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A survivor himself, musician shares gift of hope with cancer patients

With personal knowledge about the fight against cancer and a keen knack for music, Charlie Lustman works to inspire others to continue their personal battles.

From wife to widow, living without Arch

Living through grief is difficult. Mary Leean lost her husband of 56 years last April to a rare degenerative brain disorder. How does someone carry on after losing his or her soul mate?

Stephens College hosts watch party for Joplin episode of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

Members of Stephens College who volunteered to build and design homes in Joplin for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" watched their efforts revealed to the public Friday night at a watch party while they were surrounded by family and friends.

Astronomers see more planets than stars in galaxy

Astronomers have found planets that mirror "Star Wars" Luke Skywalker's home planet with twin suns and a mini-star system with a dwarf sun and shrunken planets.

4-H program helps family stay bonded despite prison bars

The 4-H LIFE program allows children to visit a parent in prison in a less restrictive environment.

Clips from Missouri River television series to be shown in Rocheport

Clips from the unscripted TV episodes focus on the Missouri River and people whose lives are intertwined with it. They will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level of Les Bourgeois Bistro in Rocheport. 

Woman's quest could mean Medal of Honor for dad

Last month, President Barack Obama signed an act which contains a provision that allows  a Pentagon review of Jewish soldiers and sailors who may have been overlooked for the Medal of Honor because of their faith. Because of this provision, William Shemin may finally get that medal years after his death. 

Nostalgia Shop reflects changes in trends, growth in friendship

Nostalgia Shop opened in 1977 in downtown Columbia, and 35 years later, George Liggett is still at it. A dig into the Missourian's archives around Halloween uncovered an amusing photo at the Nostalgia Shop from 1981. We followed up with Liggett and former co-owner Tim Flynn.

Holiday reading list: Booksellers suggest titles with Columbia connections

If you'll be spending some free time during the holidays doing some reading, allow us to make suggestions for your reading list.

Columbia's City Kwanzaa Celebration teaches residents about unity, family

Columbia residents learn how to celebrate Kwanzaa, a holiday to bring families together and teach African and African-American culture.

Historic Missouri house might become modern classroom

Plans are in place to preserve the Reynolds House, possibly for educational purposes. 

Pecan shortage and higher export demand causes prices to soar

Due to drought in prime growing areas and a huge demand from China, the pecan shortage is affecting businesses in the country.

Missouri craftsman's chainsaw carving a rare art

Loren Van Abbema has been creating wooden sculptures for eight years at his home, just south of Hannibal, using a pair of chainsaws and his imagination. Van Abbema, 68, admits that his is an unusual, physically demanding hobby. To his knowledge, he's one of the only people in the region who does chainsaw carving.

 

Centralia tries to balance need for growth with small-town feel

Centralia residents don't claim their city is the best in the world. But it does have a special quality: the pride of residents who embody small-town values. 

Girls, with dads in tow, bridge gender gap in hunting

Although hunting numbers continue to decrease across the nation, more younger women are picking up hunting with their families.

Smiles for CURED fundraiser to raise awareness about eosinophilic disorders

Columbia couple, Renee Martin-Kratzer and Brian Kratzer, are holding a photo-shoot fundraiser on Nov. 5, 6 and 13 to raise money for eosinophilic disorder research.

Haunted tour at Maplewood House brings crowds to historic Columbia

The first Haunted Maplewood House tour uses Halloween to tell the story of the home's history, acted out by performers from the Maplewood Barn Theatre.

Two Columbia dads show Halloween spirit with homemade cemetery

Hill Grave Cemetery, a Halloween graveyard display built by Ron Graves and Dennis Hill in the Oak Ridge subdivision, has become a must-see for neighborhood families during Halloween.

More Missouri pet owners include animals in their wills

In 2004, Missouri made it legal to allow pets to be the beneficiary of a trust.  A pet trust secures care for the pet after the owner's death.

BOONE LIFE: All-female bicycle group makes its own rules

A Columbia-based group of female cyclists enjoys weekly rides around town.

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