Two Shot Dead on North Side

Lloyd and Deloris Hazell were found dead at their home Monday afternoon in a subdivision north of Columbia, but their teenage granddaughter escaped the house unharmed.

Police said Lloyd Hazell, 66, shot and killed his wife, 68, before shooting himself. The couple had been married for about three years, according to police.

Bond seeks anti-terror money for MU

When it comes to the nation’s increasing efforts to prevent terrorist attacks, mid-Missouri might not be the first place that comes to mind.

But Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., wants to put MU at the forefront of research designed to prevent what he calls biological and agricultural terrorism, from the poisoning of the food supply to the infection of cattle with communicable diseases.

Sparky statue returns to shop

Similar to the consequence for real dogs when they run away from home, the Sparky statue now wears a collar with a leash that is tied to the tree outside the Ninth Street ice cream shop bearing his name.

After a long absence, Sparky the bulldog has returned home. The original statue of the dog was stolen last fall and never returned.

Harg petition tables annexation

Harg-area residents submitted a petition Monday to halt developer Billy Sapp’s request for voluntary annexation of 169 acres.

Although the petition should have immediately tabled the issue on the Columbia City Council’s agenda, council members debated voting on the annexation Monday evening.

Fire causes $15,000 in damage at MU

A radio left on top of an electric stove caused a small fire at University Village on 601 S. Providence Road, causing about $15,000 in damage, Columbia fire investigators said.

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to the scene about 1 p.m. and extinguished the fire in the vacant apartment on the second floor of the building, according to a press release.

With war, fiction better than reality

Flickering images of young men dance across the television set. These are young men at home on leave from serving with the armed forces in Iraq. Some of them are recuperating from injuries, saying they can hardly wait to get back to the action. Their parents are naturally proud, not missing an opportunity to sing their children’s praises. Down the street, a colleague has an uncle who served in another war and is now critically ill. This individual has been going through a frustrating process, trying to get information from Veterans Affairs on the medical services available for a war hero. He was a recipient of several awards for bravery in action. These are the kinds of slices of life triggering emotions that tend to keep me awake at night.

Every now and then, someone asks me if I wouldn’t like some young member of my family to follow in my footsteps and become a nonfiction writer. They are always surprised when I say no. I hope they go into other fields, or if they want to write, I encourage them to become fiction writers. That’s a lot more fun. If you like, you can make all your stories have happy endings.

Governor’s Mansion gets panic buttons

JEFFERSON CITY — Panic buttons have been installed in the Governor’s Mansion to alleviate Gov. Matt Blunt’s concerns about the prison inmates who work in the house.

For at least 100 years, the state has used inmate labor for cleaning, cooking and maintenance at the mansion, the Department of Corrections said. Some inmates even dress in tuxedos to act as waiters and coat checkers at formal events.

Trooper killed outside his home

VAN BUREN — Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers were mourning the death of one of their own Monday and trying to find out who killed Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham.

Graham, 37, a divorced father of a 4-year-old son, was found shot to death in front of his rural southeast Missouri home about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. A passer-by saw the body and called the patrol, said Roger Stottlemyre, superintendent of the patrol.

Growth brings space crunch for city schools

As residential developments keep popping up throughout Columbia, so do school enrollments.

Concerns are arising from the community, schools and parents because there isn’t enough room. Columbia’s population has grown by about 7,000 in the last five years.

Priorities: Wages, class size, reading skills

Strolling through the supermarket is a task some people find to be a burden, but Donald Ludwig enjoys his everyday trips to the market.

Ludwig, who is running for his second term on the school board, goes to the market each day to purchase all the ingredients to prepare dinner for his family — a chore he gladly takes on in his retirement.

A Sea of Tapes

About 100,000 blank videotapes sit stacked and untouched at Alternative Community Training. Some are marked “rejects” while others are still usable. Either way, almost no one is interested in buying them.

“We’re stuck in a sea of tapes,” said Jim Williams, director of operations and community employment at ACT.

Snyder focuses on next year

No television cameras filmed the reaction of the Missouri men’s basketball team when the NCAA Tournament brackets were revealed March 13.

There was no need.

Cards’ Hagin fuels steroids dispute

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Wayne Hagin has apologized for comments implying that Colorado Rockies All-Star first baseman Todd Helton used steroids, an assertion that Helton angrily denied.

In an interview Saturday with St. Louis radio station ESPN 1380, Hagin — a decade-long broadcaster of Rockies games before coming to St. Louis two years ago — said of Helton, “I know he tried it because Don Baylor told me. He said to me, ‘I told him to get off the juice, that he was a player who didn’t need that, get off it.”‘

Kansas’ future relies solely on Self

KANSAS CITY — With none of Bill Self’s recruits making a significant impact, Kansas bore the unmistakable stamp of Roy Williams this past season.

It’s only next year, three seasons after Williams left the Jayhawks for North Carolina, that Kansas will become a team built by Self, the former Illinois coach.