With Beyonce blaring in the background singing “Crazy In Love” and girls shouting “all right now” and “I like that,” 70 Hickman High School No-Limit Ladies experienced the thrill and entertainment of being runway models.
Junior Ashley Hill, 17, is part of the all-girls club and encouraged her fellow “sisters” as they strutted their stuff upon the faux runway. The club hosted the fashion extravaganza in honor of Laura Wilson, an alumna of Hickman, clothing designer and the owner of the Blackberry Exchange.
A plan to construct a 13,000-square-foot, two-story building was approved at Thursday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The building will be used for office space.
The property, called Providence Home Center, is located on the east side of Providence Road and north of Campusview Drive.
If two developers get their way, Columbia’s low-income renters will soon see their options increase.
Columbia developer Jeff Smith submitted a proposal for a $1.95 million loan and $624,332 in state and federal tax credits from the Missouri Housing Development Commission for a 72-unit complex for low-income seniors. Located at the northeast corner of Bethel Street and Nifong Boulevard, the units would have estimated monthly rents of between $410 and $450.
University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd announced Wednesday at the UM Board of Curators meeting in Rolla that he will recommend a cap of 3.5 percent on educational fee increases for the 2005-06 academic year.
If implemented, this would be the lowest increase for the UM system in the past three years. Educational fees increased by 7.5 percent in 2004-05, by 19.8 percent in 2003-04 and by 14.8 percent in 2002-03.
My house looks as if it’s been hit by a bomb. This is the “tween” time of the year, with Halloween just passed, Thanksgiving lurking around the corner and Christmas waiting in the wings. I still have a few stray witches to put away, and a Santa I just bought is lounging in a corner of my dining room. I have early Christmas presents piled on my treadmill, which makes using the thing impossible. (That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking by it.)
I’ve decided to do away with my conviction to not decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. This year, our two daughters and their families will be here for turkey day (something that hasn’t happened for at least a decade), and we will celebrate Christmas with them the next day.
On Wednesday night, Hal Holbrook brought his masterpiece, the one-man-show, “Mark Twain Tonight!” to a crowded Jesse Auditorium.
The show features 79-year-old Holbrook playing humorist and author Mark Twain. The show was written by Holbrook as a college honors project and began playing off-Broadway in 1959.
Diversity training on college campuses and the potential addition of “diversity” as MU’s fifth core value were among the topics addressed by Reginald Jones on Wednesday night in Hulston Hall.
Jones, an African-American Libertarian, spoke to a crowd of about 50 students about how the growing movement toward diversity on college campuses has, in his opinion, “been a disaster” for blacks.
Rich with stories about growing up in Overton, Fred Oerly gushed with memories that seemed almost like yesterday.
“My family is all dead but me,” Oerly said during an oral history interview with Meredith Ludwig. “You would think that I would be dead a long time by now. I don’t know why I am still here.”
Police are searching for two individuals in connection with the robbery and death of Komninos “Gus” Karellas, 60, owner of G&D Steak House in Mexico, Mo.
Lance Lee Berry and Quinton O’Neal Canton Jr., were identified as “persons of interest” by Lt. Bob Welliver, who is in charge of the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad.
Hickman High School senior Anand Palaniappan hasn’t had much sleep lately. This is not because he fears an asteroid might destroy the planet, but because of the work he has done to make sure that doesn’t happen.
This weekend, Palaniappan will compete in the Midwestern Regional Finals of the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The event, which will take place at the University of Notre Dame, is a science research competition for high school students. Palaniappan helped develop a project in connection with the University of Hawaii’s Pan-Starrs Project, which studies asteroids and comets. Palaniappan created a new computational algorithm that automatically tracks dangerous comets and asteroids.
Every regular television viewer has an opinion about what ought to be on the tube. For the next two days, people in the Columbia area can actually turn opinion into action.
Columbia Access Television, the month-old community access channel, is inviting people who think they’ve got some bright ideas for television shows and those interested in the technical side of making them to attend the first monthly orientation on creating a TV show.
Scott Southwick, manager of Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream, was at home Tuesday night at 8:30 when his phone rang.
“It was the phone call every parent dreads,” Southwick said.
The caller, one of the ice cream parlor’s staffers, told Southwick that the shop’s mascot, Sparky the bulldog, had been kidnapped.
When Matt Blunt appointed Ken McClure to lead his transition team, Blunt probably didn’t think his first public decision as Missouri’s newly elected governor would be compared to that of the U.S. president.
Yet that’s the comparison one political analyst makes, citing Bush’s choice of his dad’s top aides for jobs like vice president and defense secretary.
The question of what should be done with the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge that crosses the Missouri River in Boonville remained unanswered Tuesday after a meeting at Boonville’s Turner Hall.
Advocates for saving the bridge as well as those who would like to see it relocated presented suggestions, but no final decision was reached.
While retailers prepare for the post-Thanksgiving rush of holiday shoppers, some meat processors are already working around the clock wrapping another kind of package: cuts of venison.
“It’s a profitable time for us,” said Tim Schwennesen, owner of Tune’s Locker Plant in Centralia. “It’s just like Christmas for the stores.”
Mary Rhodes Russell believes she is the only member of the Missouri Supreme Court who keeps udder cream in her chambers.
The lotion was originally used by farmers to keep cows’ udders soft, but its ability to soften skin makes it popular as a hand cream.
Hunters in Missouri set a record for the opening weekend of firearms deer season.
As of midnight Sunday, hunters reported taking 133,136 deer statewide, which is up from 127,251 during opening weekend last year, said Jeff Barringer, a research scientist in Columbia with the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Four progressive political organizers, expressing disappointment at the results of the presidential election, called on MU students to continue grassroots efforts on Tuesday. The speakers addressed about 50 students from different political groups in Stotler Lounge at Memorial Union on the MU campus.
“What I’m afraid of is that we’re all not going to keep it up,” said Rachel Wright, an issue and electoral organizer for Mid-Missouri Pro-Vote. “We want to make sure we do. We want to not let Bush get us into this sort of depressed mode where we all just stop ... so we need to keep working hard.”
The time has come for East Broadway to get a face-lift.
During a meeting that also featured the approval of a few rezoning requests, the Columbia City Council on Monday took the last step in expanding East Broadway to four lanes from Old Highway 63 to U.S. 63 by selecting Emery Sapp and Sons Inc. as the contractor for the $4.78 million project.
Resigned to the fact that they would not have a draft of the Boone County budget by the Nov. 15 deadline imposed by Missouri law, county officials on Monday buried themselves in a sea of budget documents and worked on the problems that have caused the delay.
“Nobody can move until you get good cost data,” said Boone County Auditor June Pitchford, who is responsible for preparing the budget.