City groups assess foreign-trade zone

If everything falls into place, Columbia might have it’s own foreign-trade zone by mid-2005.

“We’re in exploratory stages at this time,” said Bernie Andrews, president of Regional Economic Development, Inc. “If survey and evaluation results come back positive we could file an application as early as this fall.”

Re-enactor takes the helm as Capt. Lewis

The modern-day Capt. Meriwether Lewis lives in Alton, Ill., works as a teacher in St. Louis and is a staff sergeant in the Montana Army National Guard.

Scott Mandrell won the role as Meriwether Lewis in 1996 because of his background in the Army, history and drama, said Larry McClain, executive director of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles.

Jobs give small hope to sluggish economy

The creation of 20,000 additional jobs throughout Missouri in April appears promising for the state’s economy. But job creation is only one indicator of economic growth — one that some economists find misleading.

Missouri was third in the nation in job growth, the U.S. Department of Labor announced May 26. While the labor statistics are encouraging, they tend to fluctuate quickly and are not necessarily a true sign of economic development, said Ken Troske, MU associate professor of economics.

Cabin remodeling under way

Columbia’s historic Pop Collins Cabin is getting a face-lift and a new home, and it is doing a bit of traveling in the process.

As part of the Department of Parks and Recreation’s master plan for the Stephens Lake Park area, the cabin has been dismantled. It is in the process of being restored before being moved to Nifong Park.

City gives out computers

Sharon Pearl’s children began yelling with excitement when they learned their family was getting a computer.

“I had both of my kids jumping up and down saying, ‘We’re getting a new computer, we’re getting a new computer,’” she said.

Unveiling working-class struggles

Barbara Ehrenreich put aside her status as an acclaimed essayist featured in such diverse publications as Time magazine and The Guardian. She put aside her Ph.D. in biology from Rockefeller University. She put aside everything except for a car, a laptop and $1,300 to immerse herself in the lives of the working poor.

Going on the road to get low-paying jobs and attempting to survive based solely on the income was something Ehrenreich said she never would have considered for herself. That is until Lewis Lapham, her editor at Harper’s Magazine, cornered her into taking the assignment.

A bit of history for all

Jim Goodrich has always loved to engage people in the history of Missouri. As director of the State Historical Society of Missouri and director of its Western Historical Manuscript Collection at MU, he has delighted in making that history as real today as the day it was made.

Goodrich retired in April at age 64 for medical reasons after almost 19 years leading the society. He was the fifth director in the society’s 106 years.

Schapira edges by for alderman

The old adage is that every vote counts. That proved to be particularly true Tuesday night in Rocheport as Todd Schapira was elected Ward One alderman by two votes.

It was the second election for the board seat this year after the April election ended in a tie. Then, the two candidates, Schapira and Helen Easley, each received 19 votes. Tuesday’s final tally was 21 to 19.

Bigger home park OK’d

Rogers Mobile Home Park will be expanded at 10221 E. I-70 Dr. NE, the Boone County Commission decided Tuesday night in its monthly meeting with the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission.

A crowd gathered in opposition to the park’s expansion, citing problems with sewage, traffic and limited recreation areas. Despite the concerns, the expansion was approved 2-1, with Skip Elkin, District II commissioner, casting the dissenting vote.

Second driver in fatal crash named

Police on Tuesday identified the second driver involved in Saturday morning’s fatal two-vehicle accident on U.S. 63.

John Lillard, 40, of 4718 Knox Drive, was named as the driver of a vehicle traveling south in the northbound lanes of U.S. 63 that collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Aldredo Camacho, an Army recruiter in Columbia.

Pujols’ bat leads way as Cards rip Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Albert Pujols has compiled impressive statistics in almost every place he has played. They’re just a little better in Pittsburgh.

Pujols went 5-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Cardinals to an 8-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

St. Louis releases Warner

ST. LOUIS — Kurt Warner’s storybook stay with the St. Louis Rams ended Tuesday, but he’s unlikely to be out of work for long.

The release of Warner, a two-time NFL MVP who led the Rams to two Super Bowls, leaves Marc Bulger as the team’s No. 1 quarterback. Bulger took over as the starter for good after Warner fumbled six times in last year’s season opener.

Remotes come of age

It has been the couch potato’s weapon since its invention in 1956. The familiar plastic black box has adorned coffee tables and couch cushions for decades, only changing in size and number of buttons on its face. Today, the number of buttons on remotes range anywhere from 20 to 60, half of them never to be used.

But now, the trend of owning a different remote for each electronic device is dying. As home theaters grow in popularity, people are growing tired of being buried in the overflow of remotes on their coffee tables.

Brooches back from past

A new trend showing up in stores and on sweaters these days is the brooch. Old or new, silver or gold, these sparkly pin-on jewels can add polish and a bit of femininity to your wardrobe.

Wearing a brooch is all the more special if the piece is a family heirloom. Christina Hegedus, an MU student, says she is very careful when she wears the brooch that once belonged to her great aunt. She does not know how old it is, but suspects that it has been around for at least 100 years. She got the piece when her great aunt passed away, and considers it a nice way to remember her.

Health department settles in new, bigger home

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Health opened a new building at 1005 W. Worley St. Tuesday.

The new Sanford Kimpton Building has more than double the square footage of the department’s former location, which had housed the health department since its construction in 1933.