Despite winning $25,000 in the Powerball lottery, George Clark of Columbia doesn’t believe in luck.
Instead Clark has developed a system to winning the lottery. And so far, it’s working for him.
The corner of Hitt and Rollins streets looked like a cross between a garage sale and a weightlifting competition on Wednesday morning as MU residence halls opened their doors to students. Nervous parents stood guard over bags and boxes as students and volunteers lugged baggage to their new homes.
Cindy Konczak and Sheree Connor watched over a sizable mound of their sons’ belongings at the entrance of Wolpers Hall. High school friends from St. Louis, Nick Konczak, 18, and Brennan Connor, 18, will room together during their freshman year.
If the soles of your sneakers have begun to separate from the rest of the shoe, you might want to step into the Varied Industries Building at the Missouri State Fair. Someone will offer to fix the problem — using aviation-strength glue from Germany.
Billed as “the last glue you’ll ever need,” this German marvel is just one of the nifty products on display at this year’s fair.
The Techno Jump is making its Missouri debut this week at the state fair in Sedalia. Located in the middle of the Midway, the red, purple and orange jeweled creature has 14 flailing arms. At the end of each arm is a three-person seat. The arms spin in a circle and toss riders up and down at varied heights and speeds.
“It was awesome,” said 17-year-old Wendy Dickey of Fayette. “But don’t eat ice cream before you ride.”
Carol Snively dreams of a resource center for Columbia’s gay and lesbian community, with offices for staff and meeting rooms for local groups. For now, she’ll settle for a remodeled elevator shaft.
After working out of their cars for nearly a year, the Center Project working group is set to move into a temporary office in a remodeled 10-by-12-foot elevator shaft at the Unitarian Universalist Church.
Jackie Cook-Eberle sports a purple button on her bag that reads "Abort Bush in the first term." As a Catholic who supports abortion rights, she disagrees with a recent statement made by Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis.
"Catholics teach of love and compassion," Cook-Eberle said. "Burke's statement teaches of contempt and damnation."
They sit squirming in front of her, kicking feet that don’t quite touch the ground, gazing in awe at walls covered with brightly colored pictures and letters of the alphabet. The woman across the table carefully asks her audience to name the letters in front of them. As they stare down at the paper with their faces twisting in concentration, the interrogator smiles when they don’t know the answer.
“We’ll learn that when you come to school,” says Nancy Amelunke, a kindergarten teacher at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.
It’s all about freedom for 16-year-old Taylor Morrow.
On days when the Hickman High School junior has a few extra dollars in his pocket, he and his friends spend their 40-minute lunch break not in the Hickman cafeteria, but at the Sonic or Subway a few hundred feet from the school doors.
A Columbia man has sat in a Sedgwick County, Kan., jail cell since Aug. 9, and authorities will not say exactly when he will return to Boone County to face charges of kidnapping, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.
The one thing the Boone County Sheriff’s Department can say for certain is there are no remaining legal obstacles to his return.
Although the Columbia City Council approved an ordinance allowing archery hunting of deer on four city property sites, one expert said the only place you are likely to see a hunter is in the parking lot.
The council unanimously approved the measure Monday night amid the safety concerns of nearby nonhunters, particularly regarding the Grindstone Nature Area, a frequently visited park. John George of the Missouri Department of Conservation said deer hunting occurs far from trails and open areas.
The Missouri State Fair draws prize sheep, dairy cattle and swine from across the state to compete for ribbons, but a small building away from the livestock barns and the midway houses paintings, sculptures, and photographs from some of Missouri’s top amateur and professional artists. Few towns are better represented than Columbia.
The Fine Arts Building spotlights artists from Columbia in four competitive divisions, including the Missouri 50 Exhibition, the top 50 pieces submitted to the Fair’s Fine Arts Department.
Standing side by side, Stacey Robinson and his son, Clint, start their chainsaws. Each approaches a chest-high log and begins carving.
Audience members stare, point and nudge each other.
When the morning bell rings Monday in the Columbia Public Schools, the students might not be the only ones facing first-day jitters.
This year, 119 teachers will work in the district for the first time, and 51 are first-year teachers.
Columbia voters will decide on a petition initiative Nov. 2 that would require the city to obtain increasing amounts of its energy from renewable sources. The matter was referred to the ballot after it failed to win City Council approval Monday night.
Sixth Ward Councilman Brian Ash said he doesn’t disagree with the spirit of the law but voted against it because he thought it should be turned over to the voters.
Freshman Amanda Heismann could hear the earth crunch beneath her shiny black boots. At 5:30 a.m., little noise punctuated the balmy air in Hinkson Park — except for the screaming.
The cry of 30 voices sliced the dark.
Future Voters Against Bush has come a long way in a short time. Founded in mid-May by two Columbia 13-year-olds, the organization is now sparking the interest of teenagers across the country.
“We were hoping we could make a difference,” said Lucia Bourgeois, one of the group’s co-founders. “We were hoping we could change some minds and hoping we could get the word out.”
Students returning to Columbia Independent School will have a new head of school this year. Charles McClain, 72, will act as interim head until the school’s board finds a permanent replacement for Dee Corn.
McClain has over 50 years of experience ranging from teaching grade school to university administration to serving as commissioner of higher education for Missouri. CIS parents are impressed.
A new private Christian academy has opened its doors in Columbia.
The Family Worship Center Academy on Bonne Femme Church Road began classes Monday with the goal of combining an individualized curriculum with a Christian education.
When MU senior Nichole Radman ordered a bottomless soda at Fat Otter’s Street Pub, she wanted to get her $3 worth. She didn’t realize she could have gotten it for free.
Since its opening in January, Fat Otter’s has participated in Cheers, a statewide program in which designated drivers receive free nonalcoholic beverages upon request. But few students take advantage of the program.
High-calorie foods such as soda, Doritos, Pop Tarts and Snickers line the vending machines at both Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools. And that’s fine with Rock Bridge sophomore Kelsey Thompson.
“Sugary foods keep us awake,” Thompson said.