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.

Heavy rains delay Missouri corn harvest

Through October 12, the harvest for Missouri is below the five-year average, according to the USDA.

EPA funds MU study on food waste

A team of MU students are researching sustainable treatment options for food waste through funding from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Blackwater theater puts on annual performance of 'A Haunting Stroll Through Wildcliff Wood'

The West End Theatre director said the event is intended to be "spooky, not scary."


MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Dances of Universal Peace unites members through song and dance

Members of the Columbia community express the ideas of peace and joy through sacred songs and dances of world religions.

Agriburbia founder gets Columbians thinking about sustainable living

Agriburbia is a concept that takes suburban areas and implements usable agriculture to provide for the surrounding community.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Riders at Stephens College Equestrian Center prepare for Boone County Horse Show

Even as they prepare for competition, the riders in Stephens College's equestrian studies program don't let anything upset their team bond.

Hallsville forum gives candidates chance to introduce themselves

Boone County candidates for collector and recorder of deeds, along with contenders for state House of Representatives, went to Hallsville to speak to a crowd of about 20 voters. 

Award-winning children's authors to sign books at Columbia Barnes & Noble

Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett's newest picture book, "Sam & Dave Dig a Hole," is a sweet, simple story about two boys who go digging for buried treasure.