Speaker stresses importance of social interaction

Compelled by concern about fast-paced consumer culture and its impact on the environment, about 300 people attended the second annual Sustainable Living Fair on Saturday at the Unity Center of Columbia.

The main attraction was a lecture by Mark Lakeman, the project coordinator and board director of the City Repair Project of Portland, Ore. His lecture, “The Village Lives,” focused on the importance of social interactions between community members in creating more sustainable communities.

Green Meadows proposal up for City Council action

The Columbia City Council will hear public comment tonight on proposals to rezone land in southern Columbia to accommodate high-density residential development.

The rezoning requests for three tracts of land off Green Meadows Road have led to discussions between developer Don Stohldrier and concerned residents of the Greenbriar and Trailridge neighborhoods since May. Despite multiple meetings, the two sides haven’t agreed on how development should proceed.

Green machines

With oil prices rising and gas mileage hovering in the single digits for sport utility vehicles, more local consumers are going electric.

Hybrid vehicles, which combine a gasoline engine with an electric motor to increase gas mileage and decrease emissions, are gaining popularity.

Fewer disabled referral options at MU

Jamie Stober planned to study journalism in college and said he knew MU was the place to be. But after transferring from State Fair Community College in Sedalia and spending only three days on campus, Stober had to leave.

“As a disabled student, I’d heard good things about (MU) — that the campus was accessible and they were very helpful,” he said.

Show leaps from radio to Internet

Tom Hutchinson had a large wood lathe to sell. So when he got up Sept. 25, he tuned his radio to KFRU/1400 AM for “The Trading Post,” the call-in show on which he had bought and sold countless items over the years.

The retired MU anthropology professor and 36-year Columbia resident was surprised and disappointed to hear another show in its place.

A rustic affair

In 1969, Larry Forkner, a freshman at MU, and a group of men walked into Schurz Hall with a goat in tow. The group greeted a young lady, and Forkner asked her to Barnwarming. She had two choices: kiss Forkner or kiss the goat.

The reminiscence was one of many Saturday evening as more than 225 Aggie alumni from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources celebrated a centennial Barnwarming in the Trowbridge Livestock Arena at MU. Forkner, a 1973 animal husbandry graduate, described Barnwarming as an event that happens every fall to provide an opportunity for students to celebrate all things agricultural.

Taking the next step

Brady Deaton loves his kitchen table. He loves it so much he made sure it followed the family for more than 30 years, from Knoxville, Tenn., to Blacksburg, Va., to Columbia. Deaton’s mentor, the late agricultural economist Paxton Marshall, called it “the roundtable of truth.”

“We are a very vocal family,” Deaton acknowledges with a smile.

The weight of a watercolor, the drama of a drawing, the seduction of a sculpture...

At the 45th Annual Boone County Art Show on Sept. 25-26, Terry Oldham, director of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, judged 262 entries from 165 artists in 10 mediums — all in four hours.


The phone call you hoped would never come just did. Someone you love needs continuous long-term care. Now what?

“If you don’t care for yourself, you can’t care for your loved one,” said Dorreen Rardin, the coordinator of Boone Hospital Center’s palliative-care program. The program prepares patients and their families to deal with terminal illness.

This week’s cultural highlights


8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Oct. 15 in the north-south corridor on the ground floor of Ellis Library at MU. For more information, call 882-7083.

A look at Macular Degeneration

Life lessons, posthumously

That afternoon, after arriving from Columbia, B.C. visited his son at L.A. County Hospital. Rob, who had full-blown, untreated AIDS, was tethered to IVs and breathing only with the help of an oxygen mask. Thick stubble peppered his chin and his hair was matted and greasy.

But they had an enjoyable afternoon catching up on B.C.’s work as a business writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune and chatting about the new teaching job Rob’s friend had taken. When B.C. left Rob’s bedside that evening, he promised to come back in the morning to read poetry to his son.

A selection from the book

I started grieving when Rob went to intensive care. Back home, I painted the exterior of our home and did yard work after taking Carol to work — taking breaks to walk around the block with tears dripping down my face. Soon guilt kicked in.

Why hadn’t I left immediately for L.A. when I learned that he was sick? Should I have taken Carol to L.A. to await the end? During many replays of Rob’s early phone calls about his illness, I recalled that he had said that he was having trouble breathing. Shouldn’t that have been enough to jump-start me to L.A.? Father’s Day had been horrible because I kept reminding myself that I wasn’t in L.A. for him. I reviewed his entire life trying to pinpoint where I had gone wrong.

Rocking the Vote

The artist:

Roby Hopkins plays bass in the Columbia band Mile 48, which also features guitarist and singer Scott White and drummer Josh Jaynes. Hopkins, a member of the Missouri National Guard, is stationed in Dugway, Utah, on a security mission.

Community Sketchbook

Title: America Loves Its Dogs

Artist: Eric LaPointe

Enlist a friend to help clean out the closet

It started out innocently enough. On a walk one morning, my friend told me she was trying to get up the nerve to throw out some of her worn out clothing she had been keeping in closets all around her house.

“I’ve tried before,” she said, in a confessional tone. “But I end up keeping most of it, thinking I’ll give it one more season.”

MU grad finds, talks religion

Religion has always been a controversial subject; now there is a new forum in which this controversy can be debated. “Faith Under Fire,” Pax TV’s new hour-long debate/talk show series, hosted by atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, examines not only what religious beliefs people have, but why they have them.

The hour-long series, which began Saturday, features high-profile guests who debate today’s hottest topics in the realm of faith. Guests such as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, musician Moby and Yehuda Berg, co-director of the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles, discuss their personal beliefs and the impact religion has in the world today.

Singing for the soul

Inside a large meeting room in a modern Christian church in Columbia, several women and one man arrange folding metal chairs facing inward in a square. Amid laughter and animated chatter, they face each other and open oblong books. The man calls out a number. The singers ripple the book to page 47 and the hymn “Primrose.”

A piercing song leaps from the tongues of those gathered. Twice monthly, the Columbia Shape Note Singers come together to sing music from “The Sacred Harp” songbook at Trinity Presbyterian Church. The group gives voice to Christian hymns in four-part harmony written in “shape-note notation.” It’s music from 18th and 19th century America.

Local students receive writing awards

Four Columbia high school seniors received achievement awards in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English.

Hickman seniors Ryan Jarvis, Kenneth Tanand Anita Sadhu, and Rock Bridge senior Joel Fox won the award.

Staff says Deaton is Mr. Right

It was a big announcement on short notice. A news release, describing only a “major announcement” at 3 p.m. in Memorial Union, came out at 1:44 p.m. An hour before the meeting came official confirmation of the suspected: Brady Deaton, MU’s interim chancellor, would become the real thing.

On a small stage in the Benton Bingham room, University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd lauded Deaton’s work as provost and interim chancellor. “I had the right candidate for the job, at the right moment, here on the campus,” he said.