Not everyone who was alive July 20, 1969, when U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon remember exactly where they were watching it or who they were with at the time; rather, they remember how they felt seeing it unfold before their eyes on …
Candyce Copp Grisham, Washington, was around 13 when her family went to the Smithsonian museums during a trip to Washington, D.C. As they toured the exhibits, they were surprised to come across a quilt from the early 1800s or even late 1700s that was created by one of their Copp ancestors. T…
Some people call the small round house tucked among the plants and trees at Shaw Nature Reserve an elf or hobbit house, but Karen Bryan, education programs coordinator, thinks of it as the Winnie-the-Pooh house.
Ryan Sawicki, 17, Clover Bottom, will be a junior at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School this fall, but he’s already well-versed in the ways of the military. He’s been surrounded by it his entire life.
Every second Tuesday of the month, the Washington Historical Society hosts an “Evening at the Museum.” Each event features a presentation highlighting local history given by experts for historical enthusiasts.
Wayne Myers, Robertsville, loves to read, and he reads fast — as many as three to five books a week. He has been a regular at the Scenic Regional Library in Pacific for years now, but it wasn’t until he joined a book club there that he decided to make his friendship with the Pacific branch o…
It was 7:30 a.m. back on Feb. 11 when Mary-Ann Scroggins got a call from her daughter, Heidi, that someone claiming to be her cousin was trying to get in touch with her.
Paige Martin didn’t know much about the work being done in the Department of Social Services when she was a college student at Truman State University more than 30 years ago.
Expectant parents formulate a long to-do list as they wait excitedly for their child to be born — decorating the nursery, keeping doctor appointments, installing the proper car seat, coming up with a name, and lastly, packing a bag for the hospital.
Out of the thousands of projects that Gary Terschluse, P.E., S.E., architect, and Ron Unnerstall, P.E., have completed over the last 30 years for their firm Washington Engineering & Architecture (WEA), the ones that bring the most satisfaction are the ones they see every day.
Before rain moved into the area Wednesday night, 10-year-old Meya Haberberger, Beaufort, was able to get a couple of passes in at the World Wide Technology Racetrack just across the Mississippi River in Madison, Ill., to earn her license as a junior drag racer.
Clark Brown, Union newspaper editor and local historian, wrote “History of the Courthouses of Franklin County,” published in the Feb. 10 and 17, 1922, editions of the Republican-Tribune. He recounted two attempts Washington citizens made to claim the county seat for their community. Suzanne …
Members of Stories Matter took the helm this month, reviewing books for the summer Novel Ideas feature. This diligent and dedicated group is fairly new, only began meeting in 2016, but they’re already making a positive impact on many.
Painted images of the 12 apostles along the arched ceiling of St. Francis Borgia Church in Downtown Washington are among Father Joe Wormek’s favorite details inside this historic structure. Installed in 1905, the images don’t have names to identify who is who. Rather, they are recognized by …
A group of teenagers gathered at the Washington Fire Department training center Sunday morning, May 26. While many of their friends were out celebrating the end of the school year and start of summer, these teens were strapping on harnesses and climbing out a second-story window to experienc…
When Chris Homyk talks about “the two Sophies,” a big smile breaks out across his face. He describes the two Washington High School seniors, Sophie Koritz and Sophie Hellebusch, as “role model students.”
Washington High School senior Paige Babbs, Washington, was the runner-up in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Gateway Chapter’s 2019 High School Student of the Year contest.
Marc Houseman never met a woman he has come to call “Aunt Dorthea.” She had been dead already for 20 years when, as a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge in Washington, Houseman took charge of her cremated remains to be placed in the columbarium at the Wildey Odd Fellows Cemetery.
The Washington Historic Preservation Commission chairman says the old Calvin Theater in Downtown Washington matters and that’s why she urged people to “heart bomb” the building this past Saturday.
After four years of hard work and study, John Mauntel is graduating this weekend from Missouri University of Science & Technology with degrees in civil and architectural engineering.
