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November 2017

How Well Do You Know CoMo?

Because of the generosity of the people in Mid-Missouri, Columbia has no shortage of nonprofit organizations and charitable institutional projects! But, how familiar are YOU with them? Take our quick quiz to see if you can identify a few…

Holiday Gifts for Gardeners

The holiday shopping season is upon us and if you have a loved one who enjoys gardening, whether vegetables or flowers, here are some gift ideas that are sure to please: “All New Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew – Even…

Voices of War

Kirk Klingler has always been a fan of history. From the time he could read, Klingler said he naturally gravitated to the history section of the library, specifically military history and stories that reflected this country’s battles and…

Three Perfect Holiday Wines

As holiday office parties and family gatherings begin, wine stores everywhere stock up and promote their favorite holiday wines. Some of these wines are good values, some have great labels and some are to complement holiday meals. But,…

Wedding of classical elegance

Rachel Henderson and Andrew McCarthy were married June 3, 2017, at the Missouri United Methodist Church in downtown Columbia. Key words: formal, classic, fun. The couple met through mutual friends in Columbia. On spring break, 2016, they…

Turkey Pho

This Thanksgiving, don’t throw out the bones or stress about what to do with all the leftover turkey. This is the perfect noodle soup that will utilize all your leftovers and is sure to please anyone who adores a little twist on chicken…

A Writer’s Passion

By nature, Gladys Swan is an explorer and a creator. In both painting and writing, Swan patiently waits for her work to evolve and explain itself. “What comes to me and through me, I play with,” says Swan. “What happens after that or how…

The Bam is Back

Since the day rumors started to fly about the possible return of Bambino’s Italian Restaurant, taste buds all over Columbia have been patiently waiting for what they thought would never happen again — a bowl of delicious Pasta ala Bambino.…

You Don’t Know Bolognese

You have probably had Pasta Bolognese, a simple sauce on pasta. But do you really know what goes in it? It can be as complicated or as simple as you want. The recipe below is middle-of-the-road and has some options to take or leave. It is a…

Crewless from Seattle

You don’t see this every day, not on a Midwest neighborhood side street. Riding my bicycle home from the MKT Trail, I cut through one of Columbia’s stately old neighborhoods, a sweet spot tucked behind Garth and Rollins streets, populated…

A Tailgate to Remember

I was born the son of two hippie parents and raised on a farm in between Hallsville and Centralia. When I use the term “hippie,” I don’t mean it in the stereotypical drug-induced flower power way. My parents were social activists who saw…

Two are better than one

Kayla McDowell and Cam Michael exchanged wedding vows June 2 at Firestone Baars Chapel on the Stephens College campus. The couple met in 2015 in Colorado at an Ultimate Training Camp where they both worked as interns. They became friends…

Citizen Soldier

One of the victims, who had to be extricated from the car, was taken to a hospital by a Staff for Life helicopter. He sustained serious injuries and was taken by Staff for Life helicopter for treatment. Traffic came to a standstill on…

Best of Columbia 2017

Columbia's home to a whole host of wonderful stores and services, and we asked you for your favorites. The votes have been tallied and we're pleased to present the winners in the final category of our 2017 Best of Columbia contest: Shopping…

No pumpkin? No problem.

For years the craft beer industry has been focused on making sure the market is flooded with piles of traditional Oktoberfest/Marzens and a wide array pumpkin ales. While I can’t speak any ill will towards some of the great choices that are…

Art With Heart

Art enhances our lives in many intangible ways. But for one weekend this month, it will help enhance the lives of countless Columbians in a very tangible way, thanks to the Fall Into Art showcase. Free and open to the public, Fall Into…

Art Onstage and Off

The November entertainment calendar in any college town is bound to be a little lopsided. There’s usually a flurry of shows and activities during the first few weeks before things quiet down following the Thanksgiving egress. Quietly,…

Searching for Justice

One of the least popular pieces of mail to receive, next to bills, is the official summons for jury duty. Despite the disdain for this civic responsibility, there’s no denying that courtroom dramas have been a mainstay of entertainment for…

Damage Control

One October morning a little after 6 a.m., a yellow Mercedes-Benz weighed down with thousands of pounds of explosives drove through the five foot-high barrier of concertina wire surrounding the Beirut International Airport. This rather…