Ashland bodies exhumed months ago

The bodies of former patients at Ashland Healthcare were exhumed in search of more evidence in the months before murder charges against former nurse Richard Williams were dismissed.

Eddie Adelstein, acting Boone County medical examiner, said that after attempting to get records of the Ashland investigation he was given only a half-page summary on a previous patient-care analysis done by the Missouri Board of Nursing.

FBI gathers Clemons’ jail phone records

COLUMBIA — Boone County authorities have given the FBI more than two dozen hours of recorded jailhouse phone conversations of former Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons, Sheriff Ted Boehm said Tuesday.

The FBI declined to comment about why it gathered the phone recordings and incoming mail for Clemons, who is serving a 60-day sentence after pleading guilty to false imprisonment of his former girlfriend.

Options for I-70 include stacked traffic lanes

Trying to put to rest questions of whether Columbia’s section of Interstate 70 could go up instead of out, another major design for the corridor will be shown at a public meeting Thursday.

A drawing of a stacked interstate will be on display at the meeting, along with more detailed options for another plan to widen Columbia’s corridor to eight lanes, said Buddy Desai, an engineer for the consulting firm CH2M Hill.

Icing down the heat

It’s not easy staying cool when the mercury is rising. Not even for the iceman.

  “We’re not wearing ice suits,” said Sean Brown, a Tiger Ice delivery man. “It’s a cooler job, but it’s still an outside job.”

Heidelberg damage totals $1 million

The three-alarm fire that gutted The Olde Heidelberg restaurant early Monday caused $1 million in damage, fire and insurance officials said Tuesday.

That’s up from an unofficial $250,000 estimated Monday by Battalion Chief Steven Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department. Sapp said then that the figure was on the conservative side.

Fence to enclose soup kitchen

The Columbia Housing Authority voted on Tuesday night to build a fence around the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen.

The fence was first brought up as a possibility in May and is meant to address complaints by residents and businesses near the soup kitchen at 616 Park Ave. CHA commissioners said they have been told that some of the people who visit the soup kitchen litter, loiter and harass customers.

Questions slow renewal of deal for Mediacom

Mediacom wants its franchise renewed by the Columbia City Council, but there are two key questions that need to be resolved before the renewal can be approved.

The first involves the free family cable service currently provided to the residents of Oak Towers and Paquin Tower, facilities for low-income elderly and disabled people. Since 2001, when Mediacom took over the local cable franchise, residents have received free family cable. Now Mediacom is requesting documentation to show that they must provide the free service.

New tax will pay for street lights

A higher property tax in the Special Business District will pay for new street lights and other projects downtown.

Property owners in the district, which is bound by Providence Road and Waugh, Elm and Ash streets, will pay an extra 6 cents per $100 assessed valuation beginning in fiscal 2004. That means the owner of a building worth $100,000 would pay an extra $60 per year.

MU phone registration working again

Class registration over the phone is once again possible at MU.

Christian Basi, MU spokesman, said there was a capacity overload in the computer registration system on Monday. The overload was caused by a combination of the newly installed security measures and an increased number of students registering at the four UM campuses.

Connecting with families

Throughout her 18 years as a parent educator, Carol Koenig has guided hundreds of families in the Columbia community. Recently, her reputation grew when she was named one of five top parent educators by the Parents as Teachers National Center.

“She really gets invested in a family,” said Jerri Deming, coordinator of the Columbia Parents as Teachers program. “It becomes personal to her — it’s not just a job.”

WR Ray grabs attention

During the first week of the Missouri football team’s summer practice, junior linebacker James Kinney said receiver Jason Ray was the most impressive freshman in camp. Three days later, Kinney had added a name to the list.

“I forgot to tell you about Victor Sesay,” Kinney said. “He’s real good, too.”

Edwards racing up NASCAR standings

Columbia native Carl Edwards is not satisfied with winning the past two races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Edwards said there is always room for improvement.

Mavs’ rally falls short

If baseball could be compared to a foot race, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks have developed a startling tendency to stumble out of the starting blocks.

Attempting to avoid a series sweep and the prospect of going winless in their six-game home stand, the Mavericks fell behind early to the River City Rascals and could not come back in a 6-5 loss Tuesday night at Taylor Stadium.

Tigers add top prospect

Missouri’s 2004 basketball recruiting class welcomed another member this week.

Jason Horton, a point guard from Cedar Hill, Texas, orally committed to the Tigers on Monday night. Horton is the fourth player to commit for the 2004 season, joining Kalen Grimes of Hazelwood; Marshall Brown of Austin, Texas; and Glen Dandridge of Durham, N.C. Each can sign binding national letters of intent during the early signing period, which begins in November.

Capping the cork

It’s New Year’s Eve, 11:59 p.m. Guests are dressed to the nines and the party is in full swing. Beautiful wine glasses are passed out as midnight nears, but on this night there won’t be the customary pop of the cork. Instead there is a clink as the screw cap hits the floor.

While champagne is still bottled with traditional corks, the reality of this scene might not be far in the future. In the midst of a cork shortage, wineries are being forced to examine new alternatives to the customary cork wine stopper, such as plastic corks and screw caps. These are receiving mixed reviews from those in the wine community. While many experts say the alternatives do not hurt the quality of the wine, they can be damaging to a wine’s image.