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MACC streamlines education transfer

By enlisting Columbia College, Moberly Community College has created a larger collaborative education program, reducing the time aspiring teachers spend in college.

The new education program streamlines the transition between MACC’s two-year associate degree program into a four-year program. This streamlining could take a year off these students’ education, said Robert Williams, a teacher education coordinator at the community college who helped develop the program.

Victim’s neighbors investigated

FULTON — Another neighbor of a 28-year-old woman found dead in her home June 7 has been identified as a “person of interest” in her death.

Georgette Henley, who lived at 3204 Nicklaus Court — across the street from victim Shawnda Reed — was arrested on Thursday and charged with possession of a controlled substance and two counts of stealing.

Community Sketchbook

Although Citro started with oil and watercolor, he works mostly with acrylic paints. He has been working with acrylics for five years.

Citro said art has always appealed to him.

Do you know where your grammar is at?

I was at the grocery store the other day minding my business when a woman approached me. She began by saying she read my column. However, she hadn’t stopped me to praise my literary talents; this woman was clearly on a mission.

“Why is it that everyone around here always says, ‘Where are you AT?’”

Patriot Act challenged at forum

The Bush administration calls the USA Patriot Act a necessary tool in protecting civil liberties.

On Saturday more than 100 people at the Holiday Inn Expo Center challenged that assertion.

Strolling through the Twilight

Look closer.

Past the vendors.

Past the bands and booths, for they are only props in the play.

The real action and drama of Columbia’s Twilight Festival is in the people.

On Cherry Street, a family rock band belts out Beatles hits.

Down at Flat Branch Park a blues band’s oldest fan listens.

Prayer requests are being taken on Tenth Street.

You’ve just taken a stroll through Columbia’s biggest block party:

Called-up soldiers leave job vacancies

When Columbia Police officer Kyle Lacy left in early May for military duty, he left a vacancy that couldn’t be filled by just any police officer.

Before leaving, Lacy was a resource officer at Rock Bridge High School, a job that requires special training, including counseling and teaching skills.

No change in forecast for gas costs

Missouri motorists can expect gas prices to remain above $2 per gallon through next year, according to an energy report released Wednesday by the Department of Natural Resources.

The forecast for gas prices in the Missouri Energy Outlook for summer 2005 is based on the likelihood that the price of oil will remain at or above $50 per barrel through 2006.

Missouri drivers gaining speed

Generally speaking, Americans love to speed. Speed limit signs are typically seen as a suggestion rather than an uncompromising requirement.

Although the signs along Interstate 70 read “70,” the difference between the posted limit and the real one can be as much as 10 to 15 miles per hour.

Hospitals to upgrade monitors

Spacelabs Medical, an Issaquah, Wash., company, will provide MU Health Care with new patient monitoring and telemetry equipment. The $6.3 million deal will upgrade and standardize all such equipment at University and Columbia Regional hospitals.

The equipment is designed to improve information availability throughout medical facilities, a release from Spacelabs Medical stated.

League of Women Voters to host Patriot Act talks

While the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is immersed in debate over the Patriot Act of 2001, the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County is gearing up for a debate of its own.

The League will host a half-day seminar, “Local Voices: Citizen Conversations on Civil Liberties and Secure Communities,” noon to 5 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Expo Center.

MU Health Care gets $2 million

MU Health Care is closer to beginning construction on a $180 million Health Sciences Research and Education Center.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved $2 million in federal funds Thursday to be put towards the center, following a request by Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo.

Neighbor of Fulton victim charged with home burglary

A 34-year-old neighbor of a Fulton woman discovered dead in her home last week was found in a Jefferson City motel Thursday afternoon after he was identified by police as a “person of interest” in her death.

Fulton Police Chief Steven Myers said investigators found Francis H. Kempker about 2:15 p.m.

School reports model scores

After seeing positive changes in its first year as a “model school,” West Boulevard Elementary School next year plans to strengthen life skills, reinforce relationships between parents and teachers and add an aide to help kindergarteners’ transition into school.

The model school concept is meant to try to bridge academic achievement gaps among students. At West — Columbia’s first model school, selected in part because of its failure to meet state test-score standards — the goal was to raise overall student achievement, specifically in literacy.

Discovering music’s joys

Children come running through the French doors into the new space Brenda Haynes has secured for her Kindermusik classes.

The children ask for bells, songs and sips of water as their mothers catch up one another on their weekend activities.

Stephens College to add minor in event planning

Stephens College will meet student interest this fall with the creation of a new minor in event planning.

Stephens College tried a pilot introductory course, “Special Events and Planning Management,” last semester, which drew 35 students — a large number for any class at Stephens, which averages 18 to 20 students per class.

Correction

On page 7A Wednesday, Ronald “Dale” Purdy’s first name was incorrect. Also, the last name of Boone County Medical Examiner Valerie Rao was misspelled.

Hulshof’s assets up to $5.2 million

Those who think the scrutiny that comes with filing tax returns is onerous need only step into the shoes of U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof.

Details of the Missouri Republican’s income, travel and gifts are available to the public in an annual disclosure report that all members of Congress must file under House rules and federal statutes.

Insured bear burden for uninsured

In 2004, unpaid medical bills cost MU Health Care $40.5 million. Jennifer Coffman, MU Health Care media relations coordinator, said the bills are the result of uninsured patients who seek treatment and are then unable to pay.

According to a national study released last week by Families USA, 765,000 Missourians, or 13.3 percent of the population, will be uninsured in 2005. The Missouri Department of Social Services’ Division of Medical Services reports that the value of hospital care provided in Missouri to uninsured patients in 2004 was $335 million.

Black men to discuss concerns

A new community coalition will be hosting its first conference Saturday in an effort to focus attention on the issues facing black men in Columbia.

Nathan Stephens, spokesman for The Black Men United Coalition, said the meeting, The State of Black Men in Columbia, will address the sense of discrimination he feels is pervasive in the community.

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