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.

Columbia Missouri Kennel Club to host annual dog show this weekend

The event will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Leap Day babies celebrate their unique birth date

Jan Harrell of Ashland, Ore., handles off years by staying up until midnight with friends who shout "Happy birthday!" in "that magical nanosecond" between Feb. 28 and March 1.

Jina Yoo's Asian Bistro owner chosen for South Korean 'MasterChef'

Jina Yoo doesn't need anyone's opinion on her cooking; if she thinks it's good, it's good. The Columbia restaurant owner has been chosen to compete in South Korea's "MasterChef" cooking competition. 

Annual Polar Bear Plunge held in unseasonably warm weather

The Polar Bear Plunge was held Saturday at Stephens Lake Park.  The event raised more than $97,800 for Special Olympics Missouri.


MULTIMEDIA: Columbia Quilts of Valor members make quilts for veterans

A group of Columbia women meet weekly to make quilts to donate to service members.  Five quilts will be presented to veterans Monday.

Lessons on love: Columbia residents share lifetimes of wisdom

When it comes to love and relationships, can you really trust the experts, counselors and magazines? Why not take it from these 10 residents with more than 400 combined years of marriage among them?

Lessons on love: Take a canoe trip together

Mike Farrall says attempting a canoe trip can be very insightful about another person's nature.

Lessons on love: Divide the labor

Take it from Mike and Priscilla Farrall: Doing the dishes can be kind of fun when the labor is divided.

Lessons on love: Leave work at work

Ed and Judith Chmielewski say that not talking about work can help relationships.

Lessons on love: Balance each other out

Ed and Judith Chmielewski say their balance between introvert and extrovert works well.

Lessons on love: Encourage each other's talents

When Mary Ginsburg's husband, Larry, retired, she made sure to encourage his passion for painting. Now that Larry is gone, his art is still something she fondly remembers about him.

Lessons on love: Don't rush into a relationship

Retired teacher Jean Baldwin says getting into a relationship at your own pace is important.

Lessons love: Show kindness to everyone

Marilyn Arrington, who was married for 47 years, says it is most important to be kind.

Lessons on love: Be prepared to work hard

Yvette Elmore has worked hard her entire life.

Lessons on love: Demonstrate compassion

Kusum Chandrapal says volunteering at an orphanage in India taught her that everyone needs love.

Lessons on love: Love like crazy

Otie Kinnear has always counted on his wife, Imogene, to be by his side. Even after more than 67 years of marriage, Otie still drops everything he's doing to talk to her every morning.