Quiet under the BIG TOP

Circus performers got a Labor Day morning break when nobody showed up for the Bailey’s Circus at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Monday.

The performance tent, at left, sat empty for the day, while performers relaxed and got ready for the later shows.

New law requires headlight use in bad weather

A new law requires Missouri drivers to turn their headlights on during periods of inclement weather. Gov. Bob Hol-den signed the law into effect Aug. 28, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

The law mandates the use of headlights during fog and anytime weather conditions require the use of windshield wipers.

Transcript of President Bush's remarks in Columbia

Here is a transcript of President Bush’s remarks during his visit Tuesday to the Boone County Fairgrounds. The transcript was provided by the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Bush highlights health care, terror war

The Boone County Fairgrounds became a national political battleground Tuesday as President Bush delivered a campaign speech that highlighted health care and the war on terrorism to a supportive crowd of about 15,000.

The president arrived at the fairground just after 3:30 p.m. in a red-white-and-blue campaign bus. His appearance followed speeches by numerous Missouri Republicans, including gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt and Ninth District U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, who introduced the president.

Ready for Some Football

ASHLAND — The wait is over. It’s finally football time for Ashland.

After decades of hoping and dreaming, the moment has arrived for the town’s first varsity football team. On Friday night, as about 200 parents and friends cheered, the Southern Boone Eagles made their debut on the road against North Callaway.

Labor unions unite to endorse local candidates

Local politicians who have adopted labor-friendly platforms will be rewarded with support from the United Working People of Mid-Missouri, a group of about 60 individuals representing nearly 20 union organizations.

The political action committee first met in February and has decided to endorse eight candidates since the August primary elections. Each politician will receive backing from the group in the form of money and organized canvassing.

It’s so hard to find time to be bored

Well, here it is September, and I’m still waiting for three consecutive days without rain so I can put the cushions on my lawn chairs. Geronimo, the cat, is still waiting for his first dose of flea repellent. That pretty much sums up the story of how we spent the summer — waiting. Period.

Still, I have found plenty of interesting things to do. Most of my work involves history writing, and that keeps me enough removed from the present that I don’t get deeply entrenched in the here and now. I could easily get depressed over the fact that history repeats itself so often and so few notice, but I don’t. I try to forget, for instance, how many times we have lived through a presidential election like this one simply because it does no good. I find that people prefer to make their own mistakes and let the rest of us suffer for them.

Rios trial venue change possible

Lawyers defending murder suspect Steven Rios could request a change of venue for the trial of the former Columbia police officer at his arraignment Tuesday.


A story about an unemployment compensation fund on page 8A Sunday incorrectly referred to a 1996 amendment. The amendment was called the “Farmahan” amendment because it received backing from former Gov. Mel Carnahan and the Farm Bureau.

Pregnant driver hits boys crossing Broadway

A Buick Skylark driven by a pregnant woman hit two juveniles crossing West Broadway at Highland Drive on Friday afternoon.

Yvonne Piersee, 17, of 2401 W. Broadway, who is 37 weeks pregnant, was transported to Columbia Regional Hospital shortly after her car struck the two boys.

Man critically injured in motorcycle accident

Chris S. Schneider of Columbia crashed his motorcycle into a tree off Rock Quarry Road Saturday at 11:10 a.m. Schneider, 32, was taken to University Hospital for treatment of broken legs and pelvis, said Traffic Officer Lynn Woolford of the Columbia Police Department in a media release.

Thousands expected for Bush

Thousands of people are expected to attend a rally for President George W. Bush at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, according to a spokesman for Bush-Cheney ’04.

Representatives at the Boone County Republican Headquarters, one of two locations giving out tickets to the event, said Friday evening that 1,000 tickets had already been distributed. However, the tickets are not expected to run out.

City plans purchase of Philips for park

The city appears to be only weeks away from buying a large portion of the Philips tract for a new city park.

The Columbia City Council on Tuesday will introduce an ordinance calling for acquisition of 140 acres of the former farm in southeast Columbia.

Red Cross worker describes wreckage

On Friday, Columbia resident John Souza returned from Florida where he was involved in the disaster relief efforts from Hurricane Charley.

With Hurricane Frances approaching, Souza said one of his main concerns is the damage left behind from Hurricane Charley. As high winds develop, debris could be hurtled through the air and cause additional damage.

Nonprofit groups spur voter registration

Weaving through the front yards of Jefferson Street in Columbia, Dominique Turner couldn’t wait to meet a stranger. Through a maze of curious porch-sitters, barking dogs and barbecue pits, Turner sifted through her grandmother’s neighborhood, searching for first “no” and then the treasured “yes” answers to her two simple questions: “Are you registered to vote?” and “Would you like to register?”

Turner is one of more than 200 foot soldiers asking such questions in Columbia’s neighborhoods. The results of their efforts have been impressive; voter registrations are stacking up.

Regulator picked for creek project

Like many other Columbians, Scott Hamilton still canoes and goes kayaking down Hinkson Creek, despite the steadily increasing problem of pollution caused by urban development.

“I see the creek as a reflection of everything that we do in Columbia,” Hamilton said. “I see it as a reflection of my home, so I have a personal stake in the Hinkson.”

Residents report car break-ins

One of the reasons Linda Little moved to Oak View Drive in May was the neighborhood’s safety.

So, Little was concerned when she prepared to leave for work from her northeast Columbia home Friday morning and discovered her car window had been pried open overnight.

Minority students tutor peers to close achievement gap

The problem of black student academic underachievement has been battling a familiar foe at Hickman High School.

For the past three years, Hickman High has been home to the Minority Achievement Committee Scholars, the main goals of which include the promotion and encouragement of academic success in all classes, as well as the building of a support group so that minority students can form strong relationships focused on scholarly achievement.

Leader urges fixes to benefits funding

JEFFERSON CITY — As many unemployed Missourians are collecting assistance from the state while they seek new jobs, they’re putting the state into debt.

It’s a debt that is forcing Missouri to borrow from the federal government as required by federal law. It also is a debt with an interest rate far higher than the state would pay if it were to borrow the money from private investors through a bond issue.

MU alters parking

A metered parking lot next to Brady Commons was packed with cars Tuesday afternoon — as usual. Yet students used to the past year’s parking regulations were in for an unpleasant surprise.

MU sophomore Adrienne Ford, struggling to find one of the last spaces in the lot, was dismayed to discover that the university has changed the lot’s meter enforcement hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.