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Defining Luxury: Tasteful Elegance in Wood

Ron Bassett was putting the finishing touches on a wine cave in a house in Thornbrook. He had built solid cedar racks to hold a thousand bottles of wine. When completed, LED lights will shine on the labels of select bottles from around the…

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 on…

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…