JEFFERSON CITY — With less than one month remaining before Election Day, local officials said they are having difficulty staffing Missouri’s polling places and fear many positions will go unfilled.
In June, DeForest Soaries, chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, said the United States was 500,000 workers shy of the 2 million needed to run November’s election.
He’s the quiet one around the office, but everyone knows he’s there. In the midst of commotion, he helps sort everything out.
Chuck Miller, a Columbia Transit bus dispatcher, has worked for the city since 1982. He began as a building attendant, worked his way up to driver and then earned a spot as a dispatcher.
There were short dogs, tall dogs, big dogs and small dogs.
The frost-covered Saturday morning didn’t deter more than 100 dog-lovers of all ages from showing up for a stroll with their pooches at the 11th annual Dog Jog, hosted by MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2006. Each year, the college’s junior class organizes the jog.
The work of Columbia City Manager Ray Beck and his staff reaches into your house with every flush of the toilet, every turn of the spigot.
He has a hand in where and how city streets are built.
This is the form of government that has been used in Columbia since May 1949. Elected members of the council appoint the city manager, who works full time under their direction, handling the daily affairs of the city.
Ray Beck keeps thoughts about retirement to himself. He hasn’t announced plans to step down from public service, but when he does, the Columbia City Council will be looking at a different field of candidates than those from the 1985 search that ended in Beck’s hiring.
Few of them will have Beck’s training as an engineer and experience as a former public works director. Now, a majority of city managers receive training in public administration, a background that emphasizes building relationships with the council, county and community, said John Nalbandian, professor of public administration at the University of Kansas.
This past month, second-grade students at Grant Elementary School took an active part in helping victims of the recent hurricanes that hit the East Coast. In just over a week, the twenty-three students raised a total of $132.90 to donate for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The students formulated the idea after reading about the storm victims in "Time for Kids" magazine.
Webster’s dictionary defines “debate” as “discussion or consideration of opposing reasons.”
But limits placed on Thursday’s presidential debate have some debate and journalism experts concerned that millions of Americans did not receive the discussion they deserved.
Many topics go unreported in the media, and others are repeatedly covered from the same standpoints.
Today, in an attempt to broaden the scope of local news coverage, an online journalism class at MU will launch a Web-based publication called MyMissourian. The project is MU’s first audience-driven publication, allowing people who registerwith the Web site to submit their own content, which students will edit for publication.
When Melissa Stevens, 25, starts looking for a job after completing medical school and her residency, Boone Hospital Center will be at the top of her list — and it’s all because she found out this week that health benefits will be extended to same-sex domestic partners.
For now, she is covered by a student health plan, and her partner, Erica Hutcherson, 35, is covered by her employer’s plan. But when the couple talks about starting a family or Hutcherson going back to school, health insurance coverage that includes both of them becomes a priority.
Shoppers will have easier access to Wal-Mart and Famous Barr from Stadium Boulevard, but they’re going to have to pay for it at the cash register.
Starting in late November, a new sales tax will be levied on everything sold at businesses in the Biscayne shopping center in order to pay for an entrance to that center from Stadium Boulevard.
Elson Floyd, president of the University of Missouri system named Brady Deaton as the permanent chancellor of MU this afternoon.
Dear faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, and supporters of the University of Missouri-Columbia:
The goal: $10,000.
That’s how much students at Mill Creek Elementary hope to raise for their school. They won’t be reaching it by selling wrapping paper or candy. Instead, they hope to raise it by reading.
The court’s approval of a proposal by developer Stan Kroenke to form a transportation development district along Stadium Boulevard marks the pending formation of the city’s third such special taxing authority.
Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler on Tuesday approved the request by Kroenke’s TKG Management to form the taxing district, which plans to levy a half-cent tax on sales within its boundaries to pay for a new entrance to the Biscayne Mall site.
“Ravenclaw!” “Gryffindor!” “Slytherin!” “Hufflepuff!”
The four houses gathered in one of the atriums at Rock Bridge High School, democratically discussing who would be the head of each House of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the year’s first meeting of the Harry Potter Club.
Vandalism sets back Tiger Spot, CATSO delays road extension hearing, and the County Space Needs Task Force meets for the first time.
On page 9B of the Missourian's NewSunday, the name of Webb City's head coach was misspelled. John Roderique coaches the Webb City Cardinals.
To the backdrop of a Kerry/Edwards banner stating in bold type “Help is on the Way,” singer/songwriter Carole King triumphantly sang “You’ve Got a Friend” in conclusion to her speech supporting presidential candidate John Kerry on Wednesday morning at Columbia’s Activity and Recrea-tion Center.
King wants George W. Bush ousted on Nov. 2 and replaced with a “man that truly shares the values of the common citizen,” she said. The event was part of her nationwide campaign primarily directed at the states that could swing the upcoming election.
Boone County Federated Republican Women’s Club
Description: The Federated Republican Women’s Club is affiliated with the Missouri Federation of Republican Women and is the largest Republi-can Women’s Club in the state. The club has been active since the 1930s and has about 125 members. It organizes the annual Boone County Lincoln Day Dinner.