Village’s attempt to annex land is denied

Pierpont voters unanimously approved a proposed annexation on Tuesday’s ballot, but residents north and east of the village rejected it.

But it wasn’t all bad news for voters in the newly incorporated village, who approved a sales tax of a half–cent that will take effect in October. The tax proposal passed by a margin of 14–0.

A look at ballots from across the county

Here’s a look at town council and school board races, along with other issues, on Tuesday’s ballots in Boone County.

Council allows rezoning request

Despite continued traffic concerns, the Columbia City Council gave the go-ahead Monday to a development proposal that will bring a golf course and hundreds of apartments to a 100-acre property on Clark Lane, east of Ballenger Lane.

The property plan originally included an 18-hole private golf course and 730 apartments. After meeting with neighborhood residents last week, the developer dropped the golf course to nine holes and increased the number of apartment units to 840.

Price of oil nears $60 a barrel amid instability

Oil prices briefly climbed to record territory above $58 a barrel Monday as concerns about growing demand and potential supply disruptions once again overshadowed improving crude inventories.

“I’ve been doing this for 22 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said oil analyst Ken Miller at Purvin & Gertz in Houston. “I view this as a very unstable situation.”

Crisis cycles make life more stressful

The price of gasoline at the pump has many people devising intricate lifestyle changes to save those dollars and cents that seem to be sucked down the drain of the gas tank each time they stop to fill up. I know folks who don’t turn on the car ignition until they have their list in hand of stops to make on the way to work, to the mall, to the gym, to the grocery store or to wherever their business takes them. The bottom line for them is to take care of all errands in one trip a day.

When I think back over the past few years, it’s difficult to remember a time when there wasn’t some kind of immediate social crisis to make life less joyful and make it more stressful. For a few months at the beginning of winter, we had the shortage in flu vaccine to keep people’s nerves on edge. Before that, there was the distressing news about certain drugs that had to be taken off the market because instead of serious complication issues. Lately, of course, there has been the push for people to create living wills and sign advance directives to make their desires known in the event of a life/death crisis. It’s no wonder; a lot of people are on the search for a simpler way of life.

Schools fly flags at half-staff

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education notified public school districts across the state Monday afternoon to fly flags at half-staff in honor of the passing of Pope John Paul II.

The notice was issued on the heels of a Saturday statement from Gov. Matt Blunt that followed a presidential proclamation asking flags at all public buildings — including public schools — be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of the pope’s burial, which is Friday.

Postal service unveils anthrax testing

Postal workers, known for delivering mail through snow, rain, heat and gloom of night, can add another element to the list of things that won’t stop them: biohazards.

The Columbia mail processing and distribution center will begin using its new Postal Service Biohazard Detection System today.

Director displays danger to workers

JEFFERSON CITY — Monday wasn’t just another quiet day at the office for Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn.

He sat behind a desk, complete with a potted plant and a calculator, in a construction zone on northbound U.S. 63, fielding questions from the media as cars whizzed by.

Two MU students injured in blaze

Two MU students remain in critical condition on Monday after suffering burns in a south Columbia house fire caused by improper use of a clay outdoor fireplace on Sunday morning, said Battalion Chief Steve Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department.

John Rubin and Cody Boswell, both 22, remained in critical condition and are being treated at University Hospital, media coordinator Jeff Hoelscher said Monday.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ to film in KC

KANSAS CITY — The wheel starts spinning later this week. By the time it stops, Kansas City will be set for a three-week run of nationwide publicity reaching an estimated 10 million homes each night.

Pat Sajak and Vanna White are bringing their popular “Wheel of Fortune” television game show to Kansas City, where the Bartle Hall convention center will host a studio audience Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with five shows taped each day.

Surprise Show of Thanks

History professor John Bullion and his students got a surprise Monday afternoon when MU Chancellor Brady Deaton strode into Waters Auditorium and interrupted Bullion’s class.

Deaton and Jim Schatz, the chairman of Commerce Bank in the central Missouri region, were there to present the first 2005 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence to Bullion. The Kemper comes with a check for $10,000.

Bills seek to clarify end-of-life issues

JEFFERSON CITY — As the nation comes to grips with how to care for those who can’t make their own decisions, Missouri lawmakers are considering a handful of proposals to address end-of-life care.

One piece of legislation was introduced Thursday, the day Terri Schiavo died after a years-long legal battle that ended after the court-ordered removal of her feeding tube. She had left no written instructions in the event she became disabled.

Columbia celebrities help teach reading

Michelle Linn, KMIZ/Channel 17’s news anchor, will help preschoolers at Fay Street Head Start jump-start their week with reading.

Linn is one of four local celebrity guests who will read at preschools around Columbia next week thanks to the local branch of Jumpstart, a tutoring program sponsoring Literacy Week, which begins today and runs through Friday.

Youths ponder Bush’s Social Security plan

KANSAS CITY — Twenty-two-year-old Mike Payne inserts the topic into conversations with his family, with colleagues at the sandwich shop, classmates, even his skateboarder friends: Social Security.

“Anyone that’s willing to listen to me,” he said, “and even if they’re not.”

A flock in mourning

VATICAN CITY — Finally at rest after years of crippling disease, Pope John Paul II’s body lay in state Sunday, his hands clutching a rosary, his pastoral staff under his arm. Millions prayed and wept at services around the globe, as the Vatican prepared for the ritual-filled funeral and conclave that will choose a successor.

Television images gave the public its first view of the pope since his death: lying in the Vatican’s frescoed Apostolic Palace, dressed in crimson vestments and a white bishop’s miter, his head resting on a stack of gold pillows. A Swiss Guard stood on either side as diplomats, politicians and clergy paid their respects at his feet.

Kids fish, target shoot for fun at wildlife day

Children’s joyous cries could be heard all the way from the archery range to the fishing pool to the falcon exhibit at the 24th annual A Day with Wildlife, held Sunday at the American Legion Post 202.

“Hey, I think I got one,” they shouted.

In U.S. church, John Paul left mixed legacy

Pope John Paul II inspired American Catholics with his globe-trotting, charismatic leadership, perseverance in the face of debilitating illness and deep spirituality.

But his tight grip on church leadership and unwillingness to change some unpopular teachings clashed with the more democratic approach that many of the 65 million U.S. Catholics favor.

More parks sought as city grows

As Columbia sprawls outward, some local officials hope to maintain what they say is a unique part of the city’s community-oriented ambience.

The goal: for each resident to have a neighborhood park within walking distance of home.

Satirical MU paper aims to entertain

There is strange news at MU. Golden retriever Buddy the Dog signed with MU’s men’s basketball team to play most valuable pooch. “Crazy” Carl Young lives in campus recycling bins. And students wearing colored bracelets are making a fake statement of care.

Some might find these stories crass and offensive, and others might find them funny, but MU students Hayley Salvo and Leslie Pimmons hope their newspaper can be all three. The two friends are the brains behind Misery Weekly, a satirical campus publication that carried the stories above in its debut issue Friday.

Fire leaves three hospitalized

A fire at 3209 Skylark Lane left one person in serious condition and two others in critical condition after a small outdoor fireplace called a Chiminea was misused or malfunctioned, fire investigators said. Damages are estimated at $200,000.

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to the house on the south side of town at 7:29 a.m. on Sunday.