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Workforce Issues Only Getting Worse

As you will read in this issue of Inside Columbia, we hosted another CEO Roundtable Luncheon last month. At these semi-annual luncheons we invite local community leaders to have a candid conversation with the magazine’s leadership team about Columbia’s current state of affairs and their concerns for the future of our community. In addition to the topics of […]

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Learn to Make Irish Cream This Holiday Season

Photos by L.G. Patterson About a year ago, I started researching coffee liqueur for a column in this magazine. This took me down a rabbit hole about Irish cream liqueur, as I did not realize that some recipes for Irish cream also have coffee liqueur. Soon, I found myself thinking, “how hard could it be […]

Kip Kendrick, Jessica Kempf and Randy Cole during the CEO Roundtable luncheon.

Local Leaders Discuss Affordable Housing, Homelessness

Photos by L.G. Patterson Finding affordable housing in mid-Missouri can be a real challenge. But it’s not an issue that’s unique to the Columbia area. Across the country, communities of all different sizes are grappling with a shortage of affordable housing. And when that is lacking, it ripples out and affects other issues, including homelessness, workforce […]

Paytient founder Brian Whorley developed the concept for Health Payment Accounts after a decade in hospital finance.

Columbia-Based Startup Takes the Sting Out of High Deductibles

Photo by Scott Schaefer Like most employers, Angy Littrell was faced with a difficult choice. Littrell, CEO of Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, Missouri, wanted to offer a robust benefits package that would help attract and retain highly qualified employees, but any new offerings had to be fiscally smart for the business. “Recruitment and retention are […]

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New Career Center Position Focuses on Industry Engagement

Photos by Ava Kitzi The Columbia Area Career Center has always sought to better prepare and train students for the careers available to them after graduation. And with the creation of a new position this year, that mission is being taken one step further. Stacy Elsbury is the new business and industry engagement coordinator at […]

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5 Songs Perfect for Your Next Workout

WELCOME TO OUR ULTIMATE LISTS! In each issue, you will find a curated selection of things to listen to or watch, put together by either an on-air talent from Zimmer Communications or a member of the Inside Columbia staff. For this issue, Joe Lose from the Dove has shared his ultimate playlist for hitting the […]

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A New View: Lily Pads

Assignment: Family Farm Visit The Location: Rural Shelby County My family owns a small chunk of land near Shelbyville, Missouri. I grew up hunting, fishing and cutting a lot of wood on that land. It’s very scenic with big old oak and walnut trees that speckle the rolling hills of tall grass. I’ve spent many days sitting […]

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‘One Heck of a Weekend’

Photos by Ivory Grove Photography/Nichole Park Photography For Zola Crowder and Ian Heck, getting married was truly a family affair. The Columbia couple met more than five years ago at the FieldHouse, when both were students at the University of Missouri. Although neither Zola nor Ian were Columbia natives, the pair opted to make their […]

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Local Booksellers Give Reading Recommendations

With the arrival of winter comes the perfect time of year to snuggle up inside with a good book. And in Columbia, we’re lucky to have multiple local bookstores available where we can find a plethora of options in a wide variety of categories. We decided to ask the experts at Skylark Bookshop, Yellow Dog […]

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How to Navigate Holiday Stress

Illustration provided by Burrell Behavioral Health The holiday season brings so much with it — celebrations, family gatherings, traditions, dinners and more. And while each piece brings its own layer of fun and revelry, this season also can bring some less welcome feelings, like stress and anxiety. “There’s this duality at the holidays where it’s […]


Finding Self-Care in Regular Activity

Back to school. Fall sports. After-school activities. Football tailgates. There are so many things that September brings, including the start of fall. While the feeling of a fresh start can be rejuvenating, it also can be stressful to add so many things to the to-do list. Maybe you are a parent, juggling the schedules for […]

2023 Countdown to Kickoff

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri held their annual Countdown to Kickoff at Midway Golf, Games & Events on July 29 featuring Mizzou Coach Eli Drinkwitz. The event provided an opportunity to raise funds to help provide children facing adversity with strong, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. It also provided […]

13th annual Gurucharri Foundation Golf Tournament

The Vincent P. Gurucharri M.D. Foundation held its 13th annual golf tournament July 17 at the Columbia Country Club. The tournament helps the foundation provide benefits to families of cancer patients. This year, the foundation reached a milestone of $1 million in assistance given to cancer patients in the Columbia community. Date: July 17 Location: Columbia Country […]

Best of Columbia 2023 Gold Celebration

The 2023 Best of Columbia gold winners were celebrated with food, drinks and awards June 28 at the Country Club of Missouri. The event was sponsored by Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant and Drewing Automotive Group. In its 17th year, Best of Columbia recognized the best in the community in more than 70 categories, from best burger to […]

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Classic Cuban Sandwich Shows Array of Influences

Photos by L.G. Patterson A Cuban sandwich may not be the most appealing thing, particularly if it has been smashed, griddled, wrapped and sliced. But what it lacks in eye appeal, it more than makes up for in flavor. This south Florida variation on ham and cheese originates from Cuban immigrants working in cigar factories […]

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Our Next Police Chief

The early retirement of Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones is a significant loss and setback for our community. Jones, a Columbia native who came up through the ranks of the Columbia Police Department, accomplished a great deal during his tenure. His efforts to change the culture of the department, raise employee morale and improve communication lines with […]

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Joking Around: 5 Comedy Specials You Shouldn’t Miss

WELCOME TO OUR ULTIMATE LISTS! In each issue, you will find a curated selection of things to listen to or watch, put together by either an on-air talent from Zimmer Communications or a member of the Inside Columbia staff. For this issue, Cosmo from Y107 has shared his ultimate watchlist for stand-up comedy specials you […]

Truman the Tiger rides into a Mizzou tailgate.

Tailgate Traditions in the SEC

For more than a century, tailgating has been inextricably linked to football. And any diehard University of Missouri Tiger fan knows that it is an essential part of the whole experience. From hearing the familiar chants of M-I-Z, and of course yelling back Z-O-U, to the standard sight of Truman’s Taxi, the vintage firetruck that carries Truman around Faurot […]

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Local Couple Ties the Knot in Two Ceremonies

Photos by Chelsea Smith Photography Over the course of on every special weekend in early May, Lindsey Cunningham and Miguel Hudson were married … twice. Both mid-Missouri natives, Lindsey from Columbia and Miguel from Auxvasse, the couple spent what Lindsey calls the “perfect wedding weekend” with 450 of their closest friends. The weekend began on […]