School board reviews budget

A proposal to cut funding for two Columbia Public Schools security officers drew the most discussion Thursday night when the Board of Education reviewed a proposed $174.2 million budget.

Under the spending plan, the district’s two full-time juvenile officers would each work a half day instead of a full day. Jacque Cowherd, deputy superintendent for administration, told the board the change would save about $55,000.

Kappa Alpha put on social probation

The MU chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order has been placed on probation after a cannon exploded on the front lawn of the fraternity house in late April.

Christian Basi, assistant director of the MU News Bureau, confirmed Thursday that Kappa Alpha has been placed on social probation. The punishment means the fraternity is not allowed to hold events involving alcohol, Basi said.

Several roads see speed limit changes

The paving of gravel roads and the results of traffic studies prompted the Boone County Commission on Thursday to change speed limits on several roads. The roads and changes included:

Columbia police officer taken into protective custody

A Columbia police officer was taken into protective custody Thursday night

after threatening to harm himself, police chief Randy Boehm said in a release Friday morning.

Health care in a Winnebago

A big sign on the side of this Winnebago tells you its not Grandma and Grandpa on their way to Arizona. “Missouri Mobile Health,” the bold letters declare.

Inside, faculty and students from MU’s School of Health Professions are on their way to rural Missouri to provide free, preventive health care to the underinsured.

Officer on leave tied to victim

An officer with the Columbia Police Department is on paid leave because of his personal relationship with homicide victim Jesse Valencia, Police Chief Randy Boehm said Wednesday.

Boehm declined to name the officer, who he said came forward after investigators had received numerous tips about a relationship between Valencia and a member of the force.

MU may join athletics reform group

Today, the MU Faculty Council may take another step toward athletics reform on campus and nationwide.

At its afternoon meeting, the council is expected to discuss joining the Coalition On Intercollegiate Athletics, an alliance of faculty senates at Division 1-A schools working to develop athletics reform guidelines on a national level and on a local level for every registered institution.

Fayette extras get chance to see film

The extras who have waited more than a year to see the movie filmed in Fayette last summer will now have a chance to look for themselves on the big screen.

The movie “Killer Diller” — originally named “Bottleneck” — is expected to be shown in Columbia on either July 12 or 14, depending on theater availability. It will also be in St. Louis on July 11 as part of the 4th Annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre.

Leaders to honor Reagan locally

President Ronald Reagan’s funeral Friday in Washington will be commemorated locally with ceremonies in Columbia and Fulton.

A ceremony will take place from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday at the Courthouse Square on Walnut Street. Geoffrey Preckshot, his wife, Rita Preckshot, and a group of local volunteers are organizing the event as a way to honor the legacy of the former president.

Missouri to observe national day of mourning

JEFFERSON CITY — The decision to close state government Friday in honor of Ronald Reagan will cost about $10 million in both regular payroll and extra overtime costs, state officials said Wednesday.

Gov. Bob Holden announced earlier this week that most Missouri state offices will close Friday and most employees will have the day off as part of a national day of mourning for the former president.

Capital mourns Reagan

WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital began saying goodbye to Ronald Reagan on Wednesday, citizens celebrating the 40th president’s common touch, Congress marking his achievements and all engaged in the high and rare pageantry of America’s first presidential state funeral in three decades.

Reagan’s body, escorted by his wife Nancy and his children, arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland from California to close the first chapter in a week of remembrance. More than 100,000 people had paid respects to Reagan in his presidential hilltop library, in advance of his lying in state at the Capitol beginning Wednesday night.

Lagoons plague Prathersville

When Sherri Martin looks out her window, all she sees is a stream of sewage running down an embankment through her back yard on North Wagon Trail Road. It’s a problem she’s been dealing with for two years.

“My yard looks like hogslop, and it smells as bad,” said Martin.

Cellular drive to benefit animals

The Central Missouri Humane Society wants to keep cellular phones out of local landfills and dusty desk drawers, making a little extra money in the process.

The nonprofit organization will be collecting old cell phones for the next several months as a fund-raiser to help the society’s bottom line. Once the phones accumulate, they will be sent to a wireless collection company in return for a check. Every cell phone collected brings up to $20 to the organization, depending on the age of the phone.

Banquet will honor Chamber

Providing support for re-zoning the Philips tract has been recognized as one of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s highlights of the year by Chairperson Karen Taylor. “I really believe we had a significant influence during the city council meetings, and played a big part in that decision,” Taylor said.

The Chamber of Commerce will celebrate this and other accomplishments at the 99th annual meeting and awards banquet tonight at an event being called “Viva Las Chamber.”

Schools hope more cameras on buses will increase safety

Columbia Public Schools will attempt to increase safety on buses this year by adding more security cameras, at a cost of $15,125 on top of what is already spent on bus transportation.

The item is part of the 2004-2005 proposed budget to be presented this evening at a meeting of the Columbia School Board.

Reagan memorial planned for Friday at Courthouse Square

A group of volunteers has decided to take up the challenge of organizing a local ceremony in honor of the late President Ronald Reagan.

Geoffrey Preckshot of Columbia, a Republican and former assistant prosecutor in Callaway County, and a group of friends are in the planning stages of an event to commemorate the legacy of the former president.

Keeping Up Appearances

Drive through one trailer park in Boone County and you’ll see havoc. You’ll see discarded washing machines, cars with grass growing up around the tires, makeshift sheds spilling over with junk. You’ll see trailers that look like they’re falling apart and residents sitting on sunken decks eyeing unfamiliar cars suspiciously. You wouldn’t want to drive through at night because there are no lights to illuminate the nasty potholes waiting to ruin your car’s suspension.

But drive through another park, perhaps just down the street, and you’ll see quite a different scene. Cruising down a smooth road, you’ll see look-alike trailers forming neat rows and featuring small, landscaped yards, grills on the decks and maybe even driveways.

Student leaves a wealth of memories

Jesse James Valencia was the kind of person who wrote letters to the editor.

Everywhere he went, the 23-year-old MU student made contact with local publications — getting involved, speaking up, letting people know what he thought. In a letter he wrote to the Missourian last May, Mr. Valencia introduced the piece by saying, “My grandma is always so proud when I write editorials for newspapers, ha ha.”

Teacher pay raise to hinge on vote

Next year, teachers in the Columbia Public School District could receive their largest pay raise in more than a decade.

With the help of unanticipated funding from the state, the teachers can expect the first salary increase of more than $1,000 since 1991 if the 2004-05 school year budget is approved. In addition to the estimated

Democrats’ spotlight on Holden puts McCaskill in the shadows

As Missouri Democrats unite behind one candidate for president, they have yet to choose their candidate for governor: State Auditor Claire McCaskill, incumbent Gov. Bob Holden or Jim LePage.

McCaskill, however, said running for the Democratic nomination has been difficult because the Missouri Democratic Party is being used to promote Holden exclusively.