An investigation that led FBI agents to the doors of several Columbia residents has yet to be resolved.
“I believe our investigation is still open,” Jeff Lanza, spokesman for Kansas City’s FBI office, said Friday. “Whether or not we do any more interviews is still undecided.”
SEDALIA — Some kids threaten it after forced consumption of brussels sprouts, broccoli or a boring lecture about a grade card. Some might even go so far as to disappear for a couple of days, just to make their parents relieved upon their return.
Only a small number, though, carries through with the life-changing pilgrimage into a world turned upside down. It’s a world of late bedtimes, all-day play, cotton candy and funnel cakes. It is the world of the carnival.
SEDALIA — He walks among the fairgoers, sweeping trash off the grounds from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day to earn money to buy school supplies. At 14, Brent Katzing is working his first summer job as a maintenance worker at the Missouri State Fair.
“It’s just hard, walking a lot,” Katzing said.
The MU School of Music is one reed short of a full quintet.
Lecolion Washington, assistant professor of bassoon and music appreciation, informed the school last week he is leaving to take a similar position at the University of Memphis.
Chris Salas, 27, celebrated a victory Thursday when he walked out of Rusk Rehabilitation Center.
He has been working on the AutoAmbulator, a walking machine installed in May, to get to this point.
The Missouri School of Journalism has named the inaugural visiting fellow of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.
Roger Fidler, an author and former professor at Kent State University, plans to launch the world’s first live digital newspaper edition through the Columbia Missourian, according to a statement from the journalism school.
Murder suspect Steven Rios waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday while appearing in front of Associate Circuit Judge Christine Carpenter.
The case of the 27-year-old former Columbia police officer, who is charged with the June 5 murder of MU student Jesse Valencia, will proceed to the 13th Judicial Court for arraignment on Sept. 7.
At 8 years old, Gregory Kelly is already making tough career decisions.
“I don’t want to be a football player anymore,” Gregory said. “I want to be a pilot. An aerobatic pilot, and I want to fly a fast plane like that one.”
Like her friends, Meghan Sparkes, 17, dreams of becoming a pop singer. The Rock Bridge High School senior took an extra step in pursuing her vision as she auditioned for “American Idol” this month in St. Louis along with more than 5,000 competitors, making it as far as the second cut.
The freckled blonde said she was disappointed but not devastated over not getting to the third round.
SEDALIA — The rain and the mist had dampened the atmosphere but not the spirits of the contestants of the Missouri State Fair’s Backyard Chef Barbecue contest Friday. After almost 10 hours of hard work, the 60 contestants held their breath as they waited for the winners to be announced.
Each contestant was allowed to participate in three of the four categories —chicken, pork, lamb and beef brisket — with five prizes in each category. The person with the highest total score was awarded the grand championship.
He mostly smiles. His hands move to emphasize syllables, maybe touching his chest when he says the word heart while always talking from it.
It’s how Tracy Cook comes across one-on-one and behind the pulpit, something the congregation at First Assembly of God might say if you ask about him, their senior pastor. He’s genuine, right down to the “God bless you” after a sneeze.
Derby Ridge Elementary, West Boulevard Elementary and Field Elementary schools publicly learned Thursday that they have failed the Missouri Assessment Program for two consecutive years. These three schools will now face sanctions in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act.
According to MAP standards, any school that does not meet yearly state testing goals for two consecutive years in the same subject must allow the option of student transfers.
Murder suspect Steven Rios is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing today, during which special prosecutor Morley Swingle could present evidence attempting to connect the former Columbia police officer to the death of MU student Jesse Valencia.
Rios will attend the hearing with a new set of defense attorneys, Valerie Leftwich and Stephen Richey, both public defenders. Rios’ former attorney, Rusty Antel, withdrew from the case Aug. 10. A representative from Antel’s office said Antel would not comment on why he left the case.
When she was a prosecuting attorney for St. Louis, Maureen Dickmann convinced people in the jury box to think like her.
When she preaches on political issues at Rock Bridge Christian Church, the Rev. Dickmann wants people in the pews to think for themselves.
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.
On June 24, Burke said on KMOX radio that Catholics who vote for abortion-rights supporters should not receive Communion without first confessing their sin.
Most people entered MU’s Memorial Union on Thursday night with dripping hair and wet shirts. Despite the burst of evening rain, 20 people from the Columbia area turned out to learn about American LIFE.
LIFE, which stands for League of International Friendship Encounters, is a new program offered by the International Student and Scholar Services at MU.
The small room had a huge mat lying in the middle. Todd Alber sat on a bench in a corner, carefully attaching protective gear to his knees, wrists, chest and head. A few minutes later, a police officer entered the room and the two men begin to fight.
After 30 seconds of wrestling and twisting, Alber is stretched out on the ground and breathing heavy. Jeff Rukstad, a 29-year-old police officer, crouched on top of him.
Sixteen of Columbia’s 19 elementary schools won’t face sanctions from the No Child Left Behind Act in 2004. Next year might be different.
Three Columbia elementary schools are facing sanctions, two did not meet Annual Yearly Progress standards but will not be sanctioned and four of the remaining 14 schools wouldn’t meet next year’s standards with this year’s scores.
Corn dogs, funnel cakes and tractor pull contests are all part of the picture that the words “State Fair” bring to mind. But for Ginjo Reed and thousands of others, the Missouri State Fair means reunions and wedding anniversaries.
“We celebrated our 50th anniversary right here on these grounds,” said Reed, 74, of Lees Summit.
SEDALIA — Minerva does ballet. Avra is a good jumper. Nina shows off her moonwalk. Raj gives good hugs. The female performers weigh between 200 to 400 pounds, the males weigh between 400 to 600 pounds. While you may think that your groceries bills are high, these nine athletes eat about 40,000 pounds of food a year.
They are the key performers in the Bengal tiger show, a new attraction this year at the Missouri State Fair. The tigers, native to India, reside in Florida’s panhandle at the Marcan Tiger Preserve. The 88-acre preserve is home to 49 tigers; the owners strive to improve bloodlines for the endangered species.