Eastside bank robbed Saturday

Boone County National Bank, 5614 E. St. Charles Road, was robbed Saturday morning, Columbia police said.

According to a release, bank personnel said the suspect entered the bank and demanded money. He implied he had a weapon but never displayed one. He left on foot and headed northwest with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.

Puzzling or inspiring?

For several weeks earlier this year, a model of how Carol Fleming’s 12 pillar-like structures would look in Stephens Lake Park was on display at City Hall, inviting public comment on its artistic merits.

The city’s Standing Committee on Public Art and the Office of Cultural Affairs had already recommended the City Council approve Fleming’s project, which would be funded by $18,500 in public money. But by the March 21 vote, public reaction to the piece was less than enthusiastic. Of the 54 comments offered, only 15 were favorable.

Communion dress hunt for granddaughter

It’s every grandmother’s dream, and when I got the call from my daughter-in-law, I had to pinch myself. My 8-year-old granddaughter wanted ME to go shopping with her to pick out her dress for her first Holy Communion.

When I picked her up for our big shopping date, she held a stack of pictures of dresses she found on the Internet. Leafing through them, I noted that most had price tags above $100. I asked her which of the gowns she liked most, and she picked out two. I had my work cut out for me, but I felt I was up to the task of finding the “perfect” dress.

Kewpies earn Merit scholarships

Stefan Novosel and Ben Shelton, seniors at Hickman High School, have been selected as recipients of a National Merit Scholarship worth $2,500 apiece.

Novosel and Shelton, both 18, were selected as winners because of their exceptional skills, accomplishments and potential.

Lending a helping hand

For 150 years, the one-room Claysville General Store has been a lone beacon to southern Boone County travelers, from Missouri River loggers to Katy Trail bicyclists.

The store isn’t calling it quits anytime soon. An additional wing, scheduled to open this month, will double the restaurant’s occupancy — to two rooms.


The bowling ball’s sole purpose is to knock down as many pins as possible. So what makes one ball roll better than another? At AMF Town and Country Lanes in Columbia, balls ranging in size, color and weight are used by bowlers who hope for a strike or at least a spare.

But how much do you know about the ball you choose? They can fly down the lane and slam into the pins, or they can inch along with relatively no force at all.

Together in unity

On a recent Tuesday evening, 8-year-old Jonathan Jalali sat on the couch, eager to show off his newly acquired skills on the guitar for a small group of people gathered in his family’s living room. He started playing softly, timidly, but his confidence grew as everyone united to sing the tune with him.

“Oh Bahá’u’lláh, oh Bahá’u’lláh, oh Bahá’u’lláh.

Clipping cancer

Toenail clippings doused with radiation at the MU Research Reactor could hold the key to preventing prostate cancer. Researchers are testing toenail samples from men across the country to find out whether optimizing selenium intake reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Selenium is a naturally occurring chemical element found in soil and food. Combined with other molecules, it is one of the elements essential to animal and human health.

Scientists at the nuclear reactor — the largest one on a U.S. college campuses — are using radiation to bombard the samples with neutrons, which makes the amount of selenium measurable. It is one of the few trials conducted to study methods for preventing cancer rather than possible cures, said David Waters, director of the Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation and a professor of comparative oncology at Purdue University.

Graduates continue ivy, rose traditions

In the words of Stephens College President Wendy Libby, Saturday was just the beginning for more than 100 graduates at Silverthorne Arena on the Stephens campus. The space was filled with family, friends, faculty, staff and well-wishers as jubilant music played over the speakers in anticipation of the graduation ceremony. The crowd was joyful and often raucous as loved ones walked across the stage to receive a diploma and a white rose.

Before entering the arena, the graduates gathered near Firestone Baars Chapel to proceed from the residential quadrangle. The graduates wore fanciful footwear and festive outfits as they chatted with each other in scattered clusters. With a few minutes to go, the diverse group donned black robes and mortar boards.

