As the sun sinks toward the Missouri River, the picnic tables at Les Bourgeois in Rocheport fill up one by one. A few women hold spots for the rest of the group. Some show up right on time at 6 p.m., but most trickle in at their leisure.
That's just fine, though. Leisure is exactly what this night is all about. For the MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Northern Boone County, this is the one night a month they all spend away from their children.
It took new curators and a new president for the University of Missouri system to end a decade-long debate and introduce a sexual orientation clause into its system-wide non-discrimination policies.
MU students, staff and faculty consider this a major victory after years of lobbying for rights for the gay and lesbian community.
Susan Devaney has made a practice of erasing messages on the family answering machine before her husband, Michael Devaney, can listen to them. Some of the messages are malicious, she said, and criticize her husband for his role in MU’s investigation of the men’s basketball program.
“One man was very verbal, obviously with a lot of hostility about the athletic department,” Susan Devaney said. “I listen to them and just delete them from the answering machine. There’s some that I haven’t even shared with Mike because I know it would make him really upset.”
For the past two Halloweens, the Hallsville Optimist Club has been host to a haunted house, scaring people as they made their way through a darkened maze. The spooks will be in hiding this year, though.
A chance encounter between a county inspector and a town employee raised a question that hadn’t been asked before: Does the Halloween attraction meet safety codes?
Weather conditions this winter are still up in the air, according to an outlook the National Weather Service issued Thursday.
The agency said that in contrast to the last six winters, El Niño and La Niña conditions are not expected to influence this winter’s weather.
MU researchers have won more than $10 million in federal grants that will help them improve the treatment of arthritis, prevent heart disease and develop better nuclear science education programs, campus administrators announced Thursday.
A five-year grant for $4 million from the U.S. Department of Education went to Jerry Parker, clinical professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and director of behavioral health at Truman Veterans Hospital. The money will go toward the development of the Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.
When the Eyrie Student Center was torn down this June, students at Central Methodist College went from having an outdated facility to none at all.
At 9:45 this morning the college is expected to break ground on a $15 million Student and Community Center. The center is scheduled for completion in January 2005.
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt revealed a glimpse into his anticipated gubernatorial campaign on Thursday.
Blunt virtually announced his Republican candidacy as he talked about his campaign contributions.
Ray Jahn was a man of feeling.
“When he talked to someone, he talked right to you,” said longtime colleague and friend Jack LaZebnik. “He always listened to what everyone had to say, no matter who they were. He possessed a great deal of respect.”
At the edge of a 30-acre field at Swan Lake National Refuge stands “The Tree of Death.” The tree, named by refuge wildlife biologist Heather Lambert-Doherty, was home to a red-tailed hawk when the researcher first began using state-of-the-art tracking devices to study the venomous and endangered massasauga rattlesnake in this refuge in Sumner.
Bedbugs are back. Some consider the insect a mythical bug, but experts across the country are taking note of the bloodsucking critters’ resurgence during the past few years.
Valerie Lauver is 80 years old and has run all her life. Her face is slightly wrinkled, but she can still cover a mile in seven minutes and is training for the Senior Olympics.
Oh wait, that’s just what she pictures. Lauver is actually 19, can run the mile in five minutes and is training for the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Lauver laughs while describing her life plan, almost embarrassed by the fact that — in her words — she is a “running junkie.”
Three Columbia men charged with forcible rape and felonious restraint were arraigned Thursday, while a fourth suspect in the crime was taken to University Hospital for an undisclosed health problem.
Frank Kalvin Mosley Jr., 20, of Kansas City was scheduled to be arraigned via video, along with Christopher Anthonn Robinson, 21, Carlos Lamont Dudley, 17, Jermoan D. Walker, 22, all of Columbia, but was transported to the hospital instead, the Boone County Criminal Clerk’s office reported.
A trash can fire broke out today at 7:38 a.m. at Tiger Columns, a retirement community located on Eight Street in downtown Columbia. Lieutenant Amy Barrett said that as of this morning, the fire's exact cause had not been determined.
Hattie Nichols waited patiently between the microwave popcorn display and a table of baked goods at Moser’s Discount Foods while a nurse checked her blood pressure. She appeared content as the pressure cuff was removed from her arm.
“I keep a close watch on my blood pressure,” said Nichols, 73, of Ashland, as she handed the nurse a card on which she frequently records her blood pressure readings.
Boone County officials are frustrated with developments on the urban fringe, and a rezoning request before the county Planning and Zoning Commission tonight is highlighting the problem.
Prime Development Corp. plans to build 250 homes and 70 townhouses on the 200-acre property off Route WW near the El Chaparral and Concorde Estates subdivisions. Prime President Rob Smith said, 20 acres have been set aside for neighborhood commercial development, such as a dry cleaning business, a bank or a salon. An Elk’s Lodge is also planned for a 4-acre tract.
More than 50,000 Missouri women could be eligible for free cancer screenings again this year thanks to a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Public health officials are hoping to increase the number of people taking advantage of the offer, since, last year, only 6,000 underwent the screening.
Athletic events are usually the only time to see icons of school spirit on national television. However, on Saturday, MU will be featured on the TBS Superstation for a different reason.
Big Playstation Saturdays are a new venture for TBS, airing all-day movies before and after a college football game. The game Saturday is MU vs. the University of Oklahoma, and the movie is “Road House.”
Spc. William Nelson was en route to a security checkpoint a few miles outside of Baghdad in August when he was momentarily blinded by a blast of white light. The next thing he knew, his arm, which was hanging casually out of the window of his vehicle, had shrapnel in it. The Humvee Nelson was riding in had detonated an improvised explosive device.
It was Aug. 30 — Nelson’s 22nd birthday. The wounds were so severe that the on-site medic thought Nelson might lose the use of his elbow. After two surgeries to correct nerve damage in his elbow, Nelson has regained almost all flexibility in his arm and some feeling in his fingers.
A Huntsville man pleaded not guilty to rape and abduction charges Wednesday at the Boone County Courthouse, claiming that the sexual activities were consensual.
On Jan. 23, Robert Dale Schlup, 47, was arrested on charges of one count each of forcible rape, forcible sodomy and kidnapping, and two counts of first-degree robbery.