Filmmaker Spike Lee visits MU, shows film

Spike Lee came for his first visit to Columbia on Tuesday, when he spoke to an audience at MU’s Jesse Auditorium and showed his 1989 movie "Do the Right Thing."

Lee talked about the state of NCAA sports, rap artist 50 Cent, the portrayal of blacks in the media, and his life of directing and producing movies.

It’s Hindman by a landslide

For the first time in Columbia’s history, Columbia voters Tuesday elected the same person to Columbia’s top position for a fourth consecutive term.

Darwin Hindman defeated newcomers John Clark and Arch Brooks to win another three-year term. Of the 11,376 votes cast in the race, Hindman garnered 8,052, good for more than 70 percent of the total. Clark finished second with 2,946, or nearly 26 percent, while Brooks received 378, or just more than 3 percent.

Cougars sweep McKendree

While watching her sister Anna Seipp bat in the eighth inning, Amy Seipp was getting angry in the on-deck circle.

After falling behind in the count, McKendree (Ill.) pitcher Amy Maurer got two close calls for strikes before Anna Seipp grounded to second on the 3-2 pitch.

Kemper Fellows honored

Armed with a pizza joke and a big announcement, MU Chancellor Richard Wallace interrupted four classes Tuesday to present professors with William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence.

The Kemper Fellowships award $10,000 to each educator in recognition of their teaching skills, no strings attached. Six more teachers will be surprised with the honor by April 16. The fellowship winners are not announced in advance.

Foss’ goal crucial for Kewpies

Midfielder Kendall Foss said she wasn’t expecting to score in Hickman’s soccer game against Hazelwood Central at Cosmopolitan Park on Tuesday because she is a sophomore.

“Sophomores can score anytime they want,” Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen said.

Columbia schools gain funds

Leaky roofs and other maintenance problems will begin to be repaired right away in the Columbia Public School District with the passage of a $22.5 million bond issue in Tuesday’s election.

The bond issue required 57 percent of the vote to approve extending the district’s debt payment for another three years to fund construction, maintenance and equipment. The bond issue received 10,181 votes, or 69.6 percent of the vote.

Historic house to be moved

The relocation of the historic Pop Collins Log Cabin, which sits behind a security fence at Stephens Lake Park, will begin within the next few weeks.

By the end of May, every beam, rafter and log of the Pop Collins cabin will be moved to Nifong Park.

Hatcher helps Hickman shut down Helias

Chad Hatcher pitched six scoreless innings to lead Hickman to an 8-0 win against Helias on Tuesday in Jefferson City.

Hatcher (1-0) struck out seven and allowed three hits while walking one. Kyle Smith pitched a scoreless seventh and also went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Justin Jackson went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

MU’s life sciences programs draw fire

While MU celebrates its second annual Life Sciences Week, students and community members say the university’s “obsession” with life sciences is a bad idea.

Students for Progressive Action is challenging MU’s top priority and says the university uses public money to promote corporate culture, misallocates money and fails to address ethical and social questions raised by biotechnological and genetic engineering research.

Fox boosting TV signal in mid-Missouri

Most Boone County television viewers without a cable connection have been limited to the three major networks. But beginning in May, they’ll be able to tune in to the local Fox affiliate.

JW Broadcasting LLC announced Tuesday that a transmitter upgrade recently approved by the Federal Communications Commission will increase substantially the number of households that can receive KQFX/Channel 11. The upgrade comes in the wake of the company’s plans to construct an addition to its transmission tower in Ashland.


As an ecologist, an avid bicyclist and a mother of two children, 44-year-old Esther Stroh has long been a big fan of Mayor Darwin Hindman.

“I love Hindman, always have,” said Stroh, who has lived in Columbia for eight years. “The thing about Hindman is that even the people that don’t agree with him still like him.”

School board incumbents win election

The Columbia Board of Education will continue business as usual: Incumbents Karla DeSpain and Chuck Headley were both re-elected Tuesday.

DeSpain, who works part time as the financial officer of her husband’s medical practice and keeps busy with her two school-age daughters, will begin her second three-year term.

Election results around the county

Here’s a look at election results elsewhere in Boone County. A total of 16,900 ballots were cast, representing 17.3 percent of registered voters.


Spring is here

It seems like green is in the air this time of year. Spring is a season of renewal, when flowers are in bloom and nature boasts beautiful colors. Before you dig out your gardening gloves and shovel, check out these trends that gardening experts forecast for spring 2004.

Amy Craighead, manager at Columbia’s Superior Garden Center and Gift Shop, 3100 Old 63 S., says simple color schemes are “supposed to be the ‘in’ thing for this year.” To keep your gardens in this simple and chic manner, choose one color or a few colors in the same palette. Try 10 to 12 of the same plant: This keeps the garden from becoming overwhelming and is appealing to the eye.

Eating well for less

Some call it the best kept secret in town. Others call it a great place to eat, socialize and relax. And for $4, everyone calls it a great deal.

If you walk into the Columbia Senior Center Monday through Friday from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., your stomach will tell you that you have reached the right place. Immediately, you are greeted with smiling faces and friendly “hello.” The fresh food fragrance and live music coming from the dining hall lead you to a ticket table where you can pay a friendly volunteer and receive a red ticket.