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Angus among us

Two angus steers staged a jailbreak at the intersection of Conley Road and U.S. 63 Tuesday morning. Jay Lewis of Ashland was driving 17 of his steers to a sale barn at Boonville when the escape occurred.

Bilingual enrollment rises

There are students in Columbia who, if asked, would not be able to express their fears or excitement about returning to school this year to their classmates. Their inability to convey those feelings is not due to any kind of disability. Instead, it is due to their inability to speak English. “When I came here, I didn’t know anything,” said 7-year-old Laura Valencia, a second-grader at Paxton Keeley Elementary School.

How do we carve up $25 million in pathways?

Columbia will soon have $25 million to spend on a citywide network of pedestrian, bicycle and wheelchair pathways. For now, city officials are unsure about how the money will be distributed, overseen and spent. The city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission will meet tonight to discuss the issue. “Very little is known at this point about how the money will be administered,” said Frederick Schmidt, secretary of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission.

Mavs turn mayor into bobblehead

Batman, Rudy Giuliani and Laura Bush all have one. Arnold Schwarzenegger even sued manufacturers over his. Now residents of Columbia will have the chance to show off a bobblehead doll of their mayor. On Aug. 26, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks will celebrate their last Friday night home game of the season by giving away 500 bobblehead dolls of Mayor Darwin Hindman.

Correction

The child protection hearing for Denim Allen is Tuesday, Aug. 22. In an article published Tuesday, an incorrect date for the hearing was given.

Something to think about

The play appeared to be finished. The ball had been snapped directly into the ground, a good foot and a half in front of the quarterback, and in all honesty, it didn’t really matter. Because Chase Daniel was the fourth-string quarterback, after all, and how impressive could he possibly be?

Howard drawing praise at tight end

Junior DeQuincy Howard watched last season while sophomore Martin Rucker earned the starting tight end spot and emerged as a legitimate receiving option for quarterback Brad Smith. But he was not jealous. Howard, Rucker’s backup, took it as a learning experience.

Taguchi's career day lifts Cardinals

ST. LOUIS – So Taguchi, one of the St. Louis Cardinals’ unexpected regulars due to injuries, is doing more than his part to keep the team on top of the National League. Taguchi matched career highs with four hits and three RBIs, and Jeff Suppan pitched seven strong innings to win for the third time in four starts in an 8-2 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Free tire disposal is at an end

Mid-Missouri residents will now be charged a fee to dispose of their used tires at annual tire collections. Previously, residents were permitted to dump old tires at no charge. Starting this fall, people will have to pay $1 to throw out tires measuring less than 16 inches and $5 for truck tires and other tires larger than standard size.

Bountiful botanicals

Butterflies fluttered in the last of the afternoon sun as they were temporarily disturbed by volunteers trimming and cutting dead debris from plants, flowers and trees on a recent Tuesday in MU’s Butterfly Garden. Volunteers can help in the 14 gardens, including the butterfly garden and three tree trails that constitute the Mizzou Botanic Garden, said Pete Millier, director of Landscape Services and the Mizzou Botanic Garden.

City’s first mall gets a facelift

The latest renovation of Columbia’s first mall is complete. The Parkade Center at 601 Business Loop 70 W. has a new look after a multi-million dollar renovation. Most obvious to the casual observer is the exterior of the building, where a maroon-and-gray motif has replaced the electric blue awnings that were affixed to the building during a previous renovation. The project also includes new landscaping, underground power lines and a new parking lot, managers said Tuesday.

Commissioners talk public safety issues

Public safety issues dominated a meeting of the Boone County Commissioners on Tuesday. Also at the meeting, the county’s purchasing department recommended buying 12 tactical body armor vests for the Sheriff’s Department from Precinct Police Products at a cost of $24,540. The commission did not vote on the recommendation, which was presented as a first reading.

Imperfect perfection

The smart, innovative, artsy, eclectic, clever, savvy, vibrant, too-dynamic-to-fit-into-a-short-tagline city. This is the non-tagline tagline used to describe Columbia’s downtown area, otherwise known as The District. But maybe there is a more succinct way to describe the old buildings and eclectic edge of Columbia. Why not call it wabi sabi?

Children embark on the middle ground of middle school

Smithton Middle School was full of energy this week as incoming sixth-graders picked up their schedules. An inside track has given some of the students the upper hand in this sometimes rocky transition. Alexis Collins, a sixth-grader, said she’s not worried about entering Smithton. Instead, she looks forward to the year’s possibilities.

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