A new channel for public expression

Pat Fowler and Jay Hasheider are trying to get people to lead healthier lives. Carlton Flowers wants to entertain and enlighten. John Hopkins and his siblings want to spread the word of God. And Kim Sherman, Olivia Wyatt and Giavanna Accurso are in it for the kids. They are members of the first generation of television producers for the public-access channel Columbia Access Television. And although they are all taking advantage of a medium that has been missing from Columbia for more than two decades to bring their ideas to life, the results are radically different.

Arson suspected in building fire

Someone set fire to a central Columbia commercial building Thursday, Columbia Fire Department officials said. According to Battalion Chief Steve Sapp, the fire began in an interior room of the building at 722 W. Sexton Road, which is undergoing renovation. The roof and windows were damaged, along with air conditioning units and construction materials inside the building. Sapp estimated the damage sustained was between $10,000 and $20,000. A vehicle that belongs to the company remodeling the building, J&T Construction, also received minimal damage.

Storm leaves 4,000 residents without power

Numerous power lines went down at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday between Columbia and Moberly, leaving about 4,000 residents without power. Chris Rohlfing, manager of member services at Boone Electric Cooperative, said there were many poles damaged in Saturday’s storm.


A story on Friday gave the incorrect title for Columbia Police officer Latisha Stroer. She is a detective. The story also did not make clear the events leading to the arrest of Rock Bridge High School teacher Judith Burke. An anonymous tipster told police Tuesday that a Rock Bridge teacher had molested a 16-year-old student over the summer.

Conference helps uncover past

On Aug. 8, 1864, Xerxes Knox was covered with the body of a dead Union soldier in a garbage cart and smuggled out of the Confederate Army’s Camp Ford, four miles outside Tyler, Texas. It was Knox’s second escape attempt after nearly three months of imprisonment. He still had to travel on foot through rebel-held territory to reach the safety of Union lines. “I realized, had he not escaped, I may never have been born,” said Cyndi Howells, Knox’s great-great-great-granddaughter. “He gave me the life I have today.”

Medical expenses remedied

Joel Blackburn believes his patients require only the medical essentials. “We don’t have to give them a sleeping pill like they’d take at home,” Blackburn said.

$5,000 presented to burn care center

As a black cloud billowed over the rooftop, flames crawled up the walls of the house in southern Columbia. Thick, toxic smoke filled the room, making it difficult to see to the other side. For two MU students, survival came at the hands of firefighters. On April 3, that nightmare was reality for Skylark Lane resident John Rubin and guest Cody Boswell.

Rainfall numbers looking up

Business was slow at mid-Missouri farmers markets Saturday, but vendors didn’t seem to mind. It was raining — and more rain could be on the way.

Coleman not complaining

Long after most of the Missouri football players had happily made their way through the lobby of the Tom Taylor building and into the cafeteria for lunch early Saturday afternoon, junior quarterback Brandon Coleman emerged from a long hallway, quiet and alone. It’s been a long, lonely walk for Coleman in his three years at Missouri. Recruited out of North Miami High School in Florida, he arrived in Columbia just in time to get a front-row seat to the start of the Brad Smith Show. Since 2002, when Smith burst onto the national college football scene after becoming the second player in Division 1-A history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season, Coleman has found himself lower on the depth chart, waiting for the opportunity to step into a starting role.

Defensive line repositions

When Lorenzo Williams first stepped on to Faurot Field two years ago, he couldn’t have guessed he would end up on Missouri’s interior defensive line. A standout linebacker at Midwest City High School in Oklahoma, Williams said he weighed only 225 pounds when he joined the Tigers. Last spring, though, the sophomore with career aspirations in the medical field, was called upon to repair the hole in the heart of the Missouri defense left by the sudden departure of C.J. Mosley for the NFL.

Johnson set for final round

Chris Johnson leads the Kiwanis Columbia Championship golf tournament after shooting a 2-over-par 72 in the second round of the three-round tournament Saturday at A.L. Gustin Golf Course. Dee Sanders had led after shooting a 2-under par 69 in the opening round Friday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course with Johnson (70) in second. Sanders shot 74 on Saturday to fall one shot back.

Workout leaves me burned out

It’s been five months since I’ve stopped smoking. Every time I stopped the nasty habit in the past, I gained weight, so this time I decided to get serious and hired a personal trainer. After 10 weeks, I had my first assessment. I lost two pounds and eight inches. It cost me $800, so some quick math put my weight loss at $400 a pound. However, I was only a little disappointed. I was smoke-free, and I hadn’t gained the normal 25 pounds. I was determined to continue losing weight and even had visions of becoming an athlete. Maybe one day I would run a marathon or, even better, compete in a triathlon.