On Friday, Sept. 10, the call came in at 2 p.m., not 2:20 as planned. Widget Ewing, a geography teacher at Columbia Catholic School, immediately began calling students out of their classes and hustling them into the library. The seventh-graders’ geography class would have a new voice that afternoon.
Half a world away it was already 7 a.m. on Sept. 11 for Nick Cook. On the anniversary of an event that would change the lives of many, Cook shared his own life changes through a speakerphone, providing a personal geography lesson about a distant part of the world.
A Columbia resident has likely contracted West Nile virus, according to the Columbia/Boone County Health Department.
It is the first probable case of West Nile virus in Boone County this year. Although the identity of the patient is confidential, representatives from the health department said she is a female, older than 50, who lives in southwest Columbia, near the Country Club of Missouri. The woman was hospitalized a few days ago with many symptoms of the virus.
The Columbia skyline might soon feature two new cellular towers with digital transmitters as wireless carriers work to enhance their digital network coverage here, just as they are doing across North America.
“We perform an extensive engineering analysis to find a spot where we can enhance service,” said Frank Merriman of Cingular Wireless, which is applying for permission to build one of the towers. He said more transmitters in the appropriate locations would make the firm’s digital network more pervasive and consistent.
Norman Beattie of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will be in town today to help with the contract dispute between bus drivers of Union Local 833 and First Student Inc., the area’s school bus provider.
The meeting, requested by both parties, will be held at 10 a.m. at the Days Inn Hotel and Conference Center.
Democratic nominee for secretary of state Robin Carnahan said Monday she wants Missourians to be able to vote before Election Day in a speech at the Columbia Public Library.
Citing Iowa’s early-voting program, which allows citizens to vote up to 40 days before the election, Carnahan said the program is one way to ensure that more people will have a chance to vote. The program also allows voters to avoid long lines at the polls that might stop them from voting altogether.
Summer school might be over, but talking about it is not.
The Columbia Board of Education will evaluate the district’s summer program at its regular meeting tonight. The program has been a controversial topic of discussion for the past few months, board President J.C. Headley said.
Even though a federal law banning assault weapons is set to expire today, Columbia gun shop owners don’t expect an increase in firearm sales.
Looking at 2-year-old Davonte Carter, one would hardly guess he was born three months premature at a mere 1 pound, 14 ounces, and in this fragile state underwent serious surgery to prevent his esophagus from closing.
Editor’s note: Beginning next week, Rose Nolen’s columns will move to Tuesday.
I’m taking advantage of the cool weather to do housekeeping chores. I’ve painted the house and am now in the process of installing new floor covering. With any luck at all, the presidential election will come and go while I’m taking care of my responsibilities.
A cool breeze swept through the shaded area of the playground where the audience sat. At the front was a group of young children donning black plastic hats distractedly performing "Five Little Monkeys" on a bed of wood chips.
It was the annual Grandparents Day Friday at the Columbia Montessori School, and nearly 50 parents, grandparents and siblings turned out for the big event.
Hanging lamps and a wet principal were the main attraction Saturday at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School.
A year of celebration for the school culminated Saturday with one final party; the school's carnival marked the end of Lee's 100thth birthday celebration, which included a silent auction, dunking tank and carnival games.
Now that the phrase “Since Sept. 11” has embedded itself in the American vocabulary, local U.S. history teachers are making sure their lesson plans don’t gloss over the watershed event.
The Columbia school district’s 11th-grade U.S. history curriculum has been revised to include teaching on Sept. 11.
JEFFERSON CITY — Whether you’re betting on poker, pugilism or politics, it always pays to pick a winner.
And nobody in Missouri knows this better than former Gov. Roger Wilson.
This year, participants raised $1.75 million.
The long steep hill that leads to the finish line of the MS 150 Bike Tour is nothing to smile at, but that’s exactly what cyclists did as they broke the hill’s crest Saturday. Participants trekked 75 miles of Missouri countryside to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Another 75-mile journey awaits the cyclists today.
The third anniversary of Sept. 11 went unrecognized by the city, but that didn’t stop the community from memorializing the event.
About 50 people gathered Saturday morning at the post office, flags in hand. Young children wove through the crowd displaying signs reading “Never forget” and “God bless America”; signs they weren’t old enough to read but already beginning to understand. Cars honked their horns in support.
The attacks of Sept. 11 caused some people who knew little about Islam and America’s Muslims to turn their attention to this community. While there was suspicion and hostility from some, there was also solidarity and a desire for knowledge about Islam.
“I’m very pleased that people showed their support,” said Rashed Nizam, president of the Islamic Center. On the day of the attacks, several Columbia church leaders expressed their support for Columbia’s Muslims.
It’s not every morning that Patsy Perkins gathers in a group to envision little bird eggs under her armpits.
But then again, this is her first time practicing Tai Chi.
It takes 48 hours for a fertilized tree frog egg to turn into a tadpole. What in the egg allows it to accomplish such a complicated task?
This was the question associate biochemistry professor Bruce McClure posed to his audience as he inaugurated the Saturday Morning Science series with his lecture titled, “Why Are The Molecules Of Life So Big?”
"Slow down!” Catherine Parke yelled at a speeding car as she stood and waved a sign in the air on Broadway across the street from Grant Elementary School. The sign read “Slow Down. 3Rs: Reduce Speed, Respect Laws, Remember Children.”
“They’re driving awfully fast this morning,” Grant PTA President Julie Davis said to Debbie Hamilton as they both held signs encouraging drivers to slow down near the intersection of Broadway and Garth Avenue.
Pieces of art that adorned ancient temples in India centuries ago now line the walls of MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology. Small sculptures that were once devotional icons at home are on display, worn from years of being cleansed and anointed.
“The Infinite and the Absolute: Belief and Being in the Art of South Asia” opened Aug. 28 at the museum in Pickard Hall. The exhibit features sculptures from 1000 B.C. through the 19th century from three influential India-based religions: Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.