Hope, wariness greet sale of Lakewood apartments

Barbara Dolezal could use a new carpet. Fuzzy magenta bathmats cover the little bit of colorless industrial carpet in her living room. She hopes an elongated bookcase, stuffed with books and knickknacks, will distract guests’ eyes from the hallway’s torn carpet. That hole in the floor has been there as long as she has, about four years, but previous managers didn’t fulfill promises to repair it.

For the past year, however, Dolezal has been happy in her handicapped-accessible home at Lakewood Apartments. She said the new manager, after years of negligent predecessors, is getting things done.

Tigers relentless

Missouri turned the Eastern Illinois Panthers into kittens Sunday at Hearnes Center.

The No. 4 Tigers trounced the Panthers 45-0, recording their second shutout in a row. The Tigers beat Central Missouri State 48-0 on Thursday.

Fairview students win statewide in Quiz Bowl

Imagine the scene: The question appears on the screen. The contestants quickly read it and begin yelling what they think the answer may be. Somehow, one answer must be found within the chaos, and that answer must be found fast.

For eight fifth-graders at Fairview Elementary, this was a reality. And they’re good at it.

Tigers face same old problems

Missouri coach Quin Snyder hinted at it at Colorado and mentioned it again Saturday.

After alternating wins and losses for 10 games, the Tigers dropped their second game in a row Saturday, a 78-62 thrashing by Nebraska. The reasons for the loss were all too familiar: The Tigers have returned to the problems that caused them to go 0-3 to close December.

Flea markets face eBay challenge

With the arrival of online auction sites, shopping for or selling antiques and collectibles has gone from being a fun hobby to a lucrative pastime that can sometimes pay for itself.

Bowers’ home run highlights Tigers’ win

The Missouri softball team beat Arkansas 5-3 in the last game of the Gator Invitational on Sunday in Gainesville, Fla.

Missouri led 4-0 after the first inning. Leanne Bowers, a freshman outfielder, scored two runs for the Tigers (2-3), including a lead-off home run. Heather Kunkel, Sarah Stringer and Morgan LeCluyse also scored in the first.

Lake campus adds building

The Columbia College campus at Lake of the Ozarks will begin construction on a $2.4 million building as early as June.

The new building will include classrooms, a nursing center and lab, two computer labs, a student study lab, a science lab, student commons, a vending area and a faculty lounge, the school said in a news release.

Black history to be celebrated at MU

The Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center and the Black Studies Department will sponsor several events at or near MU to celebrate Black History Month.

“We want to celebrate some of the successes of black people in America, as well as in Africa,” said MU black studies professor Robert Williams, a member of the Black History Month Committee.

Cafe to reopen after renovation

Columbia coffee drinkers who have gone without a cup of coffee from Osama since the fall won’t have to wait much longer. The local business owner plans to reopen his North Ninth Street location around Feb. 21.

Osama Yanis, who used to own and run two Coffee Zone locations on Ninth Street, sold his southern shop in October and closed the northern venue for extensive renovations in November.

Tigers still unsatisfied

It was not the result that concerned Missouri coach Blake Starkey, it was the team’s demeanor.

The Tigers defeated Southwest Missouri State 7-1 on Sunday at Green Tennis Center, but sluggish singles play left Starkey searching for answers.

A virtuoso of violins

When Thomas Verdot was 15 years old, he took his violin bow to a local repairman to get it re-haired. When it came back in poor condition, he thought, “I can do a better job than that.”

Following that experience, Verdot decided to be the maker of the musical instruments and not just the musician playing the instruments.

Visions of the past

If you are looking for photographs of family members in the Boone Country area from about 1910 to 1936, the Boone County Historical Society has a new place to find them.

The historical society has placed 785 glass-plate negatives from this time period on the World Wide Web. These glass-plate negatives are from the Westhoff collection, the first major donation of photographs to the Walters-Boone County Historical Museum.

Searching for common ground

I’m always impressed with how fast people lose their affectations the minute the door slams shut behind them as they wait outside a hospital’s emergency room. Like animals caught in a headlight, all their defenses suddenly appear to be stripped away. Behind every facade stands an emotionally naked person, vulnerable to whatever news awaits them beyond that door. Race, sex, age or financial status hardly matter when we are all reduced to a quivering mass of unadulterated fear and anxiety.

If you have been there, done that, then you know what I mean. If you haven’t, you are one of the lucky people. I was there with a friend last week, waiting with her for word about her sick child. As it turned out, he was seriously ill, and there will be days of waiting before the family will know the outcome.

Journalism school receives $31 million gift

The Missouri School of Journalism has been awarded $31 million by the Reynolds Foundation to build a state-of-the-art journalism institute. The gift is the largest private donation ever given to MU.

The money will create the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, a center dedicated to the advancement of journalism and its role in democratic societies.

Institute overview

The Mission: