How cities govern themselves

Council/manager government

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.

A different kind of search

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.

Small bodies, big hearts

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.

Experts: Format may have limited true discussion of policy issues

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.

Site turns readers to writers

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.

Boone to offer same-sex benefits

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.

Special tax district to fund new Biscayne entrance

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.

Deaton named new chancellor

Elson Floyd, president of the University of Missouri system named Brady Deaton as the permanent chancellor of MU this afternoon.

E-mail announcement from Floyd

Dear faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, and supporters of the University of Missouri-Columbia:

Mill Creek students read for cash

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.

Court OKs Kroenke tax district

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.

Harry Potter club takes off at Rock Bridge

“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.

Area briefly

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.

Musician rallies support for Kerry with speech

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.

Groups give politics-minded women a chance to get involved

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.

Addressing state issues

19th District state senate seat

No Child Left Behind

Builders back tax measure

JEFFERSON CITY — The push to pass a constitutional amendment that would route money raised by transportation-related taxes to road construction has been largely fueled by several of the state’s top road builders, labor unions and other public-works contractors, campaign-finance records show.

Contributions totaling nearly $1 million have been made to the Committee to Improve Missouri Roads and Bridges, a pro-amendment group registered with the state government, this election cycle.

Students go without to raise cash

Sleeping at home, showering and changing clothes are among the everyday comforts that four MU students are giving up this week to raise awareness about substandard housing. They will also try to raise $4,000 for construction of a Habitat for Humanity house.

Until Friday afternoon, Kelly Puppilo, Candace Revelle, Laura Winterscheidt and Kate Ervin — all executive board members of the MU chapter of Habitat for Humanity — are living in cardboard boxes on Kuhlman Court, in the heart of the MU campus.

Political year of the woman

JEFFERSON CITY - With a record number of women on Missouri’s statewide ballot and at least one campaign trying to capitalize on the growing appeal of female candidates, 2004 may go down as the year of the woman in Missouri politics.