Theft was motive in Wal-Mart fires, investigators say

Wal-Mart’s surveillance videos have helped Columbia fire investigators determine theft as the motive in two related cases of arson at two Columbia stores Thursday night, Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said.

In a news release, Sapp said the motive appeared to be an attempt to steal electronic merchandise from the stores by using the fires as a diversion.

Sheriff sends strangulation case evidence to 2 other law agencies

Evidence sent to two Missouri law enforcement agencies may help investigators make an arrest in the strangulation death of 77-year-old Zelpha Turner in the next few days, an official with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said.

Sgt. Tom O’Sullivan said evidence collected from the crime scene at 6060 N. Highway VV and surrounding areas has been sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Kansas City Police Department for review.

Columbia College demonstrates unity

On a sunny, breezy morning, 125 graduating seniors of all ages walked through Rogers Gate at Columbia College, linked by an ivy chain.

Before commencement Saturday, seniors at the college took part in a tradition called the Ivy Chain Ceremony. The 104-year-old ceremony symbolizes how the students have grown close over the years. The chain of ivy is cut upon graduation to allow them to be themselves, while reminding them that they came from the same place, said senior Julie Kendrick, who sang at the event.

Restaurant wins award

Thomas Bair said he felt honored when he was awarded the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s 2005 Small Business of the Year award, but added it’s not all about winning.

“Our business is not better than anyone else’s,” said Bair, owner of the Cherry Street Artisan cafe. “The fun thing about this is recognizing all the hard work that these business owners put into their job.”

Partners in Education celebrate 21st year

The air was full of blue and white flags and inspiration as a few hundred parents, teachers and students gathered for the 21st annual Partners in Education Flag Celebration on Thursday.

Partners in Education is an organization of businesses and public schools in Columbia that helps to promote educa-tion among students by sharing human resources. The celebration is held each May.

Victim feared repairman, sister says

Zelpha Turner told her sister only days before she was strangled that she was afraid of a neighbor she had hired to repair the roof of her garage.

Margery Wade of Centerville, Iowa, said Turner, who was 77, told her during an April 29 telephone conversation that she was thinking of investing in a home security system.

Report outlines security spending

JEFFERSON CITY — The state has received about $135 million in federal homeland security money since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and about $49 million of it has been spent, a report from Gov. Matt Blunt’s office said Thursday.

Blunt asked state agencies for an accounting of how that money is being spent in February, saying it was tough to track where the funds had gone. The figures cover funds received after Sept. 11, 2001, through 2004.

Senate OKs bill to ban inmate spit

JEFFERSON CITY — The Senate gave final approval on Thursday to legislation that makes it a felony for inmates to throw spit, urine or other bodily fluids on prison guards.

Another provision of the bill allows the state to collect up to $60 a month from those on parole or probation. The state parole board could consider an inmate’s ability to pay and allow for lower or no payments.

MOBIUS plans move to save money

Two state information technology providers will combine locations to save money after receiving cuts in the state budget.

Employees of the Missouri Bibliographic Information User System, also known as MOBIUS, information technology providers will move across the street to join the Missouri Research and Education Network, also known as MOREnet.

Music Cafe liquor license to be revoked on May 30

Music Cafe, located at 120 S. Ninth St., has lost its liquor license, said Terri Durdaller, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety.

The bar will lose its license to serve alcohol on May 30, Durdaller said, adding that the bar can appeal the department’s decision to the Administrative Hearing Commission.

State House sends budget to governor

JEFFERSON CITY — One state prison, one inmate work camp, more than 90,000 Medicaid recipients and more than 1,000 of the state’s full-time positions will be cut in the budget passed Thursday by the Missouri General Assembly. But $113 million has been added to the school foundation formula in the state’s $19.2 billion budget.

“We are still doing many great things for this state,” said House Budget Chairman Brad Lager, R-Maryville. “Many want to do more. We all recognize and acknowledge this, but at the end of the day, we can only help those with the greatest need.”