Company planning wireless Web for rural areas

A Columbia company plans to provide wireless Internet to people living in rural areas surrounding Columbia. “We are trying to ring the city,” said Jerry Hyde, technical supervisor for Columbia Computer Center.

Blunt appoints three to security council

Mick Covington, 53, of Jefferson City was selected by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve as a public representative to the Missouri Homeland Security Council Monday. Robert Wylie, 44, of St. Peters and Harold Bengsch, 69, of Springfield were also selected. The three men are the final selections for this position.

Cuts close Child Protection Clinics

When Jennifer Bukowsky entered law school, she knew she wanted to experience something more than corporate life. A former CPA, she’d already been there, done that. “I was kind of disenchanted with the whole corporate lifestyle,” Bukowsky said. “I wanted to have experience working with public interest law before I chose a law firm over it . . . to see if there’s something more purposeful compared to the money you would lose.”

At-risk children to get Jumpstart in autumn

A program scheduled to open this fall will get Columbia preschoolers set for school success.Columbia Public Schools has joined with Jumpstart, a national nonprofit early childhood tutoring program, to expand Title I Preschool services at Blue Ridge, Field and West Boulevard elementary schools.

Developers acquire more southside land

Providence Farms LLC bought 140 acres from W.B. Smith Feed Mill Inc. last week, representing another step in the development firm’s efforts to acquire land in the area south of Columbia and extending toward the Missouri River.The Smith sale is the third in a succession of transactions that include the purchase of 101.2 acres from Robert and Jane Sapp and Marvin and Kathleen Sapp and 15.5 acres from Mike Gamble.

Surging U.S. 36 might soon rival the larger I-70

SHELBINA — The new exit ramps and extra-wide overpass here on U.S. 36 look a little extreme for a two-lane road passing through a town whose population has declined over the decades.But they’re a sign of big things to come.

Postcards from the past

Trenton Boyd has been collecting postcards for more than 30 years. He has an extensive collection of more than 50,000 cards, dating back to the late 1870s, that focuses on the state of Missouri and all things related to the MU School of Veterinary Medicine, where Boyd works in the library.“I started by looking for cards where my ancestors were from, but it was such a small town that I couldn’t find any, so I decided to expand,” said Boyd, whose ancestors are from New Bloomfield.

Radio brings tips to police

Immediately after the Jan. 10 shooting of Columbia Police officer Molly Bowden, Capt. Mike Martin got in his car and drove t?????? Group studios to get the word out to radio listeners via CrimeStoppers. It was 5:30 a.m., before most Columbia residents get their news from either television or newspapers.Within minutes, citizens began calling in tips about the shooting.

Infant in serious condition

A 2-month-old girl was in serious condition at University Hospital Monday evening, two days after her father brought her to the hospital with a fractured skull, broken arms and three cracked ribs and then left. The father, Shaetwyn Allen, 24, of 108 E. Forest Ave., was arrested at his home at 1 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of child abuse. He was charged Monday with felony child abuse and was being held at Boone County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Blunt requests aid for Missouri farms

Gov. Matt Blunt toured Missouri farms last week, monitoring the dismal effects of the drought that have devastated farmers and left some crops beyond repair. Now Blunt has taken the next step in a promise to request financial aid for Missouri farmers.Blunt sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on Friday, requesting that he declare 109 of Missouri’s 114 counties, including Boone, natural disaster areas for agriculture.

Drought causes cracks in MKT, Katy trails

The heat and drought are creating cracks on the MKT and Katy trails, potentially causing problems for runners and cyclists. The cracks range in size from 1 to 3 inches in width and from 6 to 10 feet in length along the surface of the trails.“I guess it’s the drought that’s kicking us,” said Ken Roberts, manager of Boone County maintenance, which takes care of the trails.

Manual labor due to grandpa’s ideas

August is here already, so it’s time for me to examine my summer workload and determine how many of my goals I have actually accomplished. First on my list was household repairs, which I am happy to say I completed all of them. Getting my outdoor spigot working correctly was the final thing on the list, and that bit of work was completed last weekend. I did not finish my gardening projects, and so they will have to go on next year’s list. Except for lilies I have a difficult time growing flowering plants. Every year I promise to devote some time to tending my soil, but before I know it the garden is overgrown with weeds. The first big job for next year will be taking up the bricks in the patio and laying down landscape fabric before replacing them. Over the years, I’ve tried everything else in my determination to stamp out the grass. This is one of my pet projects, where I refuse to get help. My grandfather was a carpenter and a bricklayer and so I have insisted on laying all these bricks myself, because wherever my grandfather is residing since he passed away, I want him to know that in spite of his predictions, I did in fact learn how to do something worthwhile.

MU football tickets selling

As Coach Gary Pinkel and the Tigers begin practice for their season opener against Arkansas State in Kansas City on Sept. 3, the Tigers’ ticket office said 27,000-28,000 season tickets have been sold so far.That’s down from last year, but on average for a normal season.

On a final note

Several hundred Columbia residents parked themselves on the grass for a final fling on the fringe of summer Sunday night — the season finale of the Shelter Gardens Concert Series.

They lounged on blankets and perched on lawn chairs — some fanning faces with concert programs, others picking over a picnic dinner. Cicadas buzzed. Dogs tested the length of their leashes, and the temperature cooled down from the upper 80s.

Fire chief eliminates position

Fire Chief Steve Paulsell ap-pears to be consolidating his power. The Boone County Fire Protection District Board has eliminated Rob Brown’s chief-of-staff position, and battalion chiefs will now report directly to Paulsell.

Paulsell said in a written state-ment released Friday that he made the decision to reorganize in May. It was voted on Thursday in a closed session attended by board members, Paulsell and Assistant Chief Sharon Curry. The move is just the first step in a larger, yet-to-be-detailed reorganization effort, the district’s spokesman, Capt. Gale Blomenkamp, said.

Meteorologists predict the unpredictable

In anticipation of an advancing storm, Patrick Market looked to the south through a door-sized pane of glass. The sky was clear but hazy. A cloudless Jefferson City was being baked by temperatures in the mid-90s.

But Market, an MU assistant professor of atmospheric science, looked at the radar image of a storm — appearing as a giant green egg with a red yolk — and predicted Columbia would see rain by 6 p.m., or definitely by midnight.

U.S. aims to buy avian flu vaccines

WASHINGTON — Mass production of a new vaccine that scientists believe can protect against an avian flu outbreak could begin as early as mid-September, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Sunday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the government is ready to move ahead with ordering significantly more than the 2 million doses it acquired from a French vaccine maker before testing began earlier this year to jump-start the U.S. vaccine stockpile in case the tests were successful.

Visiting overlooked scenery

Wearing a camouflage-patterned baseball cap, Justin Stegeman, 12, stands, looking out over the Eagle Bluffs Wetlands.

The sound of a buzzing engine comes down the river. Scott Bell, a member of the Missouri Waterfowl Association, points more than 100 feet below, showing Justin a flat-bottomed motorboat boat poking out from between the trees. Bell shows him where ducks would fly over the fields in hunting season.

MU’s parking shifts gears

Addition and subtraction are integral to MU's parking equation.

“Every day I'm in the process of adding more parking or losing parking. It is never done,” said Jim Joy, director of parking and transportation.

Police look into woman's death

The death of a 74-year-old woman Saturday is under investigation by Columbia police.

Officers arrived at a residence in the 800 block of Again Street to assist medics with an unresponsive woman at 10:18 a.m. after a report from a family member, Sgt. John White said.