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Whiteley General Tire Store

Situated on the corner of downtown Columbia, this photo was estimated to have been taken in 1947.  This location was home to both the Copeland Service Station and the Whiteley General Tire Store. The Yellow Taxi fleet is shown in the photo.…

Columbia’s Fashionista

Monica McMurry is a fashionista! But not like the airbrushed divas you see preening on the red carpet on Oscar night. Not the ones who boast that they’re wearing Dior and Harry Winston. She’s more akin to those defined by Merriam-Webster:…

Learning From The Grandkids

Kids say and do the darndest things -- especially in the eyes of their grandparents. But seniors can learn a lot from today’s children. Whether your grandkids are 2 or 22, here are some suggestions for things you can talk about and bond…

Coloring Books for Adults

Some trace the recent adult coloring book craze to a 2015 National Public Radio feature about Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden coloring book. “We were just selling out of her books all the time,” says Lisa LoPorto, the community business…

Chuck Crews

In 1979, 68-year-old businessman-philanthropist Chuck Crews lived through “Terrible Tuesday,” which is one of the worst weather disasters in American history. Just three weeks after he had arrived to Wichita Falls, Texas, with his family,…

Historic Missouri Theater

The Missouri Theatre opened its doors in October of 1928. The cost of construction was a staggering $400,000. The headline in an ad in the Columbia Daily Tribune heralded the “Formal Opening of your new Missouri Theatre—Friday Evening……

Louise-isms For Life

Stacks of old photographs and newspaper clippings, typed documents and handwritten notes are scattered across Louise Martin’s living room. They occupy the surface of every table, sofa and chair. On one end of her coffee table sits a box…

Senior Housing Guide

The Arbors at Bluff Creek Terrace Assisted Living 573-815-9111 3104 Bluff Creek Drive Columbia, MO  65201 americareusa.net Pricing: Semi-private $175 daily; private $203 daily Unit Sizes: Studio w/bath Amenities: Specialized…

Yesteryear

In this column we look back at historical places and times in Boone County.  This tornado went right through the streets of Columbia, devastating several stores and residences. According to the Missouri Climate Center, Missouri…

Mary Jean Leeper

In the 21st century, it seems everyone is in a constant state of fast-forward with their life-settings on autopilot. We rarely slow down long enough to sift out the frivolous and the mundane. Everyone is plugged in, logged on and connected…

Leaving His Mark

“Coulda, woulda, shoulda called Atkins!” It’s an earworm that can last all day, and the company and the family this locally known ditty represents has a long history in Columbia and Boone County. Beginning in the 1920s, T.E. “Country”…

Cheryl Howard

Fifty-six-year-old Cheryl Howard has what some might call grit…actually, a whole lot of it! That’s what kept her on the job as executive director of the historic Nora Stewart Early Learning Center near downtown Columbia when she wanted to…

Yesteryear

In this column we are looking back at historical places in Boone County.  Ernie’s Cafe was founded in 1934 by the owner Ernie Lewis, for whom the cafe is named. It was reported to be a popular place for couples to go to dinner and there…

Peter Mark Richman

Recognized for hundreds of television roles dating back to the 1950s, Peter Mark Richman broke into film alongside Gary Cooper in the 1956 civil war western, “Friendly Persuasion.” “But I'm not only an actor, I’m also a playwright,”…

Warren and Shelly Mayer

Once while manning the sign-up table for a Divorce Care class at church, Warren and Shelly Mayer were horsing around, being playful, teasing each other as they tend to do. And when a woman who observed their back-and-forth banter approached…

Plants, People and Place

On a Sunday morning in early spring, parakeets are chirping somewhere in Helmi’s Gardens as the wind picks up and buffets the plastic on the greenhouse outside. The warm morning sun causes the roof to creak and shift as it expands…

Halcyone Ewalt Perlman

Anyone who’s ever met 80-year-old dance instructor, Halcyone Ewalt Perlman, will readily agree that she’s a lady, and a lovely one at that. She’s an artist with a penchant for beauty and her south-side Columbia home is evidence of…

Jane Williams

If you watched much television back in the 1970s, you couldn’t miss the television commercial that touted, “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Back then, E. F. Hutton was one of the most respected brokerage firms in the…

Austria To Zimbabwe

In the last 29 years, Drs. Neil and Lyanne Riley have sought adventure in 31 countries, on nine trips, on five continents — two people on one motorcycle. They have been detained in Russia, bungee jumped in New Zealand and went on safari in…