A lightning strike severed a power line overhanging Providence Road between Green Meadows and Nifong at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday.
“The lightning hit pretty close several times around here,” said Wayne Wiles, a resident near the site of the strike.
For most of us, turning 99 would be remarkable. But for 98-year-old Loren Reid, it hardly seems noteworthy.
“I’m not celebrating my 99th birthday,” he said of today’s milestone. “I’ll just push on to 100.”
On Feb. 11, 2003, detectives from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department raided the home of Columbia resident Frank W. Petering, seizing computers, floppy disks and documents. Officers confiscated an estimated 80,000 pornographic images depicting children, from infants to teenagers, engaged in sexual conduct.
On Monday, Petering was convicted of promoting child pornography in what is believed to be the largest case of its kind in county history. Petering’s apprehension offers a glimpse at how law enforcement is taking advantage of legal and technological advances to combat the exponential growth in the distribution of child pornography.
A federal labor mediator is expected to come to Columbia in the middle of next month to resolve an ongoing contract dispute between Columbia Public Schools’ bus drivers and First Student Inc., the area’s school bus service provider, officials said Wednesday.
The district’s school bus drivers, represented by Union Local 833, rejected a new contract proposal Aug. 5 with First Student Inc., the area’s school bus service provider. The old contract expired Aug. 1.
Starting today, for the next two months some east and westbound lanes of Interstate 70 will be closed from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. The closures will extend from the Callaway and Montgomery county line east of Columbia to the I-70 and U.S. 63 interchange as part of the Missouri Department of Transportation program to upgrade safety on the interstate. Closures won’t involve more than one lane at a time in each direction.
The construction is a continuation of the guard cable installation project, tentatively scheduled to be completed in summer of 2005. It involves placing guard cables down the center of the interstate to stop crossover traffic and prevent serious crashes.
MU’s Faculty Council will hear a report today that could impact the future work life of all non-regular faculty at the university.
More than half of all faculty members at MU are considered non-regular — in general, those without tenure. MU employs about 1,100 tenured and tenure track faculty and about 1,300 non-regular faculty, according to October 2003 figures from the MU News Bureau.
Two cars collided on Forum Boulevard at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, closing traffic in both directions for 40 minutes. Jeffrey Oflynn was injured in the crash and taken to University Hospital. His condition was unknown Wednesday night, but he appeared to have suffered moderate injuries, Columbia police officer Alan Hulett said. Stephen Reichlin, the other driver, was not injured.
Driving southbound on Forum, Oflynn veered his black Ford Escort into the northbound lane, colliding head-on with Reichlin’s silver Dodge Dakota pickup.
As if choosing schools, writing essays, signing checks and getting recommendations isn’t enough, the high school graduating class of 2006 has another worry to consider when preparing for college: taking anywhere from one to three standardized tests just to compete.
In the spring of 2005, the College Board will debut a new, longer SAT test. This leaves many juniors in a quandary as to which test to take — the old SAT, the new SAT or the ACT. While the majority of colleges require only one test, providing scores from both tests can give students a competitive edge. Taking both tests also creates options for students who have not yet determined where they want to attend college.
MU sophomore Meghan Lahey got her $70 meningococcal vaccine Tuesday afternoon under the impression that failing to comply with a new vaccine policy would prevent her from registering for the winter 2005 semester.
“I don’t like the policy,” Lahey said. “I felt like I was forced to get the vaccine.”
JEFFERSON CITY — Former New Mexico transportation secretary Pete Rahn is expected to be named today as Missouri’s new transportation director, The Associated Press has learned.
Rahn’s selection was confirmed Wednesday by two Missouri state officials as well as a former colleague of Rahn’s in the New Mexico Department of Transportation, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Near the end, when the disease tightened its grip and transformed the man into a shell of his former self, Jim Leslie had become a stranger in his own life.
He had begun exhibiting signs of dementia in the late 1990s, and his condition worsened during the next few years. He was often irrational and belligerent, and in a later stage he crossed the line into violence. He forgot the identity of those closest to him, including his two granddaughters.
Steve Spaur remembers multiple instances when he caught drunken college students attempting to steal the bowling ball and pin signs off the side of Oakland Plaza Lanes.
Those pranksters will finally have the opportunity to get those signs by legal means today. The signs will be part of an auction at the bowling alley at 2116 Vandiver Drive.
Proposals for extending Scott Boulevard, Fairview Road and other major roads in central Columbia will be considered at a public hearing Thursday.
The hearing will take place during the quarterly meeting of the coordinating committee of the Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization, a federally mandated group that coordinates long-term transportation planning for the city and Boone County.
MU students interested in computer science will soon have a third option for a degree program. SBC Communications announced Tuesday it will give $1 million to MU’s College of Engineering for a new information technology studies program.
The gift will cover the cost of computers and faculty and will be paid over the next five years.
Columbia Builds Youth expects to receive a $40,000 grant through the Columbia City Council that would help it continue its efforts to re-engage teenagers and young adults in the community.
Columbia Builds Youth teaches construction skills to economically disadvantaged individuals while helping them earn general equivalency diplomas as well as find jobs.
When it comes to pub grub, nothing satisfies quite like a chicken wing. Whether baked or fried, most folks like them crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Columbia has its fair share of wing joints, and tonight one lucky restaurant will be crowned king of the wing.
The 16th annual Easter Seals Wing Ding will take place tonight at American Legion Post 202. Wing lovers can chow down for charity as area restaurants vie for the coveted title of tastiest wing in Columbia. Local luminaries will assist the public in judging wings in four separate categories: best BBQ wing, meatiest wing, best overall taste and a people’s choice decided by all in attendance. Adam Cox, a 5-year-old student enrolled at Easter Seals Child Development Center, will also take part in the judging.
Stephens College sophomore Alexandra Geisler scheduled her classes this semester not around a job but around Abbey Road, a Jack Russell terrier who needs walking at least twice a day.
For the first time, students at Stephens — where classes start today — may have pets other than fish in their residence hall rooms.
The leaves won’t be the only things dancing in Flat Branch Park this fall.
The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday a fall entertainment lineup that will include live music, outdoor cinema and a midnight bike ride.
Like any dog, Bunker has chewed her way through many pairs of shoes, but she’s anything but your typical household pet.
“When we were at a work site and Bunker started barking, we knew that Iraqis were in the area,” said Lucas Green, 23, a Columbia resident and a member of the Missouri National Guard’s 203rd Engineer Battalion. “She was our early detection system.”
When MU junior Dave Gasparovic showed up at the Student Recreation Center for his shift at 10 a.m. Monday, the power was down. Employees abandoned their jobs answering phones or monitoring weight room activity to stand at the door and turn away students.
“We’ve been relegated to bouncers,” Gasparovic said, “although most people have been pretty understanding.”