A taste of medicine

The smell of formaldehyde hung thickly in the warm afternoon air in the lab.

Kody Finstad concentrated intently on his patient, scalpel hovering over the foot. The room grew hushed except for a few good-natured jabs from the crowd surrounding him.

Teacher salaries rank 43rd

JEFFERSON CITY — The average salary of Missouri teachers ranks 43rd in the country, below all of Missouri’s neighbors except Arkansas and Oklahoma, according to a survey by a teachers union.

The American Federation of Teachers found the national average salary for the 2002-03 school year, the latest data available, was $45,771. In Missouri, the average salary was $37,641. By comparison, the average median household income in Missouri was $43,955 as of 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Senate hopefuls debate

Democratic candidates for the 19th District State Senate took off their gloves Wednesday night in a Boone County debate.

Tim Harlan, former 23rd District House representative until 2002, began the jabs against State Rep. Chuck Graham when responding to a question about plans to minimize the undue influence of corporations on the political process.

Hamming it up: preparing for the fair

People from all over the county are expected to bring their carefully crafted projects to the fairgrounds today for the Boone County Fair. The 58th annual event kicks off Monday. They’ll enter their items — everything from displays on cake decorating to the ideal country cured ham — for judging in three different fair contests.

Camp promotes positive choices

The steady sound of marching echoes throughout the parking lot.

“Left, left, left right left,” bellow the campers, their foreheads and cheeks coated with green and black face paint. Serious, determined expressions line their faces.

State tax credits help local charities

For 11 Boone County charities, finding donations from businesses became easier Tuesday when the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced they would receive about $2.5 million in state tax credits.

The 11 charities were among 107 in the state that received a total of $16 million in tax credits to provide incentives for businesses to donate.

DVD outlines treatments for farmers

You’ve heard it before: No pain, no gain. For farmers living with arthritis, the cliché often becomes a way of life. But it doesn’t have to be.

Many farmers with arthritis perform physically demanding work daily, despite debilitating aches and pains. The doctors who treat such farmers now have a new resource to help them to better understand their patients’ lifestyle and provide more comprehensive treatment.

Naturalists program combines outdoors study, volunteerism

Mid-Missourians who want to expand their knowledge of the natural world will have the opportunity through a new program being offered this fall.

The Master Naturalist program, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension, is a nine-week course in ecology and natural history. Participants who complete the course, which includes 40 hours of class sessions and field trips, eight hours of advanced training in a specific field and 40 hours of volunteer service, can be certified as master naturalists.

Flat Branch Park plans to add a water plaza

Columbia’s Flat Branch Park may get a little more interactive.

Mike Snyder, park planner for Columbia Parks and Recreation, said the plan is to create a water plaza with fountains that children can play in. Often called “spray-grounds,” the fountain will feature water that shoots out in designs, such as arches. Plans include smaller fountains for children who may not like playing in the larger fountain. The plaza will be constructed with brick or cobblestone, which Snyder said will be more attractive in winter, when the water is turned off.

Bird’s-eye view of Boone

New aerial maps available online can help Boone County residents find a new home or a piece of property. The maps can be found at, where users can type in an address, zoom in and out on a particular parcel, identify who owns the property, measure distances and print the maps at no cost.

The aerial photos of Boone County were taken in March 2002 to assist local government officials. But, since becoming available to the public Feb. 6, the photos have also helped local realtors, surveyors and title companies research property and tax information.

Mavs number 40 losses

The Gateway Grizzlies led the league in transactions last year with nearly 50 and won the Frontier League championship.

Entering the second half of this season, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks have shattered the Grizzlies’ number with 68 roster changes, but the results are no where near the same.

Hosts offer Mavs solace

With all the changes the Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ roster has undergone, the front gate at Taylor Stadium might as well be a revolving door.

The same can be said for the homes of the Mavericks’ host families.

Knaebel aces final round

A hole in one is rare, but Wednesday at the Country Club of Missouri, Denise Knaebel of Moberly made it look easy.

A storm front threatened the final round of the 66th Missouri Women’s Amateur Championship, but as the clouds parted, more than the sun began to shine.

Columbians like location

The Show-Me State Games were Melinda Kidder’s first local tae kwon do events competition when she moved to Columbia three years ago, and she has competed in it every year since.

Kidder is pleased the Games, which start Friday, are local so she can bring Boone, her 3-year-old daughter, with her. The competition is close enough to home that she does not have to worry about finding her daughter a place to rest.


A map on page 8A Wednesday showing Columbia College’s campuses omitted the Jefferson City campus.

A story in Wednesday’s Missourian incorrectly implied that the smoke detectors in older residence halls are not hardwired, as opposed to battery operated. Smoke detectors in all campus residence halls are hardwired.