Two get promotions at CPD

Two Columbia police officers were promoted Wednesday to take on the duties of Capt. Sam Hargadine, who is leaving the department at the end of the month to take the post of chief of police in Iowa City, Iowa. Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm said Sgt. Stephen Monticelli will be promoted to the rank of captain and Officer Shelly Jones will be promoted to the rank of sergeant on Aug. 28.

Parents help local school to stay open

Barbara Miles is relieved that her son will be able to return to Morningside Community School in the fall. “He’s glad to be going back to Morningside,” Miles said. “He’s really comfortable there.”

Researchers unite to study waves

Waves — light, sound and radio — have many parts. This fall, four MU researchers, with help from the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech University, will try to take these waves apart to understand them better. “If you want to understand that complicated thing it may pay to take it back apart,” Mark Ashbaugh, chairman of the MU math department, said.

Family ties

A small horse with a hearty appetite, he moved with lightning speed, had a fiery temper and a quirky personality. Since the adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s book into a popular Hollywood movie starring Tobey Maguire, Seabiscuit has become a household name, a champion known for his extraordinary Depression-era rise to the top of the horse racing world. A little-known fact is that Seabiscuit’s great-great-great-great-grandson is a Boone County resident. Heza Red Hot Hickory, commonly known as Red, is one of four horses owned by Bill Cox, a retired fireman and Co­lum­bia native. He bought Red, who is 5 years old, from Mike Cheshire, an Ashland horse trainer, as a way to continue his and his wife’s long-held interest in horses. Although Cox knew of Red’s lineage, he said it was of no real consequence to him. “I ride him strictly for pleasure,” Cox said. “He’s big enough, he had the right temperament and is easy to work with.”

Weather forces early end to navigation on river

The effects of this summer’s drought on inland shipping will be felt into late fall with the closing of the Missouri River to navigation 48 days early. “The closing of the Missouri is going to cause the Mississippi to be about 2 feet lower than average, which is the difference between a running river and not,” said Mike Wells, deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “We’re really concerned about that and will be monitoring it carefully throughout the season.”

Hospital says condition of abused 2-month-old improves

The condition of a 2-month-old baby girl who was brought to University Hospital on Saturday with a broken skull, arms and ribs was upgraded to fair, a University Hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday. The spokeswoman, Bridgett Robbins, would not say if the infant, Denim Allen, had been moved out of the intensive care unit.

Van driver admits to immigration charges

One of the drivers of the van that overturned on Interstate 70 in June, killing five passengers, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two immigration charges but denied being behind the wheel at the time of the crash. Another man, whose name had not been released but is also believed to have been one of the van’s drivers, was in federal custody.

Moberly police seek suspect in attempt to abduct girl, 10

Moberly police are searching for a man in connection with the possible attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl late Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. at a home in the 500 block of Taylor Street in Moberly while the child’s mother was unloading her car, Sgt. Kevin Palmattory said. The suspect reportedly tried to lead the child away by the wrist but ran away when the child broke free.


A story on page 1A Wednesday incorrectly reported information about Sudan. A strained peace agreement is in place in the east African nation, which was beset by civil war. Also, a United Nations commission found that government-sponsored Arab militias known as the Janjaweed engaged in widespread, systematic abuse that may constitute crimes against humanity. undefined

MU offers students discounted file sharing

The Internet has allowed MU students to download, burn and listen to almost any song they want to for years. This fall, MU will help them do it legally — for a price. Cdigix, a music and movie service for college students, will soon be available at a discount for all MU students to use — but not on all computers. Macintosh computers and accessories, such as I-pods, are not compatible with Cdigix.

Freight is enough

Robert Melloway holds a one-man office in Jefferson City for Trees Unlimited, a building material company based in Joplin. The booming housing and lumber market sweeping the nation has kept him busy, and a new warehouse built in northeast Columbia along the city-owned COLT railroad has broadened his business horizon. “Local access is a major advantage,” Melloway said. “Now I’ve gotten my materials local. I have more customers and provide them more convenience.”

Autopsy raises questions

Autopsy results for a 74-year-old woman who died Saturday morning at University Hospital show that her death was caused by an injury to the abdomen, Boone County Medical Examiner Valerie Rao said Tuesday. Police identified the woman for the first time Tuesday morning as Nelva Gentry of 813B Again St.

Missouri investments tied to Sudan

Missouri pension funds have more than $900 million and the University of Missouri System has more than $54 million directly invested in foreign companies that have equity ties with the war-torn nation of Sudan. Other states and some universities throughout the United States have begun a campaign to end investments like these that could inadvertently be supporting actions in Sudan that former Secretary of State Colin Powell has called genocide.

Sales tax to pay for road project

A developer has formed a transportation development district that will charge extra sales tax to pay for road projects surrounding a large commercial development at Range Line Street and Smiley Lane. The developer, Kevin Kearns, launched the Northwoods Transportation Development District to pay for construction of new roads and improvement of existing roads to accommodate anticipated traffic into the development.

Summer school pays big for students

As thousands of kids and parents cram into stores for back-to-school shopping, many will be using a new piece of plastic: the Newton Learning debit card. Newton Learning awarded Visa debit cards to 3,637 students at the end of Newton Summer Adventure, Columbia Public School’s free summer school program. The debit cards were given to students as an incentive for attendance during the five-week summer session.

A short line with a long history

The 21.7-mile railway was built in 1867 by the Boone County and Jefferson City Railroad at a cost of $512,000. It linked Columbia to the line running from Centralia to St. Louis and the country’s railway network. Two years after construction, the company met financial difficulty and sold the line to William Burr for $30,000, according to a COLT report. After several transactions, the railway was purchased in 1875 by Wabash Western Railroad and changed its name to Wabash Railway.

Recycling program provides safe technological trash disposal at MU

Throwing away compact disks and other technological trash is about as dangerous as discarding bank statements and credit cards without shredding them first. The GreenDisk recycling program at MU, however, provides safe disposal of intellectual property.

Judge to rule on air show protests

A simmering debate over First Amendment rights at the annual Memorial Day air show could soon be put to rest. Representatives for activists Bill Wickersham and Maureen Doyle, air show organizers Salute to Veterans Corp., and the city of Columbia plan to hold a conference call today with Judge Nanette Laughrey to determine whether distributing leaflets will be allowed at future shows, said attorney Marilyn Teitelbaum. She represents Wickersham and Doyle, who along with the American Civil Liberties Union sued the city and air show organizers earlier this year for the right to demonstrate with leaflets and petitions at the city-owned Columbia Regional Airport, where the air show is held.

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.