All ages get chance at Missouri Big I

Kate Gallagher’s age wasn’t a disadvantage as she took on high school girls at the Big I Youth Championship tournament at A.L. Gustin Golf Course on Tuesday.

“It was fun,” Gallagher said. “I’ve played with them before. I’ve played in this tournament for three years, and I’m kind of used to it.”

Switch to NAIA boosts Stephens

Stephens College is adjusting well to its new athletic affiliation.

“It’s really been a smooth transition,” said Dane Pavlovich, the Stars basketball and volleyball coach, said. “It’s been a situation where we had a lot of things in place and ready to go before we heard the official word.”

Suite Living

Beginning Aug. 15, students will move into four new residence halls, named for the four core values. They are MU’s first since the completion of Gillett Hall in 1967. Construction costs totaled about $45 million; a little over $35 million was paid by Residential Life. Campus Dining Services, which will operate Plaza 900, the dining facility, contributed a little more than $9 million.

Smith included on O’Brien list

Missouri junior Brad Smith is included on the preseason watch list for the 2004 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. The list of 42 athletes was released Monday. The award is the oldest and most prestigious in the country for college quarterbacks.

Smith has set the Missouri career offense record with 6,745 yards in 25 games for the Tigers and has 4,310 career passing yards.

Local Democrats set up headquarters

One morning in early June, a truck driver parked his rig in the middle of Walnut Street. While traffic backed up behind the truck, the driver ran into Columbia’s Democratic headquarters and requested two John Kerry bumper stickers.

Providing bumper stickers, yard signs and general information about the Democratic candidates are some of the functions of the headquarters, said Bill Clark, a volunteer at the Boone County Democratic Central Committee office in Columbia.

Shoppers face inconsistent sales tax breaks

JEFFERSON CITY — Shoppers looking for back-to-school bargains could save more in some parts of Missouri than others due to the patchwork application of a sales tax break next month.

Under a one-time state law, Missouri will waive its sales tax Aug. 13-15 for school-related items such as clothes, backpacks and computers. But cities, counties and other tax districts can choose to charge their local sales taxes anyway. And many will be doing so.

County awards service funds

After one amendment to increase funding possibilities for Centro Latino, the Boone County Community Services Advisory Commission approved its 2005 funding recommendations Tuesday night. Five commissioners favored the plan, two opposed and one abstained.

The decision came after a public hearing held by the commission about its recommendations for social service funding. More than $21,000 in new money was available to social service agencies this year, for a total of $843,350. Thirty-eight agencies made requests totaling $988,976. Therefore, some commission recommendations were for significantly less money than what agencies had requested.

Building locations checked by EPA

Inspectors from the Environmental Protection Agency last week scrutinized eight area construction sites, including the Bass Pro Shops on Vandiver Drive.

Inspectors Lorenzo Sena and Margie St. Germain visited the sites to ensure developers are sticking to federal standards for storm water management.

Future of median on Range Line debated

Following the Missouri Department of Transportation’s decision to postpone approving plans for construction on Range Line Street at the request of property owners, the North Columbia League adopted its own formal plan Tuesday to present to MoDOT.

The North Columbia League, an association of business and property owners with frontage along Range Line, was initially formed to lobby the government to accelerate expansion and improvement of Range Line. Now that those improvements are on the horizon, the league wants to ensure the work has a positive impact on the area, league Chairman Cris Burnam said.

Finding time for food

Among the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced city, the long lines at fast-food restaurants indicate one thing about American culture: Many people do not take the time to sit down and have a home-cooked meal. But some people are trying to bring back the tradition of slow food.

Bernadette Dryden, leader of the area Slow Food USA group called Katy Trail, first became involved in the slow-food movement a few years ago after attending a series of workshops in Portland, Ore.

Device eases seizure severity

Twenty-year-old epileptic Michelle Botteron of California, Mo., used to have 20 to 30 seizures a day. The number of seizures was reduced to less than half following a one-hour outpatient surgery.

With two minor incisions, Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy was attached to a wire that is connected to the vagus nerve in the left side of the neck. VNS therapy works through a small pacemaker-like device that is implanted under a muscle in the chest, said Dr. Nitin Patel, pediatric neurologist at University Hospital. VNS therapy helps to reduce the strength and the number of seizures a patient would normally experience.

Columbia College crosses borders

Before Columbia College began offering classes in January, the City Colleges of Chicago had a campus in Guantanamo Bay, offering associate degrees. The Navy, however, wanted an institution that could offer both associate and bachelor’s degree programs on the base, so last July Navy officials asked Columbia College if the college would consider coming to the island. Columbia College officials didn’t hesitate.

Microchips make finding pets easier

Columbia pet owners are taking advantage of microchip technology, invented by AVID Microchip Identification Systems, which reunites one pet with its owner every 72 seconds nationwide. The company’s PETtrac pet recovery network receives 4,000 to 6,000 calls per week, AVID spokesman Loran Hickton said.

Family of shooting victim sues security company

Some of the victim’s families from the July 1, 2003, shooting at the Modine Manufacturing Co. are seeking restitution.

According to court documents, plaintiffs Brandy Jackson and Michael Wilson, the children of Terry Wilson, are suing Burns Security, now called Securitas, for negligence in failing to provide proper security, which resulted in the wrongful death of their father. The trial is set for Oct. 17, 2005.