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Cale Sears

Last Friday, more than a hundred would-be entrepreneurs got together for an annual event called Startup Weekend.  The fast paced, company building workshop brings big ideas down to earth in just 54 hours.  125 participants with laptop and smartphones gather to build small, lean companies that might grow into something much bigger.

MU swings into Celebrate Ability Week

Oct 3, 2012
Jennifer Lask / KBIA

The University of Missouri swings into its 2012 Celebrate Ability Week with an adaptive golf demonstration at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

Dany Baker, who has golfed for more than 30 years, began participating in Celebrate Ability Week four years ago.

“I just want to help spread the awareness and help educate, so they can take it on as far as telling their hometown golf courses that they need to be accessible," Baker says.

Deb Sheals / Columbia Historic Preservation Commission

Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission began accepting nominations for the city’s 2013 list of most notable properties. It will review nominations and select a diverse set of properties that contribute to the city socially or aesthetically. Properties must be at least 50 years old and can be privately or publicly owned.

Many properties have already been added to the list, so this year the committee is thinking outside the box in terms of what might be a notable property.

Columbia Daily Tribune columnist Irene Haskins has died at the age of 84.

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Performers and officials in Branson are mourning the loss of singer Andy Williams, who has died at age 84.

Roots n Blues n Barbeque....n free Wifi

Sep 21, 2012

This weekend attendees of the Roots n Blues n Barbeque Festival will have access to free public WiFi in many areas of downtown Columbia. Robert Simms is director of Information Technologies at the City of Columbia. He said he would love to offer WiFi year round but it is unlikely to happen in the near future. Simms said there are many factors consider.

Columbia ranked among 100 best communities for young people

Sep 13, 2012
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Columbia has been named one of the “100 best communities for young people” by a national organization.

Roots "N" Blues "N" Barbecue Festival returns for 5th year

Sep 13, 2012

The Roots “N” Blues “N” Barbeque Festival is returning for its fifth year next week. Downtown businesses now know what to expect during the festival and how to prepare financially. Sub Shop General Manager Scott Schulte says one of the concert stages is in their parking lot and that always helps business.

“It almost doubles are business for the day; we have a concert that usually helps bring in more people also," Schulte says.

But other businesses are not so lucky. Déjà vu Managing Partner Matt Istwan says he's found a way to draw people in.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

Longtime residents of the north Boone County community of Sturgeon possess a deep awareness of their town's history. Younger families choose Sturgeon for its quiet streets, recreational offerings and the strong local schools. Everyone we met in Sturgeon appreciated the sense of community that is central to living in this town of about 800 near the Boone-Randolph County line. KBIA's Trevor Harris filed this installment of the 40/40 Project from Sturgeon.

Trevor Harris / KBIA

Camdenton rests on the southeast corner of Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. While many tourists gravitate to Osage Beach and Lake Ozark for fun on the water and in the sun the City of Camdenton is satisfied to be the Lake's slightly quieter municipality. While the small town feel may remain in some quarters Camdenton has grown into a fully modern city. With that growth comes fine dining, stunning lake views and a high school big enough to create a couple daily traffic jams. KBIA's Trevor Harris filed this 40-40 report from Camdenton.

Osage Beach
Trevor Harris / KBIA

Summer visitors are the economic bread-and-butter for Osage Beach residents who work in businesses that cater to these tourists. The drought of 2012 coupled with an extended heat wave cut down the number of visitors who annually flock to the city's retail, entertainment and recreation destinations. KBIA's Trevor Harris visited with some Osage Beach residents who count on a healthy tourist trade to keep their establishments' doors open.

KBIA Visits Macon, Missouri

Sep 11, 2012
Darren Hellwege / KBIA

KBIA's Jon Ingram made multiple stops on his our through Macon, Mo. Listen as he finds out more about the town and its history from local business owners.

Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City
Darren Hellwege / KBIA

This week the 40/40 project takes KBIA's Darren Hellwege to Kansas City, where we find the kind of hospitality some might associate with small towns in our state's largest city at MeMa's bakery downtown. And as our set of photos indicate, Darren also found something else to eat in KC, at his favorite rib joint, the famed Arthur Bryant's.

Darren Hellwege / KBIA

We've heard it from folks in many small towns, "if you have trouble, your neighbors will be there to help you." This week on the 40/40 project, we meet a little boy who's had to learn the hard way how true that is. Gabriel Wilcox was born in February, and on the way home from the hospital, survived a car crash that took the lives of his entire family. Now being raised by his grandmother, Gabriel's gotten help from neighbors all over the Eldon region, as we hear as we talk with Angela Wilcox at an event to raise money for her grandson. It's really true what they say about Missourians, they help out their neighbors when need arises.

