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Back to the 1800s

When a wooden keelboat with 11 men pulled in near Bonnots Mill on Friday afternoon, locals who witnessed the arrival were a bit confused. The expedition wasn’t scheduled to stop there, but had to make the unplanned landing because of debris in the Missouri River.

The crowd at River Ratz Beer and Burgers on the Osage River became impromptu overnight hosts to half of the Lewis and Clark expedition — or at least their 21st-century equivalent.

Few cell users opt to switch numbers

Wanda Northway is looking to change her cell phone service. She has done so twice in the past. Each time she picked a different provider, she had to surrender her previous phone number. Northway, co-owner of House of Brokers Realty, has never listed her cell number on business cards as she saw it as a hassle to get her new numbers out to the people who needed them.

“The ones I very much wanted to know, I called immediately,” Northway said. “The others were informed as the opportunity provided itself.”

Tire waste removal to end as bills die in committee

For more than 13 years, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Waste Tire Unit has been cleaning up illegal tire dumps that serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. But, the cancellation early this year of the 50-cent fee on each tire purchased in Missouri might have put an end to funding for the unit.

Since 1990, the tire fee has brought in $1.7 to $2.5 million annually, which was used in a multitude of ways to clean up between 1.5 and 2 million tires each year.

Look out below

Thousands of spectators in their lawn chairs squinted up at the sky and erupted into cheers when Canada’s Master Cpl. Brad Gaiger jumped out of a helicopter and displayed the American flag as he descended to a grassy landing area.

Despite recent rainy weather, an estimated 20,000 people showed up at Columbia Regional Airport on Saturday to watch the demonstration by Gaiger and the rest of The Canadian Forces Parachute Team — The Skyhawks — as well as the other avionic displays during the Salute to Veterans Memorial Weekend Air Show.

Bond pushes for highway support

With the roar of traffic from U.S. 63 behind him, U.S. Sen. Kit Bond offered his gratitude to supporters of the highway reauthorization bill Friday at the State Highway Shed.

Bond said the bill would provide the state with $1.5 billion more over the next six years to improve Missouri roads, highways and bridges, which he said are the third worst in the country.

Four die in head-on collision on U.S. 63

Four people were killed when two cars collided early Saturday morning on U.S. 63 just north of Stadium Boulevard, Columbia police said Saturday.

The driver of the first vehicle was traveling south in the northbound lanes of U.S. 63, police said, and the vehicle struck the second vehicle head-on just before 2 a.m. As of Saturday, police said the southbound driver was 40 years old but had not released the name.

Small towns, full lives

Trace a 200-mile long loop around Columbia. You’ll find your finger running through a lot of small towns.

Moberly: The pharmacy’s been serving Coke floats and ham sandwiches for 93 years. Centralia: The state-championship football team boosts not just student pride but that of an entire community. Mexico: The local general practitioner has moved from downtown to the medical park, but after 40 years, the same patients keep coming. Fulton: The Civil War, the Cold War and the current war come together here, with men from Churchill to Cheney, Clinton to Kerry making worldwide news in the same county that dared to secede from the Union. California: On any given Sunday, Oak Street’s churches – big churches, one after another – are packed. Boonville: High Street’s neighbors have left this beautiful street overlooking the Missouri River, traveled from Denver to the Deutschland, and come home again. Fayette: Neither a microburst, a fire or a building collapse, all coming within a few years, has killed downtown’s spirit or regeneration.

Ministry on the beat

ASHLAND — As an Ashland police officer brings an intoxicated woman into jail, he is shadowed by a new member of the department — only this man isn’t wearing an officer’s uniform or carrying a gun. He’s the Rev. Jeff Anderson, part of a new chaplaincy program in the Ashland Police Department.

As the woman is turned over to other authorities, Anderson drops a card into her hand and invites her to call him if she needs anything.

Serving up specials

It’s a typical late spring day — the sun is shining, it is warming up — and people from different walks of Centralia life stop for lunch at the Allen Street Diner.

