New Columbia School Board member coaches youth basketball

Friday, June 19, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday, James "Jim" Whitt raised his right hand and swore to serve as a member of the Columbia School Board "to the best of his ability." Then the new appointee moved from the front row next to his wife and sons to his seat among the seven-member board.