Property values up; tax rates down

It’s rollback time in Boone County. A booming real estate market and reassessed property values have caused many local taxing jurisdictions to cut their property tax levies. Boone County Assessor Tom Schauwecker said preliminary reassessments of all properties in the county showed an increase in value of about $227 million as of June 16. Reassessment of county real estate and new construction has raised values by about 19 percent to a total of more than $1.5 billion.

A festive fall

BOONVILLE — On the corner of Sixth and Spring streets, Kenny Williams helped two girls who were teetering on Rollerblades to crank his fire-engine-red antique corn sheller at the 35th Boonville Festival of Leaves. As soon as the wheel’s rotations were fast enough, Williams slid a cob through the top. The children watched as the dry, multi-colored kernels rushed out the bottom into an orange bin. He then pulled the stripped cob out of the other end and held it against the quickly rotating wheel until the friction caused it to stop. Williams’ corn machines, in and around his stand propped with cornhusk-covered poles, allow him to demonstrate the 1920s machines, which he says will one day be relegated to museums.

Katrina leaves family without home — twice

The Wallace family spent Sunday morning driving around Columbia looking for a new place to live. With the classifieds open across the front seat, Xiomara Wallace went down the list looking for a place that would let them move in that afternoon. After evacuating New Orleans almost a month ago, Wallace and her daughter, Maya, moved to Columbia to stay temporarily with Wallace’s daughter, Bea, a graduate student at MU. That plan was cut short over the weekend when Bea Wallace’s landlord wrote the family a note saying Bea Wallace’s mother and sister would have to move out Saturday.

11 make cut as National Merit Semifinalists

A banner hangs in the hallway of Rock Bridge High School congratulating nine seniors who qualified as National Merit Semifinalists after taking the PSAT standardized test last year. Two other Columbia students, seniors at Hickman High School, are also semifinalists, bringing the city’s total to 11 students. The results were released recently by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., a nonprofit organization that seeks to honor the nation’s top performing students by awarding a select few with a scholarship to be used toward a college education.

Temple’s absence felt in Tigers’ lopsided loss

One game after Tony Temple busted a career long 59-yard touchdown run, the sophomore was held to 0 yards on Saturday; not by a stifling Texas defense, but by an ankle injury. Temple, a key element of Missouri’s running game and special teams, saw no action in the team’s 51-20 loss to No. 2 Texas at Memorial Stadium and his status for the Tigers’ next game at Oklahoma State is uncertain.

Cards wrangle 100th victory

ST. LOUIS — The final day of the regular season was doubly pleasing to St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan. His team won its first NL ERA title since 1969 and his son, Chris, hit the winning home run. “I’m proud of them both,” Duncan said after the Cardinals posted their 100th victory by rallying past Cincinnati 7-5 Sunday in the last regular-season game at Busch Stadium. “A lot of work goes into winning an ERA title, these guys have to really put their nose to the grindstone and be consistent.

Manning handles Rams

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A week after spending the first quarter on the sideline for violating team rules, Plaxico Burress redeemed himself with one of the best days of his career. The sixth-year wide receiver had two touchdown catches among a career-high 10 receptions Sunday as the New York Giants defeated the St. Louis Rams 44-24. In addition to Burress’ two touchdowns, Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw scoring passes of 1 yard to Amani Toomer and 31 yards to Jeremy Shockey.

Park Avenue tour makes case against demolition

Residents of the Park Avenue area and members of Grass Roots Organizing hosted a Fall Parade of Homes on Sunday in response to plans by the Columbia Housing Authority task force to demolish and redevelop the 70 existing homes in the area. For months now, the task force has been working with two consultants hired from Kansas City to plan ways of redeveloping the neighborhood. At their last meeting, the task force agreed they wanted to demolish the 70 homes and rebuild with apartments, single-family homes and retail space. Park Avenue residents say they oppose demolition and invited Columbia residents into the neighborhood Sunday to show that their homes are perfectly livable just the way they are.

MU group responds to finance inquiry

Two days past its deadline, the Legion of Black Collegians, one of three student governments at MU, responded to a university demand for financial information. Legion vice president Travis Gregory said Sunday that the most recent records for an off-campus bank account — which violates university policy — were given late Friday afternoon to the Department of Student Life.

Group raises money to oppose road taxes

Citizens for Timely and Responsible Road Infrastructure Financing hosted a pig roast benefit Sunday to raise money for its campaign to defeat the Columbia City Council’s road tax ballot proposals. The group raised $1,000 through the event, which 40 people attended. Tickets were $25.

Diversity takes the stage

When audiences watch MU’s Interactive Theatre Troupe, they are required to become part of the performance. The troupe performs pieces involving multicultural issues and then lets the audience take the place of one of the actors and try to solve the problem depicted.

New traffic unit added to Sheriff’s Department

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department grew Saturday, adding a new traffic unit. “Traffic compliance complaints are one of the highest complaints this agency receives,” Maj. Tom Reddin said. “For years, we have been trying to get a traffic unit off the ground.”