A fishy lifestyle

‘OK fish, time to bite,” Michael Leach of Columbia says as he adjusts one of several fishing poles hanging over the side of his boat.

Leach is 57 and dressed in cut off overalls and a T-shirt. After all, “fishing on the river is dirty business.” He is wearing his lucky catfish hat that he bought at Wal-Mart 15 years ago. It was the hat he was wearing when he caught a 50-pound Blue Catfish on the Missouri River several years ago.

Nurse shortage reported

The nation’s supply of nurses is decreasing and many in the health industry fear there will not be enough nurses to care for the aging baby boomer population, according to a report issued by the Missouri Hospital Association.

The report, released July 30, says the number of health care workers, including nurses, entering the workforce across the nation will be cut in half by 2030, but the 65 and older patient population will continue to demand more services. While some local hospitals are having trouble filling vacant nursing positions, hospital officials say that fewer nurses does not mean there will be lower quality of care for baby boomers or other patients.

Time capsule to be opened

Somewhere beneath what looks like a tombstone on Sanborn Field, a small casket is buried. Inside, there are newspaper clippings, flags and essays by FFA members on what agriculture would be like in 25 years.

It’s a time capsule, planted by Missouri Future Farmers of America to commemorate the organization’s 50th anniversary on Aug. 10, 1979, to be opened in 2003. The FFA plans to open the capsule in the first week of September.

Online networking site gains popularity

Blake Wilson had 15 friends on his list. Not bad. Spreading faster than gossip at the office, his friend network shot to 739 overnight.

Wilson’s instant popularity could be attributed to his charismatic personality. But actually, it was Friendster that vastly multiplied Wilson’s Internet posse.

Agencies prepare for utility increases

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and other government agencies will meet today in Jefferson City to address ways that low-income residents can pay their utility bills, which are expected to increase by as much as $100 this winter.

Anita Randolph, director of the Missouri Energy Center at the natural resources department, said state and local organizations are being called together to “figure out how we can make our services as effective as they can possibly be.”

ADA rules prompted MU change

Max Lewis used to wait, and wait — freezing in the dead of winter for someone to finally open a door so he could slide his wheelchair inside. Now, he pushes a button or waves his arm in front of a laser, and he’s in, hassle-free.

“Disability is one of the last major civil rights that has come out to the public at large,” said Lewis, a former MU student. Lewis, who is partially paralyzed, has been in Columbia since 1986 and graduated from MU’s law school last spring. He was in town before the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1991 and has been around to see the changes. He makes clear that even before ADA was enacted, MU had a national reputation for being accessible to people with disabilities.

Volunteers celebrate recycling

The next time you throw away an old greeting card or blank address labels, you might want to think about two things — reusing and recycling.

Both will be promoted during Recyclebration, sponsored by the Columbia Public Works Volunteer Program. The event seeks to educate residents about recycling, waste reduction and the environment.

New home opens for Beth Shalom

Congregation Beth Shalom has a new home.

The congregation, which has been renting space from the MU Hillel since it began about 29 years ago, recently moved into a farmhouse at 500 Green Meadows.

Internet worm spreads to MU

A worm that affected tens of thousands of computers worldwide on Monday slowed down computer services at MU during the afternoon and evening.

The Information Access and Technology Service at MU confirmed the campus computer system was affected by the worm, which carries a computer virus. IATS posted a yellow alert on its Web site, stating part of its system experienced “reduced quality of service,” but by 7:35 p.m., it showed that the campus network and Internet service was stable.

Fires damage two Columbia residences

Firefighters responded to two residential fires over the weekend that resulted in thousands of dollars in damages but no injuries.

A Rainbow Village mobile home that was used for storage was destroyed just after 9 p.m. Saturday when a fire started at the front door of the home, Lt. Amy Barrett of the Columbia Fire Department said in a release. Investigators estimate damage at $10,000. The owner of the mobile home, Lilia Dollinger, did not have insurance on the home or its contents, Barrett said.

Man subdued with special shotgun

A Columbia man who was making suicidal threats was subdued with a less-than-lethal shotgun by police Monday morning.

Police responded to a call of a man with a knife making suicidal threats just after 9 a.m. Monday at the Columbia Regency Trailer Court, 2701 E. Nifong Blvd., said Sgt. Timothy Moriarty of the Columbia Police Department in a release.

Trying to catch on

Andy Hill, Missouri’s wide receivers coach, must feel like he is trying to piece together a Justin Gage jigsaw puzzle.

Several of Missouri’s receivers have something in common with Gage, but it is yet to be seen which of them will pick up the slack.

Tigers volleyball ranked No. 21

Most teams try to ignore the polls, but the Missouri volleyball team says it’s feeling good about the rankings.

Start of practices filled with optimism

One of the hardest things a high school football player must do is survive two-a-day practices at the start of the season.

Building the future

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- The new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge is nearing completion, but that’s not the only thing that has downtown merchants smiling in this southeast Missouri town.