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Ramping Up

A large table is strewn with colored pens and pencils, watercolor sets and stacks of paper. The noise in the room fluctuates. It’s sometimes quiet as everyone works intensely and other times filled with laughter and chatter as people share their day, give encouragement, compare art experiences or ask for feedback on their artwork.

  At Services for Independent Living, artists are revving up for the eighth annual Columbia Ramp Art show Aug. 8. In preparation, SIL assistant director, Ramp Art Show coordinator and artist Tarzie Hart teaches eight weeks of art classes to any interested “consumers.” The “Be Ramp Art Ready Workshop,” funded by SIL and VSA Arts of Missouri, helps people with disabilities produce their best work for the Ramp Art show.

Mavs defeat Kings

The Mavericks keep finding unusual ways to walk off as winners.

Mining for garage sale gold

Lisa Smith has been picking through other people’s junk to find her own treasures for 10 years.

However, there’s a method to her madness.

Budget calls for utility bill increases

Columbia is a full-service city, but all those services come with a cost.

User fees contribute 46 percent of the city’s overall revenues and, as city expenditures increase in the proposed city budget for the fiscal year that begins in October, so will city utility rates.

Employers planning on lower raises

Employers will be handing out smaller pay raises this year because there is a smaller demand for workers in the current economy.

According to a report released by Mercer Human Resources Consulting on Wednesday, surveyed companies said they were giving employees pay raises of 3.3 percent to 3.5 percent and plan similar rates for next year. These numbers are down from the nearly 4 percent or higher increases that were prominent before the economy lost its footing in 2001. This is the lowest pay raise for the nation’s workers since the mid-1970s, according to the consulting group.

Baked Beans Month just blew right by us

National Purposeful Parenting Month, Admit You’re Happy Month, Baked Beans Month, National Blueberry Month and National Water Quality Month. All are designated to a certain month of the year. Although some of these designations might seem frivolous, the goal is to generate attention.

Many organizations, foods and behaviors have been adopted for remembrance every month, but not all create the type of awareness they hope — or expect — to receive.

Antibiotics on Forum’s agenda

Penicillin, ciprofloxicin, and minocycline are just a few of the words that will be bombarding participants’ ears when Forum, an adult discussion group at the Unitarian Universalist Church, meets Sunday morning to learn about antibiotic resistance.

The group, whose weekly discussions are always open to the public, will be listening to a presentation by clinical microbiologist Marianne Erickson about how antibiotic resistance affects their everyday lives.

Council considers athletics guidelines

MU’s faculty council discussed a resolution on Thursday that would support the NCAA’s attempt to crack down on problems within collegiate athletic departments.

The document, developed by the University of Chicago in conjunction with the Big 12 Conference, recommends ways schools can improve their athletic reputations.

Taking it down a notch

Stationary bicycles, treadmills and weight rooms are not for everybody.

Local exercise facilities are catering to those who prefer low-impact workouts for the mind and body. Instructors say more alternative exercise classes are being offered around town. Yoga, Pilates and tai chi are examples of these classes and are recent additions to the Activity and Recreation Center of Columbia.

Health center gets grant

The Family Health Center on Vandiver Drive in Columbia is on the road to recovery.

After undergoing a reduction in staff in January, the center recently received an $816,070 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration as part of a recovery plan. The final goal of the plan is to make the center financially sound and to expand the center to provide more services.

Aid program now in county

About 600 needy Columbians will now have monthly access to additional food, thanks to the expansion of a federal food program.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ commodity supplemental food program will expand this month to include Boone County. Ten counties participate in the program that provides $40 worth of free food per month to low-income seniors, women and children. The program will now increase from 5,000 participants to 10,000. The expansion is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

International students register

Two weeks before the Jan. 30 deadline, only 23 percent of MU’s international students were registered in the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System. Six months later, MU will meet the extended deadline by having more than 1,400 students registered.

Today marks the deadline for international students to be registered in the system, which was implemented after the Sept. 11 attacks. It provides students’ personal information to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services in an attempt to verify that people in the country on student visas are actually attending school.

Every medal has its place

With more than 15,000 medals ordered, competitors in the Show-Me State Games have to do something with the hardware they have won. Here is what some of them did.

Error gives Mavs win

An ugly game had a fitting ending.

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks came through in the bottom of the ninth on a misplayed fly ball to defeat the Kalamazoo Kings 4-3 in a game that featured seven errors, five by the Mavericks, on Thursday at Taylor Stadium.

Hungry for success

KANSAS CITY – Gary Pinkel made it clear at Thursday’s Big 12 Conference Football Media Day that he is tired and hungry.

Those were the words Pinkel, Missouri’s coach, used to describe his feelings entering his third season with the Tigers.

Clemons’ records unsealed

Police reports from the Ricky Clemons investigation show that the woman he assaulted, Jessica Bunge, told investigators about several violent episodes leading up to the January assault that prompted criminal charges.

Circuit Court Judge Ellen Roper’s ruling Thursday allowed public access to cell phone records and more than 880 pages of depositions in the case. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch requested the information under the state Sunshine Law.

New Famous-Barr to host Charity Day event

When Famous-Barr opens in October, it won’t be the only organization attempting to make money.

Two days before its grand opening, Famous-Barr is hosting Charity Day, when nonprofit organizations will sell $5 admission tickets to preview the new store on Oct. 20. The organizations involved will be given tickets to sell and will keep all proceeds from those tickets. The organization that sells the most tickets will win $1,500, and the organizations that sells the second-largest number will win $1,000.

Device offers alternative to vasectomies

Each year, more than 500,000 vasectomies are performed in U.S. hospitals. But a new type of male sterilization has men across the country — and soon in Columbia — saying clip it, don’t snip it.

The Vasclip procedure offers a quicker, less painful procedure than a vasectomy and may have a better chance of reversibility. A Vasclip is a plastic clip the size of a grain of rice. It is used to stop flow through the vas deferens, the two tubes that carry sperm. During a traditional vasectomy, the vas deferens are cut and sealed.

A Knight’s Tale

Many people have heard tales of knights slaying dragons and rescuing fair maidens in medieval times, but some do not realize that knights still exist.

On Wednesday, 121 Columbians saw a real knight for themselves, when Knight Karl M. Kindt III visited the Columbia Public Library. Kindt, wearing a $5,000 suit of armor, stood tall and still in front of curious children. He later removed his helmet so they could see a real person peering from behind the 16-gauge steel suit. His mission was not to slay an enemy, but to teach children about knights, castles, and the Middle Ages. He also wanted young people to know the true meaning of chivalry.

Fayette mayor plans to resign

Fayette Mayor Mike Hirsch has announced that he will resign from office and pursue a job as professor and head of the liberal studies department at Huston-Tillotson College in Austin, Texas. Mayor pro-tem John Lawson will immediately take over as Fayette’s acting mayor.

Hirsch will also leave his position at Central Methodist College as chairman of the social science division. He served on the faculty for 11 years.

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