President Ronald Reagan’s funeral Friday in Washington will be commemorated locally with ceremonies in Columbia and Fulton.
A ceremony will take place from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday at the Courthouse Square on Walnut Street. Geoffrey Preckshot, his wife, Rita Preckshot, and a group of local volunteers are organizing the event as a way to honor the legacy of the former president.
JEFFERSON CITY — The decision to close state government Friday in honor of Ronald Reagan will cost about $10 million in both regular payroll and extra overtime costs, state officials said Wednesday.
Gov. Bob Holden announced earlier this week that most Missouri state offices will close Friday and most employees will have the day off as part of a national day of mourning for the former president.
WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital began saying goodbye to Ronald Reagan on Wednesday, citizens celebrating the 40th president’s common touch, Congress marking his achievements and all engaged in the high and rare pageantry of America’s first presidential state funeral in three decades.
Reagan’s body, escorted by his wife Nancy and his children, arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland from California to close the first chapter in a week of remembrance. More than 100,000 people had paid respects to Reagan in his presidential hilltop library, in advance of his lying in state at the Capitol beginning Wednesday night.
When Sherri Martin looks out her window, all she sees is a stream of sewage running down an embankment through her back yard on North Wagon Trail Road. It’s a problem she’s been dealing with for two years.
“My yard looks like hogslop, and it smells as bad,” said Martin.
The Central Missouri Humane Society wants to keep cellular phones out of local landfills and dusty desk drawers, making a little extra money in the process.
The nonprofit organization will be collecting old cell phones for the next several months as a fund-raiser to help the society’s bottom line. Once the phones accumulate, they will be sent to a wireless collection company in return for a check. Every cell phone collected brings up to $20 to the organization, depending on the age of the phone.
Providing support for re-zoning the Philips tract has been recognized as one of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s highlights of the year by Chairperson Karen Taylor. “I really believe we had a significant influence during the city council meetings, and played a big part in that decision,” Taylor said.
The Chamber of Commerce will celebrate this and other accomplishments at the 99th annual meeting and awards banquet tonight at an event being called “Viva Las Chamber.”
Columbia Public Schools will attempt to increase safety on buses this year by adding more security cameras, at a cost of $15,125 on top of what is already spent on bus transportation.
The item is part of the 2004-2005 proposed budget to be presented this evening at a meeting of the Columbia School Board.
A group of volunteers has decided to take up the challenge of organizing a local ceremony in honor of the late President Ronald Reagan.
Geoffrey Preckshot of Columbia, a Republican and former assistant prosecutor in Callaway County, and a group of friends are in the planning stages of an event to commemorate the legacy of the former president.
Drive through one trailer park in Boone County and you’ll see havoc. You’ll see discarded washing machines, cars with grass growing up around the tires, makeshift sheds spilling over with junk. You’ll see trailers that look like they’re falling apart and residents sitting on sunken decks eyeing unfamiliar cars suspiciously. You wouldn’t want to drive through at night because there are no lights to illuminate the nasty potholes waiting to ruin your car’s suspension.
But drive through another park, perhaps just down the street, and you’ll see quite a different scene. Cruising down a smooth road, you’ll see look-alike trailers forming neat rows and featuring small, landscaped yards, grills on the decks and maybe even driveways.
Jesse James Valencia was the kind of person who wrote letters to the editor.
Everywhere he went, the 23-year-old MU student made contact with local publications — getting involved, speaking up, letting people know what he thought. In a letter he wrote to the Missourian last May, Mr. Valencia introduced the piece by saying, “My grandma is always so proud when I write editorials for newspapers, ha ha.”
Next year, teachers in the Columbia Public School District could receive their largest pay raise in more than a decade.
With the help of unanticipated funding from the state, the teachers can expect the first salary increase of more than $1,000 since 1991 if the 2004-05 school year budget is approved. In addition to the estimated
As Missouri Democrats unite behind one candidate for president, they have yet to choose their candidate for governor: State Auditor Claire McCaskill, incumbent Gov. Bob Holden or Jim LePage.
McCaskill, however, said running for the Democratic nomination has been difficult because the Missouri Democratic Party is being used to promote Holden exclusively.
Columbia’s first casualty in the war in Iraq was a vivacious Puerto Rican native and MU physics student whose dreams were cut short by a mortar blast.
Sgt. Melvin Yamil Mora, who was killed Sunday at Camp Cooke in Taji, Iraq, is being remembered by friends and family as a good son and a hardworking student who hoped to combine his interests in science and television.
Re-enactors aren’t the only ones following the Lewis and Clark trail this summer. The Daniel Boone Regional Library’s summer reading program for children is called Discover New Trails @ Your Library.
The themed journey celebrates the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark’s epic westward trek with story times, book lists, music programs and other activities.
The black-and-khaki wool tweed suit is a shell of the impression left by Ronald Reagan on Callaway County.
The three-piece suit that Reagan wore during the filming of the movie “King’s Row” is on display at the Heart of Missouri Tourism Center at the Kingdom City exit on I-70.
FULTON — A hundred years ago it was Montgomery-Bell Dry Goods. In September, it will become a coffee and wine bar in downtown Fulton. The layers upon layers of carpet and vinyl tile will be gone, and the original wood floors and pressed-tin ceiling will be preserved.
“Before I can ask other owners to fix up their buildings, I figured I should do so myself,” owner Garry Vaught said.
The onset of summer means road trips, boating, water-skiing and an alarmingly low supply of available blood.
The American Red Cross and the Community Blood Center are asking for an increase in donors for the coming summer months.
Missouri’s largest provider of workers’ compensation announced Tuesday that it will lay off 35 employees.
Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance of Columbia announced the layoffs as part of a reorganization plan that will consolidate certain departments and create new ones, as well as improving software and technology for employees.
Just as in fashion, culinary trends come and go. Hanging around since the 1970s is the fondue trend. This fun, hands-on food was all the rage in those days, often the centerpiece at dinner parties. Throwing a fondue party today is still a hip way to gather with friends for a casual dinner party.
Tina Windett has been having fondue parties for about 30 years, ever since the craze began. She is carrying on the tradition from when her mother used to make chocolate, cheese and steak fondue. She has her parties around the holidays as a simple way to get the family together.
The original fast-food restaurants, known for quick service with a smile, appear to be at a crossroads. Forced to expand their menus to keep up with competition and consumer demands, the places that once offered nothing more than burgers, fries and Cokes are struggling to keep their food fast.
To solve the problem, many fast-food chains have set goals for speed of service. For example, Wendy’s promises food in roughly 95 seconds, inside or from the drive-thru window, while Burger King and Hardee’s allow three minutes or more to complete the order.