The diner is divided more or less in half. On one side, four men in button-down shirts with cell phones clipped to their belt loops finish their meal at one of the 10 tables. Their plates, atop a pink plastic tablecloth, are mostly empty as they take their last sips of soda. Off to one side is a heavy glass ashtray and vase of fake roses that match the tablecloth.

Pilot smashed glass ceiling

Mary Burch Nirmaier wasn’t satisfied with her job as a secretary for the War Production Board in Washington, D.C. She wanted a job that was substantial, one that would serve an important purpose.

A friend told her about a new women’s organization, one that would help their country during a time of need. Nirmaier signed up and became an integral part of women’s history.

Missouri abortion law upheld

JEFFERSON CITY — A federal appeals court panel on Thursday allowed a challenged Missouri law to take effect requiring a 24-hour wait for women seeking abortions.

The order by a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis dissolved a temporary restraining order that had been in place against the law since Oct. 10.

Data: Blacks at higher risk to be stopped

Ebony McTye said she doesn’t need to see statistics on racial profiling to convince her that it exists in Columbia.

Over three months, McTye said she was stopped and searched by members of the Columbia Police Department six times. Each time, she said, the officer found nothing.

Few penalties for delaying racial data

Missouri’s laws on collecting racial profiling data are among the most comprehensive in the country, yet the penalties for noncompliance are almost nonexistent.

The state has the power to withhold funds from law enforcement agencies that do not file their data on time.

Olympic efforts

Michael Myers, 22, walked away with a fifth-place ribbon on Thursday in the softball throw at the 2004 Special Olympics Missouri Summer State Games, but he was just as pleased as if he had won a gold medal.

“Michael competes because he loves to compete,” his mother, Darla Myers, said, “It’s more about the fun. Michael does the best he can.”

Equestrian rides to fulfill a dream

Nelly Owen and Tom Bass have two things in common: Both love horses, and both have overcome the odds to become successful.

During today’s Tom Bass Classic, named for the famous Missouri horse trainer who had to overcome racial adversity, Owen, who is disabled, will be competing in the United Professional Horseman’s Association’s exceptionally challenged riders class at the horse show.

Douglass senior credits teachers for his success

In first grade, Anthony Johnson started playing basketball at recess and never looked back.

“It was just natural to me,” Johnson said.

In his senior year at Douglass High School, Johnson had 90 blocks and 99 assists in 24 games, attracting the attention of college recruiters.

Johnson, 18, said it wasn’t until he transferred to Douglass as a sophomore that he began to get serious about his grades and his future.

Scouts craft canoe — Lewis and Clark style

Spring and wood chips have been in the air for Boy Scout Troop 706.

Working Monday nights, the Scouts have carved a canoe from a tree. Now, after months of work, their creation has finally taken shape at St. Andrews Lutheran Church. They plan to enter the canoe in a contest Memorial Day weekend at the Cupboard Creek Encampment. That the location, just south of Jefferson City, is near where Lewis and Clark once camped is no coincidence.

$1 billion sought for MU

KANSAS CITY — MU’s next fund-raising goal is $1 billion, Chancellor Richard Wallace said Thursday at a meeting of the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

He made the announcement in response to UM system President Elson Floyd’s presentation about the system’s strategic planning goals. Those goals include raising $1 billion over the next five years.

Soggy ground limits air show parking

If you’re planning on going to the “Salute to Veterans” air show this weekend, you better take the shuttle.

Because of wet weather conditions, parking will not be allowed on grassy areas at Columbia Regional Airport for the air show on Saturday and Sunday.

POWs recall bond in memoir of war

James Hirsch, a 1984 MU graduate and former journalist for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, recently published “Two Souls Indivisible: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs” in Vietnam in time for the celebration of Memorial Day.

The book recognizes the bond that occurred among the men in the prisoner-of-war camps of North Vietnam.

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