Not just a home on the go

What it’s called depends on who’s talking.

If you talk to a longtime resident, she’ll call it a trailer court. But if you ask a mobile home salesman, he’ll wax on about manufactured home communities.

Law gives tenants more time to move

The term “mobile home” is a bit of a misnomer. Hardly ready to be on the go, a mobile home actually takes months of preparation and planning to move.

This was the challenge facing many mobile home owners in the state, who used to get only 60 days of notice when the owners of their trailer parks decided to close.

Neighbor heard struggle

When Ryan Kepner heard dull thuds and muffled moans coming from the apartment next door, he shouted at his neighbor to pipe down. It was about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, and he wanted some peace and quiet.

“The walls are pretty thick,” Kepner said, “but they sure weren’t on Saturday morning.”

Columbia reservist is killed in Iraq

A Columbia resident died Sunday in Iraq after his camp came under a mortar attack.

Sgt. Melvin Yamil Mora was killed in action in Taji, Iraq, when he was struck by shrapnel from an attack on his camp. The attack occurred at Camp Cooke, located on the Al Taji air base, a former Iraqi air force facility north of Baghdad. Mora was 27.

An academic answer for sports scandal

A coalition of 200 past or present university personnel from schools across the country, including a member in Columbia, is proposing a plan for reform in intercollegiate athletics.

The Drake Group plan aims to change the relationship between academic institutions and their athletic departments.

New transit routes bustling

Columbia resident Shantel Scott gives a favorable rating to the Columbia Transit System’s modified bus routes. While waiting for the bus at Wabash Station on Monday afternoon, Scott said the new bus stops are closer to her home, her wait for the bus seems shorter and the buses now travel to two movie theaters in the city.

“It’s been better,” she said. “They run by every 20 minutes or so, unlike before when they took 40 minutes to an hour.”

Holden OKs Sunshine Law update

In an outdoor ceremony at the MU School of Journalism on Monday, Gov. Bob Holden signed into law a revision of the 1973 Sunshine Law that’s intended to bring it up to speed with modern technology.

Senate Bill 1020 was the first of three bills Holden signed. He said the Journalism School was a fitting place to expand the right to public information. The bill, he said, “continues our state’s long tradition of open and accessible government to the public while updating our sunshine laws to more accurately reflect changing technology.”

Fulbright Scholars headed abroad

George “Brick” Johnstone, chairman of MU’s Department of Health Psychology, said he never saw disabled classmates in school when he was a boy.

“Today, you see disabled children everywhere, and it’s a wonderful gain,” he said. “Now, we need to do the same with persons with brain injuries.”

Council calls for narrower roads

The residential streets of tomorrow are going to be narrower and lined with 5-foot sidewalks. That was the conclusion reached Monday night by the Columbia City Council, which voted 7-1 to change the city’s current street-design standards.

The proposed changes, drafted by the Street Standards and Planning Group, have taken nearly two years to come to fruition.

MLB drafts three Tigers

Three Missouri baseball players are one step closer to making it to the big leagues.

Danny Hill, Garrett Broshuis and Cody Ehlers were selected on the first day of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft on Monday.

Ducks stop Mavs

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks might need to calm down on the bases.

The Springfield-Ozark Ducks defeated the Mavericks 6-4 on Monday night at Taylor Stadium to tie the series at 1. The Mavericks (2-15) had three players picked off in the game.