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A change in the city’s Paratransit system makes Wanda Avery feel she has been left out in the cold

Wanda Avery turns over her hand — a hand with long, graceful fingers and trim, rounded nails — to show the tight puckered skin of her palm.

Rheumatoid arthritis forces her fingertips toward her wrists. She can hardly use her hands, even to hold a cup of coffee.

Cattle producers ride out scare

Gary Hudson has raised cattle in Columbia for about 40 years. Even in retirement, Hudson keeps about 35 cows and also raises heifers to sell every year.

Hudson believes consumers still have a hunger for beef, despite concerns raised by the recent case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy — also known as mad cow disease — reported in Washington. Hudson was among a standing-room only crowd of local farmers and cattle producers at Thursday’s auction at Callaway Livestock Center, east of Kingdom City.

Where’s the beef — Missouri or Kansas?

No one disputes that Texas raises more cattle and produces more beef than any other state.

But who is No. 2?

Some choose chicken, but steak remains a staple

A single case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy — or mad cow disease — has raised concerns about the safety of the country’s beef supply here and abroad.

In the wake of the BSE report, involving a dairy cow in Washington, the largest foreign buyers of American beef — Mexico, Japan and South Korea — have banned imports.

Tim and Terry replace Jill and Shirley as MU’s mules

COLUMBIA— Two rawboned 10-year-olds from outside Springfield have been chosen to represent the University of Missouri-Columbia at events ranging from the governor’s inauguration to the State Fair.

Tim and Terry are replacing Jill and Shirley as the university’s mule team.

Shreveport trip turns into flood

I haven’t written about any of our RV excursions lately because the last few trips while fun were uneventful. Translation: too boring to talk about. However, as I write this column I am on the trip from hell.

My husband and I decided that we would go to MU’s Independence Bowl game. (Because we haven’t had a bowl game in years and we are getting older, we seized the opportunity, not knowing when the next post-season foray would occur.)

A passion for pulling

Exhaust hangs thick below the lights in the arena at the Boone County Fairgrounds as two John Deere tractors groom the arena’s dirt track.

Roger McKinney, Jr., 33, paces the sidelines of the 200-foot track, weaving between the hundreds of people that are waiting for the next competitor. Some wear earplugs, but most don’t.

Holden, GOP diverge on life sciences plans

Though often at odds, Gov. Bob Holden, a Democrat, and Republican legislative leaders agree on the need to boost the University of Missouri system’s life sciences. But the governor and the lawmakers have offered up two different plans for spending millions of dollars to meet the goal and have yet to coordinate their efforts.

Holden’s Jobs Now program and a bond proposal promoted by Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder and House Speaker Catherine Hanaway both target expansion of life sciences to create new jobs in the state. Kinder and Hanaway back a UM proposal to issue $190.4 million in bonds to build and renovate life sciences facilities. The plan would cost the state’s revenue fund $11.6 million a year for debt service beginning in 2008.

Hazardous waste funds to take a hit

JEFFERSON CITY — Dotting the Missouri landscape are the ingredients for human suffering: lead, arsenic and dioxin.

Just ask the residents of North Kansas City.

A New Stage of Work

After nearly 30 years of dancing and teaching in New York and around the world, Columbia native Alan Lynes is back, ready to tackle his newest assignment: renovating the Missouri Theatre.

With work scheduled to begin in 2005, Lynes’ main focus for the next year is raising the $8 million to $10 million needed to remodel the 1920s-era theater.

Couple to face felony abuse charge

The Hallsville couple arrested nearly two weeks ago after a horse died on their farm will be charged today with felony animal abuse, said Boone County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Connie Sullivan

Brandi and Thomas Phillips were arrested Dec. 22 after the Central Missouri Humane Society received an anonymous tip that two horses owned by the couple were severely malnourished. One of the horses died shortly after the arrival of humane society workers and deputies from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

WHO M I?

A driver’s attention is often grabbed by a personalized license plate.

Whether laugh-out-loud funny, mind-numbingly dumb, or bewildering and baffling, each personalized plate is unique. But having one sure isn’t.

Nurturing nature

Scott Schulte deftly weaves through the rocky terrain, sweeping past leafless branches and pausing occasionally to observe the nature that surrounds him.

He halts, listening carefully. Birds call in the cold morning air. Two deer scamper in the distance. “They must be over there,” Schulte says, pointing in the direction the deer came from.

Historical exhibit aims to boost pavilion

Inside a locked glass case at the Walters-Boone County Historical Society Museum are a handwritten manuscript and two copies of “River-Horse: Across America by Boat,” author William Least Heat-Moon’s nautical account of how he retraced the 19th-century expedition by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

The case and the items in it, including two Ed Richardson watercolor studies used for the book’s cover,are the centerpieces of an exhibit called “The Missouri River: Exploration into Discovery.” The exhibit, which opened in mid-November, is part of an effort to generate interest in a pavilion being constructed on the north side of the historical society’s facilities on Ponderosa Street.

Online class offerings picking up at Columbia

Melody Troesser’s two children know Saturday morning is reserved for Mama’s studying.

Flu cases not as widespread but still prevalent

KANSAS CITY — Health departments in Missouri and Kansas continue to record confirmed cases of the flu, though many hospital emergency rooms say the pace has slowed.

Scenes from First Night

Horse-drawn carriages roamed the streets and music could be heard from the sidewalks as Columbians walked among 12 downdown venues at First Night 2004.

At the Missouri United Methodist Church, children danced while fiddlers played. One youngster ran frantically back to his parents worried that there were no other partners he could take to dance with him. Meanwhile, the other children promenaded round and round.

Empowered through dance

She lets 2-year-old daughter Isadora roam the house without wearing a diaper because that’s what Isadora likes to do.

She studied women’s studies at the University of Manchester in England.

Beck expects challenges of growth to continue

New housing developments and commercial activity popped up all over Columbia in 2003, forcing city officials to come up with ways to keep up with the city’s rapid growth. The same challenges face the city as it moves into 2004, said City Manager Ray Beck.

Nearing the end zone

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Some Missouri Tigers football fans spent Tuesday night in a field outside Independence Stadium. Barb Dillon and her friends have spent three nights there — in an RV.

Dillon, her husband, Harry, and three others arrived Sunday night from Portland, Mo., and took up temporary residence in an RV park set aside for fans in town for tonight’s Independence Bowl game against Arkansas.

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