Dear Reader,

We know summertime can be packed with so many activities — vacations, picnics, family reunions to name a few — that there's hardly time to keep up with your family's schedule, let alone catch up on the summer's biggest headlines.

So, we'll give you the rundown on Columbia's biggest news:

In late May, the Columbia City Council approved a financial incentive package that helped secure an IBM data center for the city. It is expected to bring 600 jobs within three years.

Missouri Symphony Society members announced in late July that the theater would close its doors during August and September. Three full-time employees also were laid off. The board also intends to seek new management strategies.

Despite rumors and speculation, the Tigers never received an offer to join the Big Ten Conference. MU officials addressed the speculation in mid-June, announcing that Missouri was not interested in joining the Big Ten.

Of course this isn't a complete list, but you can always stay on top of the day's news at

We also have a downloadable e-book, where you'll find recaps of these stories and more like them.

And, because we know you'll be looking for activities to fill your calendar this fall, we want to suggest a few places worth visiting. Earlier in the summer, the Missourian's staff reporters spent a weekend getting oriented in the city. They visited local hangouts, discovered new restaurants and inexpensive recreational activities. A few of their favorite finds: World Harvest, where you can get a glimpse of the international foods and artisan cheese available there, Empire Roller Rink and its pickup roller hockey games, and the cosmetology school where inexpensive haircuts are the norm. Of course, if you've got time, it's worth the drive down to McBaine to see its famous bur oak tree or to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park with its nature trails and caves.

Of course, this section doesn't include everything that's great about Columbia. So, if we missed your favorite haunt or hangout, let us know and we'll consider it for future sections. E-mail me at

Laura Johnston, special sections coordinator

  • News editor at the interactive copy desk and an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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