Editors' Picks

How to prevent drownings: Columbia lifeguards, aquatics managers offer advice

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.

In Harrisburg barbecue joint, friends find success in unlikely place

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.

CoMo Girls Rock Camp plays Mojo's show after campers gain confidence through music

CoMo Girls Rock is a camp for girls ages 11-18, with instrument lessons, workshop instruction and the opportunity to form bands.

THE WEEK’S MOST READ STORIES: Eliot Battle's death, UM Curators meeting drew Columbia's gaze

Eliot Battle's death and UM System's Board of Curator's decision to extend benefits to include employees with same-sex partners topped this week's most read stories list.

100 AGES, A CENTURY OF VOICES: Mable Grimes, 69, sought education

Mable Grimes, 69, left the cotton fields of Missouri's bootheel for an education at MU.

Cool, wet spring throws a curve ball at farmers

Farmers still recovering from last year's drought are facing new challenges with the spring's heavy rains. Flooding remains a worry, but farmers say it's still too early to tell how crops will be affected.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Large city developments by Odle family

Other stories include changing the location of a museum and the development of Columbia.

For Columbia's Joel Ewbank, home and work are one and the same

Joel Ewbank manages the care in his home of three patients with profound medical and developmental issues. "These patients are my family members," he said.

At MU veterinary hospital, dogs help test human cancer treatments

For one O'Fallon couple, letting a favorite pet participate in a cancer treatment trial at MU's veterinary hospital has personal implications.

Poodle owner Judy Harris enjoys training her dogs into champions

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.

Local author writes book about vibrant family history

Author Mike Trial researched his family history and lineage and used it to write a novel on the story of his family.

SPECIAL SECTION: Dawn breaks on Battle High

The Missourian took an in-depth look at the new high school and heard from students, teachers and administrators about their hopes for the school.

A system in shambles: Boone County Jail serves as mental health facility

For people with mental illnesses in Boone County, help is scarce and costly. The few treatment facilities have limited funding. That has made the Boone County Jail the default mental health facility for the county. 

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ: Laurence Bowers prepares for NBA, racial profiling in Columbia policing

The most read stories from the past week include a profile of graduating Missouri basketball player Laurence Bowers and a Missourian special report on racial profiling in Columbia policing.

Dip in enrollment growth, state funding means questions for MU

The decline of two traditional sources of revenue — state money and tuition collected from rapid enrollment growth — complicates MU's quest to balance a budget that faculty say is already constricting.

Laurence Bowers ready for whatever the future holds

Whether it's basketball in the NBA or overseas, Laurence Bowers, the first scholarship basketball player in Missouri history to earn a master's degree, is prepared to take the next step.

Reading wars pit literacy instruction methods against each other

This three-sided battle might seem like the grumblings of overly focused academics. But all agree in the enormity of what’s at stake: Children must learn to read.

'Balanced literacy' approach wins reading wars in Columbia schools

"Balanced literacy" is designed to draw on the best of two philosophies about teaching children to read — one that is "phonics-based" and another researchers call "whole language."

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Mail carriers worry about future, two MU employees arrested

The most read stories from the past week include a story about how Columbia mail carriers are handling the the uncertain future of the U.S. Postal Service and Missouri baseball player Gavin Stark's arrest.

Electric cars hold promise, small presence in Columbia

The lack of charging stations makes it difficult for electric models to gain traction in Columbia.