Whooping cough hits Columbia schools

Judy Snyder had a message on her answering machine Wednesday afternoon informing her that a case of pertussis, or whooping cough, had been reported in her son’s kindergarten and first-grade class at Ridgeway Elementary School.

In addition to the phone call, Snyder’s son, Alexander, brought home a letter from the school with information on the symptoms and recommended treatment for whooping cough.

Bush coming to Columbia

President George W. Bush plans to visit Columbia on Tuesday, highlighting the importance of Missouri as a swing state in what will be his 21st visit to the state since taking office.

Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm confirmed the president’s visit Thursday but has not received any details about the trip, including where and when Bush will speak. However, he was confident the visit will occur.

High court to hear Lane’s tax suit

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that it will review a property-tax lawsuit against the Columbia School District and Boone County Collector Pat Lensmeyer.

The case stems from a suit filed by Henry Lane, a self-described anti-tax activist, who has run for the Columbia school board six times and failed.

Tigers look past hype

Entering the season ranked for the first time since 1980, the Missouri football team has high expectations placed on it.

But no one’s standards for the Tigers are higher than those of coach Gary Pinkel.

Taxicabs lead funeral procession

A black limousine led a procession of seven taxicabs down Broadway late Thursday morning, honoring Robert Johnson, the former owner of Bob’s Checker Cab Co., who died Sunday.

Johnson, of Millersburg, died at University Hospital from complications of a vascular surgery performed Aug. 23. He was 69.

Coach pins hopes on fast learners

MU soccer coach Bryan Blitz hopes his team will show how quickly it can learn from mistakes at this weekend’s Nike Tiger Invitational.

The Tigers are 1-1 after losing 4-1 to Illinois on Sunday. MU had a rough first half against the Illini, but was able to recover and play a much better second half. Junior forward Jennifer Nobis, who scored the lone goal against Illinois, said the improvement in the second half shows the team can learn quickly from its mistakes.

Roadway’s renaming set for pre-game event

As students, staff and alumni celebrate the opening of MU’s home football season Saturday, another group of people will gather to remember a man who had his own impact upon the university.

Mick Deaver was a 1966 graduate of MU who began working for the MU Police Department in 1972. In February 1980, at age 38, Deaver died in an automobile crash. At the time, he was the department’s associate director.

Panel to announce three finalists for high court job

Today, a non-partisan panel is expected to announce three finalists to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.

On Thursday, the Appellate Judicial Commission met with 22 applicants for the position, which was left open after President Bush appointed Judge Duane Benton to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

High holiday traffic expected

The price of gasoline in Columbia is about 15 cents per gallon higher than last year, but that won’t stop Jenny Talbert from going on a camping trip with her family this Labor Day weekend. The MU sophomore will be joining thousands of Missouri motorists hitting the road to take advantage of the last three-day weekend of the summer.

“We always go camping on Labor Day,” she said. “It’s a family tradition because my parents have off work.”

Bruins set for improved Owls

The last time the Rock Bridge football team played Marshall, quarterback Paul Wayne Thomas wasn’t a factor.

Thomas, the son of Marshall coach Paul Thomas, threw two touchdown passes at last week’s Higginsville jamboree and led an offense that successfully converted all seven third-down attempts.

Kewps face new task

For Hickman football coach Gregg Nesbitt, it’s always a challenge preparing for a season opener, especially against an opponent he has never faced.

Convocation kicks off new year at Stephens

Students, faculty, staff and guests gathered at Stephens College on Thursday to open a new school year more than a week after classes had already begun.

On Thursday, for the second time since it was stopped in the mid-1990s, the college's opening convocation officially kicked off the school year with reflection and optimism, welcoming students both new and old.

Noodles fare joins District

Missouri's second Nothing But Noodles franchise opens today at the corner of Ninth and Cherry streets, the former location of the Cajun restaurant Glenn's Café.

From its green, noodle-shaped light fixture to its pasta-themed menu, Nothing But Noodles aims to add a new style and flavor to the District's already diverse offering of restaurants.

Groups push for public-access channels

Cable and Television Corp. board members Jeff Bassinson and Steve Hudnell assured Columbia's Cable Television Task Force on Thursday that they would deliver a programming schedule in time for Tuesday's City Council meeting.

At Tuesday's meeting, the task force, along with representatives from the Cable and Television Corp. and Stephens College, will attempt to promote to the City Council the idea of a 2 percent increase in cable costs to fund an educational public-access channel.

Bush to talk about jobs, war in Columbia speech

President George W. Bush plans to talk about jobs, the war on terrorism

and the economy when he addresses area residents at the Boone County

Fairgrounds on Tuesday.

The president's visit to Columbia will come after appearances at Lee's

Summit High School near Kansas City and at the Missouri State

Fairgrounds in Sedalia.