Cable Task Force rushing to find money for public access channel

Although the Cable Task Force is one step closer to finding funding for Columbia’s cash-strapped public access station, the issue is far from settled.

The task force met Thursday night to discuss a proposed interim budget for Columbia Access Television. The station, CAT3-TV, is currently funded through the city’s franchise agreement with cable providers Mediacom and Charter Communications.

Auditor gives county clean bill

Boone County government received a clean bill of financial health from its external auditor for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2004, and approval of its internal auditing system.

According to the auditor’s report, “An audit includes consideration of internal control over financial reporting … to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement.”

Study flags signs of eating disorders

An MU psychology researcher and teacher and a nationwide team of researchers have developed a three-part model to help predict eating disorders.

The model focuses on bulimia nervosa, a psychological eating disorder characterized by bouts of binge eating followed by unhealthy methods of weight control, such as the use of laxatives or self-induced vomiting. Findings will soon be published in Behaviour Research and Therapy, a peer-reviewed cognitive behavior therapy journal.

Welcome to the jungle

For the past couple of months, two art students and their professor have been transforming the black walls of a workout room at the MU Student Recreation Center into a jungle-themed mural.

After much planning and designing, Ming Zhou, 28, and Jiang Ming Wang, 27, are creating a unique exercise environment for a cycling studio to be known as the Tiger Lair. The two artists were chosen for the project by Lampo Leong, an MU associate art professor, who was appreciative of the opportunity to contribute something creative to the campus.

MU releases O'Neal timeline

The MU Athletic Department released a timeline late Friday morning, detailing the events leading up to the death of MU football player Aaron O'Neal after a voluntary practice on July 12.

The timeline, in its entirety, is shown below.

Tigers’ official travel agency bought by chain

Canterbury Travel and Tiger Travel Associates, a decades-old Columbia agency that holds an exclusive account with the MU athletic department, will soon be bought by a Springfield-based travel agency chain.

Great Southern Travel contacted Canterbury in late spring or early summer about a possible acquisition, said Barbara Davis, who co-owns Canterbury with Gudrun Parmentier.

What's in a name?

For 24 years now, Tom Foster has been selling fishing rods, tackle, hunting gear and outdoor equipment branded with the Bass Pro label — which probably explains why he calls his business at 1108 Business Loop 70 East “Tom Foster’s Bass Pro Shop.”

But earlier this year, Foster received a letter from Springfield sporting goods behemoth Bass Pro Shops Corp. demanding that he change the name of his store-front business within 10 days or face legal action.

Annual sidewalk sale hits downtown Thursday

Beginning Thursday, downtown retailers will be clearing their storerooms and lining Columbia’s streets with sandals, dress suits, sports coats, pens, designer jeans, handbags, baby clothes and other goods, all priced to move.

The 46th annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale will be running from today through Sunday. Storeowners are encouraged by the city’s Special Business District to hold sales on the sidewalk in front of their stores.

Sisters still hope for resolution in tragedy

KANSAS CITY — Inside a cramped eighth-floor courtroom in downtown Kansas City this week, the end of Anthony Jackson’s murder trial played out with little fanfare in a city that has recently experienced a spike in homicides.

For the sisters of former MU student Damon White, it was far more dramatic. The trial and Jackson’s conviction for a crime he committed two years ago confirmed their suspicions about the still unsolved slaying of their brother in 1999.

Stephens a contender in history catalog

Dating back to 1833, the south quadrangle of Stephens College is the school’s historic core. Now, that part of the campus is in the running for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

Doug Lange, Stephens’ vice president for operations and facilities, thinks it’s important to protect this part of Columbia. The south quad, at Broadway and College Avenue, has Columbia, Wood and Hickman halls, the President’s Home and Historic Senior Hall, which is already listed on the register.

Group opposes city tax plans

A group of Columbia residents is fighting to block approval of a set of city tax and fee proposals slated to appear on the November ballot and intended to pay for transportation projects.

Members of Timely and Responsible Road Infrastructure Financing, or TARRIF, said they think the city’s plan is grossly inadequate.

Water alert lifted for Columbia after rain

The Columbia Water and Light Department lifted its water-use alert after Tuesday’s long-awaited rain and cooler temperatures.

Tuesday’s rain eased concerns about drought. While no restrictions are in place, Water and Light is urging Columbians to continue conserving.

They've got spirit

Kids from grades 2 through 7 spend a week in camps for cheerleading, soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball and baseball.

Sports Crusaders organized the program held at the Memorial Baptist Church with support from the Missouri Baptist Foundation.

Education hub’s plan advances to funding

The hustle and bustle of children hiking through the forest at Rock Bridge Memorial Park echoes in a shady clearing where a memorial stone rests. The plaque on the stone bears the name of a former governor and the park’s directors, but the largest name belongs to 9-year-old Carol Stoerker.

In 1961, Carol was hit and killed in a car accident. Her father, Lew Stoerker, established a park in her name as a place for children to run, play and explore nature in safety.

Reports shed little more light on O’Neal’s death

A report from the MU Police Department shed some light on the events of MU football player Aaron O’Neal’s death after a voluntary workout on July 12.

Combining the events of the police report with the timeline shown in photographs by Columbia Tribune photographer Jenna Isaacson and an Associated Press story Tuesday created a clearer image of the day O’Neal died. Yet, some questions remain.

Grease fire causes $35,000 in damages

A kitchen grease fire caused about $35,000 in damage to a house at 1802 Southeast Trails Drive at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, a county fire official said.

The building’s renter, Agedria Carter, escaped uninjured. She was cooking when the fire started.

Columbia police captain to take position in Iowa City

Columbia police Capt. Sam Hargadine will take over as chief of the Iowa City Police Department, most likely by the end of August, the Columbia Police Department announced Wednesday.

Hargadine joined the Columbia police force in February 1985 and served as an officer until he was promoted to sergeant in July 1993. He became a captain, serving as executive assistant to the chief, in May 2000.

Voters might face 5 ballot measures regarding sales tax

Columbia voters in November could face five ballot measures to extend and increase the city’s sales tax for up to 10 years and another calling for an increase in the fee it charges for new developments.

The sales tax options proposed for the Nov. 8 ballot include two extensions of a sales tax for parks projects, one extension and one increase in the sales tax for roads projects and an extension of a sales tax for public safety projects.

Mother, abducted girl reunite after three years

HOUSE SPRINGS — Three years after a father allegedly abducted his young daughter from Missouri and took her outside the U.S. to avoid detection, the mother and child are reunited and rebuilding their relationship.

Authorities say that Arlen Dean Hill II, who was separated from his wife and had visitation rights, took their 17-month-old child for a two-week visit on June 8, 2002, and never returned.

Drought dampened, not quenched

Even with cooler temperatures and Tuesday’s rain, Missouri farmers are facing the loss of millions of dollars worth of crops destroyed by drought.

“It could be even much higher than that,” said Tim Kelley, executive director of the Missouri Farm Service Agency. “Nationwide, the 1980 drought cost the nation more than $35 billion dollars.”