November 12, 2007
James Toombs, was the featured speaker at the Veterans’ Day ceremony at Harry S. Truman Veterans’ Hospital on Monday. A staff physician at the hospital, Toombs also oversees troop medical clinics around Missouri as the medical detachment commander for the National Guard.
Ed and Jewell Bode put an 8-foot fence around their vineyard, Collinetta Vineyards, near Jamestown to keep deer from eating the crop. It doesn't keep all the animals out, said Ed, but it keeps the deer out.
A drought this year led deer and other animals to feed on grapes.
Justin Guerrant, a worker for Allied Sawing and Services, uses a concrete saw to cut into Boone Industrial Boulevard. This road is located in an industrial park in the northern part of Boone County. Through saw cutting, Guerrant is bringing up pavement so that Southern Ditching and Excavating, the company that was awarded the contract, can remove the pavement and put in new concrete.
Boone Industrial Boulevard is a road in the northern part of Boone County that is used mainly by tractor-trailer and delivery trucks. It was built in the 1970s. Recently, the county began work to replace pavement that has become rough and cracked. The county uses numbers on construction projects to mark the areas of a road where it will be doing work.
A large puddle splashes onto the sidewalk in front of Hickman High School after sporadic thunderstorms on Monday.
David Bennett, Vice President of Engineering Surveys and Services, speaks at the Columbia School Board meeting regarding the site for the third comprehensive high school on Monday. To the right, John McCormick, a member of the High School Site Evaluation Committee, and Barbara McCormick listen attentively. "We should choose a site that best serves the students," said John McCormick, adding that it needs to instill a sense of community while at the same time not waste any resources.
November 11, 2007
MU ROTC began a 24-hour Veterans Day vigil at the Boone County Courthouse on Saturday. The vigil commemorated all Boone county veterans.
While Sara Chant turns her back to boil water for coffee, Alexander gracefully leaps up to the kitchen faucet to take advantage of the running water. "When 'Xander (short for Alexander) and I moved to Texas for a year, he decided he would only drink fresh water. And I mean fresh. He went on a water strike," she said. "On the few occasions I would leave him alone at home, I would have to leave the water running for him. He just wouldn't drink water that had been sitting in a bowl."
Sara Chant holds a "doggiecino" for her Great Dane Alexander outside of Starbucks on Ninth Street. The "doggiecino" is actually pure whipped cream in a cup, and it's a special treat he gets a few times a week. "They know him by name inside (Starbucks)," said Chant. "If we drive by a Starbucks without stopping, he'll start to whine in the car."
While Sara Chant lectures about arguments from design in her Introduction to Philosophy class, Alexander keeps an eye on the 235 students in the room. "Alexander has taught with me at Florida State and Texas Tech. The students really enjoy having him in class, and sometimes I'll get in trouble if I don't bring him," she said. One of her students met her for office hours a few weeks ago, and was surprised to see Alexander by her side at the office as well. The student asked if 'Xander had separation anxiety. "No, I do," she answered.
Alexander wanders up and down the aisles between seats in Sara Chant's Introduction to Philosophy course. Students will often give him a pat on the head and take notes at the same time.