Four years ago, Juanita Washington was asked to serve as treasurer of the Missouri chapter of Women of Purpose International. She thought she would be the bookkeeper.
“Oh yeah, that’d be easy, no problem, I thought,” Washington, a Columbia resident, said. “I could do my books and get out of there. But the more I got involved, the more I was interested and stuck with it. I couldn’t pull away.”
The long-planned eastward extension of Stadium Boulevard to Interstate 70 has not been abandoned. Rather, the Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization wants to make the project a priority.
On Thursday, the transportation planning group voted to develop a “purpose and need” statement for the Missouri Department of Transportation that indicates how the road would be used. As proposed, the extension would run from the east end of Stadium to the Lake of the Woods interchange.
In the frenzy of phone calls that followed the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, trapped workers begged in vain for an escape route and anguished wives desperately sought lost husbands. Screams and sirens echoed in the background as bodies dropped out of the sky.
The haunting images emerged Thursday as the Port Authority released 2,000 pages of transcripts from emergency calls and radio transmissions that provide a fierce first glimpse behind the scenes in the moments after the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.
Football fans who want tickets to the Missouri-Illinois Border War game on Saturday at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis can still get them, but they’ll see more of the tops of players’ helmets than their numbers.
The only tickets left for Saturday’s game are for seats in the top level of the dome. Fans can buy $30 tickets for the sidelines and $15 seats in either end zone.
Sporting goods emporium Bass Pro Shops unveiled an artist’s rendition of its new Columbia store Thursday during a press conference at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
The unveiling offered officials a first glimpse at how the 80,000 square foot complex, which is to be built at Interstate 70 and Highway 63, will appear to the public.
The canine drug search at Columbia Square Apartments earlier this summer has angered some community leaders. But at least one resident who attended a meeting Thursday said she is happy the complex’s owners are targeting drug users.
“I really don’t have a problem with what they are doing,” said resident Sylvia Sprinkle. “I have two teenagers, and I don’t want them to have drugs.”
When depth charts were released at this time a year ago, Brad Smith and Jon Beutjer were nervous. Both were in heated battles for starting quarterback jobs. This year, Smith and Beutjer can rest easy thanks to terrific 2002 campaigns.
Smith will lead Missouri against Beutjer’s Illinois team at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Both teams are more familiar with each other, but that won’t make stopping Smith and Beutjer easier.
Playing the football game might be easier than getting the teams there.
Missouri plays Illinois in the opener Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. In terms of logistics, it is a tricky operation getting the Tigers ready to play.
Residents of Dee Woods Road south of Ashland will soon see the end of a yearlong effort to improve the road.
The Boone County Commission on Tuesday awarded a bid to C.L. Richardson Construction Co. of Ashland to finish final landscaping along the sides of the road. The company will complete the project this fall, said Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller.
University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd said it was “imperative” for him to order an expanded probe of the men’s basketball program on the Columbia campus after eight months of internal athletic department investigations because of recently publicized charges of academic cheating.
“The athletic department has been investigating a number of allegations over the past eight months,” Floyd said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Not any allegations involving cheating, but just a whole array of issues that they’ve been looking at over that duration of time.”
The daughter of Mayor Darwin Hindman was listed in good condition Thursday night at University Hospital after being struck and injured on her bicycle during a four-car crash at Providence and Stewart roads.
Ellen Thomas, 39, of Columbia, was hit while riding her bicycle shortly before 11 a.m. and was transported to University Hospital, Columbia Police said.
The few fans remaining at Taylor Stadium on Thursday night gave Wes Fewell a standing ovation as he walked off the field in the ninth inning.
Fewell played every position. He started the game at catcher, then played each spot on the infield, played the outfield and pitched during the ninth. It was about the only thing left for the fans to cheer for on fan appreciation day.
Despite lofty preseason expectations, the Missouri volleyball team is not placing extra emphasis on a Tiger Invitational win.
Rather, the Tigers, ranked 21st in the country, hope to use this weekend’s second annual Tiger Invitational to mesh the six incoming freshmen with the eight returning players from last season’s NCAA Tournament team that finished 26-8.
Hickman struggled with early errors and low offensive output against defending state champion Westran on Thursday night.
The Kewpies lost 3-1 to the Hornets at Antimi Field, falling to 1-1.
The Rock Bridge varsity volleyball team showed good chemistry, but is still looking for leadership.
The Bruins varsity defeated the junior varsity Thursday night in the annual Green and Gold scrimmage. The varsity beat the junior varsity 25-5, 25-11, 25-16.
Even an exhibition game can have its dramatic moments.
Hickman’s annual Purple and Gold volleyball game saw the varsity Kewpies sweep three games from the junior varsity team, 25-15, 28-26, and 24-15 on Thursday night at Hickman.
Professor Michael Devaney said Wednesday that as the leader of an investigation of the MU basketball team, he has begun reading depositions and other information compiled by the university’s athletic department. “I have a lot of information to wade through,” Devaney said. “I have to depend on the primary sources like depositions. I’ve been trying to come up to speed.”
Devaney also confirmed that he met with UM System President Elson Floyd and other members of the five-person investigation team Wednesday, but refused to comment on the scope of their actions.
Residents of Sunrise Estates have been living with an aging sewer system for years. A treatment plant emits a noticeable odor. Tree roots and rainwater clog the system’s weak clay pipes. Wastewater leaks into nearby Grindstone Creek.
The heat wave that’s sent temperatures above 100 degrees for seven days this month is loosening its grip on mid-Missouri. MU Climatologist Pat Guinan said the stagnant weather pattern is about to break down.
A hot and dry August is pushing Columbia toward a record month for water consumption.
The 490.03 million gallons of water used through Tuesday made August the fifth-largest month for water used in the city since such record-keeping began in 1972. Officials at the water treatment plant in McBaine believe consumption could reach 562 million gallons by the end of the month — almost 10 million gallons more than the monthly record set in August 1999.