Images of Christ

Jesus Christ has captured the minds and hearts of believers since he walked amongst them on the dusty streets of Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago. To Christians, this divine man is simultaneously the conqueror of death, the harbinger of everlasting life and an intimate and enduring friend.

As stories about this acclaimed savior and confidante were read by parents over the dinner table or by Sunday-school teachers at church, young Christians unleashed their imaginations on what Jesus might have looked like. Their minds sought to create a realistic image of Christ that could be reconciled with their personal beliefs about Christianity, according to art historian David Morgan in his book, “Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious Images.”

E-mail calls for lying at blood drive

It’s supposed to be about saving lives, but MU’s Greek Week blood drive has become so competitive that one sorority member encouraged comrades to lie about potential health risks on pre-donation paperwork — just to bag some extra blood.

“I don’t care if you got a tattoo last week — LIE,” Gamma Phi Beta blood donation coordinator Christie Key said in a Tuesday

Feeling the beat

John Markovitz sits on the edge of his seat with a large African drum balanced between his legs. As the rest of the class filters through the door and begins to take their places in a circle, Markovitz pulls out a spool of medical tape and carefully begins to wrap his fingers. He knows they’ll be sore by the end of the day.

Markovitz and four other students are at the end of a two-day drumming workshop held last month at the Black Culture Center in Columbia. Sunday is devoted to advanced drummers.

Easter joy no longer on hiatus

Easter is one of my favorite holidays. After five weeks without cookies, cake or candy, I’m ready to celebrate. I want to eat my weight in chocolate. I want gooey butter cake, stale Girl Scout cookies, Kentucky High Day pie and a GREAT BIG chocolate Easter bunny (solid, not hollow).

Easter has always been a wonderful celebration in the Harl household. After Mass, I prepare a brunch for 28 (that’s the whole clan sans one daughter who lives too far away to come home). I serve Mimosas and coffee, orange juice for the kids, eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, French toast, little ham sandwiches, a fruit medley and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Egging them on

When the Columbia Health Department sent Mike Knoll a letter saying he had to start paying $150 for city business license and health inspection fees to sell his eggs at the Columbia Farmers Market, he stopped selling his eggs there.

“I wasn’t going to pay that fee, and I don’t think anybody really did,” said Knoll, who runs Bonne Femme Farm LLC.

Coming together

Gary Pinkel is looking forward to the summer.

Not for a chance to work on his tan, after a dreary and wet day at Faurot Field, rather for a chance to watch his defense more than he did during Saturday’s Black and Gold scrimmage that signaled the end of spring practice.

Botts has sterling finish

No one expected a freshman to take Derrick Peterson to the wire on the second day of the Tom Botts Invitational on Saturday, but Missouri’s Austin Kerkhover did it.

Peterson, a six-time All-American in his days at Missouri, edged Kerkhover by 11 one-hundredths of a second in the coed 7x400-meter relay, an unconventional race that was not on the schedule for the two-day meet at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Cougars come back to earn split

After Columbia College lost its first American Midwest Conference game, it relied on a case of temporary amnesia to erase lingering feelings.

The Cougars made a conscious effort to forget their dismal performance in the first game and dominated the second in splitting a doubleheader with William Woods on Friday at Columbia College.

Slow start, good finish for Bruins

Somewhere along the way Rock Bridge woke up.

Rock Bridge lost to Parkway West 8-2 on Saturday morning but rebounded to defeat Webster Groves 7-3 later in the day at Cosmopolitan Park.

Drapeau leads Kewpies in rout

Sometimes having confidence and intensity can win a game, though scoring 12 goals usually doesn’t hurt.

Hickman defeated Webster Groves 12-4 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Tune leads Bruins past Kirksville

Kirksville’s accuracy was no match for the Rock Bridge Bruins’ barrage of shots Saturday.

The Bruins girls’ soccer team defeated the Kirksville Tigers 4-1 in drizzling rain at Cosmopolitan Park.

Meet the sheriff candidates

As the election year continues, Boone County is gearing up for 2004’s primary. The election, in which voters from each party will select nominees for federal, state and county offices, will be held on Aug. 3. The general election, in which voters will make final selections for those offices, is Nov. 2.

The August primary will feature intraparty elections for a host of offices. On a state level, voters will choose nominees for governor, secretary of state, state treasure, attorney general, state senator and state representative. In Boone County, races include the 19th District senate seat and state representative in the 21st, 23rd, 24th and 25th districts. Voters will also choose county nominees for the positions of county commissioner for the Southern and Northern districts, sheriff, county treasurer, county assessor and public administrator.

Governor releases education funds

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Bob Holden said Friday he was releasing $127 million for school districts and higher education, money he had earlier withheld citing an unbalanced state budget.

The Columbia Public School District will receive $2.87 million of the funds, according to projections from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Columbia school district representatives have previously said they would use any released funds to replenish their monetary reserve, which they dipped into earlier to pay for the $735,000 in withheld funds from the 2003-2004 budget.

Police continue hunt for lost man

Earl Cason, 84, has still not been found 10 days after he went missing following a routine weekly visit to the Truman Veterans Hospital.

Cason, a veteran of World War II, suffers from Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure and Alzheimer’s disease . He had visited the hospital once a week to have his nine daily medications sorted into a pill container.

Changing a neighborhood

A van transporting three women could be seen cruising the streets of the Douglass Park area on Saturday’s cold, wet morning. The reason for the trip – to judge a yard contest held as part of the area’s spring cleanup.

These three women have lived most of their lives in the neighborhoods near Douglass Park, and after 15 years of judging the best yards, they know almost every homeowner by name, as well as all the neighborhood gossip. But most importantly, they know their neighborhood has changed.

Volunteers decorate hill with native plants

Eleven-year-old Liam Hancock didn’t need the rain on Saturday — he was busy making a rainbow without it. He planted the yellow section, while others contributed purple and green.

The rainbow isn’t visible yet, but by June, Liam’s yellow coreopsis will bloom, along with the green, purple, and orange flowers others planted. When that happens, Liam’s rainbow will finally be complete.

Sheriff’s job description

Ted Boehm has been in law enforcement for 35 years. He’s been the Boone County sheriff for 20 of those years, longer than any other sheriff in the county’s history.

But this year, Boehm has decided not to run for re-election.