Halloween Treats

“Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.” – Steve Almond Crunchy leaves, football season, grilling, the smell of burning embers in the chilled air – and Halloween activities galore. From haunted houses (all…

Columbia 2025

Decades ago, when writers imagined the coming of the second millennium, they envisioned evil robots, personal jet packs and visitors from outer space. None of those things came to pass, but we do carry cell phones that look remarkably like…

The Black Diamond

“If Neil Diamond ever approaches you and says, ‘Would you like to take a ride on my coattails?’ say ‘Yes! Absolutely!' ” Theron Denson offers this advice from experience. Denson has traveled a celebrity’s path in the shadow of the…

Undersea Adventure

Memorial Day came early for one group of Columbians. On April 11 and 12, Mayor Darwin Hindman and his wife Axie, along with 20 other delegates traveled to Hawaii for a tour of the USS Columbia (SSN 771) stationed in Pearl Harbor. The group…

The Milk Road

Just outside of Purdin, Mo., in the bright geographical horseshoe that makes up Missouri's Green Hills region, my milk was born. Or rather, it was pumped, from a herd of more than 200 cows that make their home at Green Hills Harvest. I…