State tax holiday set for weekend

Friday through Sunday a statewide sales tax holiday for some back-to-school items will allow shoppers to take a slightly smaller hit to the pocketbook, but shoppers in Columbia and Boone County won’t save as much as those in some other Missouri cities.

Missouri will lift its 4.22 percent sales tax on clothing items, school supplies and computer software and supplies under a certain dollar amount. Each individual item of clothing cannot exceed $100 to receive the tax break, but there’s no limit on the total for clothing purchases. For computer and school supplies, the total purchased amount cannot exceed $2,000 and $50, respectively.

Attempting to beat the odds

At 236 pounds, Zach Kauflin looks the part of a defensive lineman. His biceps bulge from underneath his gray shirt. His 6-foot-2-inch frame reflects his dedication to athletics.

Underneath this powerful exterior, bandages and IV tubing affixed to his chest tell another story.

MU cuts athletic hostess group

Several members of MU’s outbound Tiger Hostess program say its merger this fall with the campus’ Visitor Relations Tour Team might make athletic recruitment too impersonal.

“You make friends with the recruit, you spend a lot of time with them and make them feel comfortable with Mizzou,” said sophomore Alicia Hammond, who would have been a Tiger Hostess this fall. “The change is not necessarily a bad thing, but it won’t have the same effect this year.”

Conference helps dig up the past

When Linda Fisher speaks at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia this weekend, she’ll be mentioning consumption a lot. But Fisher won’t be hocking the latest fad diet, nor will she be denouncing 21st century excess. She’ll be referring to the outmoded medical term used on late 19th century death certificates to describe cholera.

Fisher, a former chief medical officer for St. Louis County, will be teaching attendees of the 2004 Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference how to interpret death certificates from the late 19th century and early 20th century. The conference, which is held annually in a central Missouri location, is expected to draw almost 200 recreational and professional genealogists to a series of workshops and lectures.

New colors, new lighting, new carousel featured

As you walk into the Columbia Mall’s main entrance you will instantly notice the bright lights reflected off a large apparatus in the middle of the cafe court. Beyond the lights children laugh as they ride a variety of animals harnessed and saddled.

A large 38-foot custom-made carousel is now the centerpiece of the Columbia Mall’s cafe court. On Wednesday, children lined up, eagerly awaiting their turn for a ride on the vibrant fair ride. Designed like a fair carousel, it is adorned with bright lights that gleam off the golden poles from wooden floor to canopy ceiling. Its orange and red paint reflects the lighting, and the intricate craftsmanship is evident even at a glance.

Heading in the right direction

Freshman quarterback Darrell Jackson is an inch taller and ten pounds heavier than Brad Smith. Maybe one day he can fill Smith’s shoes.

Jackson is competing with freshmen Mack Breed and Chase Patton, a former Rock Bridge standout, and sophomore Brandon Coleman to back up Smith, a potential Heisman Trophy candidate.

Eligibility issue stalls tailback

After participating in the first two fall practices, Tony Temple, a freshman running back, was held out of Wednesday’s practice after a problem with his eligibility arose with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Temple, from Rockhurst High in Kansas City, was ranked the No. 2 running back in the country by last year and the No. 18 player overall.