As the Columbia School District prepares to launch its Summer Adventure program Monday, area summer youth programs are addressing enrollment concerns, caused in part by the record number of district summer school participants.
The all-day, tuition-free district program has contributed to decreased enrollment for youth programs at the Activity and Recreation Center. Steve Evers, recreation specialist, said the center expected such a decline.
Overwhelming concern from neighbors about a lack of time to consider a proposal to rezone land for 68 new homes in the Green Meadows area prompted the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission to table the plan on Thursday night.
About 100 residents showed up at the meeting to voice their concerns about the plan offered by developer Don Stohldrier, who is asking that three single-family residential tracts totaling about 17 acres be rezoned as planned unit developments.
For MU anthropology professor Lee Lyman, saving $1,000 is better than nothing.
With a son in his final semester at MU, Lyman was able to save that much by taking advantage of the UM system’s faculty and staff tuition waiver.
JEFFERSON CITY — Pamela Current spends her days at a state psychiatric hospital caring for young people with mental illness and teaching them skills to cope with daily life, from personal hygiene to cooking.
But when it comes to her own health care needs, and those of her two young children, she must rely on a government program for the poor, elderly and disabled to help cover the costs.
WILDWOOD — To Donna Ripp, it’s nothing but freaky — millions of gallons of the manmade, 23-acre lake vanish, swallowed up by a sinkhole in a matter of days like a plug pulled from a filled bathtub.
Left to question is whether property values of folks who paid good money in this affluent St. Louis suburb for a lakeside view went down the drain as well.
Before Joel Hartman was born, his mother left a Pennsylvania Plain Mennonite community in Lancaster County. As a child, young Joel always pondered the reason behind it.
“I could never get her to articulate why she decided to leave,” Hartman said, recalling how he tried to solve the mystery by asking indirect questions.
In March, 50 MU students from Campus Crusade for Christ traveled to Harmons, Jamaica, to try to improve the lives of residents there. By helping others, the students learned valuable lessons about themselves and about the hardships and beauty found on the island.
The trip was organized by Won by One, a Christian mission group begun in 1988. Henry and Linda Shaffer started the group after Hurricane Gilbert decimated Jamaica. The owners of a construction company, the Schaffers went to Jamaica with hurricane relief.
Our house at the lake has been on the market for about three months. Selling my house has always been a bit emotional for me, but quite frankly, I’ve never liked this particular house. We bought it when our grandchildren were little and several of our kids would come down almost every weekend. Now that the grandchildren are older, they have so many activities that the house is abandoned most of the year. Last year we found some land and decided to build a “smaller” home where we had everything on one level. With three levels, the old house is a devil to keep clean. But it has a major selling point — it’s less than a minute from the outlet mall.
Since we’ve had the house on the market, it hasn’t been much fun going to the lake. I have to keep the house in pristine condition at all times because I never know when someone is going to show it.
Boone County voters will go to the polls in an Aug. 3 primary and a Nov. 2 general election for federal, state and county offices.
The ballot will include state representative seats in the ninth, 21st and 23rd districts. None of those races have contested primaries.
This week, the Missourian takes a look at the candidates for those three seats.
Continuing with its weekly invitation to Democratic state representative candidates to join in debate, the Muleskinners Democratic club hosted candidates for the 24th District seat Friday.
Travis Ballenger and Greg Casey were given time to introduce themselves to the audience as well as respond to questions posed by the moderator and people in attendance.
Columbia police officer Steven Rios was talked down from a parking garage ledge on the MU campus Friday night after escaping from protective custody across the street at a mental health center.
Columbia police Capt. Zim Schwartze said officers believed Rios intended to harm himself by jumping from the roof of the five-story garage. Rios, 27, escaped from the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center; Schwartze said police were notified at 7:17 p.m. He ran west from the facility and ran to the top of the nearby Maryland Avenue garage, Schwartze said.
Although CARE is receiving more money to expand the program this summer and serve a record number of youth, some returning employers are hiring fewer trainees.
“We had four CARE kids, but this year we just have one because there was too much supervisory work,” said Dee Anne Sneed, office support staff at MU Child Development Lab and CARE trainee supervisor. “Twenty hours is a lot,” she said, referring to the number hours per week trainees work with employers.
Starting Monday, more than 7,000 Columbia students will return to the classroom, the largest summer enrollment ever for the district. They will attend the Summer Adventure program, a 24-day school session coordinated by Newton Learning.
This is the first year the district has hired an independent company to organize summer school, offered for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. With increased publicity, monetary attendance incentives — for example, a $100 shopping card for perfect attendance — and conveniences such as bus transportation and school lunches, the Newton Learning program has attracted more than twice the projected enrollment.
Bryant Savidan travels to the Boone County Courthouse about twice a month. Savidan, who uses a wheelchair, often struggles to get the heavy wooden doors open on his own.
“There are no automatic doors for disability access into the courthouse, and the doors are extremely heavy,” he told the Boone County Commission at its regular meeting Thursday.
Expect more faculty oversight of intercollegiate athletics at MU.
The MU Faculty Council on Thursday voted in favor of joining the Coalition On Intercollegiate Athletics, an alliance of 36 faculty senates from colleges and universities working toward athletics reform. The vote was unanimous with two abstentions.
The Corps of Discovery II wasn’t originally scheduled to stop in Boonville until Mayor Danielle Blanck got involved.
Blanck petitioned the National Park Service, which is sponsoring the traveling exhibit about the Lewis and Clark bicentennial, and persuaded neighboring towns to join the cause.
The box holds two dozen love letters, a marriage certificate and pictures of two lovebirds in a typical ’70s style: Roger is proudly showing off a long moustache, sideburns and a tight-fitting white suit as Barbara glances at him as if under a spell.
Gloria Jett gets paid to go through safe-deposit boxes. The state’s Unclaimed Property division staff supervisor’s job is to find the Roger and Barbara and hundreds of other owners of safe-deposit box contents.
Two men were arrested in Springfield at 5:40 this morning in connection with the reported rape of an 18-year-old Columbia woman.
Investigators learned through a temporary labor agency that Joel S. Gittings, 36, and Roy “Kevin” Evans, 44, were in Springfield. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department notified Springfield police, who made the arrests when the two returned to the labor agency’s office.
Memories of events and quotes from Ronald Reagan's presidency filled the air on Friday during a memorial observance in his honor at the Courthouse Square in Columbia.
More than 100 people attended the 45-minute ceremony, some of them not old enough to remember the former president's time in office.
Upon first glance, TigerPlace, the MU Sinclair School of Nursing’s residential apartment facility for seniors, looks more like an upscale hotel than an apartment building. Walking trails, gardens, even on-site veterinary care, are a few of the amenities available to future residents.
TigerPlace — which had its grand opening Thursday — is operated by MU in partnership with Americare, a Sikeston-based company. Eleven of the 33 units have been reserved, and residents are waiting for city approval to move in to the apartments.