The University of Illinois gives students with disabilities more than one housing option. A story June 12 stated otherwise.

A state law restricting the use of Class B fireworks took effect Aug. 28, 2004. A story Thursday implied that the law was approved in the 2005 legislative session.

Target stores recall birch bark candles

Target Corp. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Birch and Bark Candles sold at Target stores from September 2004 through January 2005.

The birch bark surrounding the candles can ignite and pose a fire hazard. There have been 18 reports of the candles catching fire and five reports of property damage, according to a news release from the safety commission.

Foreign trade zone plan dropped

Columbia is not ready for a foreign trade zone.

Regional Economic Development Inc. has terminated a plan to build a foreign trade zone in the northern part of the city. The plan was expected to be completed by mid-2005. But a consultant’s report issued in February found that “no single business in Boone County currently produces the product volume necessary to justify a foreign trade zone,” according to a REDI memo.

A solution for toxic trash

Bring your rat poison, your paint thinner, your batteries and your old gas.

While most drive-through services these days are handing out fast food or cash, the drive-through at Columbia’s household hazardous waste site is busy collecting all sorts of toxic materials.

Memories mark park dedication

The steaming temperature drove dozens of rowdy children into the Stephens Lake swimming area on Sunday, making it a little difficult for the crowd of Columbia residents who gathered for a park dedication to hear the series of speakers celebrating the event.

The lake was the most popular attraction at the dedication, which marked completion of the first phase of the park’s development. The series of projects cost $2.5 million and took four years to complete.

Little Britches, big hearts

How can you be a cowboy without a horse? Cole Sheetz knows. He’s ready to prove it with a list of ways that he counts off on his fingers.

“I’ve got a pistol, a belt buckle, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat,” he says and pauses for a second to think.

Mo. lacks meth cleanup criteria

The McMurry children had found possible sites of methamphetamine production months before, but it was the site they found last November that brought Columbia police to investigate the woods adjacent to their home in eastern Columbia, Patrick McMurry said.

He said police told him the paint cans and kerosene containers found in a creek bed were hazardous, so he threw them into a trash bin near his home on St. Charles Road.

The search begins

For 45 years, the shadow of Ray Beck has fallen on every corner of Columbia.

His role in transforming Columbia from a small town into a small city has elicited both praise and derision.

A big chair to fill:<br> Beck’s replacement faces a full plate

Ray Beck’s replacement as city manager will have to confront more than just daunting expectations and an empty seat.

A full plate of obligations to developers, a strained infrastructure and the need to continue overseeing the city’s growth management looms, along with the demand for more progressive leadership.

Landlord named person of interest

The landlord of a Fulton woman found dead in her home June 7 has been arrested by Fulton police and identified as a “person of interest” in her death.

Fulton police arrested William “Chris” Niemet, 31, on suspicion of committing insurance fraud Thursday. According to court documents, Niemet took out a $150,000 insurance policy in December on 28-year-old Shawnda Reed, claiming he was her brother.

Task force suggests UMKC needs local management

The University of Missouri System’s governing body, the Board of Curators, is opposing new suggestions by a task force that the Kansas City campus should govern itself locally.

“Neither (System President Elson) Floyd nor the Board of Curators would support any change of governance,” said spokesman Joe Moore

Incubator hopes to help business start-ups

Peter Sutovsky is an assistant professor at the MU Division of Animal Science, but he also has another title: chief science officer for AndroLogika. Founded in 2004, the company’s assets are two patents and one part-time employee: himself.

“I won’t be able to hire a full-time CEO,” Sutovsky said.

From teenager to grown-up in one makeover

My granddaughter who lives in Arkansas called me recently to say that she wanted a “makeover” for her 13th birthday. I started to laugh, but I could tell by the tone of voice that she was serious. I couldn’t figure out what she wanted made over. She has flawless olive skin, huge brown eyes, wavy chestnut hair, long legs — and she’s thin. Obviously she doesn’t have any of my genes.

After some discussion, we decided that her makeover would include a manicure, a new hairstyle and a new outfit.


In Thursday and Friday stories, the location of a van crash on June 19 was incorrect. The accident occurred when the van hit the median on Interstate 70, between the Midway and Rocheport exits west of Columbia.

In a headline on a page 8A Life Story on Friday, information about Lois “Marie” Lutes’ hobbies was incorrect. Among other activities, she enjoyed crocheting.

Soon, a private citizen again: A life of public service

In a fifth-floor office that overlooks West Broadway, Ray Beck unwraps another piece of Dubble-Bubble gum, denying the urge to take his pipe from his pocket, all the while recounting the events that shaped Columbia’s growth and development during his tenure.

Thursday morning, Beck announced his plans to retire at the end of this year, leaving behind a 45-year legacy of bringing up-to-date services and amenities to Columbia.

Van crash victims’ names released

The Missouri State Highway Patrol released on Thursday the names of three of five people left dead in Sunday’s van crash on Interstate 70.

Mirian-Analy Colindres, 20; Juan-Eduardo Garcia-Agostin, 16; and Jose-Alfredo Sac-Casimiro, age unknown; were killed in the accident. Their bodies were identified by family members Wednesday.

New school credits closer to acceptance

High school students in Columbia could soon face tougher graduation requirements.

The Missouri State Board of Education gave initial approval Thursday afternoon for a proposal that would set new graduation requirements for high school students. Earlier in the day, the Columbia School Board began discussing the implications of such changes for Columbia’s high schools. The state board must vote again in the fall to finalize the policy.

What’s next?

Wanted: A candidate capable of managing a rapidly growing Midwestern city. Must have experience with airport, road construction, health services, city planning, sewer projects and utility management. Good people skills are a plus.

When Ray Beck announced plans to retire as Columbia City Manager, he gave the city six months to find someone who can run what he calls a “full-service city.”

Stability, Direction, Humor

Guided by patience:Ray Beck’s good judgment and patience allowed him to help Columbia in two major ways, former Mayor Robert Smith said.

“He gave it stability and, second, he gave direction to the growth of Columbia,” Smith said.

A Ripening Innovation

Ron Hale loves his tunnels, and he drove all the way from Farmington to talk about them.

After moving his crops under modified greenhouses known as high tunnels three years ago, Hale’s harvest tripled, with 200 plants yielding three tons of tomatoes his first year, he said.