Enjoy festivities, not electronic daze

Nostalgia, for me, is at its highest when summer festival time rolls around. One of the advantages of warm, sunny days among my memories is that there always seemed to be something interesting to do. I love adventure and opportunities to enjoy new experiences. This is why I feel so ill-suited for this particular period in American history. I especially mourn the passing of Yankee ingenuity when individuals were more likely to “do their own thing,’’ unlike today when people seem to want to only do what others are doing. In my youth, people took pride in inventing games to play and challenges to overcome.

Banners added downtown

The bright-orange banners hanging from light poles on Elm Street are hard to miss.

The banners, which read “Shop, Eat, Live, Play,” are the middle phase of a five-phase downtown beautification program and part of the Special Business District’s “Discover the District” campaign.

Board doubles YouZeum bid, offers $100,000

The creators of the YouZeum got more than they bargained for when they asked the Columbia Convention and Visitors Advisory Board for $50,000.

The board unanimously voted on Monday to send $100,000 from its attraction development fund to the exhibit. Board member Ed Baker moved to increase the amount.

Money sought for new center in First Ward

Like some families have dream homes, one Columbia organization has architectural plans drawn up for a dream facility. What it doesn't have yet are the resources to fund it.

Positive Regional Impact Diversified Enterprise was established in December to create a central community space that would include meeting rooms and classrooms, gym space and a commercial kitchen. The group wants to merge a recreation center with office space for agencies that will provide support for residents of the First Ward.

Walton son dies in plane crash

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — John Walton, the billionaire son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and a member of the company’s board, died Monday in a plane crash in Wyoming.

Walton, 58, of Jackson, Wyo., was piloting an ultralight that crashed shortly after takeoff from the Jackson Hole Airport in Grand Teton National Park, the company said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and the cause of the afternoon crash was not known, officials said.

Fashionably high results

With fall registration in full swing Monday and today, Stephens College is getting a look at its largest incoming class since 1991.

The new class has 237 freshmen and transfer students, up from 199 last year. The 19 percent increase — a 35 percent increase in freshmen only — marks the start of a four-year plan to increase full-time undergraduate enrollment to 900.

Intersection stop leads to assault

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of an armed assault that occurred in the area of Providence Road and Business Loop 70 at 12:40 a.m. Monday.

Michael D. Watson and Roosevelt Carter have been arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault. Carter has also been arrested on suspicion of armed criminal action. Both men were held at the Boone County Jail on $200,000 bonds Monday night.

Less federal funding expected for housing

The Columbia Housing Authority’s housing task force met with two representatives from Swope Community Enterprises on Monday to begin planning for a study that will guide development of low-income housing north of downtown.

The discussion, which marked the beginning of the study, touched on the funding sources of all projects suggested by the task force and the developmental agency.

ARC draws crowds

Instructor Lynn Darst holds a strand of yarn for a young woman in her crocheting class. The two laugh as they tie slip knots with five other women in the classroom at the Activity and Recreation Center, where dozens of life-enrichment classes contribute to the center’s popularity.

Crochet student Tammy Hohlt said she was surprised the class was held at the ARC.

Police captain’s service honored

Capt. Beverly Braun celebrated 20 years of service at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department on Monday morning with about 40 friends, family members and co-workers at the department’s headquarters.

Braun was first hired to be the head of the services division of the Sheriff’s Department by former Sheriff Ted Boehm on June 10, 1985. During the past 20 years, she has led police programs such as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. She also works with annual budgets and department purchasing and bidding.

McClure named Life Sciences Center associate director

The associate chairman of MU’s biochemistry department will become associate director of the Life Sciences Center. Bruce McClure will succeed Michael Chippendale, who retires Aug. 31.

Since 1992, McClure has been an associate professor of biochemistry at MU. He has coordinated the undergraduate biochemistry program and co-organized weekly one-hour science seminars aimed at the public, according to a release from the MU News Bureau.

Pooch saves couple from house fire

Tommy, a 74-pound, 18-month-old blue heeler mix, is always starved for attention, and while sweet, he can be a bit of a troublemaker.

“He still has some puppy in him,” said 23-year-old Jon Blankenship, Tommy’s owner.

Council debates new fire stations

After previously tackling the roads and parks portions of a new tax package, the Columbia City Council turned its attention to public safety.

In a work session Monday, the council discussed the need to build two fire stations in 10 years to keep pace with the city’s growth.

High court rules on religious monuments

JEFFERSON CITY — A monument displaying the Ten Commandments outside the Missouri Capitol appears to be on firm legal ground after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a similar display at the Texas Capitol.

The 5-4 ruling upheld the constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments on government land but drew the line on some displays inside courthouses, saying they violated the doctrine of separation of church and state. The court said framed copies in two Kentucky courthouses are unconstitutional because their religious content is overemphasized. In contrast, a 6-foot-granite monument on the grounds of the Texas Capitol — one of 17 historical displays on the 22-acre lot — was determined to be a legitimate tribute to the nation’s legal and religious history.


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.