About 30 long miles west of Columbia, Martin Bellmann has built a cabin even Henry David Thoreau would respect on 17 acres that just might be prettier than Shangri-La.
It is a place where the wind plays through groves of walnut and oak like breath on a flute, where neighbors are separated by acres of grass and oaks and where farmers ride tractors through sweaty afternoons and beg the sky for a cloud to blot the sun.
No wonder Richard Wallace keeps saying it’s hard to leave MU. About 400 faculty and staff members gathered at a reception Thursday to celebrate the chancellor and his nearly 40 years of service to the university.
A long line of well-wishers snaked out of the Reynolds Alumni Center ballroom, as administrators, faculty, staff, students and community leaders waited patiently to shake the departing chancellor’s hand. Both Wallace, who will step down in August, and his wife, Patricia, took a few moments to acknowledge the guests.
Reinforcing claims made in a recently released campus diversity report, leaders of several MU academic departments said they’ve seen problems with recruiting and retaining African-American and female faculty.
A lack of commitment to diversity and discrimination in departments was cited in the independent report and by Robert Weems, MU’s vice chancellor for equity, as reasons the numbers of minority faculty, especially African Americans, and female faculty in leadership positions are still low.
Jeff Barrow has seen a lot of junk on the Missouri River’s banks.
“We’ve gotten everything from pool tables to pianos,” said Barrow, an event coordinator for Missouri River Relief. “Last weekend, (in Washington, Mo.,) someone found a bowling ball.”
Margaret Peden began translating in 1969 after reading the Mexican novel “The Norther.” She enjoyed the book but was disappointed that she could not share it with others because of the language barrier. As a former MU Spanish professor, she decided to translate the book herself. It was published in English in 1970.
Now publishing companies call her to translate Spanish works. She also translates poetry, plays and essays.
In high school athletics, the pressure is on to perform in both the sports arena and in the classroom. For many, it can be difficult to succeed in either place.
The key is to effectively manage time, said coaches, educators and the athletes themselves.
Graduation ceremonies for MU begin today and run through Sunday, with a total of 4,281 degrees being conferred, including two honorary doctorates.
This weekend marks Chancellor Richard Wallace’s last graduation as chancellor. He will speak at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at 1 p.m. Saturday and at the ceremony for Arts and Science at 2 p.m. Sunday. Wallace retires as chancellor on Aug. 31.
Frank Edwards, 77, walks with a cane, but that hasn’t prevented him from helping to lower the crime rate in his First Ward neighborhood. The former sheriff patrols the streets near his home regularly and keeps a cell phone close to his lap, ready to dial the police.
Edwards, who is part of the Citizens on Patrol program, was one of more than 40 people who attended the Columbia Neighborhood Watch Revitalization gathering Thursday night at the Armory Sports Center. The event was hosted by the police department and the Neighborhood Watch Program, which began in 1978.
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Bob Holden received a stripped-down version of his “Jobs Now” initiative Thursday afternoon, after the measure was approved unanimously by the General Assembly.
“This truly starts redefining economic development in the state of Missouri in the years to come,” Holden said.
Skip Deming, assistant superintendent of curriculum instruction, is retiring after 33 years in the Columbia Public School District.
“I’ve done, hopefully, all the good I can do,” said Deming. “I am fortunate and blessed that I had these years and the opportunity with Columbia Public Schools.”
The 1-year-old child of a young couple killed on eastbound Interstate 70 on Wednesday is in good condition, a University Hospital official said Thursday. The hospital is not allowed to release information on the future custody of the child.
“My guess would be that family from Idaho is coming,” said Boone County Fire District Assistant Chief Ken Hines.
Imagine you’re being secretly followed while shopping in a supermarket. Everything you look at, a snooper records and radios to a distant boss. After turning a corner, you’re suddenly besieged with ads, sent by the boss, hawking everything from a time share to products designed to get rid of unwanted scars.
Chances are, you would not want to return to such a store. But this sort of shopping experience is being forced upon thousands of Americans every day — on their computers.
It’s called Sapphire, but it’s not a precious stone. To the naked eye, it looks like water.
Sapphire is a new fire suppression system developed by Tyco International, which claims the substance will revolutionize fire-fighting.
An accident on eastbound Interstate 70 Wednesday resulted in the deaths of a young couple and the hospitalization of the couple’s infant and two other people.
At 11:52 a.m., a 2001 Ford truck traveling west, which was driven by Anderson Williams, 53, of Florissant lost control, crossed the median and struck an eastbound 1995 Chrysler driven by Seth Owen, 25, of Rexburg, Idaho, said Boone County Fire District Assistant Chief Ken Hines. The Ford overturned and the Chrysler ran off the roadway and caught fire, Hines said.
Two Columbia students have been diagnosed with whooping cough, a contagious respiratory disease, the Boone County Health Department announced Wednesday.
It cuts through the heart of the city. And if all goes according to plan, Broadway, the artery of downtown, has some changes coming.
A quaint, friendly street frequented by bicyclists, joggers and parents with strollers; a happy retreat from the hustled traffic in other parts of the city — this is the concept plan developed by the Broadway Corridor Steering Committee, which is taking steps toward making that image come alive.
UM system President Elson Floyd and MU Chancellor Richard Wallace stood on opposite ends of a time continuum at a campus-wide MU faculty meeting on Wednesday.
While Wallace, who will retire in August, looked to the achievements and problems at MU, Floyd outlined plans for the system he has led since January 2003.
What does FDIC stand for? LaVonda Carter can tell you it stands for Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
By completing the new Money Smart course offered by the Columbia Housing Authority, Carter said she learned the difference between APY and APR — annual percentage yield and annual percentage rate — and in doing so gained financial savvy she’ll need to reach her dream of owning of home.
Following a series of town hall meetings in which First Ward residents have accused the Columbia Police Department of little community involvement, the department and the Columbia Neighborhood Watch are hosting a Neighborhood Watch Revitalization meeting for the central city today.
The gathering is at 7 p.m. at the Armory Center, 701 E. Ash St. and is specifically focused on police beats 50 and 55, which make up much of the First Ward.
n 1986, Bill Mullins, a Columbia resident and former video store owner, left the Black Jack table at a Las Vegas casino and walked to a Texas Hold’em game being played nearby. Back then, Mullins wasn’t an extremely experienced poker player. In fact, he didn’t know what a flush was.
But as Mullins tells it, he sat down at that table and won more than $100 off a royal flush, the highest hand in poker.