City road work may slow traffic

The Public Works Department will be working on many roads around Columbia June 15 through June 18 between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Call 573-874-6289 with questions.

A welcome transition

Eleven thousand incoming freshmen and their parents will make their way to MU this summer to attend the whirlwind orientation and registration session called Summer Welcome, a program that stands alone because it’s almost entirely organized and led by students.

“Summer Welcome really is a year-round planning process, and for all the effort and planning and time that goes into it, the (student) leaders are the ones who make it happen, who make it such a powerful event for so many of the students and parents,” said David Rielley, MU coordinator of new student programs.

Hannibal team placed on hold

HANNIBAL — Plans for professional baseball’s return to Hannibal have struck out, at least this year.

Bill Larsen, who had tried to create a four-team Single-A league, told the city that professional baseball will not return to Hannibal this summer. The city most recently had a professional team in the 1950s.

Time for play after a life full of work

Skip Deming is ready to trade in his seat behind a desk for a seat behind the wheel.

Deming, who has worked in the Columbia School District for 33 years, and his wife, Jerri, have big plans after Deming’s last day as assistant superintendent of instruction on June 25. They own a motor home in which they will travel across the continental United States.

’Hawks edge Soja, Mavs

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks lost 3-2 against the Rockford Riverhawks on Monday night at Marinelli Field in Rockford, Ill.

Mavericks pitcher Steve Soja (1-1) suffered the loss despite striking out seven and walking none in a complete game.

A bumpy start

Most parents worry about their kids on the first day of school — particularly when they don’t come home on time.

On the first day of the new summer school program operated by Newton Learning, difficulties arose in accommodating more than 7,000 students in seven buildings districtwide. Although the day at Columbia elementary schools ended at 4:15 p.m. Monday, many schools were still loading buses until 5 p.m. Some worried parents called police to report their children missing when they had not returned home by around 5:30 or 6 p.m. Shawn Brady, general manager of First Student, the company charged with transporting the students, said all students were finally home by 7:15 p.m. and said the system still has some kinks to work out.

Schools adopt budget, will work with REDI

The Columbia Board of Education adopted the proposed 2004-05 budget Monday night after reaching a compromise about cutting juvenile officer positions.

There was discussion at the board meeting Thursday about cutting the hours of the two juvenile officers from two full-time positions to two half-time positions. Superintendent Phyllis Chase said Monday that a change was made to the job description to keep both officers working full-time. The officers will now address elementary-school issues as well as secondary-level concerns.

Bush promotes Medicare in Missouri

LIBERTY — Part campaign trip, part information session, and part town hall meeting, President Bush's visit to Kansas City to discuss his new prescription drug card program gave him a chance to build support in a crucial presidential election swing state and put a positive spin on the new discount. “We want our seniors to have the benefits of modern medicine in a way that’s affordable," Bush said.

Rios was requested at scene of slaying

When police officers were trying to determine the identity of slaying victim Jesse Valencia, in the hours after the MU student’s body was found in an East Campus neighborhood, one person they turned to for help was Officer Steven Rios.

Capt. Mike Martin, the department’s investigative commander, said Rios — who was involved in a personal relationship with Valencia and is on administrative leave from the force — was called to the scene of the crime to aid investigators.


A candidate profile Sunday on page 4A attributed the wrong post to 23rd District state Rep. Jeff Harris, D-Columbia. He is the minority whip and a member of the Democratic Leadership Council.

An article Sunday on page 8A misidentified state Rep. Chuck Graham’s political party. He is a Democrat.