Lake of the Ozarks
Darren Hellwege / KBIA

The 40-40 project visits Lake Ozark, which isn't just a fun place to visit for a vacation but is home to a lot of fine people, including a store owner who tells us why she went from spending only the summer tourist season at the Lake to becoming a full time resident of Lake Ozark.

Ladies, if the thought of showing up at a party or a picnic with a box of wine seems a little gauche, there's now a product for you: Vernissage's "bag-in-a-bag" of wine. It's boxed wine, shaped like a handbag.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

Abbie Fentress Swanson / KBIA/Harvest Public Media

Three people are hospitalized and two others have suffered minor injuries after an accident during a charity race at the Missouri State Fair.

For her most recent recording the Argentinian-American pianist Mirian Conti dug deep into her roots and those of her native Argentina. Based now in New York Conti grew up in Argentina surrounded by a blend of contemporary popular music, as well as tango artists and orchestras. Listen to a recent conversation that KBIA's Trevor Harris had with Conti where she discusses what inspires her musically and why the culture of her native Argentina still draws her back.  

The recession has been particularly hard on older workers, and many suspect age discrimination.

Among them is Larry Wilson, a 57-year-old resident of St. Charles County. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he long ago stopped counting the number of rejected employment applications and is resigned to the fact he may never find a full-time job again.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that unemployed job-seekers over 55 typically wait 56 weeks to find a job, far more than the 38-week average for the rest of the unemployed population.

Lee Jian Chung / KBIA

This week: A volunteer in Columbia is using video games as an opportunity to teach kids about math, science and technology. Plus, the fourth installment of My Farm Roots, a series from Harvest Public Media in which we hear Americans’ stories and memories of rural life.

My Farm Roots: Just taking notes

Aug 3, 2012
Donna Vestal / Harvest Public Media

Sometimes farm roots don’t blossom into a farm life.

But those memories can still have a huge influence, perhaps even determining a career choice.

That’s the case for Tom Karst, a soft-spoken, well-respected journalist who’s been covering the fruit and vegetable industry for more than 25 years.

Relive the 2013 festival, with sets by Phosphorescent, Shovels & Rope, The Lone Bellow and more.

Classical music fans and others who venture out to Columbia's Missouri Theatre this weekend for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will hear music not heard on KBIA. They will hear music not heard anywhere before for that matter.

Janet Saidi / KBIA

A group of MU faculty and colleagues concerned about the University of Missouri’s decision to close the University of Missouri Press have outlined a a set of goals that they’d like to see regarding the Press going forward, and loosely agreed to attempt to create a resolution regarding the Press through MU’s faculty council. Organizers of the meeting also say they have a list of violations they believe UM administrators have committed in its dealings with the Press and its staff.

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Civil War buffs are preparing to dedicate a memorial to mark the 150th anniversary of a central Missouri battle that helped weaken southern recruiting efforts in the state.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that a Union force of about 700 men clashed with fewer than half as many Confederate guerillas on July 28th, 1862, in the Battle of Moore's Mill. After about four hours of fighting near what is now the town of Calwood, the guerillas fled.

The Union recorded 13 deaths. There is disagreement about how many Confederate troops died.

Edgar Ailor III / Iniversity of Missouri Press

The call of the open road has long beckoned Americans … and in 1978, William Least Heat-Moon answered the call and embarked on a drive around the country, taking the roads less travelled. Starting in Columbia, he followed a circular route that totaled nearly 14,000 miles. The result was Blue Highways, a New York Times Bestselling book.

Gary Sinise promotes upcoming concert

Jul 17, 2012
Matt Evans / KBIA

Gary Sinise, also known as Lt. Dan from the movie Forest Gump, will be part of an upcoming benefit concert for veterans.  The Lieutenant Dan Band will be playing at Apple Creek Farms on July 27 to raise funds for “Operation Tyler.” It’s a push to put Marine Lance CPL Tyler Huffman, his wife and their two-year-old son into a new, more accessible home.

The 24-year-old Huffman was paralyzed in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was shot by a sniper. Sinise says he wanted to start helping disabled veterans after his role as Lt. Dan – a disabled Vietnam veteran.

CoMo Weekender: Summertime ft art, wine and plays

Jul 13, 2012
Laura Lloyd
Laura Lloyd

Beat the heat with these indoor events. Sip wine and enjoy art. Catch a musical or comedy. Go anywhere that has the A/C pumping.

Kelsey Kupferer/Lukas Udstuen / KBIA

20 year-old Diana Martinez likes to say she was born in Mexico but made in America: