Local art gallery nationally ranked in trade magazine

A downtown Columbia art gallery has been ranked among America’s top 100 for the second year in a row.

Poppy, which sells contemporary art and gifts at 914 E. Broadway, made it to Niche magazine’s list of the Top 100 Retailers of American Craft for 2004. Blue Stem Missouri Crafts, 13 S. Ninth St., made the 2003 list.

Farmland rezoning gets nod from P&Z

Columbia’s Planning and Zoning Commission narrowly recommended approval of a permanent zoning request Thursday for 160 acres of farmland east of the city limits that is scheduled to be annexed Nov. 1. In the same meeting, the commission voted unanimously to recommend denial of a request to rezone the property at Providence Road and Third Avenue for commercial use.

The commission voted 4 to 3 to recommend approval of the farmland rezoning plan. Owner Gary Evans has requested permanent, open residential zoning for the land, which would give the city less oversight over future development than if it were not open zoning. The land is currently zoned for residential and agricultural use by Boone County.

Graham questions Ditmore’s ‘pro-life’ rating

Chuck Graham, the Democratic candidate for the 19th District seat in the Missouri Senate, called on Republican candidate Mike Ditmore to release to the public a questionnaire from Missouri Right to Life that led the group to give Ditmore a 100 percent “pro-life” rating.

The rating appeared in the organization’s General Election Endorsement Guide. Graham, however, took issue with the group’s assessment of Ditmore.

Bus tour makes stop to oppose war in Iraq

Peace activists with Wheels of Justice demonstrated Thursday at Speaker’s Circle on the MU campus, speaking in opposition of U.S. military operations in Iraq. The event was co-sponsored at MU by Students for Progressive Action and the Muslim Students Organization.

Wheels of Justice activists visit universities throughout the school year, giving students eyewitness accounts of their experiences in Iraq.

British media torn over hostage coverage

LONDON — In a country where anti-war sentiment is rapidly growing, the British press is facing a daily dilemma: how to cover a British hostage crisis in Iraq amid a torrent of criticism over the country’s role in the global war on terror.

British engineer Ken Bigley was kidnapped on Sept. 16 along with Americans Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong. Four days later, members of the Tawhid and Jihad militant group beheaded Armstrong. Hensley, too, was killed within days.

Making 'Em Smile

The president of one of the largest student political organizations on MU’s campus is determined to get his conservative message out, even if it means being mistaken for a “Deaniac.”

Before Brian Johnson became president of the Mizzou College Republicans and editor of Equitas, a monthly publication on conservative thought, he was merely a face in the crowd at a meeting of MU Howard Dean supporters. He told the Dean crowd he was a conservative and attending as an observer for a new publication called The Campus Review.

Citizens to participate in debate

ST. LOUIS — After choosing between flank steak and chicken with prosciutto, the citizen questioners will take their seats on the risers surrounding the stage and the tall swivel chairs that President Bush and Sen. John Kerry will occupy. The questioners will have a chance to practice speaking into a microphone, but only the moderator will know what they will ask if given the chance.

Secrecy about the questions is one essential rule among many for what is expected to be the least predictable of the three presidential debates. Rather than a journalist designing questions, Friday night’s town hall session will be turned over to the worries and musings of prospective voters.

Catching hold of history

Representatives from Union Pacific and Osage Construction Co., along with three Boonville residents, took a tour of the Boonville Railroad Bridge on Tuesday. The group toured the aging bridge, slated for demolition later this fall, to find out what parts could be salvaged as historical memorabilia.

Candle fires a growing hazard

Retailers sell almost $2 billion worth of candles each year in the United States, according to the National Fire Prevention Association, but the growing popularity of candles has an expensive and sometimes deadly downside.

In 2001, candles were to blame for an estimated 18,000 fires, 190 deaths and $265 million in property damage in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Tigers set for trips to Texas

Starting Saturday, Missouri is looking for Texas to be a friendly place over the next week.

The Tigers (3-1, 1-0) make the first of back-to-back trips to Texas on Saturday, traveling to Waco to play Baylor (2-2, 0-1) in their first Big 12 Conference road game of the season. Saturday’s game starts at 9 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Net.


Terry Smith splits his time among doting on a new grandson, watching baseball and changing the lives of those he encounters in his career as professor and administrator at Columbia College.

“My favorite part of the job is seeing all of lives that change for the better because of their opportunity to get a higher education,” Smith said. “It is so easy to make a difference here as an administrator and faculty member because (the college) is so small.”


“Wise Shall be the Bearers of Light.”

This motto spans the stone archway connecting two of Francis Quadrangle’s oldest buildings, the School of Journalism’s Walter Williams and Neff halls .

Vegan urges MU farmers: Grow crops, not livestock

Gene Bauston is a vegan starved for change.

The animal rights activist has lived without dairy and meat for 20 years — which made for an interesting clash of cultures at a campus appearance Tuesday night before a roomful of meat eaters and future farmers in Neff Auditorium.

Harper anchors Kewpies’ success

Luke Harper has a motor inside that won’t quit.

It’s a motor that earned him a varsity starting job his freshman year and all-state honors his sophomore and junior seasons. When it comes to Hickman football, Harper just hasn’t figured out how to stop.

Student commons to be dedicated

The Atkins Holman Student Commons at Columbia College will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The building opened at the start of the school year and is meant to be a convenient gathering place for students.

Stopping the run is key for Bruins

In the first five games of his varsity career, Francis Howell Central sophomore Brad Bira has been on the receiving end of two long touchdown passes from senior quarterback Johnnie Collins.

Tonight, Bira will be the one throwing to receivers.


Board of Curators honors 4 professors

The University of Missouri Board of Curators awarded four MU professors an annual award of $10,000 for as long as they hold their appointed positions.

Alumna: ‘Race does matter’

MU alumna Velma McBride Murry had a clear message when she spoke Thursday afternoon in MU’s Jesse Wrench Auditorium.

“Race does matter,” she said.

Homecoming parade canceled

After 32 years of doing an annual parade together, Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools are headed for a homecoming break-up.

Scheduling conflicts forced Rock Bridge and Hickman to forgo their joint homecoming parade this year.

Reys up for three-peat

Rock Bridge senior Whitney Reys is optimistic about state tennis this year. As part of a team that has won two consecutive state championsips, she and her teamates have high hopes for the state tournament. In her fourth year as a starter on the Bruins girls tennis team, she has a lot to live up to. “We want to win state,” Reys said. “How could you not? Once you’ve done it twice, you can’t lower your standards.”