Columbia pays tribute to Bowden’s memory

An estimated 3,000 people are expected to gather at Mizzou Arena today for the funeral of Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden. At a news conference Monday, police gave a detailed plan for today’s activities in response to the expected turnout.

Police and Columbia Public School District officials also made plans for managing traffic disruptions due to a procession after the funeral.

Columbia Responds

Condolences flood in

When reserve Columbia police Officer David Young and his wife, Debbie, got off their motorcycle at the Columbia Police Department, they stopped to look at the memorial of flowers, cards, bears and candles. They came to the station to buy another magnetic blue ribbon dedicated to Officer Molly Bowden.

Lessons in love

Love actually abounds in Columbia. Valentine’s Day reminds young and old that love makes the world go ’round. But what keeps the prime mover — love itself — going? The Missourian sent four reporters looking for love, and they returned with tales of devotion from four Columbia couples, each doing its best to keep this love-driven globe spinning.

A fire chief’s final call

ASHLAND — The former chief of the Southern Boone County Fire Protection District received full fire department honors at his funeral at Ashland Baptist Church on Sunday. John William Thomas died Thursday of cancer.

Fire trucks and ambulances draped with black cloth in the front and on the ladders lined the street. Hanging against a cold gray sky from two Columbia Fire Department ladder trucks was a 30-foot-by-60-foot flag.

School honors ‘hero’ for his service

Anderson Logan smiled the whole time.

He smiled before the Sunday celebration began. People came out of the rain into the Nora Stewart Memorial Nursery School, filling the small space ornamented with books and toys. Reporters interviewed him, looking to find out why he was the first person the school designated as a “community hero.”

Officer smiled on all life’s challenges

To hear friends describe her, Columbia police Officer Molly Suzanne Bowden was as tough as nails and as gentle as God’s touch.

“When I think of Molly, it always brings a smile to my face, as I think of her constant smile with the little extra bit of life that so few seem to know,” said W.A. Locke III, an MU ROTC instructor who taught Bowden.

Columbia responds

Among the prayers said every Sunday at Calvary Episcopal Church, one is for people in civil authority.

The Rev. Fred Thayer said his church supports these officials because of the nature of their work. On Friday, after learning of the death of Officer Molly Bowden, Thayer sent a letter to police Chief Randy Boehm expressing his personal condolences.

Life of service honored

Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden will be honored with a full police funeral on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

The service will include a 21-gun salute and ceremonial last call. A police honor guard will act as escorts and be present during the service.

Difficult times ahead for police

The loss of a colleague can be difficult, even for those whose profession demands toughness and bravery.

“There can be very strong personal reactions on the part of police officers,” said Wayne Anderson, professor emeritus of psychology at MU and adjunct professor of criminal justice at Columbia College.

City planner job still vacant after 8 months

It doesn’t bother City Manager Ray Beck that Columbia has gone without a planning director for more than eight months. Beck said it’s not unusual to take this long to fill such a high-profile position.

The job has been vacant since Roy Dudark stepped down in early June. To date, 12 people have applied, city spokesman Robert Ross said.

Group aims to save stem-cell studies

JEFFERSON CITY — More than 60 research groups and foundations from across Missouri have united under one name in an effort to protect stem-cell research.

The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures formed last week to oppose a legislative proposal to ban human cloning as well as a procedure known as somatic cell nuclear transfer. The procedure uses a nucleus extracted from a human egg to study its stem cells, which some scientists say could cure many diseases, such as diabetes.

Farmers’ market building examined for sports use

A farmers’ market located in the same building as recreational basketball courts could present a fresh take on the concept of after-game treats.

That’s one scenario facing the Columbia Farmers’ Market, which hopes to create a permanent, year-round home, as it nears a city-imposed deadline.

Face of women’s movement doesn’t like to stress looks

Gloria Steinem, whose spoken and written words have influenced history for decades, knows that how she looks has played a part in her success.

But she doesn’t like it.

17 report abuse by former priest

Five more people have come forward stating they were abused by former priest John Degnan, said Sister Ethel Marie Biri of the Diocese of Jefferson City. Seventeen abuse cases have been reported to the diocese as of Friday.

The diocese made announcements Jan. 15 at the Montgomery City parish and Jan. 22 at Pilot Grove, Boonville and Westphalia that Degnan, who turns 80 this week, might have sexually abused at least a dozen boys during the 1960s and 1970s in mid-Missouri parishes. They asked those who knew of such abuse to come forward.

Contentious elections compared

Recent reports by non-governmental groups on the Iraqi election and the Jan. 9 Palestinian presidential election reveal similar problems and stress the need for high levels of security.

Election officials and international observers focused on reports of poll-worker preparedness, freedom of movement and the importance of widespread civic participation. Security issues in Iraq prevented international organizations from directly monitoring the elections and limited the monitoring capacity of domestic groups.

Schools to decide Cingular contract

On Monday, following up on its January meeting, the Columbia Board of Education will review its contract with Cingular Wireless and the company’s proposal to build a cellular tower on the grounds of West Boulevard Elementary School.

The tower would be a 60-foot flagpole-type tower. The contract between Cingular Wireless and Columbia Public Schools “will not be executed until both parties agree upon the actual location of the tower, an appropriate fence and completion of contract,” according to a press release.

The power of words

When Sean Hickem was a student at Hickman High School in the early 1990s, he stood in the hallway and rapped about fellow students as they passed by. Hickem says he didn’t take his rapping seriously.

He didn’t know that more than a decade later he would be teaching poetry to young writers. Last month, Hickem, 30, started a six-week writing workshop for 10- to 16-year-olds at the Columbia Public Library.

Trip to Tucson fast becomes ill-fated visit

We arrived in Tucson at 8 p.m. It was raining and cold. I had spent most of the day either in an airport or flying to our destination. I was hungry and grumpy, and the miserable weather did nothing to lift my spirits.

When we found our room at the resort, I closed the door on the weather and fell asleep almost before my head hit the pillow.

Columbia is... SAVVY

Savvy (sav´e)

Adj. sav·vi·er, sav·vi·est

Well-informed and perceptive; shrewd.

n. practical understanding or shrewdness, as with fashion or money: a banker known for financial savvy.

Signing to God

Music bursts from two speakers set up in front of the basement meeting room. More than 70 pairs of hands move in the air and clap to the beat of the song. Although the sounds of piano and guitar reverberate deep in the chests of those signing their praises to God, the vast majority of the congregants cannot hear a note of the music.

And although their song is unspoken, they know God hears every word.