The Columbia school district could save nearly $60,000 a year if a bill passes to exempt school districts from paying Missouri’s fuel tax.
House Bill 65, proposed by Maynard Wallace, R-Thornfield, would exempt all school districts from paying a 17-cent tax on each gallon of fuel.
Syed Arshad Husain has a well-earned reputation for going into war-torn and disaster-stricken areas. He’s been to Pakistan, India, Turkey, Jordan and Kuwait. He’s been to Kosovo 14 times and Bosnia 25 times.
If the financial support comes through, he and a five- to six-member team from MU’s International Center for Psychosocial Trauma will leave Jan. 18 or 19 and travel to Malaysia and Sri Lanka, and then on to Pakistan, to deal with what could be called the second wave of trauma for the child survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Even though the Rev. Jack Harris makes as many as 10 international trips each year, this one is going to be special.
Harris will lead a rapid response team of six people to Malaysia and Indonesia, two of the countries affected by the tsunami disaster. The team leaves Saturday.
Horizontal roof and window lines, beautiful grounds and community landmarks were all topics of discussion for the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission as it announced its 10 Most Notable Properties of 2005 on Tuesday.
Each year the commission accepts public nominations for properties that are historic and noteworthy to the Columbia community. The commission consists of seven members with varying backgrounds, including lawyers, property owners, architects and historians, commission chairman Brian Pape said.
West Boulevard Elementary has the money and coordinators to initiate its new mentoring program, but it still needs 80 volunteers.
Stand by Me is an initiative to mentor at-risk students at the Columbia school district’s first model school. West Boulevard is looking to assist minority and low-income students improve academic and social achievement, said Zona Sharp-Burk, one of the program’s coordinators.
Bad weather and design changes have postponed the opening of Columbia’s 82,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shop for six weeks.
Originally slated to open in mid-February, the outdoor supply store on Vandiver Drive is now scheduled to open March 31.
A recent federal lawsuit could soon be making waves in waterways across the state of Missouri.
An April 2006 deadline for new regulations was undoubtedly the most pressing issue of the day. Wednesday for the Missouri Clean Water Commission. It met in front of a crowd that spilled out of a room that held 80 at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center.
On Park de Ville Drive, near the site where Columbia’s next Wal-Mart Supercenter will be constructed, front lawns are still dotted with “No Wal-Mart on West Broadway” signs.
Less than 24 hours after Wal-Mart defeated residents in a bitter rezoning fight, some members of the losing side are beginning to question the methods used trying to fend off the world’s largest retailer.
Former 25th District State Rep. Vicky Riback Wilson launched a new phase of her career on Monday.
Wilson’s new job as a “specialist” at MU gives her part-time duties in both the Service Learning and Provost’s offices that will pay her $50,000 a year.
The trucks have been double checked and the staff is on call. But street department Superintendent Jim McKinnon does not expect that the incoming ice storm will cause many problems in Columbia.
“I think we are going to dodge a bullet,” McKinnon said Tuesday afternoon.
Education funding, taxes and tort reform will once again go before the Missouri Legislature as lawmakers gather in Jefferson City for the opening of the 2005 regular session today.
Gov.-elect Matt Blunt, finishing his term as secretary of state, will swear in members of the House and Senate. Legislators will then select leadership for the new session.
If synthetic turf is installed at the Hickman and Rock Bridge high school stadiums, each field could withstand more than 300 events each year.
Those stadiums each host 30 to 35 events now.
The fund-raising efforts for the tsunami victims are going great, said Jutta Hopkins, executive director of the Boone County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
“We have raised more than $15,000,” Hopkins said.
As Americans raise unprecedented amounts of money for the victims of the tsunami disaster, the Better Business Bureau is cautioning people about scams that attempt to take advantage of people’s eagerness to help.
If you do think that you have been contacted by a phony charity, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and also with the Missouri attorney general’s office.
Heavy rains may be appropriate weather for today’s Missouri Clean Water Commission meeting.
Storm-water runoff is one of many factors that continue to challenge the health of Missouri’s waterways, especially in communities such as Columbia, where many stores, industries and new developments are located along its creeks and streams. The commission will discuss drinking and recreational water issues, including the recent lawsuit settled between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, which calls for the state to develop water quality standards consistent with the Clean Water Act by April 2006.
With public hearings subject to delays and a community petition to prevent annexation in the works, few things are certain about Billy Sapp’s proposed developments.
Two things are certain, though; a public hearing on the developments’ zoning will be held Thursday at the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, and the Columbia City Council will hold a Jan. 18 public hearing on the proposed annexation and zoning of the land, which if approved would mark the largest voluntary annexation in Columbia’s history.
The Wal-Mart way presided Monday night when the Columbia City Council voted 5-2 to approve rezoning that will allow construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter and accompanying retail development at Broadway and Fairview Road.
For the past 15 years, Missouri Boys and Girls Town has operated a group therapy program for children, known as Healthy Alternatives, at its St. James campus. Thanks to a grant of $472,695 from the Missouri Foundation for Health, the program will be available this year to residents of the organization’s Columbia, St. Louis and Springfield campuses.
“We are really excited about this,” said Stacey Koeller, the agency’s assistant director of development. Koeller wrote the grants and received news of their approval in late November.
With the help of new grant money, the Columbia Police Department will soon be making an extra effort to ensure that teen drivers are buckled up.
“Fifteen- to 20-year-olds are the ones dying the most on the highway,” said Sgt. Timothy Moriarty, supervisor of the Columbia Police Department Traffic Unit. “This is an example of an effort to target young drivers to make sure they are obeying all the rules.”
Scott Courtney sits on a chair in the front of the sanctuary at Grace Bible Church dressed in a gray shirt with the embroidery of Ephesians 3:20. Over his left shoulder, in the background, hangs a sign that reads, “Holding forth the Word of Life.”
At Grace Bible Church, holding forth the Word may mean not even uttering a single word.