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Handbell director finds joy in her choir

Columbia native Cookie Hagan uses a distinctive teaching method to lead an adapted handbell choir of seniors and those with disabilities.

A journey to Tebbetts, the center of the U.S.

A new study from professors at Michigan's Grand Valley State University has marked a tiny unincorporated Missouri town as the center of population in the United States.

Jen Wheeler, City of Refuge offers helping hand to refugees

The nonprofit organization helps refugees and immigrants become active members of the community.

Local wedding photographer wants to be a fly on the wall

Johnny Andrew Eaker regards himself as a photojournalist who treats wedding coverage as a documentary, rather than a set of posed pictures.

Mid-Missouri rancher pioneers mob grazing

Mob grazing, which relies on frequent pasture rotation and strictly regulated water systems, differs from the more common grass-feeding method. The idea is that the cattle will drive grasses they do not eat into the ground and naturally fertilize the pasture while they graze.

Body Combat Chicks run with friendship and endurance

Body Combat Chicks, a martial arts fitness group turned runner's collective, provide companionship and support while staying fit and training for half marathons.

Columbia teen combines style and technology for booming business

Taylor Burghard takes keyboards and turns them into earrings; her top seller is a pair with the phrase "I-ctrl-U."

Natural hair is a growing trend among Columbia black women

Recent studies demonstrating the dangers of chemicals used in relaxer and straightener treatments have driven more women to embrace their natural hair. 

Volunteers give old racing dogs new homes

After their racing careers are over, retired greyhounds are often put down or abandoned. Vikki Brown and Rescued Racers work to find these animals permanent, loving homes.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU students wear rain boots on campus

The rain prompted MU students to put on their rain boots Friday morning.

Columbia woman wins trip to red-carpet 'The Closer' screening

Becky Bohlmeyer won a trip to L.A. to watch the red carpet screening of the last episode of "The Closer." 

 

Congressional Gold Medal recipient living up old age

Lawrence Diggs, who served as one of the first African-American Marines, received a Congressional Gold Medal last month for his service. But now, life is all about fishing and enjoying life.

Columbia native receives high honor for being one of first African-American Marines

Lawrence Diggs was honored Wednesday at the White House with the Congressional Gold Medal. Diggs was one of 400 Montford Point Marines, the first African Americans to service in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

ENGAGEMENT: Asel-Dible

Toby Jo Asel and Bradley Jay Dible, who both studied at MU, plan to marry Aug. 4, 2012, in Columbia.

Helveys celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Julia and Bill Helvey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a concert by their son Howard at the church where the couple was married.

SUMMER IN COMO: Juneteenth

Attendees of Juneteenth talk about the event and how they like to celebrate the emancipation of African Americans.

 

SUMMER IN COMO: Shred Fest

The Missourian's Pavan Vangipuram talks to participants at Shred Fest.

Kingdom City Fantasy Fair melds medieval fantasy with science fiction and pirates

The Fantasy Fair is being held at Boster Castle in Kingdom City this weekend. The festival includes activities for the whole family, with a wide variety of entertainment and activities.

How Columbia Missourian photojournalist captured solar eclipse images

Parker Miles Blohm photographed the partial solar eclipse with a telephoto lens with an extender, which allowed him to get as close as he could to capture the image before sunset.

Former bat boy works to keep KOM League alive

Longtime baseball lover John Hall has dedicated much of his free time to serving the former members of the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League with newsletters, books and reunions.

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