Last month, West Boulevard Elementary School students Quanah and Rafael Leija-Elias got a lesson in civic participation.
Quanah, a fifth-grader, and Rafael, a first-grader, raised their voices at the Oct. 13 Columbia Board of Education meeting about the poor state of their school’s playground.
Members of the community will come together Saturday as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program helps people buy gifts for the holidays.
Santa’s Gift Shop allows low-income children and families to buy Christmas gifts that cost between 5 cents and $5. Additionally, volunteers will be on hand to provide shopping assistance and free gift-wrapping.
Although the more than 10-year stretch of no officer-involved shootings in the Columbia area came to an end in late October, local law enforcement officials cite tactics, technology and lots of luck for the area’s historically low number of shootings.
Capt. Dwayne Carey of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department credits the low number of officer-involved shootings to good tactics, verbal skills and a lot of luck.
It’s just an old-fashioned love story. Boy meets girl. Girl likes boy. Boy challenges girl to a sword fight.
JEFFERSON CITY — You’ve probably known someone like this: A person who loses a lot of weight but listens to critics or stares at the mirror and still thinks he or she is fat. The person might no longer have a weight problem but a perception problem. That’s a bit what it’s like these days to be a state transportation official.
The Missouri Department of Transportation — and the six-member commission that oversees it — have suffered from a chronic management problem manifest most obviously in a 15-year road plan adopted in 1992.
A narrow strip of woods opens up to reveal a log barn with a red tin roof. A patch of miniature trees sits near a homemade sign that reads: “Charlie Brown Trees, $5.” Green, bushy wreaths, each with a rosy red bow attached, hang on the porch.
The quiet setting, transformed into a flurry of activity on weekends, is Timber View Tree Farm, a 30-acre Christmas tree farm in Hartsburg owned by Daryll and Mary Lou Raitt.
The superintendent of the Columbia Public School District, Phyllis Chase, has issued a district recommendation to join a lawsuit that will attempt to change how school funding is distributed in Missouri.
The recommendation, included on the agenda for a Monday meeting of the School Board, states that the district should be “actively involved” in the efforts to “maintain district financial stability” and that the proposed lawsuit by the Committee for Educational Equality seems to be the “most effective” for the Columbia district.
Patriotic melodies will echo through the halls of Columbia’s historic Missouri Theatre tonight to honor Pearl Harbor veterans and remember all those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
The free concert by the Columbia Civic Orchestra starts at 7 p.m. Hugo Vianello will conduct.
Budget cuts are coming, possibly spelling trouble for Missourians in need of health care.
That was the message delivered by Dick Dunn, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, on Friday as he spoke to 10 nurses at MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing. Dunn’s appearance in Columbia was part of a 112-county speaking tour he’s been conducting since July to get the word out about the impending state budget crisis.
Hoping to increase its chances of attracting millions of dollars in anti-terrorism funding to Columbia, MU played host to the Missouri Summit on Agro-terrorism on Friday.
Agro-terrorism is the deliberate importation of harmful pests or plant or animal diseases. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, this threat has become a top concern of U.S. anti-terrorism officials.
It’s the little things in life that cause the most consternation. I have spent the last week putting up Christmas decorations and wrapping gifts, but I have had to overcome manufacturing obstacles.
In this day and age we can clone a pig, but no one has invented the perfect ornament hook. These malleable silver (and now gold) lengths of metal come in two sizes — long and short. The long ones are the easiest to find. As a matter of fact, I spent one whole afternoon looking for some short ones. They are an inexpensive way to attach ornaments to a tree, but first I have to deal with getting them out of the box. Some machine placed them neatly in the package, but I have to tear the cardboard away from the plastic and, once opened, the hooks don’t just spill out of the container. They become a ball of intertwined metal. I end up grabbing the pile and shaking it, which means, of course, that several hooks become dislodged and go flying across the room to become embedded into the carpet only to be found by bare feet or a vacuum cleaner. The short hooks are the best (that’s why I can’t find them in the store) and the long ones are a nuisance. Most ornaments come with a string attached, but I need a hook to place the decoration in the exact spot on the tree. Once the hook is attached, the ornament hangs 4 inches below the branch and is obscured by pine needles. I end up bending the hook around the branch to take up the slack. This method is very time-consuming and sometimes not very pretty with all that metal wrapped around the limb.
Under the same roof that once sheltered a bar and a dance club, Pastor Fred Martie asks for a witness. He receives a rousing “Amen” from a congregation of about 40 people, and he tells them they have an opportunity to be blessed this night.
Then the music begins.
For the past 10 years, Tony Flood has traveled to Bennett Spring State Park to fly fish for trout. Now, the Hallsville resident heads to Columbia’s Cosmo-Bethel Lake to pursue his hobby. This week he was fishing on his lunch break from a local construction site.
“They put some really nice trout in here,” Flood said. “Some weigh as much as 6 pounds, and some are 17 inches long.”
Patient deaths and permanent injuries accounted for more than 66 percent of claim payments for medical malpractice in 2002, according to new data released Thursday by the Missouri Department of Insurance. Cases involving patient deaths increased 49 percent from 2001.
“This increase in deaths in one year is something we’ve never seen before,” said Randy McConnell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Insurance.
A former Stephens College department head faces a felony charge of stealing. She is accused of using a school credit card for unauthorized charges or $25,000 or more.
Rita Worley, 43, former director of campus computing and telecommunications at Stephens, was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Boone County Associate Circuit Court and charged with a class B felony of stealing.
Some local retailers think that closing the 33-year-old Kmart store at 2001 W. Worley St. will help revitalize business around the struggling discount store.
While more than 100 workers will lose their jobs when the store closes in February, the move clears the way for two new franchise retailers to move into Columbia. According to KOMU/Channel 8 and the Columbia Tribune, Best Buy, an electronics retailer, and Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain, will move into the 103,000-square-foot building next year.
Justise Keith nearly jumped out of his shoes when he heard his name called at West Boulevard Elementary School’s gymnasium. The second-grader beamed as he walked to receive his brand new bicycle.
Justise was one of 26 students receiving citizenship awards at this trimester’s Pride assembly Thursday afternoon. The children received the awards for good behavior, such as being helpful in school.
The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approved five different proposals at its meeting Thursday night. Total, the proposals could lead to the building of more than 800 housing units around Columbia.
The recommended proposals will now be considered individually by the City Council.
When Calvary Episcopal Church holds its annual Advent Festival Bazaar on Saturday, it will use the occasion to show off its renovated parish hall as well as sell its popular “church mice.”
The community bazaar will feature gourmet and home-baked goods, a children’s shop and art room, books and crafts. There also will be a traditional ham breakfast. Proceeds from the bazaar will benefit outreach programs in Columbia.