Seeking Sibley's Fort

Most everyone in Arrow Rock has heard of historic Sibley’s Fort, but no one knows where it was.

“For years in Arrow Rock they had a sign at the end of High Street that said, ‘Sibley’s Fort stood just near here,’” said Tim Baumann, professor of anthropology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “We were like ‘OK, where?’”

Prosecutor expected warrant to be issued

Columbia Police Department detectives told Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane nearly a week ago that a warrant for the arrest of former officer Steven Rios would be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.

While no warrant for Rios’ arrest had been issued as of Wednesday evening, Crane cited the information in a formal request for the appointment of a special prosecuting attorney to handle any future charges against Rios, according to a motion filed Friday with the Boone County Circuit Court.

Many complain Section 8 lacks oversight

Many blame a lack of required government oversight in the Housing Choice Voucher program for allowing undesirable landlords and tenants to run amok and ruin neighborhoods, especially for homeowners.

Who is responsible when something goes wrong? The tenant? The landlord? The city? The housing authority? Or is it the federal government? The answer is elusive.

Political group hires felons to sign up voters

JEFFERSON CITY — A Democratic group crucial to John Kerry’s presidential campaign has paid felons — some convicted of sex offenses, assault and burglary — to conduct door-to-door voter registration drives in at least three election swing states.

America Coming Together, contending that convicted criminals deserve a second chance in society, employs felons as voter canvassers in major metropolitan areas in Missouri, Florida, Ohio and perhaps other states.

Cyclists tackle the Katy Trail

By 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, there was an hour wait for a cheeseburger at the Trailside Cafe in Rocheport. Bicyclists filled the booths inside and sat outside waiting for their lunches.

The population of Rocheport more than doubled as nearly 300 bicyclists passed through on the annual Katy Trail Ride sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri State Park Foundation. Participants included families, fathers-and-sons, women and bicyclists of all experience levels.

Professor to take institute overseas

Mental health care professionals from around the country have traveled to MU to learn how to treat children and families who have been exposed to trauma. But a group of professionals from Iraq is unable to attend the Summer Institute of Psychosocial Trauma.

The annual Summer Institute, hosted by MU’s International Center for Psychosocial Trauma, is in its 10th year of existence and is headed by Dr. Arshad Husain, professor and chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at MU.

’Alley Oop’ lurks in MU library

In 1920, when V.T. Hamlin was an MU student for a semester, he sketched cartoons. A decade later, he created the comic strip “Alley Oop.” In the late 1980s, his cartoon art passed from the newspaper pages to a unique assembly of comic art at MU’s library.

The collection — tucked in the Special Collections Library on Ellis Library’s fourth floor — preserves a variety of culturally significant comics that show how comic art has been influenced by events of the day. Sometimes, it tells a story different than one you might find in history books.

If charges are filed against Rios, Swingle takes over

Boone County Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton has appointed Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney H. Morley Swingle, 49, to prosecute any charges that may be filed against former Columbia police officer Steven Rios in connection with the June 5 death of Jesse Valencia.

Swingle is a 1980 graduate of MU’s School of Law. He was elected prosecuting attorney for Cape Girardeau County in 1987 and has served five terms.

Set for their shot

Since his graduation and the end of a hectic basketball season, Travon Bryant has led a somewhat slow, simple life.

With his basketball plans undecided, there hasn’t been much for Bryant to do other than prepare for that future as best he can. On his own, Bryant has worked on his game and body for about five hours a day, then rested so he could do it again the next day.

Mavericks’ offense missing

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks played good defense and pitched well against Evansville, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Otters.

The Mavericks fell to the Otters 1-0 on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium in a game that was scoreless into the fifth inning for the second night in a row.

Marathon runner still going at 84

Most people start slowing after retirement. Ed Burnham has done anything but.

Burnham, 84, has run 138 marathons, and all of them have come after he turned 70. Burnham, of Kansas City, will run in the 5- and 10-kilometer Road Races at the Senior Show-Me State Games this weekend.

Post 202 rolls Jeff City

Jefferson City was worn out, and Post 202 took advantage.

Post 202 won both games of an American Legion doubleheader Wednesday at Rock Bridge, beating Jefferson City 13-3 in six innings in the first game and 14-2 in five innings in the second.

Draft promises to hold surprises

Uncertainty is perhaps the only thing certain about the NBA Draft. Whether that first-round pick becomes the next Michael Jordan or the next Sam Bowie remains to be seen, but those are the chances teams must take.

As usual, uncertainty marks the 2004 NBA Draft, which is at 6 tonight, but for some idea, the Missourian’s mock draft will provide thoughts on who might go where.