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Corrections

In Thursday and Friday stories, the location of a van crash on June 19 was incorrect. The accident occurred when the van hit the median on Interstate 70, between the Midway and Rocheport exits west of Columbia.

In a headline on a page 8A Life Story on Friday, information about Lois “Marie” Lutes’ hobbies was incorrect. Among other activities, she enjoyed crocheting.

The search begins

For 45 years, the shadow of Ray Beck has fallen on every corner of Columbia.

His role in transforming Columbia from a small town into a small city has elicited both praise and derision.

Van crash victims’ names released

The Missouri State Highway Patrol released on Thursday the names of three of five people left dead in Sunday’s van crash on Interstate 70.

Mirian-Analy Colindres, 20; Juan-Eduardo Garcia-Agostin, 16; and Jose-Alfredo Sac-Casimiro, age unknown; were killed in the accident. Their bodies were identified by family members Wednesday.

New school credits closer to acceptance

High school students in Columbia could soon face tougher graduation requirements.

The Missouri State Board of Education gave initial approval Thursday afternoon for a proposal that would set new graduation requirements for high school students. Earlier in the day, the Columbia School Board began discussing the implications of such changes for Columbia’s high schools. The state board must vote again in the fall to finalize the policy.

What’s next?

Wanted: A candidate capable of managing a rapidly growing Midwestern city. Must have experience with airport, road construction, health services, city planning, sewer projects and utility management. Good people skills are a plus.

When Ray Beck announced plans to retire as Columbia City Manager, he gave the city six months to find someone who can run what he calls a “full-service city.”

Stability, Direction, Humor

Guided by patience:Ray Beck’s good judgment and patience allowed him to help Columbia in two major ways, former Mayor Robert Smith said.

“He gave it stability and, second, he gave direction to the growth of Columbia,” Smith said.

A Ripening Innovation

Ron Hale loves his tunnels, and he drove all the way from Farmington to talk about them.

After moving his crops under modified greenhouses known as high tunnels three years ago, Hale’s harvest tripled, with 200 plants yielding three tons of tomatoes his first year, he said.

Stephens Lake festival to be held on Sunday

A Sunday dedication will celebrate the completion of a major phase of development at Stephens Lake Park.

Events will begin at 12:30 p.m. with performances by the acoustic band Ironweed, a scavenger walk for children, fishing demonstrations by Bass Pro Shops, kite demonstrations from the Funky Fliers Kite Club, and canoe and kayak demonstrations and rides.

Corrections

In a Page 1A story Thursday about invasive species, a crayfish was misidentified. It is an invertebrate. Also, in the same story, the new state law regulating invasive animals is separate from an earlier state law regulating invasive plants.

In a Taste section story Wednesday about water gardens, a caption misspelled koi.

Soon, a private citizen again: A life of public service

In a fifth-floor office that overlooks West Broadway, Ray Beck unwraps another piece of Dubble-Bubble gum, denying the urge to take his pipe from his pocket, all the while recounting the events that shaped Columbia’s growth and development during his tenure.

Thursday morning, Beck announced his plans to retire at the end of this year, leaving behind a 45-year legacy of bringing up-to-date services and amenities to Columbia.

MU rec center upsets faculty

When Stephen Stanton, a library information specialist at MU, found out his membership fee at the new Student Recreation Complex would triple, he was disgusted.

“I started looking for another place to go as soon as I received the brochure,” Stanton said.

Three suspects held in van crash

While most of the survivors of Sunday’s fatal van accident on Interstate 70 have been released from hospitals and have left Columbia, immigration officials have detained three people, including the suspected driver, who faces federal immigration charges.

Meanwhile, the bodies of three people who died in the accident have been identified, said Eddie Adelstein, Boone County’s deputy medical examiner.

Downtown gets digitized

Browsing through the posters and clothes available at Missouri Shirt Co., checking out all the ice cream flavors at Sparky’s and perusing the concert lineup at The Blue Note could involve a lot of walking and time, but a project done by a group of MU computer science students shows the potential for people to explore The District from the comfort of their own homes.

Amanda Stiles, Bryan Johnson, Michael Vincent and Vanja Jovisic developed an online virtual tour of a piece of downtown Columbia as their final project for a software engineering class.

New law leaves no room for ‘invasive species’

For Vince Smith, owner of Nemo Bait Co. in northeast Missouri, all crayfish were pretty much the same.

That is, until the fall of 2003 when he retrieved a batch of crayfish sold to more than a dozen bait stores from Kirksville to St. Louis, put them in garbage bags and killed them.

Alzheimer’s Association gets boost in tax credit

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association will receive a $250,000 Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credit in fiscal 2006 to help pay for a new resource center.

“This program will facilitate funding for the project and reward generous people for helping us,” said Penny Braun, executive director for the project and the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “It’s terrific. It will bring the project to a close sooner, and it will bring assistance to families sooner.”

School board to discuss funding

The Columbia School Board will meet today to discuss the new state foundation formula and its implications for Columbia Public Schools.

Deputy Superintendent Jacque Cowherd said Columbia schools receive between $1.5 million and $2.2 million each year under the current formula. With the new formula, Columbia schools would receive about $1.3 million over seven years, Cowherd said.

Law extends time to claim war medals

JEFFERSON CITY — Veterans of World War II and the Korean War have more time to seek medals of recognition from the state under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Matt Blunt.

The current World War II medal program expired in July 2004, and the Korean program expired in January. That left the state with medals to give out but no authority to distribute them.

Legislators divided about merits of 2005 session

Missouri lawmakers are taking a breather in the wake of a tumultuous 2005 legislative session, but Boone County representatives are already anticipating the work ahead for next year.

Although there were predictably mixed reactions to the session that ended in May, local representatives agreed the atmosphere in the House of Representatives has improved.

Nixon sues to cover costs of tire cleanup

JEFFERSON CITY — Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing a man to help cover cleanup costs for 60,000 tires dumped near Plattsburg.

Nixon said he already reached an agreement with the landowner, who agreed to pay $11,000 to help clean up the site and a $3,000 penalty.

Junk food in jeopardy at Columbia’s schools

The glow of vending machines in the halls of Columbia Public Schools could soon grow dim.

The Columbia School Board has formed a committee that will meet next week to discuss and make recommendations whether to place healthier foods in school vending machines.

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