Near the end, when the disease tightened its grip and transformed the man into a shell of his former self, Jim Leslie had become a stranger in his own life.
He had begun exhibiting signs of dementia in the late 1990s, and his condition worsened during the next few years. He was often irrational and belligerent, and in a later stage he crossed the line into violence. He forgot the identity of those closest to him, including his two granddaughters.
Steve Spaur remembers multiple instances when he caught drunken college students attempting to steal the bowling ball and pin signs off the side of Oakland Plaza Lanes.
Those pranksters will finally have the opportunity to get those signs by legal means today. The signs will be part of an auction at the bowling alley at 2116 Vandiver Drive.
Proposals for extending Scott Boulevard, Fairview Road and other major roads in central Columbia will be considered at a public hearing Thursday.
The hearing will take place during the quarterly meeting of the coordinating committee of the Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization, a federally mandated group that coordinates long-term transportation planning for the city and Boone County.
MU students interested in computer science will soon have a third option for a degree program. SBC Communications announced Tuesday it will give $1 million to MU’s College of Engineering for a new information technology studies program.
The gift will cover the cost of computers and faculty and will be paid over the next five years.
Columbia Builds Youth expects to receive a $40,000 grant through the Columbia City Council that would help it continue its efforts to re-engage teenagers and young adults in the community.
Columbia Builds Youth teaches construction skills to economically disadvantaged individuals while helping them earn general equivalency diplomas as well as find jobs.
When it comes to pub grub, nothing satisfies quite like a chicken wing. Whether baked or fried, most folks like them crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Columbia has its fair share of wing joints, and tonight one lucky restaurant will be crowned king of the wing.
The 16th annual Easter Seals Wing Ding will take place tonight at American Legion Post 202. Wing lovers can chow down for charity as area restaurants vie for the coveted title of tastiest wing in Columbia. Local luminaries will assist the public in judging wings in four separate categories: best BBQ wing, meatiest wing, best overall taste and a people’s choice decided by all in attendance. Adam Cox, a 5-year-old student enrolled at Easter Seals Child Development Center, will also take part in the judging.
Stephens College sophomore Alexandra Geisler scheduled her classes this semester not around a job but around Abbey Road, a Jack Russell terrier who needs walking at least twice a day.
For the first time, students at Stephens — where classes start today — may have pets other than fish in their residence hall rooms.
The leaves won’t be the only things dancing in Flat Branch Park this fall.
The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday a fall entertainment lineup that will include live music, outdoor cinema and a midnight bike ride.
Like any dog, Bunker has chewed her way through many pairs of shoes, but she’s anything but your typical household pet.
“When we were at a work site and Bunker started barking, we knew that Iraqis were in the area,” said Lucas Green, 23, a Columbia resident and a member of the Missouri National Guard’s 203rd Engineer Battalion. “She was our early detection system.”
When MU junior Dave Gasparovic showed up at the Student Recreation Center for his shift at 10 a.m. Monday, the power was down. Employees abandoned their jobs answering phones or monitoring weight room activity to stand at the door and turn away students.
“We’ve been relegated to bouncers,” Gasparovic said, “although most people have been pretty understanding.”
Whipping rain and dark clouds failed to stop thousands of Columbia children from attending the first day of school Monday.
While official numbers won’t be available until late next month, unofficial statistics from the Columbia Public Schools show that 16,404 children attended school the first day, which is 193 more than last year.
Tony Mooneyham said he went to hell and came back to a place where no one wanted anything to do with him.
He served as an infantryman in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1970.
DALLAS — As Americans get older and fatter, the number of adults with high blood pressure has climbed to almost one in three over the past decade, putting more people at risk of a stroke, heart attack or kidney failure, government researchers said Monday.
A little more than a decade ago, the number was closer to one in four. And two decades ago, it was falling. But thenthe obesity surge hit in the late ’80s.
The lights go dim. The curtains part. The drummer beats three times to signal the start of the show, and the crowd is on its feet.
This isn’t a rock show. This is Woodcrest Chapel, and theatrical performances are the norm here. They are also its formula for growth.
MU announced the largest first-day enrollment in its history Monday with 27,088 students. That’s a 1.1 percent increase in the student body from last year. This includes a 2.7 percent increase in the number of new minority students on campus.
This growth — which officials must base on voluntary reporting by students — brings the total reported minority enrollment to 530.
When classes started Monday at Columbia College, everyone seemed energized about something, but the hub of activity was inside the new commons area.
“I’m excited to see how this building is going to change the culture of our campus,” said Faye Burchard, dean of Campus Life. “The students will have more interaction between themselves and with the faculty.”
They slowly enter the room with stealth and trepidation. Some are foreign to this new environment. Some have traveled here before and quickly mark their territory. Within seconds, they recognize the presence of others around them and their primal instincts kick in. A loud roar erupts in the middle of the classroom.
No, this is not an exhibit at the Saint Louis Zoo. It is a classroom that has come alive because the students have returned for the new school year. This classroom belongs to Patty Avery, a math teacher at Rock Bridge High School.
Former Columbia police officer Steven Rios, awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges in the death of MU student Jesse Valencia, has been named a defendant in a civil suit concerning a 2003 traffic accident.
The lawsuit, which seeks in excess of $25,000 against Rios and his former employer, the Columbia Police Department, was filed Aug. 17 by Laci Harvey on behalf of her 6-year-old son, Terrence.
Bobby Schrautemeier has never voted before, but the 19-year-old MU communications student has strong views about the coming election.
“I am not really a huge fan of Kerry, but I’ll vote for anyone but Bush,” Schrautemeier said. “I think that Kerry has more experience with the military than Bush does, and I like that he’s criticizing what our country has done thus far and is looking for a way to bring our troops home as soon as possible.”
“Optimus magister bonus liber,” goes the Latin adage: “The best teacher is a good book.” For generations of modern-day Latin students, that book has been “Wheelock’s Latin.”
But as the latest generation of students buying their Wheelocks in the coming weeks, they will discover a textbook that looks different from the original, densely packed tome that Frederic Wheelock sketched out a half-century ago. There are photographs, maps and eye-pleasing layouts. Exercises reflect the latest pedagogical theory. Readings feature fewer battlefield dispatches and more emphasis on women and everyday life. There is even a dirty poem by Catullus.