Seeing red? Mars is getting closer

Halley’s comet, which passes the Earth about every 76 years, was a celebrated astronomical event in 1986. But this month, the people of Earth have the opportunity to view an event that hasn’t happened for the past 60,000 years and won’t happen again for another 284 years.

On Wednesday, Mars will be at its closest opposition, when Mars, the Earth and the sun form a straight line.

Restoring Faith

Two years ago, the Rev. Edwin Donaldson Jr. worried about how he was going to come up with enough money to save the crumbling St. Matthew AME Church, 309 Spruce St., Boonville.

Hit-and-run injures man fixing his car

A 73-year-old Columbia man was taken to University Hospital early Saturday morning after his parked car was rear-ended in a reported hit-and-run accident on Hanover Boulevard north of Clark Lane, the Columbia Police Department said in a release.

The man had been outside his stalled car trying to fix it when it was hit from behind at 1:33 a.m. by a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Jeep, police said. The driver of the SUV left the scene of the accident, police said.

Signed sealed & delivered

When people want the best chocolate or watches they might go to Switzerland. But, when the Swiss want the best road signs, they come to Missouri.

“We have the best sign shop nationwide,” said Patty Bates, sign production supervisor at the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Unity Day lets residents address issues

Kids came running to see VeggieTales’ Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber and to jump in the bouncy house at the Unity Day on Unity Drive picnic Saturday. Adults came, too, to meet other public housing residents, eat hamburgers and hotdogs and talk to police and health department workers about whatever was on their minds.

Carrie Brown, residence services coordinator, organized Unity Day, sponsored by the Columbia Housing Authority, to encourage residents to meet, talk and initiate change in their communities.

Speaker, walk lend focus to La Leche

When Julie Jacobs’ 13-day-old son had problems breast-feeding, her doctor referred her to La Leche League.

La Leche League International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources and support to breast-feeding mothers. On Wednesday the league will sponsor the World Walk for Breastfeeding in Columbia.

Mastering metaphysics

Peace of mind, self-control, mental discipline, self-empowerment and self-awareness are all being taught at the School of Metaphysics in Columbia.

Giving it a SWIM

The pool room is steamy and the water is 80 degrees, but warm water isn’t much of a comfort to Jerry Miller. At age 50 he has summoned up the courage and perseverance to learn to swim.

  “I was afraid of the water and still am a little,” Miller says. “Right now I’m trying to learn to breathe with my face in the water because it’s not a natural act. I may not be able to learn to swim, but I’m going to give it a shot.”

Shopping for school a farce

I’ve seen the classroom setting from three points of view as a student, a mother of a student and as a teacher, so I think I’m qualified to give some tips for those who are sending students to school or going to start classes tomorrow.

The first day of school is VERY important to kids. As they get older they will deny this fact, but don’t believe them. Clothing will take center stage. I remember taking the brood to the mall in mid-August to purchase clothes for the upcoming year. Underwear and socks I bought another time (too boring). This trip was a quest for the “perfect” first-day outfit. Realize that by late July, most of the lightweight summer clothing has been reduced to near garage sale prices, and by August the stores are stuffed with turtlenecks, wool sweaters and a complete selection of heavy winter coats. (It makes me start to itch just thinking about pulling a wool sweater over my head at this time of year.)

Clemons’ jail stay complete today

Amid recent developments, including the start of an FBI investigation and the expansion of the NCAA’s inquiry, former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons will be released from Boone County Jail this afternoon.

Outlaw studies up to excel as receiver

Darius Outlaw has made some mistakes and gone through some hard times, but he doesn’t have any regrets. Just ask him, and he will gladly tell you all about it.

Improved passing key to Kewpies’ success

Balance has always been a major focus for Hickman football teams. With a young team this season, though, coach Gregg Nesbitt and the Kewpies will be challenged to achieve it.

5 to be inducted in Cougars’ Hall

Rick Bueltmann, Sue Gerard, Wendy Mertz Slifka, Marvin Malone and Amy Lodes Witte have something new in common.

They make up the inaugural class to be inducted into the Columbia College Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 3 at the Country Club of Missouri.