Hall to Lowry Mall as part of MU International Day celebrations.
Non-profit Commemorative Air Force brought two World War II bombers for tours and rides to the Columbia Regional Airport on Saturday.
Daniel Woodrell, author of "Winter's Bone," said his cancer changed his outlook on writing. He said he doesn't think his new book will be as pessimistic as his previous books.
Jacob Best started working with horses as a child because his mother owned several, and his daily chores included cleaning out the horses stalls, which he said was less than glamorous.
Two book exchanges opened this week, one on Crestland Avenue and the other nearby on West Rollins Road. Run on the "trust system," the little libraries allow anyone to walk up and borrow a book.
Last year, 20 people drowned in Missouri — all of them in unguarded swimming areas. Even when there are witnesses, the untrained eye doesn't always spot drowning.
When two friends threw away the recipe books and started their own barbecue tradition in Harrisburg, they had no idea what would happen. Their success has exceeded their dreams by a country mile.
In 1978, toy poodle owner Judy Harris switched from toys to standard poodles. Nine dogs later, Harris is now training award-winning poodles to compete in American Kennel Club events.
The Harry Potter-themed event included magical activities like wand decorating and a gnome toss to raise money for The Eliminate Project, which works to wipe out neonatal and maternal tetanus.