Eight cents on the dollar

Clutching a dollar in one hand and a baseball toy in the other, 10-year-old Justice Boyes approached the checkout counter at Deals dollar store. In a store plastered with posters that read, “Nothing more than $1,” the register flashed the total price, “$1.08.” Even in a dollar store, few things cost exactly $1. That’s because of a little thing called sales tax.

Voters to decide on city street projects

The folks who work in the factories and businesses that line Lemone Industrial Boulevard are all too familiar with the daily frustration of idling bumper-to-bumper as they try to get home. The boulevard, a hilly lane that runs east of U.S. Highway 63, is one of several streets in the city with the kind of daily gridlock that residents in a recent survey identified as their biggest complaint about Columbia.

What the propositions say (Props. 4-6)


Arrest made infraternity assault

An MU sophomore was arrested Wednesday in connection with an Oct. 15 assault in front of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity house. Jeffrey Forkan, 20, listed in the most recent edition of the university’s Greek Directory as a member of the fraternity, was arrested at the fraternity house by Columbia police Wednesday on suspicion of third-degree assault after he gave a statement to police. He was later released on his signature to appear in court, Columbia police Sgt. Ken Hammond said.

Scopes radio play mirrors drama in court

Jesse Auditorium will be transformed into a Tennessee courtroom next week to re-enact what many believe to be the trial of the century. L.A. Theatre Works, a company that produces live audio theater, is bringing its docudrama, written by playwright and award-winning producer Peter Goodchild, to Columbia on Sunday and Tuesday as a part of the University Concert Series.

Bioterror drill will test how to use emergency volunteers

In case of bioterror attack, be prepared. That’s the goal of the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, which will conduct an exercise Wednesday morning to test how best to use volunteers in a public health emergency. The exercise will last from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church, 3200 Chapel Hill Road. The Voluntary Action Center and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program are partners in the endeavor, and they’re hoping to recruit as many volunteers as possible.

Teens charged in BB incident

Two Oakland Junior High School students were arrested Wednesday after shooting a pellet gun loaded with BBs at a parked school bus, police said. The boys, ages 15 and 16, were on a school bus parked at Lange Middle School, 2201 E. Smiley Lane, when they shot the gun from the window of the bus, hitting a parked bus that had come from the junior high, a police report said. No one was injured in the incident.

Police search for Fla. fugitive in Columbia

Columbia Police and the U.S. Marshals Service are searching for a 22-year-old man wanted in Florida on suspicion of murder. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Randy Demarco Carter has family and friends in Columbia and might be in the area, Columbia police Sgt. Ken Hammond said.

Walnut hullers & gatherers

The black walnuts piled in the back of Sherry Cannady’s forest green Ford Ranger don’t know what’s about to happen to them, but Cannady does. Standing in the bed of her truck, she lowers the tailgate and starts emptying walnuts from a black plastic trash can into a hopper at the base of a large green “hulling machine.”

Road improvements past and future

Author, retired professor gives lecture on tolerance of religious diversity

The world’s major religions were not formed with the intention of fighting one another, said Martin Marty, the renowned author and retired professor of religious history at the University of Chicago. So, why is religion the source of so much conflict in society today?

Returning home

NEW ORLEANS — When a room smells, most people leave it. Monique Nelson did the opposite. Before pulling a painter’s mask down from her forehead to her mouth, Monique takes one last deep breath. “Be careful and don’t touch the walls,” Freddie Owens, her uncle, says. “The mold is dangerous.”

Vigil to protest Iraq war draws crowd

More than 170 children, students, parents and elderly people were present to protest the war in Iraq on Wednesday during a candlelight vigil at the Boone County Courthouse. The vigil was held in response to the death toll of U.S. soldiers in Iraq reaching 2,000 on Saturday.

Rights activist’s impact still felt

Although it was 50 years ago that Rosa Parks made the decision not to give up her seat to a white passenger, her simple act of citizenry, humanity and equality still resonates in Columbia. Parks’ death on Monday at 92 is a time for reflection for many people in the community.

Legislators to fight spring river rises

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s congressional delegation plans to continue to fight the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ latest draft to induce two Missouri River spring rises in order to revive an endangered fish, the pallid sturgeon. The draft is the latest in an ongoing debate among interested parties since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and various environmental groups advocated for flow changes around 1990.

Health care sees racial disparities

Rohan Gunansingham recently treated a diabetes patient who hadn’t taken her insulin in 10 months. Her reasoning was simple: She couldn’t afford it. On a typical day, Gunansingham sees about 20 patients at Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Care Centers in St. Louis. Most of the people visiting the publicly funded facility are lower-income minorities. Their willingness to follow medical advice poses challenges, Gunansingham says.

Housing residents express concerns

The Columbia Housing Authority Task Force did its best to calm the nerves of Park Avenue residents and the general public Wednesday night about the planned redevelopment project. At a meeting at the J.W. “Blind” Boone Center, residents were updated on the project and given an opportunity to voice their concerns.

St. Louis man arrested after reports of gun threats

Dannie Brown, 27, of St. Louis was arrested Wednesday on charges of armed criminal action, third-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Brown pointed a gun at a woman and made death threats.

Parent arrested after Rock Bridge fight

A Columbia woman arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer at Rock Bridge High School on Tuesday could face a felony assault charge because the incident occurred on school grounds. Jennifer Mitchell, 35, of Columbia could face a charge of third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, said Columbia police Sgt. Eric White. The charges stem from a fight that took place at the school’s east front entrance Tuesday morning.

Broadway repairs affect ­businesses

After months of reconstruction, the intersection of East Broadway and Trimble Road will reopen Monday. Still, progress on the $4.8 million project hasn’t been quick enough for business owners in the area. Traffic has been gridlocked for months because of the construction, which merchants anticipated would be finished within the month. Instead, the work won’t be complete until the end of November, weather permitting, said Pat Fitzgerald, supervising engineer for the Columbia Public Works Department.