MU provost candidate to participate in public forum Thursday

Michele Wheatly was a provost at West Virginia University from 2009 to June 2014. A search committee selected her as a candidate to replace former provost Brian Foster, who retired in December 2013.

Center for Urban Agriculture bags $55,000 grant

The grant, from State Farm Insurance, would expand the center's outdoor classrooms to five more schools.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of setting fires downtown

Columbia police said that after Willis Stokes III was read his Miranda rights, he confessed to setting fire to bulletin boards and trash downtown.

Hunting permits limited as Missouri deer population recovers

Permit restrictions are intended to help whitetail numbers stabilize after liberal regulations and disease combined to push deer numbers down.

UPDATE: MU student dies Sunday night

A vigil in remembrance of Chris Nicklow will be held at 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Sigma Pi fraternity house.


Unattended cooking cited as cause of Sunday fire

About 45 percent of residential fires that occurred in 2011 were caused from cooking, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Columbia Public Schools will seek public input on student achievement at World Cafe

Columbia residents interested in attending the World Cafe can reserve a spot until Wednesday morning by contacting the Columbia Public Schools Community Relations Department at 214-3960.

Predicting Missouri's winter weather like gazing into crystal ball

The insides of persimmon seeds, almanacs and professional meteorologists provide different forecasts for the coming winter.


THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Controversy surrounds Homecoming blood drive; Rock Bridge football's kicker becomes first female to score

Chick-fil-A is coming to Columbia, a power plant shuts down and Hickman High School celebrates the 100th anniversary of being the Kewpies were also among the week's most-read stories.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Rainbow fills sky over MU campus; Royals fans celebrate World Series return

This week Missourian photographers captured images of a rainbow at MU, one woman's keeping of the Halloween spirit, Royals fans celebrating the team's advance to the World Series and the search for a man who fell off of a bluff in Callaway County.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Katy Trail Tram Tour gives the elderly a chance to see fall colors

A special tour of the Katy Trail on Tuesday and Wednesday gave nursing home and retirement facility residents a chance to enjoy the fall colors from the comfort of a tram coach.

Army of pink pumpkins brings awareness to breast cancer

Alisha's Pink Pumpkin Painting Party was held at the MU Bradford Research Center where people decorated pumpkins to boost awareness of breast cancer and the need for mammograms.

Proposed changes to marijuana ordinance get support from Columbia NAACP, others

The ordinance would decriminalize the possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana or the cultivation of up to two marijuana plants. It's scheduled for a public hearing and council vote Monday.


Games, food trucks draw crowd to Shepard Boulevard Elementary fundraiser

The school's principal said the Stallion Stampede fundraiser typically brings in at least $10,000. This year the school plans to use that money to buy iPads.

26 bands compete in 2014 Champion of Champions Marching Band Contest

Rock Bridge, Hickman and Battle high schools were among the schools competing in the annual event Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

MU students take the stage for Black 'N Gold Drag Show

MU students Sequoyah Moore and Ashley Bland were among a dozen performers featured in MU's second annual Black 'N Gold Drag Show.

Columbia College inaugurates new president Scott Dalrymple

Dalrymple, who was previously dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College in Albany, New York, has been leading the college since May 1.

UPDATE: Confusion about location of man who fell from bluff delayed rescue

Discrepancies between Randall Fennewald's stated location and GPS signals on his cellphone led to confusion in the search for the victim.

Cambodian refugee makes a life in Columbia

After escaping the Khmer Rouge, one family made a life for themselves in Columbia.

Actors put on alter egos to stage 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'

The opening night of the Talking Horse Productions show brought out Columbia thespians and 62 theatergoers.