New firefighters join force, more still needed

The Boone County Fire Protection District is still 60 firefighters short of its desired 311 members after a commencement ceremony at the district headquarters Saturday.

Assistant Chief Bruce Piringer, head of the Training and Education Bureau, said the district hopes to recruit more firefighters because it has recently added two stations. This year’s second recruit class will begin June 20.

Second PrideFest features more booths, food

To get to PrideFest 2005, you first have to make it past security: four women armed with water guns and a quick wit. Nobody gets through without a conversation.

“Everybody’s got something good to point out about them,” Peri said after calling over Beth, Kim and Rae to feel an exceptionally soft shirt on a driver.

Arrests made for central city shootings

Police arrested two Columbia men Thursday and Friday in connection with a shooting in a central Columbia neighborhood.

Dajuan A. Harris, 22, was arrested for armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon and Denico Sanchez Crawley, 18, was arrested for first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with a shooting at the corner of Trinity Place and Park Avenue near Douglass Park on May 31.

Barrel racing on their minds

If you ride horses you probably know the Schneider family.

Jeff, Nanette, Katie and Jacob Schneider have been riding horses for most of their lives. Not only do they win state awards for barrel racing, but they train and sell horses as well.

Former champions lead pack in Hagan

There were 110 golfers who took part in the qualifying round for the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship on Saturday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. David McDonald, Dee Sanders and Scott Sasek led the field with low rounds of even par 71.

The qualifying round cut the field down to 64 for the start of match play competition today. Two rounds are scheduled to narrow the field to 32 with the final rounds set for next weekend.

New season, new uniforms

When the Missouri football players take on Arkansas State in this season’s opener, they will sport a new style that has been in the works for over a year.

“A little over a year ago, we decided it was time for a new look,” said Director of Equipment Operations Don Barnes.

They’ve got the beat

Drums beat in the background. The Mid-Missouri High Steppers clap their hands, move their feet in a fast–paced pattern.

The steady rhythm connects them as they practice their precise movements with confidence. Dancers move off to either side and sit on the ground. The drummers take center stage. The dancers get up and perform again. The drummers move back.

Exposing the tapes of Watergate

The revelation that former FBI second-in-command W. Mark Felt was “Deep Throat” has brought new attention to the role reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein played in unraveling the Watergate conspiracy.

But Michael Sanders says another man, who was just as responsible for bringing down Richard Nixon, has been mostly forgotten by history. That man was his father, Don Sanders, who was a lawyer, an FBI agent, Boone County commissioner, and the man who, during the Watergate hearings, discovered there was a tape recorder in the Nixon White House.

Crew mourns lineman’s death

Steve Ebert had a reputation among Columbia linemen as a man who couldn’t say no.

So when the city of Independence asked Thursday if Columbia could send a crew to help repair its power system in the wake of a Wednesday storm, it was no surprise that Ebert was among those who answered the call.

Local coverage gets first priority

Dear Reader,

The classic debate over community newspapers — local news vs. big national happenings — came up in the newsroom last week.

State Medicaid cuts hit home

The impact of state Medicaid cuts on Boone County is just beginning.

“We’re already getting calls about people anticipating losing their coverage,” said Steve Hollis, a social services supervisor at the Columbia/Boone County Health Department.

DNR appoints private lawyer for bridge suit

JEFFERSON CITY — The Department of Natural Resources has hired a private attorney to go up against Attorney General Jay Nixon in a dispute over whether the agency can relinquish rights to a Boonville railroad bridge.

The department said Friday that Kent Lowry, at the Armstrong Teasdale law firm, will represent DNR.

Striving for Normalcy

Every morning, Rebecca Wylie, 20, gets dressed, brushes her teeth and eats breakfast. A junior graphic design major, she goes to class, hangs out with her friends and downloads everything she can find by heartthrob John Mayer, just like hordes of other MU students.

But life requires something more of Rebecca.

A personal aide dresses and feeds Rebecca and brushes her teeth. She uses a motorized wheelchair to get to classes. A 12-inch mouth stick with a charcoal pencil attached allows her to draw.

My talent pool quite shallow in swimming

My husband never learned to swim. The main reason, he says, is because there was no swimming pool where he lived, a small town in Iowa. And he says he almost drowned in a neighbor’s pond when he got tangled in some undergrowth. His fear of water was so intense that he insisted that all of our children learn how to swim.

I can remember as a kid taking swimming lessons from the American Red Cross. I don’t remember the lessons, but I remember carrying a card stating that I was a junior lifesaver. Thank God I never had to save anyone.