The Boone County Clerk’s Office is looking for election judges to help at the polls for Tuesday’s primary.
Cathy Cross of the clerk’s office said she does not know the exact number of election workers needed but is looking for anyone from any political party who is interested.
Predatory lending has become a national issue, with attorneys general and legislatures around the country taking action to protect consumers. Missouri is no different.
Predatory lending includes the legal and illegal practices of loaning money to high-risk consumers. By using their greater knowledge of loans, lenders do not make the loans in the best interest of the consumer. In the worst cases, consumers lose all their assets, including their homes.
The scene is set for Brantley, Kan., with a tailor shop on one side of the street and a general store on the other. Townspeople mill about visiting, shopping, singing and dancing — all on stage at the Columbia Entertainment Co.
The company, known as CEC, will end its 25th season with the world premiere of “The Klemperers’ New Clothes.” The production is based on the fairy tale of a similar name by Hans Christian Andersen.
Occupancy rates at the Regency Premier Hotel Downtown in Columbia increased to about 85 percent during June’s Twilight Festival, which was an increase of about 15 percent from other Thursdays, hotel owner Mike Ebert said.
“My guests were very impressed about how we can bring 8,000 to 11,000 people together each Thursday in the month of June,” Ebert said. The Twilight Festival continued to lure record crowds and revenues to downtown in June. Estimated attendance of June festivals was a record 42,000, with some nights exceeding 11,000 visitors. In 2003, the estimated average attendance was 7,000 each night, according to a report from the Central Columbia Association.
Rose Corgan had a busy day scheduled Wednesday, but she found time to attend Gov. Bob Holden’s speech at the Tiger Columns retirement community. She went to listen to his speech that focused on issues close to her heart as a retired teacher: care for older Americans and education.
Holden stressed the importance of fighting for the needs of children and older citizens. He said it is important to adequately fund Medicare, prescription drug coverage and housing for seniors and education.
Shortly after 6 a.m. on July 2, Ben McCloskey was biking on the MKT Trail when he came across a jogger who had collapsed on the path. McCloskey quickly biked to the nearest emergency phone, at the Stadium Boulevard entrance to the trail, only to find that the device wasn’t working.
McCloskey then turned around and biked back down the path, passing the still unconscious jogger, to a second phone, which he told police was also out of order. McCloskey continued on to the Forum Boulevard access to the trail, where he finally found an emergency phone that worked.
When the Kids Sports News arrived in Larry Fredette’s mailbox earlier this month, the first thing he noticed was the address label. It read: “Alex Fredette,” specifically indicating that the newspaper was for his 8-year-old son.
Fredette, a youth baseball and basketball coach, said he likes the new monthly newspaper, which features young athletes’ pictures and coverage of their games, and isn’t concerned that his son is receiving it. However, he hopes youth sports leagues are cautious when deciding to release the names and addresses of players to businesses. He said it’s the first time he’s seen anything in the mail addressed only to Alex.
For more than 10 years, Village Wine and Cheese on Broadway has served its outdoor diners alcohol. Because of the small outdoor dining area, some of the patrons sat at tables on city sidewalks.
In April, Village Wine and Cheese owner Kathy Fluesmeier was notified by the Columbia Police Department that she was in violation of city ordinance 17600 — “possession of open container of alcoholic beverage or consumption of alcoholic beverage in certain public places.” She no longer serves alcohol to the outdoor diners.
Since Sheriff Ted Boehm took office in 1985, the population of Boone County has increased by nearly a third to more than 135,000 people.
Boehm’s department has grown to 140 full-time personnel with an annual budget of nearly $9.5 million. The county has a bigger jail, built in 1991, and two years ago, Boehm helped convince voters to approve a one-eighth cent sales tax for law enforcement.
Firearms deer season this year will open earlier than ever in Boone County.
The Missouri Department of Conservation has set up an early season for firearms hunters from Oct. 8-11 in Boone and 11 other urban counties — more than a month earlier than the traditional firearms season.
Staying active in her community is important to Emily Wenzlick, a junior in biochemistry at MU, because she believes it gives her a broader perspective on life. So when she heard that the Office of Service-Learning would offer a minor in leadership and public service, she decided to pursue it.
“It’s important to me to challenge myself to keep seeing the world from different points of view, from different people’s perspectives, because it just changes your heart on so many issues,” Wenzlick said.
Candidates for state treasurer worry about Missourians’ financial literacy.
“We have problems with finance because people don’t know how to calculate or make rate comparisons,” said Anita Yeckel, who is running for the Republican nomination for treasurer.
With the Aug. 3 primary less than a week away, criticism has been flying between Democrats Chuck Graham and Tim Harlan, who are running for the 19th District state Senate seat.
The attacks intensified Tuesday as Graham’s campaign manager, Mike McGennis, filed a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission saying Harlan did not disclose the source of $13,595 in 2002. The commission requires all contributions to be itemized, with the contributor’s name, address and occupation listed. Harlan’s Oct. 14, 2002, report lists his expenditures, but not his contributions.
Respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence — not just words, but values to MU. For the last few years, these concepts have been the foundation of MU’s values statement, but a change could be in sight.
The Missouri Students Association, in a letter last week, asked a task force that created the initial values statement to consider diversity as a fifth value for MU. The letter cites recent events, particularly a racially charged column in a March issue of the independent MU Student News, which led to a sit-in on the steps of Jesse Hall.
Political independent Ralph Nader and Michael A. Peroutka of the Constitution Party will be added to Missouri’s presidential race, according to their campaigns.
Vying for a spot on the ballot in the November elections, the two presidential candidates, along with three new parties and six independent candidates running for state representative, filed petitions and declarations of candidacy Monday. The secretary of state’s elections office was still receiving petitions minutes before the 5 p.m. deadline.
MU basketball players won’t be the only ones noticing changes when the new Paige Sports Arena opens this year. Fund-raising groups will also have to adapt.
The layout of the new arena means some groups who participated in concession stand fund-raising last year will need more people if they hope to do so again this season, said Alan Petersen, director of Athletic Dining Services.
A burglary that left two people injured with shotgun wounds early Sunday morning in Harrisburg appears to be related to domestic violence, police said Monday.
“There is a domestic violence element to it,” said Sgt. Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. “The guy who came into the residence shooting is apparently the estranged husband of a woman in the house.”
Business is good for businesses in Columbia, at least according to one magazine.
Expansion Management magazine ranked Columbia 14th out of 331 metropolitan areas across the nation of best metros for business expansion and relocation. Columbia ranked fifth among metro areas with a population of 250,000 or less.
While State Auditor Claire McCaskill led gubernatorial hopefuls in money raised in the most recent reporting period, Gov. Bob Holden maintained the lead in total money and Secretary of State Matt Blunt has the most money on hand, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.
The “Eight Day Before Election Report” was required of all candidates as the Aug. 3 primary elections approach.
Bernard walks around the eroding pasture, nonchalantly picking at tufts of grass, twitching his giant ears to keep the flies away. Wherever the 3-year-old donkey goes, Ladybug the horse isn’t far away.
Bernard and Ladybug, a 10-year-old thoroughbred mix, have an unusual relationship that was formed at their previous home. Andrea Rickards, a volunteer for Columbia Second Chance animal shelter, said Ladybug became blind after not receiving proper medical treatment and being picked on by other horses. As a result, she said, Bernard became her “seeing-eye” donkey.