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Columbia woman celebrates her 102nd birthday

Nell Atchley celebrated with family members and her friend Tai Tan, 101, who will turn 102 in September. Atchley and Tan are among five centenarians at South Hampton Place nursing home, and there are more than 1,000 centenarians in Missouri.

American version of pricey Japanese Kobe beef gains popularity

An American version of the prized Japanese beef is becoming more widespread as ranchers throughout the country — including in Missouri — raise and cross-breed more Wagyu cattle.

BOONE LIFE: Columbia Paranormal searches for spirits from another realm

The nonprofit investigation outfit inspects the property of clientele who think they could be in the presence of uninvited guests.

Fallen fighters remembered as heroes after Afghanistan helicopter crash

Those who died when a U.S. military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan all had something in common: a love of family and country. Friends and families shared stories of some of the fallen.

Trappers gather in Columbia to trade tips, celebrate fur

Trapping and skinning were the highlights of the National Trappers Association convention at the Boone County Fairgrounds this weekend. Trappers came from all over North America to attend.

'MyLife, My Town' project documents teens in small towns

"My Life, My Town" documents a slice of time in the lives of teenagers from small Missouri towns. Our hope is that getting to know the children these villages raise will provide a unique look at the day-to-day joys and struggles of rural life.

Small-town residents saddened by prospect of post offices closing

It's not just a place to lick a stamp, one resident said. The small-town post office is a place where neighbors run into each other, gossip and gain a sense of community.

Gay rights activist Marc Adams gives presentation in Columbia

Marc Adams travels the country to spread awareness of increasing suicide rates among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youths.

Columbia boy to compete in Pokemon World Championships

Eleven-year-old Luke Sherman placed fourth in the junior division nationally, and he's getting an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego to compete again — this time, at the world level.

 

Taiwanese artist's watercolors blend traditional scenes and modern techniques

A collection of watercolors and black-ink paintings by Ran In-Ting is on display through mid-August at the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology.

National effort gives new outfits to Joplin children

Susan Stewart, a clothing designer from Pittsburg, Kan., organizes Project First Day, a movement to get clothes to Joplin students affected by the tornado.

In his mother's memory, MU grad canoes for cancer

Evan Walton, a former MU biology student, is canoeing 1,080 miles of the Mississippi River from its source at Lake Itasca to his hometown in St. Louis County, to raise money for breast cancer research. His mother, Cheryl Walton, died of the disease two years ago.

VIDEO: A different kind of flying

Take a journey with Gary Whitby in his hot air balloon as he and his wife describe their passion for flying, and why they love hot air balloons.

Amid bee die-off, healthy hives thrive in cities

With bee colonies diminishing in rural areas, governments and hobbyists are setting up hives on top of buildings and in vacant lots in cities across the nation.

Hermann Wine Trail holds annual Berries & BarBQ event this weekend

The event is one of five annual Wine Trail events. Wine and food will be served at serveral stops. Visitors can also win gift certificates as well as a night's stay at a Hermann bed-and-breakfast.

Columbia 'World 8' podcasters offer Midwestern voice to video gaming community

Four young men produce a biweekly podcast to provide entertainment, news and discussion for gamers not living on a coast.

Five ways to stay cool tonight in Columbia

To escape the heat, here's a list of five ways to stay cool Friday night.

Columbia woman makes cookbook featuring Missouri ingredients

Bernadette Dryden, who loves her kitchen and garden with equal passion, wants her cookbook to wake up readers to the essence of Missouri foods.

Strangers and co-workers show compassion and support for burn victim

Studio B Dance Center held a benefit Saturday to help offset high medical costs for a woman severely burned in an apartment fire in February. The Russian native has also received support from Columbia's Russian community.

90 guests spend a night in Cole County Jail, for the experience

Ninety people paid $30 to spend a night in the newly constructed Cole County Jail. As the food left many unsatisfied, the one-night experience was plenty for the voluntary inmates.

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