Sheriff’s reserve academy proposed

Truck drivers do it. Brain surgeons do it. Brick layers, retired cops and attorneys do it.

They all have been reserve officers for the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. And if Mick Covington becomes the next Boone County Sheriff, he plans to recruit and train more ordinary citizens to police the county.

Political Translation



Bush inherited a $237 billion surplus that a 2001 report from the Congressional Budget Office projected would total $5 trillion from 2002 through 2011. That course has been reversed.

Nash out indefinitely

Missouri suspended running back Damien Nash indefinitely for disciplinary reasons, coach Gary Pinkelsaid Monday.

Pinkel would not elaborate further on Nash’s suspension.

Shopping for a new look

The Parkade Center looks stripped down without its awnings, and inside, the smell of paints wafts up the stairs from the lower level — all proof of the adage that things usually have to get worse before they get better.

Columbia’s oldest mall is undergoing its first major face-lift since 1990, intended to make it more visible from Business Loop 70 and bring in new retailers and shoppers.

Leagues not short on eager bowlers

Let’s face it, bowling isn’t the world’s most fast-paced, spectator-friendly sport.

In fact, many participants spend more time drinking beer and smoking than actually bowling.

Excitement about Kewps football peaking

Do-or-die district play has arrived for Hickman’s football team, and the buzz won’t confine itself to the field.

“It’s going to be crazy,” Hickman student Kale Davis said. “People are going to be running around the hallways yelling about how we’re in districts. It’s just what they do. It’s districts.”

Southern domination

This difference isn’t hard to spot. It is clear at first glance at the Big 12 Conference standings.

The disparity between the North and South divisions can be seen at the top. In the South, No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 16 Texas A&M lead with 4-0 records. In the North, nobody has a record above .500. Missouri and Nebraska lead with 2-2 records.

Cougars give coach restful night

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington said her team finally gave her a good night’s sleep.

The Cougars defeated Illinois-Springfield 30-13, 30-16, 30-13 on Monday at the Arena of Southwell Complex, clinching the program’s 12th consecutive American Midwest Conference regular season title.

Bruins look past struggles

The Rock Bridge volleyball team has had bigger struggles then trying to kill the ball at the end of a long rally.

Its struggle to disprove the label of a young, inexperienced team in a rebuilding season has been a far greater challenge than facing any 6-foot middle blocker.

Former Tiger faces charges

Former Missouri quarterback Darrell Jackson was charged Monday with five counts of statutory rape according to a report.

He is accused of molesting an elementary school girl while he was a student at Webster Groves High School, the report on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Web site said.

Red Sox wary of relaxing

ST. LOUIS — Curt Schilling and the pitchers are clicking. Little Mark Bellhorn and the hitters are delivering. Manager Terry Francona is making all the right moves.

Despite a defense that can’t quite seem to catch the ball, the Boston Red Sox are halfway to capturing something that has slipped out of reach since 1918: the World Series trophy.

To this fan, Stan’s the man

Martha Spath’s favorite St. Louis Cardinals baseball player is Stan Musial.

Even as her memory fades, Spath, 85, remembers being a young teacher in Alton, Ill., and taking a passenger train with her brother south along the Mississippi River to Sportsman’s Park. Back then, Musial, a Hall of Fame legend of the 1940s and 1950s, led the Cardinals to three World Series titles from 1942 to 1946.

Medicare gap could be costly

If the words “doughnut hole” bring pastry to your mind, your thoughts are sweeter than DeForrest Cline’s. For him, as for many seniors and senior advocates, the phrase refers to a gap in prescription drug coverage left by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003.

Under the new policy, which will begin in January 2006, low-income Medicare recipients will be reimbursed for part of their prescription drug costs if their spending is under $2,250. At that mark, the coverage will stop until costs exceed $5,100 (equivalent to $3,600 in out-of-pocket spending) and catastrophic coverage will kick in — a mark that could leave an estimated 19,080 Missourians paying full price for prescription medications.

Experience a major factor in four-candidate race

JEFFERSON CITY — Experience in elective office has become one of the issues of contention in the race to become Missouri’s secretary of state.

The race features Catherine Hanaway, the Republican speaker of the Missouri House, and Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, a first-time politician and the daughter of the late Gov. Mel Carnahan and former U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan.

Audit looms over 25th District race

Bob Northup, Republican candidate for the 25th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives, is citing a 2002 state audit that found University Physicians lost millions of dollars as evidence that Democratic opponent Judy Baker lacks leadership skills.

While interim executive director of University Physicians for 21 months, Baker said, she identified problems in the system but was not there long enough to address the complex issues and fully implement solutions. Baker left after a full-time executive director, Patrick Thompson, was hired.

Journalism institute director named

MU alumna and Pulitzer Prize winner Pam Johnson will become the first executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in mid-November.

“The first thing I will work on is outreach to the newspaper and broadcast industry,” Johnson said. “We need to explain the institute to the industry across the country.”


Jill Hermsen wears two hats at MU. Not only is she coordinator of International Students and Scholars Services, but she is also working on her doctorate in education leadership and policy analysis. The double workload requires serious amounts of balancing, Hermsen said.

Being a student again showed her a perspective that she finds helpful to her job. Working with 1,400 international students, Hermsen’s primary role is to help teach them the rules, regulations and customs of America and MU. She also advises internationals on their options while at school and after graduation.

Charmed by jewelry

Every week for 15 to 20 hours, Shira Wasserman sits in her office — a desk tucked in the corner of her bedroom — and makes jewelry for the company she has been nurturing since she was 16.

Now, 21 years old, the Stephens College senior has single-handedly made Shira Melody Jewelry into a notable company, selling her creations in stores in Columbia, Kansas City and Lawrence, Kan.

How do I?

If you are an MU faculty member, please visit the University Registrar office website and download a new course proposal form.

Campus Updates

Starting Monday, MU’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery will host “Farm Story: A Place of Belonging,” a thesis exhibition by master’s student Joleen Goff.

Goff’s work was influenced by her experiences on her grandparents’ farm in southeastern Kansas, according to information about her from the gallery. It includes a series of silk-screened and painted canvas squares hung on a clothesline that show day-to-day life on the farm.