Missouri man connects to the past with wooden Native American flutes

Jay Hickman plays one of his handmade flutes at the 37th Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show on Saturday. "The making it, that is the easy part. Making the music is the hard part," Hickman said. Hickman has been wood carving since he was 9 years old.

A spiritual experience during a hike in Colorado Springs inspired Jay Hickman to learn how to make and play wooden Native American flutes. Now he wants to educate others.

GRAPHICS: A visual look at aspects of Columbia City budget for fiscal 2015

A visual look at a few aspects of the city budget that was passed by the Columbia City Council on Sept. 15.

MU's new ceremonial mace is 'Mizzou Made'

MU's new mace is made from Switzler Hall wood and features symbols that define the university.

Stephens College celebrates pirate day with stories, costumes

For a take off on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, students shared their pirate-themed creative writing pieces while sporting pirate apparel and speaking in their best interpretation of the native pirate tongue.


MU offers eligible tenured faculty a buyout option

MU faculty members received a letter Friday afternoon outlining a voluntary separation program for those 62 and older, tenured and eligible for retirement by Aug. 31, 2015.

Farmer prepares for pumpkin bounty

Whether carving or cooking, many indulge in pumpkins in the autumn months. Although pumpkins can be difficult to grow, most people take their availability in the fall for granted.

MU relives 175 years in one night with light show on MU Columns

The MU community gathered Friday night on Francis Quadrangle for a celebration of the university's 175th anniversary and a light show. The 1892 fire that destroyed Academic Hall was recreated through a light projection show on to the MU Columns.

PARK(ing) Day aims to rethink use of public space in Columbia

Local organizations transformed parking spaces on Ninth Street into temporary parks in celebration of PARK(ing) Day, an annual event celebrated around the world.

Heritage festival showcases costumed characters, live performances

The 37th Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.

Re-enactor brings Francis Scott Key to life for national anthem bicentennial

Ruben Bolton has created a full-length CD of music set to the poetry of historical figure Francis Scott Key. Bolton will perform Saturday at the Heritage Festival in Nifong Park.

Columbia Police Department hires first civilian public information officer

Bryana Maupin is the first civilian to be hired for the public relations unit. She will begin work at the end of the month.

TIMELINE: The latest in the Opus downtown development cases

The Missourian has tracked the progression of the Opus Development Co. project.

FROM READERS: Photographer shares Columbia favorites

Nate Brown, manager of external relations at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, shares photos of his favorite places in the Columbia area. Take a look.

Seasonal beer sampling draws tasters to Lucky's Market

Lucky's Market, located at 111 S. Providence Road, is holding in-store beer tasting events to celebrate fall.

Planning commission approves gas station for Gerbes on Broadway

The Columbia City Council will get the final say on the request, which is scheduled for a final vote at the Oct. 20 meeting.

Despite encouraging signs, Hinkson Creek remains an impaired stream

A report shows the creek can partially support life.

Plan to improve Cosmo-Bethel Park open to public input Thursday night

Cosmo-Bethel Park will undergo lighting and trail improvements by spring of 2015.

19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

Columbia police say the man entered the woman's house while she was asleep.

GetAbout Columbia hosts 'How to Bike with Kids' workshop

Cycling instructors Rachel Ruhlen and Gina Overshiner provided parents with tips Saturday on how to help children bicycle safely during a workshop sponsored by GetAbout Columbia.

ANY QUESTIONS: What happened with the proposed cell tower at Battle High School?

The proposed communications tower would enhance radio, cellular and wireless internet signals, but no action has been taken on the project yet.