NEW CHANCELLOR’S WIFE RETIRES: Anne Deaton, wife of the new MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, plans to retire Jan. 1 as the state director for the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the division announced this week. Anne Deaton said she wants to spend more time with her family and to devote more time to MU, where she was once an assistant professor.
HIGH SCHOOLS WANT ARTIFICIAL TURF: Monday evening, the Columbia Board of Education will consider spending more than $500,000 to cover stadium fields at Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools with artificial turf. School officials said turf will almost double the use of each field, which is limited by bad weather and scheduling conflicts. The public meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at 1818 W. Worley St.
THE VILLAGE OF PIERPONT? Fearing they will be swallowed by expanding Columbia, 29 of 32 residents in Pierpont, a small chunk of unincorporated Boone County, are again asking to be named a village after their last proposal for the title violated state law. Pierpont leaders submitted redrawn village boundaries to the Boone County Commission on Friday. The commission will discuss the proposal Tuesday.
CONCERT HELD AT COOPER’S: Musicians held a fall benefit concert featuring live music by eight area bands from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Cooper’s Landing. Bert Clark, an area musician who organized the event, said the benefit was designed to raise money for the Landing, which has been beset with financial problems since owner Michael Cooper lost his liquor license in June.