On any weekend, Becky Snider can be found balanced atop scaffolding next to her house, carefully scraping layers of paint off the wood siding and shingles.
“As a historic preservationist I couldn’t live in a historic house with vinyl siding,” Becky says. “The good thing is the wood is in decent shape, and there are shingles on the house, which add interest.”
The mime talked.
The mime also did the usual mime things: He ran into invisible walls. He acted like a lost baby, looking for his mother. He stomped around like a disgruntled dinosaur.
A proposed merger between the University of Missouri system and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville will take longer than expected. Thorny issues such as admission standards, educational fees, changing Northwest’s name and workers’ compensation have slowed the merger, officials from both universities said Friday.
This is the second time in five months that the universities have decided to delay seeking approval.
Starting this weekend, the 44th Annual Boone County Art Show includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and more. The show, cosponsored by Boone County National Bank and the Columbia Art League, features 275 works of art by 182 artists.
The popular choice award and the bank’s purchase award will be announced at 4:30 p.m. today in the lobby of Boone County National Bank on the corner of Eighth Street and Broadway. All of the entries will be on display in the lobby and selected works of art will remain on display through October.
Children with painted faces licked powdered sugar from their fingers, their tummies full of funnel cake. Nearby, parents browsed among craft booths, greeted neighbors and hoped the rain would hold off. As dark storm clouds rumbled into Ashland on Saturday afternoon, threatening to soak the town’s annual Fall Festival, a gray tower stood alone against the skyline. Colorful footholds jutted out from the wall’s surface; however, any adventurer hoping to reach its craggy summit was out of luck.
When Julie Burdin envisioned being a doctor, she saw herself practicing rural family medicine and delivering babies in communities like Macon.
“I am from a small town, and this has always been my dream,” said Burdin, a family practitioner and obstetrician at Total Family Health Care, a community clinic associated with Samaritan Hospital in Macon.
As if high school freshmen didn’t have it hard enough: A recent study says only about one in three will graduate with the courses needed to get into the nation’s least-selective four-year colleges.
Nationwide, only 70 percent of all students entering high school will graduate, says a study from the Manhattan Institute, a New York think tank that advocates vouchers and school choice. Fewer than half of those — 32 percent of all students — have transcripts that will get them into four-year programs with what the study defines as the least demanding course requirements.
Hans Bohnert has a vision for MU’s new Life Sciences Center that includes ways to stay on the cutting edge and to involve the community.
Bohnert, professor of plant biology and crop sciences at the University of Illinois, is one of four finalists vying to become the first director of the $60 million Life Sciences Center, scheduled to open sometime next year.
Flags fluttered and blue and white balloons bobbed in front of the Columbia Federal Building at 608 E. Cherry St. on Saturday morning. A crowd gathered outside to celebrate the award of the historic building to the Health Adventure Center, which will convert the building into an interactive health science museum for youth.
“This is a great day for our city,” said Ann Cohen, president of the Health Adventure Center Board of Directors.
Five black educators will be honored today by the Minority Men’s Network for outstanding efforts in education.
The educators include the late Muriel Battle, former associate superintendent of Columbia Public Schools; Wanda Brown, principal of Hickman High School; Beulah Ralph, director of Home School Communicators, Columbia Public Schools; Keener Tippin, retired MU administrator; and Rosie Tippin, principal of West Boulevard Elementary School.
MU students can now voice their complaints online through the Megaphone, a Web site created by the Missouri Students Association. The site became available last week.
“Megaphone’s purpose is to give all students an easy way to complain or suggest something to a department on campus and to make sure it gets to the right people right away,” said Nichole Radman, web developer for the association and designer of Megaphone.
Huang Ping and Farika Rusli spent their wedding night apart. The groom watched TV and spent time with his friends. The bride attended a concert in MU’s Jesse Auditorium and then went home to study.
Huang and Rusli walked down the aisle on Friday in a mock American wedding organized by the International Student Friendship and Chi Alpha Campus Ministries under a program called “Discover America.”
Raising red cardboard signs with the words “just practicing” printed in white, more than a dozen Tribune Publishing Company employees marched outside the building Friday afternoon protesting the terms of a work contract unresolved for more than 21/2 years.
The town of Kailua on the windward side of Oahu is guarded by a lush, majestic face of volcanic rock. Across town is a gently sloping beach that travel critics have named one of the nation’s 10 best.
With a boyish smile that rarely leaves his face, Dick Millspaugh recalled the years he spent between these landmarks as pastor of a United Methodist church.
While triumph might be on the minds of some gay men and lesbians in Canada, some religious conservatives fear that a new bill extending protection in hate crime laws to include sexual orientation may threaten fundamental freedoms of speech and religion.
The bill, awaiting approval in the Canadian Senate, was proposed by the first openly gay member of Parliament, Svend Robinson, member of the New Democratic Party. The law would ban “the incitement of genocide or hatred against an identifiable group defined by color, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.”
Texas-based developers JPI want to sell their Columbia luxury apartment complex, Jefferson Commons, to a Texas nonprofit corporation that specializes in low-income housing.
A cigarette with your dinner could become a thing of the past.
John Clark is excited that Columbia has begun a reconstruction project to improve the dilapidated streets near downtown.
What started out as a bad day for Peter Freidin snowballed into a yearlong struggle for accessibility to the downtown post office.
Minutes after hordes of police officers and firefighters scoured Rock Quarry Park in a lunchtime search for a lost 2-year-old boy, he was found safe nearly a mile away at his day care. He had walked there alone.
The search lasted for about 40 minutes in the park, near the intersection of Rock Quarry Road and Grindstone Parkway. The boy was found at 3805 Churchill Drive, a home where the boy attends day care.