Columbia Public Schools will celebrate the diversity of Boone County and MU alumni on Monday at an awards ceremony and reception held for the participants of the Celebrating Diversity poster and essay contest.
The MU Association of Black Graduate and Professional Students, with the help of a number of other organizations, sponsored the contest, which was open to all students in the district.
Inspired by his father, Brook Harlan began cooking before he was even 10 years old. His passion for food continued to develop as he grew older, and in 2002, he graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Now, he is a culinary arts teacher at Rock Bridge High School, through the Columbia Career Center, as well as the assistant wrestling coach.
Next week, however, Harlan will leave his cooking classes and wrestling team to someone else. Harlan, 24, will travel to New York to begin filming for Food Network’s new reality show “The Next Food Network Star.” Selected as one of eight contestants, Harlan will compete in cooking contests and other challenges for the chance to win his own Food Network series.
Activist and writer Gloria Steinem emphasized doing what is important to you as she spoke to a crowd of more than 200 people Thursday night at the Missouri Theatre.
“Do what you really care about,” she said. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
The Daniel Boone Library Board of Trustees decided Thursday night that it needed more information before voting to purchase property to build a permanent Ashland library facility.
Tommy Tomlin, chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, recommended the library staff continue gathering details about the cost of two potential locations before the final land-purchase decisions are made.
As groups of MU professors begin entrepreneurial activities on campus, faculty and administration have struggled with how to distribute the revenues from such activities. A model outlining the distribution of revenues generated from fee-for-service activity was presented to the Faculty Council on Thursday. Under the proposed model, revenues from fee-for-service activities would be split between the faculty members involved in those projects and the university.
Dillard’s Department Store is looking to expand upward – and the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approves.
The commission passed Dillard’s proposal Thursday to add a second floor to the Columbia Mall location. The measure will now go before the City Council on Feb. 21.
Gov. Matt Blunt’s proposed Medicaid reforms have some medical professionals worrying about the stability of the MU Health Care system, which recently became profitable after a prolonged financial upheaval.
For fiscal 2004, the health-care system reported a record $26.4 million profit, compared to a $30 million combined loss over the past five years. A reduction of Medicaid eligibility levels of only 5 percent to 10 percent would cause estimated annual losses of $4.5 million to $9 million, system spokeswoman Mary Jenkins said.
After Columbia Police Officer Molly Bowden was shot in January, her family called upon the Rev. Michael Burt for counsel and to help them maintain their privacy during their daughter’s very public struggle for survival.
Her parents, David and Beverly Thomas, asked a member of their church to record updates of their daughter’s condition on the answering machine at their Rocheport home.
Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden will be honored with a full police funeral that will be held Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. The service will include a 21-gun salute ceremonial last call.
JEFFERSON CITY — The nar-rowing of injuries covered under Missouri’s workers’ compensation law won first-round approval Wednesday night.
After two sessions and more than five-and-a-half hours of debate, the bill was approved by a voice vote of the Missouri Senate.
The shadow cast over the MU athletic program grew Wednesday.
In a preliminary hearing at the Boone County Courthouse, a judge for the 13th Circuit Court found probable cause to send former MU football player Alvin Newhouse to trial. Newhouse, 19, faces one felony count of rape and one felony count of sodomy.
JEFFERSON CITY — More than 100 Missouri parents and their children filled the Capitol on Wednesday to protest the end of a program designed to help children with special needs.
Supporters of First Steps presented a petition with more than 28,000 signatures to Gov. Matt Blunt’s office in an effort to spare the program from budget cuts. First Steps provides physical, occupational and speech therapy to children younger than 3 who have disabilities.
With the state legislature on the clock to fix the way money is distributed to school districts, the committee taking the first crack at the task has set a four-week deadline.
The joint Senate-House committee’s chairman, Sen. Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, promised a vote on a recommendation by March 1. He estimated the cost of creating an equitable system for funding education at $400 million to $600 million annually over several years.
Consistent guidelines for annual review and promotion of non-regular faculty for each of MU’s colleges and schools will need to be composed before the 2005-06 academic school year if the Faculty Council passes a resolution today.
The draft resolution, dated Friday, requests that the provost require each school and college to present a set of guidelines on review and promotion of non-regular faculty, which includes visiting professors and part-time faculty. Those guidelines would then be posted on the Web page for the Provost’s Office.
The Missouri Theatre’s chandelier, which weighs 1,800 pounds and was installed in 1928, is lowered once every three years for cleaning and maintenance. The theater at 203 S. Ninth St. is a historic landmark run by the Missouri Symphony Society.
State officials are revising the 2006 Missouri Assessment Program testing format and including more grade levels in order to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Next year, NCLB, which sets progress goals for states to meet each year, will require that grades three through eight be tested in both communication arts and math. Currently, third-, seventh- and 11th-graders in Missouri are tested in communication arts. Fourth-, eighth- and 10th- graders are tested in math. Missouri’s tests for grades 10 and 11 already meet standards.
JEFFERSON CITY — The march to return the Confederate battle flag to two Missouri memorials moved one step closer to its goal Wednesday.
The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would enhance the responsibilities of the Missouri State Park Board and would grant that board the power to raise the flags. The 8-0 vote passed the bill onto the full Senate for debate.
Police detectives and fire investigators are set to interview several “people of interest” in the investigation of an arson that occurred in a Columbia mobile home park last week.
Assistant Fire Marshall Clayton Farr Jr. stressed that the investigation is still ongoing. As of Wednesday afternoon, no arrests had been made nor had any arrest warrants been requested in the case.
JEFFERSON CITY — A police investigation has confirmed that Cole County Sheriff George Brooks intentionally shot himself in the head with his service gun.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol released the conclusion Wednesday, about a month after Brooks’ Jan. 11 death inside the garage at his home. A special election is scheduled April 5 to choose Brooks’ replacement.
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt has already proposed a budget. Now he has a budget director.
Blunt named Larry Schepker, 57, as director of the Division of Budget and Planning in the Office of Administration on Wednesday. It will be Schepker’s job to promote and defend Blunt’s budget to the legislature.