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ARC draws crowds

Instructor Lynn Darst holds a strand of yarn for a young woman in her crocheting class. The two laugh as they tie slip knots with five other women in the classroom at the Activity and Recreation Center, where dozens of life-enrichment classes contribute to the center’s popularity.

Crochet student Tammy Hohlt said she was surprised the class was held at the ARC.

Police captain’s service honored

Capt. Beverly Braun celebrated 20 years of service at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department on Monday morning with about 40 friends, family members and co-workers at the department’s headquarters.

Braun was first hired to be the head of the services division of the Sheriff’s Department by former Sheriff Ted Boehm on June 10, 1985. During the past 20 years, she has led police programs such as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. She also works with annual budgets and department purchasing and bidding.

McClure named Life Sciences Center associate director

The associate chairman of MU’s biochemistry department will become associate director of the Life Sciences Center. Bruce McClure will succeed Michael Chippendale, who retires Aug. 31.

Since 1992, McClure has been an associate professor of biochemistry at MU. He has coordinated the undergraduate biochemistry program and co-organized weekly one-hour science seminars aimed at the public, according to a release from the MU News Bureau.

Pooch saves couple from house fire

Tommy, a 74-pound, 18-month-old blue heeler mix, is always starved for attention, and while sweet, he can be a bit of a troublemaker.

“He still has some puppy in him,” said 23-year-old Jon Blankenship, Tommy’s owner.

Council debates new fire stations

After previously tackling the roads and parks portions of a new tax package, the Columbia City Council turned its attention to public safety.

In a work session Monday, the council discussed the need to build two fire stations in 10 years to keep pace with the city’s growth.

High court rules on religious monuments

JEFFERSON CITY — A monument displaying the Ten Commandments outside the Missouri Capitol appears to be on firm legal ground after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a similar display at the Texas Capitol.

The 5-4 ruling upheld the constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments on government land but drew the line on some displays inside courthouses, saying they violated the doctrine of separation of church and state. The court said framed copies in two Kentucky courthouses are unconstitutional because their religious content is overemphasized. In contrast, a 6-foot-granite monument on the grounds of the Texas Capitol — one of 17 historical displays on the 22-acre lot — was determined to be a legitimate tribute to the nation’s legal and religious history.

Corrections

The University of Illinois gives students with disabilities more than one housing option. A story June 12 stated otherwise.

A state law restricting the use of Class B fireworks took effect Aug. 28, 2004. A story Thursday implied that the law was approved in the 2005 legislative session.

Target stores recall birch bark candles

Target Corp. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Birch and Bark Candles sold at Target stores from September 2004 through January 2005.

The birch bark surrounding the candles can ignite and pose a fire hazard. There have been 18 reports of the candles catching fire and five reports of property damage, according to a news release from the safety commission.

Foreign trade zone plan dropped

Columbia is not ready for a foreign trade zone.

Regional Economic Development Inc. has terminated a plan to build a foreign trade zone in the northern part of the city. The plan was expected to be completed by mid-2005. But a consultant’s report issued in February found that “no single business in Boone County currently produces the product volume necessary to justify a foreign trade zone,” according to a REDI memo.

A solution for toxic trash

Bring your rat poison, your paint thinner, your batteries and your old gas.

While most drive-through services these days are handing out fast food or cash, the drive-through at Columbia’s household hazardous waste site is busy collecting all sorts of toxic materials.

Memories mark park dedication

The steaming temperature drove dozens of rowdy children into the Stephens Lake swimming area on Sunday, making it a little difficult for the crowd of Columbia residents who gathered for a park dedication to hear the series of speakers celebrating the event.

The lake was the most popular attraction at the dedication, which marked completion of the first phase of the park’s development. The series of projects cost $2.5 million and took four years to complete.

Little Britches, big hearts

How can you be a cowboy without a horse? Cole Sheetz knows. He’s ready to prove it with a list of ways that he counts off on his fingers.

“I’ve got a pistol, a belt buckle, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat,” he says and pauses for a second to think.

Mo. lacks meth cleanup criteria

The McMurry children had found possible sites of methamphetamine production months before, but it was the site they found last November that brought Columbia police to investigate the woods adjacent to their home in eastern Columbia, Patrick McMurry said.

He said police told him the paint cans and kerosene containers found in a creek bed were hazardous, so he threw them into a trash bin near his home on St. Charles Road.

A big chair to fill:<br> Beck’s replacement faces a full plate

Ray Beck’s replacement as city manager will have to confront more than just daunting expectations and an empty seat.

A full plate of obligations to developers, a strained infrastructure and the need to continue overseeing the city’s growth management looms, along with the demand for more progressive leadership.

Landlord named person of interest

The landlord of a Fulton woman found dead in her home June 7 has been arrested by Fulton police and identified as a “person of interest” in her death.

Fulton police arrested William “Chris” Niemet, 31, on suspicion of committing insurance fraud Thursday. According to court documents, Niemet took out a $150,000 insurance policy in December on 28-year-old Shawnda Reed, claiming he was her brother.

Task force suggests UMKC needs local management

The University of Missouri System’s governing body, the Board of Curators, is opposing new suggestions by a task force that the Kansas City campus should govern itself locally.

“Neither (System President Elson) Floyd nor the Board of Curators would support any change of governance,” said spokesman Joe Moore

Incubator hopes to help business start-ups

Peter Sutovsky is an assistant professor at the MU Division of Animal Science, but he also has another title: chief science officer for AndroLogika. Founded in 2004, the company’s assets are two patents and one part-time employee: himself.

“I won’t be able to hire a full-time CEO,” Sutovsky said.

From teenager to grown-up in one makeover

My granddaughter who lives in Arkansas called me recently to say that she wanted a “makeover” for her 13th birthday. I started to laugh, but I could tell by the tone of voice that she was serious. I couldn’t figure out what she wanted made over. She has flawless olive skin, huge brown eyes, wavy chestnut hair, long legs — and she’s thin. Obviously she doesn’t have any of my genes.

After some discussion, we decided that her makeover would include a manicure, a new hairstyle and a new outfit.

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.

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