Parents recall Bowden’s dedication

Police officer Molly Bowden called her parents, David and Beverly Thomas, and invited them to join her Monday evening during her dinner break.

They met at G & D Pizza-Steak at Crossroads West Shopping Center, one of Bowden’s favorite restaurants and a frequent stop for fellow officers.

Report shows I-70 plan’s effects

A plan to widen Interstate 70 could displace 51 Columbia businesses, including the landmark Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant, according to a new report commissioned by the Columbia Planning and Zoning Department.

The report estimates that the businesses represent 873 full-time jobs and $105 million in sales that would be lost during the five to 10 years the interstate is under construction. Those businesses accounted for about $1 million of sales and property tax revenue for the city in 2003, the report said.

Man dies from injuries in Jan. 8 home robbery

A man injured in a home invasion and assault earlier this month has died, becoming the third homicide victim in Columbia this year.

Columbia resident Fernando Santlian Olivares, 48, died at 2:55 a.m. Saturday from head injuries he suffered during a Jan. 8 robbery at his home on Monroe Street.

Mother and daughter

Megan Heding, 18, plops down in a seat next to her mom, Robin Adkison. She takes a long sip from a soda and starts talking about her health professions class. Adkison listens, nodding and laughing occasionally.

To most they would seem a normal family unit, mother and daughter.

Missouri State name has own history

When it comes to Southwest Missouri State University’s name-change proposal, there is only one thing set in stone: the name.

Carved in the marble wall on the second floor of the Missouri State Capitol is a list of what were considered “Missouri’s Greatest Resources” when the building was constructed in 1916. Among those resources: Missouri State University.

Theater of the absurd

On a December afternoon, two white trucks were parked on the east side of MU’s Engineering East building. “Quiet, please. Filming in progress” was scribbled onto a piece of paper tacked to the back door of the building. Empty pizza boxes were piled at the doorstep, and the smell of smoke wafted down the stairs.

Up four flights of stairs, the crew was putting in a 19-hour day turning an unused room into an Aztec burial chamber. There, the Aztec Mummy, surrounded by potbellied henchmen, would use his jeweled scepter to control minds — all part of his plan to conquer the world.

MU’s role in film will lead to educational benefits

"Mil Máscaras vs. The Aztec Mummy” is an educational film, in a manner of speaking.

MU allowed the film to be shot on campus in return for footage the information technology program in the College of Engineering will use.

Milestone year ahead in many ways, events

This is going to be a banner year. My husband has a milestone birthday coming up. A couple of our kids are celebrating wedded bliss with anniversaries ending in 5s and 0s. My hubby and I will commemorate three decades together. And this year marks 40 years as an alum of David H. Hickman High School.

And although I have nothing to show for my time in high school, no trophies, no queen-in-waiting, not even a good GPA, I still look forward to our class reunions. I wasn’t part of the “popular” crowd. I doubt many of the teachers would remember me (most have gone on to their rewards anyway). I wasn’t a troublemaker, but I did get suspended twice, once for smoking in the girls’ restroom and once for calling my P.E. teacher a bad name (boy, have times changed; that particular word is used daily on daytime television).

Mastering the Music

At the music store, the guitar teacher sits in a room just large enough for two people, casually strumming an electric guitar until the next student arrives.

A poster of guitar notes hangs below a picturesque print of New Zealand. Twenty music books lean vertically against the wall in two clean stacks. A compact disc labeled “Family Tradition” sits next to the small boombox on the carpet.

Columbia is... INNOVATIVE

Innovative (In´e·va´tiv)

adj. 1. ahead of the times.

2. being or producing something like nothing done, experienced

or created before.

The murcury debate

When it comes to dispensing doses of hard-to-obtain flu vaccine this winter, women and children are considered priority recipients along with the elderly.

For Lujene Clark, a southwest Missouri woman whose son is autistic, the flu vaccines are best avoided because they contain thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative some link to the childhood developmental disease.

Im remembered

While Jeong Im’s family and friends crowded into a memorial service for the slain MU researcher, the search for a suspect in the case continued Thursday.

After Im’s body was found in the trunk of his 1995 Honda Accord on Jan. 7, MU Police activated the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad. The squad is typically activated for five days, but MU Police Chief Brian Weimer said he requested and received an extension to keep the squad on the case. He did not know how long the extension would last.

State has $1 million in unused computers

JEFFERSON CITY — State Auditor Claire McCaskill said Thursday that $1 million worth of state-owned computers and electronic equipment has sat unused in boxes for about a year.

McCaskill said she received a tip the new equipment is stored in its original boxes in a Jefferson City warehouse. She found hundreds of computers, printers, scanners and other electronic equipment purchased by the Department of Revenue in the warehouse.

Bowden still improving

Columbia police Capt. Sam Hargadine said Thursday that the condition of Officer Molly Bowden, 23, was improving, but doctors were still watching her closely.

Bowden, who was shot Monday night, was still listed in critical condition as of 10 p.m. Thursday.

Neighborhood Pioneer

In the 1950s, public housing developments were taking over black neighborhoods in Columbia. Earl and Clara Miles helped lead the way to new opportunities in housing for black families.

“It started out as a dream, a vision,” Earl Miles said.

Teen smoking decline not reflected in Missouri

Near Hickman High School, a group of students gathers in a fast-food restaurant parking lot after the school dismisses at 1:45 p.m.

They talk, laugh, joke and smoke cigarettes.

Group fights annexation

Harg residents live in the county but work and shop in the city, and many residents would like to keep it that way.

Harg Area Residents for Responsible Growth needs to collect signatures from 2 percent of “qualified” Columbia voters — about 1,500 people — to prevent the voluntary annexation of Billy Sapp’s 1,000-acre developments east of Columbia on the north and south sides of Route WW.

Lucrative leases lead to rise in cell towers

When the U.S. flag that flies from the flag pole at Angelo’s Restaurant becomes worn by weather, owner Angelo Skyvalidas calls his cellular company.

“They send me a new one,” he said.

County doles out funding for roads

The Boone County Commission approved 10 revenue-sharing contracts, heard three consultant service agreements and made one committee appointment at its meeting Thursday afternoon.

The commission approved the distribution of about $740,000 for nine Boone County cities. The money is for the mutual benefit of the cities and the county for shared road and bridge improvements.

Smoke detectors are lifesavers

On Dec. 31, Mary DeWell was sleeping in a recliner in her mobile home in Rainbow Village, just a few feet away from where a fire started. If her smoke detector hadn’t awakened her, she might have been seriously injured or killed.

As it was, DeWell did wake up. She tried unsuccessfully to put out the fire. She grabbed her dog and a cordless phone and escaped. She called 911, and fire crews arrived. The fire caused about $10,000 in damage, but no injuries.