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the first American astronauts blasting into space to explore the moon, and The Missourian is celebrating that by challenging children to explore the universe of stories available to them in the newspaper and in books.
Nancy (Gildehaus) Eckelkamp knows her children are teasing when they call her the “Walmart greeter” of Mercy Hospital Washington.
For 20 years, children’s book author/illustrator Brian Biggs has lived down the street from Philadelphia’s Ladder Company 30. When his sons were young and the family would pass by the firehouse, they often saw the firefighters sitting outside on nice evenings playing cards and hanging out.
This time of year, Craig Haddox doesn’t necessarily need an alarm clock to get him up in the mornings. The sound of dozens of purple martins outside his window provides a natural wake-up call — and he loves it.
Teens with food allergies are at the greatest risk of suffering a fatal reaction. Olivier Deldicque, 16, is on a mission to change that.
Planting cover crops is one of the current trends in farming today, although there’s nothing new about the practice. It’s actually old school, said Dan Brunjes, one of the supervisors of the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Savannah Klenke had never taken dance classes before, but last fall when she joined the fine arts program at Life Stream Church in Washington, she wanted to try something new.
Washington, Mo., may not seem like the front lines when it comes to fighting the flow of trash into the world’s oceans, but if you saw the amount of garbage pulled from the Missouri River during a cleanup event, like the one going on here Saturday, April 13, you might think differently.
The walls and surface areas of Grenville George “G.G.” Sutcliffe’s office at Husky Corporation in the Pacific Industrial Park tell the story of his life — from his experiences in the Special Forces during Vietnam to chasing solar eclipses around the world, from piloting his own Viking airpla…
As he was nearing retirement a few years ago, Jim Armistead, 60, Washington, began thinking about what he would do with all of his soon-to-be free time: Travel, play golf, spend more time with family . . . but he also wanted to do more hands-on volunteering.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Franklin County, a fact of which many Missourian readers are aware. It is also the 200th anniversary of the first documented exploration of the Ozarks by a white explorer, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, a fact which probably is less known to our readers.
Maggie Mahoney, who will turn 12 next week, was born with a severe heart defect that left her with only three working chambers rather than the usual four. As a result, she had three major heart surgeries — at 6 days old, 6 months old and 2 1/2 — and, to this day, she routinely has cardiac ca…
After she graduates from Union High School this spring, Matty Inman wants to go on to become a paramedic, with a plan to bridge over to an RN program and ultimately work as an ER nurse.
Years ago when Rachel Moore was earning a degree in sociology/anthropology from Truman State University, she was looking forward to landing a job working with animals. And she did.
As an R&D specialist for Romer Labs, a food safety company in Union, Donna Houchins spends nearly all of her workday indoors, either in a lab or on a computer, developing test kits.
The U.S. Surgeon General has declared the use of e-cigarettes among teenagers as an epidemic, which is to say that it is widespread and dangerous.
The year Carol Marquart joined the Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee is the year her mother died from the disease. Her family had created a team, Total Recall, to walk in the annual event the year before, but with her mom’s passing, Marquart, who has served as Walk co-chair since 2013, was m…
A group of seniors gathered in the meeting room at Scenic Regional Library in Sullivan Wednesday morning to learn about how stress in their lives may be affecting their nutrition and what they can do about it. Afterward, they headed over to Fricks Market to pick up lunch as part of the CHOIC…
During a break in the rain on Saturday, Chris Hahne and a couple of board members of the Washington Youth Sports Association met at the group’s storage shed in Downtown Washington to start organizing gear for the upcoming baseball and softball season, filling coach duffle bags with bats, hel…
Kara Bell, Washington, was in elementary school the first time she went on a diet. It didn’t help much.
The Saint Louis Zoo will celebrate International Polar Bear Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at McDonnell Polar Bear Point. (The official International Polar Bear Day is Feb. 27.)