City fire wish list carries price tag

A 2005 citywide survey found that 87 percent of Columbia residents were pleased with the fire service they are receiving. But maintaining that standard is going to take more money, city fire officials say.

Battalion Chief Steven Sapp and the Columbia Fire Department have given the city a wish list for expansion. Voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax in 1999 to help fund the department, but with that tax set to expire in December, a new source of money will be needed for future expenses.

Mo. midwives say state laws too restrictive

After delivering thousands of babies over the past 30 years, Diane Barnes, a certified nurse-midwife, is ready to finish up her practice and retire.

“I’ve delivered thousands of babies in Missouri, and I would like to retire with respect,” said Barnes, the former president of the Midwives Alliance of North America.

New firefighters join force, more still needed

The Boone County Fire Protection District is still 60 firefighters short of its desired 311 members after a commencement ceremony at the district headquarters Saturday.

Assistant Chief Bruce Piringer, head of the Training and Education Bureau, said the district hopes to recruit more firefighters because it has recently added two stations. This year’s second recruit class will begin June 20.

Second PrideFest features more booths, food

To get to PrideFest 2005, you first have to make it past security: four women armed with water guns and a quick wit. Nobody gets through without a conversation.

“Everybody’s got something good to point out about them,” Peri said after calling over Beth, Kim and Rae to feel an exceptionally soft shirt on a driver.

Arrests made for central city shootings

Police arrested two Columbia men Thursday and Friday in connection with a shooting in a central Columbia neighborhood.

Dajuan A. Harris, 22, was arrested for armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon and Denico Sanchez Crawley, 18, was arrested for first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with a shooting at the corner of Trinity Place and Park Avenue near Douglass Park on May 31.

They’ve got the beat

Drums beat in the background. The Mid-Missouri High Steppers clap their hands, move their feet in a fast–paced pattern.

The steady rhythm connects them as they practice their precise movements with confidence. Dancers move off to either side and sit on the ground. The drummers take center stage. The dancers get up and perform again. The drummers move back.

Exposing the tapes of Watergate

The revelation that former FBI second-in-command W. Mark Felt was “Deep Throat” has brought new attention to the role reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein played in unraveling the Watergate conspiracy.

But Michael Sanders says another man, who was just as responsible for bringing down Richard Nixon, has been mostly forgotten by history. That man was his father, Don Sanders, who was a lawyer, an FBI agent, Boone County commissioner, and the man who, during the Watergate hearings, discovered there was a tape recorder in the Nixon White House.

Crew mourns lineman’s death

Steve Ebert had a reputation among Columbia linemen as a man who couldn’t say no.

So when the city of Independence asked Thursday if Columbia could send a crew to help repair its power system in the wake of a Wednesday storm, it was no surprise that Ebert was among those who answered the call.

Local coverage gets first priority

Dear Reader,

The classic debate over community newspapers — local news vs. big national happenings — came up in the newsroom last week.

State Medicaid cuts hit home

The impact of state Medicaid cuts on Boone County is just beginning.

“We’re already getting calls about people anticipating losing their coverage,” said Steve Hollis, a social services supervisor at the Columbia/Boone County Health Department.

DNR appoints private lawyer for bridge suit

JEFFERSON CITY — The Department of Natural Resources has hired a private attorney to go up against Attorney General Jay Nixon in a dispute over whether the agency can relinquish rights to a Boonville railroad bridge.

The department said Friday that Kent Lowry, at the Armstrong Teasdale law firm, will represent DNR.

Striving for Normalcy

Every morning, Rebecca Wylie, 20, gets dressed, brushes her teeth and eats breakfast. A junior graphic design major, she goes to class, hangs out with her friends and downloads everything she can find by heartthrob John Mayer, just like hordes of other MU students.

But life requires something more of Rebecca.

A personal aide dresses and feeds Rebecca and brushes her teeth. She uses a motorized wheelchair to get to classes. A 12-inch mouth stick with a charcoal pencil attached allows her to draw.

My talent pool quite shallow in swimming

My husband never learned to swim. The main reason, he says, is because there was no swimming pool where he lived, a small town in Iowa. And he says he almost drowned in a neighbor’s pond when he got tangled in some undergrowth. His fear of water was so intense that he insisted that all of our children learn how to swim.

I can remember as a kid taking swimming lessons from the American Red Cross. I don’t remember the lessons, but I remember carrying a card stating that I was a junior lifesaver. Thank God I never had to save anyone.

Updating a Columbia Landmark

Wabash Station has led a quiet existence for the past 40 years since the shrill whistles of the old iron horses that once shuttled residents to and from McBaine fell silent in 1964.

The grinding of diesel engines now fills the 95-year-old rail depot as Columbia Transit buses carry commuters throughout the city. But the building, which the city bought in 1977 as a hub for its bus system, is showing its age.

Police get help with painful job stress

Dan Newman has seen the ugly side of law enforcement. He’s been on the emotional roller coaster that many police officers go through, feeling alert and alive one moment and tired and isolated the next.

The “high” you get while on duty, can quickly dissipate, said Newman, a mental health counselor and former assistant police chief in Tucson, Ariz. Eventually, the police officer becomes the job, and the job becomes the officer.

MU Council talks about controlling alcohol use

The percentage of MU students who consumed alcohol multiple times a week in the spring of 2005 was significantly higher than the national average, according to information presented at Thursday’s Faculty Council meeting.

Kim Dude, the director of Wellness Resource Center at MU, said faculty can help in reducing that statistic.

Charity earns prize for student

Tessa Vellek wants to be remembered like Shakespeare. She has a passion for writing and wants to be a journalist or an author. She dreams of winning a Pulitzer Prize. “I live to be published,” she wrote in her award application.

Tessa, 11, is one of 25 students nationwide between ages 10 and 18 to receive a 2005 Nestle Very Best in Youth award. The biannual program, sponsored by Nestle USA and Reading is Fundamental, honors students for their community service and academic records.

Two arrested in Internet investigation

Two men were arrested this week by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department under suspicion of enticing a child on the Internet.

Alan Becker, 50, of Jefferson City was arrested Monday for suspicion of attempted enticement of a child, first-degree attempted child molestation and attempted abuse of a child. On Wednesday, Michael Tincher, 44, of Sedalia was arrested for suspicion of attempted enticement of a child and attempted statutory sodomy.

Fulton grabs national attention in magazine

Fulton is more used to local attention for playing host to the county fair than any sort of national recognition, yet this year two nationwide publications are taking note of the town’s remarkable history and small-town appeal.

Dan Kaercher, editor-in-chief of Midwest Living magazine, mentioned the town’s unlikely past in a June 3 USA Today article about “10 great places to discover Midwest charm.”

Man implicated in Tuesday shooting surrenders to police

A 19-year-old Columbia man turned himself into Columbia police Wednesday afternoon after he was implicated in a shootout in a central Columbia neighborhood on Tuesday.

Joshua Lambert of 212 Unity Drive was charged with unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the shooting early Tuesday at the corner of LaSalle Place and Allen Street. He is being held at Boone County Jail on $100,000 bond.