COLUMBIA — This week's most-read story explored the debate over the so-called "Right to Farm" amendment, which would "forever guarantee" the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in practices related to farming and ranching. In second place was the story of a Harrisburg man who has turned his property into a local landmark by decorating it with what some might call junk, but he calls "found objects."
Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics.
- Thousands of companies across the state could be affected Aug. 5 by the outcome of the vote on Amendment 1, the so-called "Right to Farm" amendment. The amendment has divided the state; some say agricultural production methods need the amendment to protect them from harmful regulations, while others say it would give too much power to large agribusiness and leave too little to local governments. (946 page views)
- Terry McBride has decorated the 200-foot fence around his Harrisburg property with old paintbrushes, rakes, hubcaps, toys and other types of what he calls "found objects." The fence has become a local landmark. "I hung the stuff on the fence to make the kids on the school bus laugh," McBride said. "And they do. A lot of the kids don't remember when the fence didn't exist." (859 page views)
- At Taqueria El Rodeo, a Mexican restaurant on Nifong Boulevard, the lights are off, chairs are stacked on tables and the patio furniture is absent. Repeated attempts to reach management were unsuccessful, but in short, it appears that the restaurant is closed. (858 page views)
- The large storm that hit Columbia on July 7 left debris from about eight fallen trees in Jessica and Neil Kohler's yard on Rollins Road. Almost a week after the storm, family and friends helped with cleanup for the couple, who are expecting their first child Sept. 1. (781 page views)
- When the first men landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin missed the earth's celebration — he was out of town, up on the moon himself. Now, five years shy of the landing's golden anniversary, he has asked people to share their memories of where they were on that day, or, if they hadn't been born yet, how the astronauts have inspired them. (632 page views)
- The vacant hotel building at 2904 Clark Lane has a rather dark history. A series of crimes terrorized the building in November 2007, including the murder of a general manager. (554 page views)
- Features planned for Truman's Terrace, a new MU tailgating area, include live music, a buffet line, a beer tent and a spot right next to Memorial Stadium. An individual season pass will cost $200, and a tailgate package will cost between $4,000 and $12,000, depending on the game and the size of the party. (523 page views)
- In the 2013-14 season, seven Missouri basketball players since 2011 played internationally in countries including France, England, South Korea and Turkey. For many Tigers playing professionally outside the U.S., the most important thing is a career in basketball. "If going to Europe is our opportunity to keep playing, that's what we're going to do," Laurence Bowers said. (511 page views)
- In May, Missouri legalized E15, a blend of fuel made up of at least 85 percent gasoline and up to 15 percent alcohol. But don't expect to see the fuel widely available anytime soon. E15 is only offered in 78 stations in the 12 other states that allow it, and it has been a contentious topic between the oil and ethanol industries and their supporters and detractors. (460 page views)
- In August, Patricia Simbu Mabengo of Columbia will represent her native country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Miss Africa USA pageant. She hopes to raise awareness about rape, one of the most commonly used tactics in the Congolese war. She has already been raising money to aid the Panzi Hospital, which specializes in performing surgeries and providing counseling and other psychological rehabilitation services for survivors of rape. (445 page views)