A wealth of wines

Whether it is a $600 bottle of Bryant Family Cabernet or an $18 bottle of Amano Primotivo, customers have more than 3,000 bottles of wine to choose from while dining at Trattoria Strada Nova.

Rockford “Rocky” Galloway, wine enthusiast and owner of the Italian restaurant, has a keen taste for drinks off the vine. His talent comes from a great memory that allows him to remember and compare wines he tastes today to ones he tasted last year.

Troy man hurt in duck hunting accident

A Troy man injured in a hunting accident Tuesday morning remained in good condition Tuesday afternoon at University Hospital.

“The victim was very lucky,” said Brian Flowers, a hunting incident investigator with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

HIV/AIDS education focuses on Hispanics

Once a week, a carload of construction workers pulls up to Centro Latino de Salud and dispatches a man to pick up a supply of condoms for the crew.

Since Centro Latino, in Parkade Plaza on Business Loop 70 West, opened three years ago, it has given away thousands of free contraceptives. But center director Eduardo Crespi knows that, with the rate of HIV infection increasing most rapidly among minorities, it’s only the first step in educating Columbia’s Hispanic population about AIDS.

MU gains ground during bye week

Russ Bell had a relaxing bye week. He went home, rested and watched a little football.

That was the extent of what most of the Missouri football team did, but its interest in Saturday’s games went beyond simply enjoying the sport.

City considers new alcohol programs

In response to recent Missouri Division of Liquor Control budget cuts, Columbia is considering adopting new programs for alcohol enforcement, including creating an independent liquor control board. These issues were discussed at the City Council meeting Monday night.

The Division of Liquor Control reduced its number of field agents this year from 80 to 54. Special Agent Bill Alton is the only field agent overseeing Boone and five surrounding counties. Working out of his home in Moberly, Alton is in charge of an area that has 500 licensed premises that serve alcohol.

Kewpies’ persistence pays

Hickman coach Jon Strodtman’s first win against Rock Bridge was a special one.

The Kewpies defeated the Bruins 1-0 on Monday night in Jefferson City to advance to the championship of the Class 3 District 10 Soccer Tournament. No. 2 seeded Hickman plays No. 1 Jefferson City at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Helias for the title.

MU student, 19, dies in car wreck in rain on Interstate 70

Michael Clements will miss his friend Katie Odle at Shakespeare’s for Monday afternoon pizza.

This Monday, he sat at a table with friends Sammy Miles, Stephanie Arage, Chris Berg and Sheena Martin between classes, sipping a soda, sharing a pizza and talking about her.

Winter teams begin practice

It is a new season, but Hickman still looks the same.

The Kewpies return five starters from last season’s state girls basketball quarterfinalists. Hickman compiled a 26-3 record before losing to Kickapoo 55-42 on March 8 in Sedalia, Mo. The Kewpies averaged 64.2 points in the regular season.

Cuts again in store for Columbia’s teachers

For the second year in a row, teachers will be cut from the Columbia Public School District. But exactly how many and from which schools are months away from being determined.

With an extremely early estimate of a $12.1 million shortfall for the 2004-05 school budget, a cut of more than 250 teachers is possible. In budget discussions, Jacque Cowherd, deputy superintendent for administration, is using the estimate of about 23 full-time employees per $1 million.

Columbia College receives challenge gift

Columbia College is $300,000 closer to paying for the new Atkins-Holman Student Commons, thanks to a challenge gift from 1954 alumna Mary Agnes McQuinn.

McQuinn and her husband, Al McQuinn, have pledged to match 100 percent of every gift for the student commons — up to $300,000 — from now through September 2004. That means the college could get $600,000.

Cody finds his place on OU line

It has been a long road back for Oklahoma’s Dan Cody, and his journey is being rewarded.

Cody, a junior defensive end, is the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week only two seasons removed from leaving the Sooners during a bout with clinical depression.

Ho Ho-hum

Columbia residents are only beginning to think about Thanksgiving turkeys, but local retailers are already getting ready for the Christmas shopping rush.

Holiday sales are expected to increase 5.7 percent this year to $217.4 billion, which would represent the largest increase since 1999, according to the National Retail Federation. Despite the high expectations, however, many local retailers say they’re doing nothing different from last year.

Reserving his place

Mike Shipp no longer worries about sand creeping into the pockets of his white doctor’s coat, but evidence of his recent military service in the Middle East — a splash of freckles across his nose — remains.

A physician’s assistant in University Hospital’s emergency room, Shipp is also a captain in Missouri’s Army National Guard. From December 2002 to early June 2003, he served in Qatar with the 205th Area Support Medical Company of Kansas City. While he said it was difficult to leave his family for Operation Enduring Freedom, he didn’t worry about leaving his job.

Saving a piece of history

Last summer, Debbie Sheals embarked on an ambitious task. Going from one address to another, she researched the architectural history of almost every building in Columbia’s Special Business District.

The result is a richly detailed report that could eventually put several dozen downtown buildings on the list of America’s most important cultural resources — the National Register of Historic Places.

The North Ninth Street Historic District could join National Register of Historic Places.

Seven buildings in a single block in downtown Columbia could soon be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The buildings, known collectively as the “North Ninth Street Historic District,” will be considered this month by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for nomination to the register, a listing of the nation’s historic and archaeological resources.

A century of learning

Wearing a white suit, fake moustache and glasses, the hunched man wobbled into the gymnasium.

“Do you know who our special guest is?” Principal Mary Sue Gibson asked the students of Robert E. Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School on Friday morning.

A collection of counter culture

Wayne Penney will be the first to acknowledge that he doesn’t quite look like somebody who would manage a store like Sunshine Daydream Imports.

The former military man, with short brown hair and a brown mustache, owns what he calls a “hippie store” in downtown Columbia; Sunshine Daydream Imports at 812 E. Broadway.

Workers without insurance on the rise

The number of Missourians who had no health insurance in 2002 rose to almost 650,000, many of whom lacked coverage because they also lacked a job.

But more and more, even Missourians who are working are likely to be without health insurance.

Ferguson goes for record

Michael Ferguson tries to score every game.

It is a mind-set that has helped Ferguson, a junior at Rock Bridge, tie the school record for goals in a season at 28.

Drug paraphernalia laws come under fire

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a bong may still be illegal, regardless of its contents.

Recent sting operations by the Department of Justice, under the direction of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, have targeted regional retail shops in Pennsylvania and Iowa along with manufacturers and national distributors in California and elsewhere for the sale of drug paraphernalia. Although targeted largely at online retailers, the enforcement and prosecution of federal drug paraphernalia law in those cases — code-named Operation Pipe Dreams and Operation Headhunter — are cause for concern for local shops selling “smoking accessories.”