THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: A winemaker builds boats, Kim Boyer's friends show support with bikes

Sunday, August 4, 2013 | 5:08 p.m. CDT; updated 10:48 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 7, 2013

COLUMBIA — The week's most read stories included a story about a Kim Boyer, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and her friends supporting her by participating in Bike MS for her in September. Also, there was a story about some Aspen Heights residents being forced to live in other apartment complexes and still having to pay rent.

Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on, according to Google Analytics. The links provided are to stories available for Missourian digital subscribers.

  1. Drew Lemberger is both a winemaker and a boat builder. During the day, he works at Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyards and at night Lemberger builds wooden boats for Missouri Boatworks, the business he started more than a decade ago. (817 page views)

  2. Kim Boyer, a tax accountant, had dropped 170 pounds and competed in her third marathon in September. But in June, she found out she has multiple sclerosis. Her friends and co-workers are showing support by forming a team to participate in Bike MS in September. (657 page views)
  3. Hundreds of Aspen Heights residents who were supposed to move in on Wednesday will have to wait until Aug. 17 or later to move in. Approximately 80 of the students will be staying at other housing complexes until mid-September. Even if the tenants aren't able to stay in their house, the rent is still due. (654 page views)
  4. Sharon Snyder was fired from her job as a court employee for offering assistance to Robert Nelson, who was convicted in a Kansas City rape case in 1984. Snyder provided a copy of a motion that guided Nelson in getting a DNA test, which proved he did not commit the rape. Jackson County Circuit Judge David Byrn said she violated court rules and fired her. (646 page views)
  5. Two people were charged with trespassing at the Columbia Regional Airport on Monday. Katie Mendez, 33, and Martin Mendez-Costabel, 36, both of California, went through a door by the American Airlines ticket counter and not through security. (636 page views)
  6. Volunteers from the Fairview Road Church of Christ have been renovating the home of Almeta Crayton, a former First Ward councilwoman, for weeks. Crayton had not seen the changes at her Oak Street home until Wednesday when the final product was revealed. (574 page views)

  7. On Tuesday, a partnership among Ameren Missouri, Westinghouse Electric Co, MU and Missouri S&T was announced. The companies and campuses plan to conduct research pertaining to small modular nuclear reactors. (561 page views)
  8. Twenty years ago on Aug. 4, trucks began bringing rock to repair U.S. 54 after the Flood of 1993. The next day, the Columbia Water Treatment Plant said it was safe to resume normal consumption of water.
  9. Charles Everett Hayes, Cody McEachern and Pedro Ciarlini were arrested Thursday in connection to a robbery at The Greens on Wednesday. (479 page views)

  10. The New Melle Gun Shop owner Mark Lamartina Jr. has filed suit over a city requirement of a special permit for concealed carry classes. The city in St. Charles County stopped the classes after residents raised concerns that trainees fired a minimum of 70 rounds during the classes. (464 page views)

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