New Famous-Barr to host Charity Day event

When Famous-Barr opens in October, it won’t be the only organization attempting to make money.

Two days before its grand opening, Famous-Barr is hosting Charity Day, when nonprofit organizations will sell $5 admission tickets to preview the new store on Oct. 20. The organizations involved will be given tickets to sell and will keep all proceeds from those tickets. The organization that sells the most tickets will win $1,500, and the organizations that sells the second-largest number will win $1,000.

Device offers alternative to vasectomies

Each year, more than 500,000 vasectomies are performed in U.S. hospitals. But a new type of male sterilization has men across the country — and soon in Columbia — saying clip it, don’t snip it.

The Vasclip procedure offers a quicker, less painful procedure than a vasectomy and may have a better chance of reversibility. A Vasclip is a plastic clip the size of a grain of rice. It is used to stop flow through the vas deferens, the two tubes that carry sperm. During a traditional vasectomy, the vas deferens are cut and sealed.

A Knight’s Tale

Many people have heard tales of knights slaying dragons and rescuing fair maidens in medieval times, but some do not realize that knights still exist.

On Wednesday, 121 Columbians saw a real knight for themselves, when Knight Karl M. Kindt III visited the Columbia Public Library. Kindt, wearing a $5,000 suit of armor, stood tall and still in front of curious children. He later removed his helmet so they could see a real person peering from behind the 16-gauge steel suit. His mission was not to slay an enemy, but to teach children about knights, castles, and the Middle Ages. He also wanted young people to know the true meaning of chivalry.

Fayette mayor plans to resign

Fayette Mayor Mike Hirsch has announced that he will resign from office and pursue a job as professor and head of the liberal studies department at Huston-Tillotson College in Austin, Texas. Mayor pro-tem John Lawson will immediately take over as Fayette’s acting mayor.

Hirsch will also leave his position at Central Methodist College as chairman of the social science division. He served on the faculty for 11 years.

Schools get more for lunch program

About 1.4 million school lunches were served in the Columbia Public School District last year. This year, the school district will receive an additional nickel for about one-third of the lunches served.

About 30 percent of the 16,600 students in the district received free or reduced-price lunches last year. Similar numbers are expected for the coming school year. Although the district’s food service is operating in the black, the federal reimbursement rates for lunch and breakfast programs will provide an additional five cents for every free and reduced lunch served.

Columbia to buy hybrid vehicle

Chris Hayday has been driving a hybrid Toyota Prius for two years. And he is more than happy to have traded in his Ford Explorer for the Prius, which he says drives like any regular car “with the shining benefit coming from its fuel economy.” His fuel bill has dropped by more than half.

As a member of the Sierra Club, which has been promoting hybrid cars for energy and environmental reasons, Hayday thinks any city having a large fleet of vehicles should go for hybrid models as a way to save taxpayers’ money. “We are filling the city’s costs for running the vehicles,” he said.

Art League exhibit features cultural art

Theresa Gallup has always enjoyed working with fabric, and for many years her fabric of choice has been that from the Japanese kimono and obi.

Gallup lived in Japan for seven years as the dean of students for the Miyazaki International College. While there, she began using kimonos to make garments and accessories for herself, including bags and scarves.

Farmers make case on county rules and land rights

In a heated session held Wednesday to air complaints about drafts of stream buffer and zoning ordinances, the Boone County Commission gave up ground to local farm leaders.

Representatives from the Boone County Farm Bureau, Boone County Cattlemen’s Association, the Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District and other organizations were called to the work session with county commissioners.

Selling off history

You might think you have an extensive stash of MU merchandise. You’ve bought the T-shirts, caps, car decals, pennants, Christmas ornaments and even a Truman the Tiger bobblehead doll. But do you own MU bar stools? How about the set of hand-painted MU football players nesting dolls imported from Russia? If you shop on eBay you could.

From the mundane to the offbeat, MU items are bought and sold through the online auction house every day. After logging on to, simply typing “Mizzou” or “Missouri Tigers” will harvest hundreds of university-linked items.

Cardinals roll behind big early lead

MONTREAL — Dan Haren helped stake himself to a big lead before he had thrown his first pitch. Then he made sure not to waste it.

Haren, a St. Louis rookie, pitched seven shutout innings, and Mike Matheny hit a three-run double in a seven-run first to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-1 victory against the Montreal Expos on Wednesday night.

Bottom line: Turley boosts line

MACOMB, Ill. — Surrounded at a table by born-again Christian teammates, Kyle Turley, the tattoo-covered, wild and crazy, helmet-tossing offensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams, felt right at home.

“The religious right?” Turley said. “Certain people have certain viewpoints on life and certain people have others.

Flavored to a tea

According to ancient legend, tea was first introduced to society when the great Indian master and traditional founder of the Zen school of Buddhism, Bodhidharma, came to China in 519 A.D. bearing tea from India. Tea leaves simply and miraculously blew into a pot of water Bodhidharma had boiling.

Skeptics say this seems very unlikely. However, another story claims he was growing weary after staying awake for seven years, so he plucked off his eyelids, threw them to the ground and in their place sprang two tea trees that had the power to keep him awake and alert.

UM approves raise for administrators

The UM Board of Curators approved a 2 percent salary increase for five administrative officials during its executive session Friday.

Vice President for Human Resources Ken Hutchinson, Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Lehmkuhle, Vice President for Finance and Administration Nikki Krawitz, UM General Counsel Marvin “Bunky” Wright and UM Board Secretary Kathy Miller will be receiving the raise.

Calling all bakers

Creative cooks have a chance to win a lot of money at this year’s Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, which runs from Aug. 7 to Aug. 17, so whip out the pots and pans and get cooking.

Contest coordinator Cyndi Harles, with Agnew Inc., said more than 300,000 people attend the Missouri State Fair each year and about 75 to 100 enter the baking contests, so more participation is always encouraged.

Burial caskets can be taxed, Missouri Supreme Court says

There’s an old saying that there are only two sure things in life — death and taxes. On Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled on both.

The state’s highest court ruled unanimously that burial caskets are subject to state sales tax but that the containers they are placed in are not.

Contest opportunities

Some of the contests offered at the Missouri State Fair :

Mavericks roll past Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. — When the Mid-Missouri Mavericks decide to score runs, they do it in bunches.

After managing six runs in their first two games on the road, the Mavs scored more than that Tuesday night, beating the Rockford Riverhawks 8-0 in the rubber match of their three-game series at Marinelli Field.

Warrant amnesty ends with offender roundup

After the period for amnesty from some Boone County warrants ended, residents spent Monday evening in a different way than they had undoubtedly envisioned — in jail.

As a way to bring attention to stricter payment enforcement, Boone County offered amnesty to more than 300 warrant holders for a three-week period starting July 7. The period ended Friday, and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department made good on its promise to culminate the event by rounding up offenders who did not take advantage of the amnesty on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Hindman’s surgery goes as planned

Mayor Darwin Hindman’s five-hour operation on Monday to remove the beginning signs of esophageal cancer went smoothly, according to information relayed by his wife.

Hindman opts for surgery to avoid cancer

When faced with a choice between a laser procedure and the removal of most of his esophagus, Mayor Darwin Hindman, who has been diagnosed with early signs of esophageal cancer, chose the second option.

On Monday, when his esophagectomy is scheduled, most of the length of his esophagus will be removed and much of his stomach will be pulled up, altered and sewn to the remnants to act as a replacement.