• Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival concludes after a busy weekend Posted on 15 October 2017 at 5:17pm

    HARTSBURG - The annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival ended Sunday, but the two day event was filled with various food options, vendor shopping and pumpkin picking. 

    The small town of Hartsburg has a population of 105, but had approximately 50-thousand visitors this weekend.

  • Columbia residents walk "Out of the Darkness" for a cause Posted on 15 October 2017 at 2:58pm

    COLUMBIA - The Greater Missouri Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosted its third annual Out of the Darkness Walk on Sunday. 

    According to the organization's website, the foundation is a non-profit that seeks to understand and prevent suicide through research, education and advocacy. 

  • Springfield utility will stay focused on renewable energy Posted on 15 October 2017 at 12:14pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield City Utilities official says the company will continue to focus on alternative energy despite the Trump administration's plans to repeal a federal law designed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

    President Donald Trump says he plans to repeal the law, in part to revive the nation's coal industry.

  • No. 4 Georgia finds running game, beats Missouri 53-28 Posted on 15 October 2017 at 9:46am

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — No. 4 Georgia found its running game after a slow start and took control with 26 unanswered points to beat Missouri 53-28 on Saturday night.

    Georgia (7-0, 4-0 SEC) recovered from an early scare by gaining 696 total yards, including 370 on the ground. Missouri (1-5, 0-4 SEC) suffered its fifth straight loss as it faded following a 21-all tie in the second quarter.

  • Walk and Roll celebrates abilities Posted on 14 October 2017 at 7:52pm

    COLUMBIA - People First of Boone County held their second annual Walk and Roll a Thon Saturday afternoon at Stephen's Lake Park.
    People First is a local group run by people with disabilities, who decided last year to host this event in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. One of their main goals is to empower both able workers and employers throughout the community.
    Several members shared about their positive experience with the group. Donald Zawadski, has been employed by People First for almost 24 years. 
    "I think every disabled person who can should find a job and not just sit at home doing nothing, so you can go out and make something of yourself," Zawadski said.
    He said he thinks it is good to have events like this to show community support. People Firsts efforts have helped increase awareness in Columbia, which helps people get jobs.
    "I've learned a lot from the group, and a lot from my job," Zawadski said. "I learned self employment and other skills."
    Katie Kinder, secretary of People First, thought of and coordinated the Walk and Roll a Thon. She said she knew the group would have a lot of fun, and shes happy to see the event increase in size this year. Not only is it good for the group members, but its also good for the community, Kinder said.
    "I joined the group because I wanted to be able to advocate for others, but I've also realized that by helping others I've helped myself," Kinder said.

  • NAACP hosts 54th annual freedom fund dinner and silent auction Posted on 14 October 2017 at 7:47pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City NAACP chapter hosted its 54th annual Freedom Fund and Silent Auction Saturday. This year's theme is "A Prayer for Justice."
    Jefferson City NAACP president Nimrod Chapel said the organization is volunteer-driven and it relies on the support of the community. 
    "The money that we raise tonight will not only go towards making sure we have an office that sits there oh high street but that we can have various functions and those things that people can participate in around the state," Chapel said.
    Chapel said the NAACP's foundation is in ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to ensure justice and equality no matter who they are.
    Proceeds from the event allows the NAACP to provide scholarships.
    "The way that plays out in our community is we have many programs that bring together, Lincoln and other facets in the community with whether it's business owners or residents, to ensure the institutions that we have in our city represent the values that we as a society have," Chapel said.
    The organization also announced that it will begin working with the Guardian to help tell stories where people have been discriminated against. 
    "We're hoping to capture people's experiences," Chapel said. "Some of those will be older folks who have lived through Jim Crow and other folks who are younger. They will have the opportunity to share experiences that they've had so that there can be a correlation made of what's going on in Missouri and in America right now."
    Organizations and corporations were also recognized for their commitment to equality and justice. The silent auction started at 6 p.m., and was followed by dinner at 7 p.m. There was an array of items in the silent auction. 
    "While there's great division throughout the state and throughout the nation this is an opportunity that we as a community have to really talk about what we believe and put that on full display. There are a number of people who will receive awards this year," Chapel said.

  • LIVE BLOG: Missouri at No. 4 Georgia Football Posted on 14 October 2017 at 5:20pm

    ATHENS, Ga. - Just one week removed from their own homecoming, the Missouri Tigers (1-4, 0-3 SEC) travel to Sanford Stadium to take on the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 SEC) in their homecoming matchup.

    Mizzou has lost their last three games against Georgia with just one victory against the Bulldogs since moving to the SEC in 2012. Georgia leads the all-time series 5-1, with the only other win coming in 1960.

  • Missouri fiddler performs and speaks on the rich history of fiddling Posted on 14 October 2017 at 4:06pm

    COLUMBIA -  Sunday, author of "Fiddler’s Dream," Howard Wight Marshall will have a concert and book signing at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. 

    “The idea is to let people know about the history as much as anything else because some people have heard the music before but they don’t know the background,” Marshall said. “It’s complicated rich history behind something as seemingly simple as a fiddle tune.” 

  • Arrow Rock opens window to the past with heritage festival Posted on 14 October 2017 at 3:51pm

    ARROW ROCK - A window to the past was opened at the 49th annual Arrow Rock Heritage Festival. Over 70 talented artisans, merchants, crafters and food vendors lined Main Street to give attendees a blast from the past.

    The popular festival is one of the most enduring heritage craft festivals in the state of Missouri; it showcases crafters, who dressed in period attire, demonstrating skills and artistry that were once an essential part of daily life for our ancestors. Some of these skills include spinning, weaving, pottery, woodworking, blacksmithing and more. 

  • Largest art show in mid-Missouri underway in downtown Columbia Posted on 14 October 2017 at 3:44pm

    COLUMBIA - For the 58th straight year, Central Bank of Boone County and the Columbia Art League teamed up for the Boone County Art Show. The bank is completely transformed for the weekend, as the first floor becomes a gallery filled with different kinds of artwork. 

    "We have almost 200 works of art, which requires us to completely disassemble the whole first floor of the bank and turn it basically into an art gallery for the weekend," said Mary Wilkerson, a senior vice president at the bank. "We start on Friday taking things down. At 6 p.m. the art comes in and between six and 8 p.m. we hang it and it gets judged on Friday night before we open on Saturday."