How to obtain a permit to carry concealed weapons in Boone County

Information on how to get a concealed weapon once the new law goes into effect.

MU receives $10 million math grant

MU has been awarded a $10 million grant to find ways to improve math education across the country. The grant from the National Science Foundation will run over five years and will be used to fund a new Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum.

The center, scheduled to start operating in January at Townsend Hall, will have three goals, said Barbara Reys, professor of mathematics education and director of the center:

Winterize your home and garden early

Although warm weather has not fully turned its back on Missouri, now is the ideal time to prepare your home for the cold months ahead.

No complete background gun checks

Friends and family might be the only thing standing between mentally incompetent Missourians and a gun-carrying permit.

While the background check for Missouri’s new conceal-and-carry law provides a look into the applicant’s criminal history, there are a few items that won’t be checked.

Brown lawns still need care

As the leaves change color and begin to fall, many Columbians are more than ready to leave lawn care behind. However, experts say the next several weeks are actually the most important to resurrect and prepare your lawn for next year.

Tourists could bunk at old prison site

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri State Penitentiary, once home to the likes of gangster Pretty Boy Floyd and boxer Sonny Liston and one of the country’s longest-running gas chamber units, may be the state’s next tourist trap.

Three 250-room hotels are just a few of the amenities being proposed in the master plan for the 167-year-old complex, which will close in 2005.

Rediscovering classicists

Michele Ronnick’s loyalty to the late Meyer Reinhold — MU professor emeritus and, later, Ronnick’s Boston University dissertation adviser — caused her to bring her photo exhibition, “12 Black Classicists,” to MU on Tuesday.

A Haven for Hummingbirds

Troy Gordon has been interested in birds since his freshman year in college, when he took a trip to Squaw Creek National Refuge and saw his first eagle.

“I was just enthralled that you could see a real-life eagle out in the wild,” he said.

Council approves Wal-Mart plan

Another Wal-Mart is coming to town.

After tabling the issue three times in the past two months, the Columbia City Council voted 6-1 Monday to approve a rezoning that will put a new Wal-Mart Supercenter on the city’s south side. The 53-acre shopping plaza, along Grindstone Parkway, will include other commercial developments.

Rolling on the river

Each year, Steve Witzig anxiously awaits December, when the air is bitingly cold and the wind rips through Columbia. On icy winter weekends, Witzig gets out of bed and bundles himself in a thick sweater and his favorite pair of swim trunks. Witzig is going kayaking.

Witzig, an MU graduate student, started the MU Canoe and Kayak club, better known to members as MUCK, in 2001. The idea stemmed from the closure of the MU Wilderness Adventure Program, which had left more than a dozen canoes and kayaks sitting unused at the MU Student Recreation Center.

Gun law to bar names from public records

Missouri’s new concealed-gun law prohibits law enforcement from releasing the names of people with permits to carry hidden handguns, and Boone County Sheriff Ted Boehm doesn’t like it.

“This is completely opposite of other laws that are on the books,” Boehm said. “If they’re going to open one up for public record, they need to open them all.”

Recall? What recall?

CALIFORNIA, Mo. — Political bus tours haven’t made their way here yet, and this town’s 20 churches have more clout than anything produced in Hollywood. The biggest political spat in this California is whether the new city hall should be built within city limits.

To residents of California, Mo., population 4,005, today’s recall vote on embattled California Gov. Gray Davis is a farce. It’s something they keep half an ear on — if that — and harumph when reporters come to call.

Population of deer creating concern in city

John George, a natural history biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, sees the overpopulation of Columbia’s urban deer population as something that can’t be ignored.

“There’s a trend here, and it’s not going away,” George said during a presentation he made to members of the Columbia City Council before its Monday meeting.

Feeding your nest egg

With the future of Social Security in doubt and company pensions becoming increasingly rare, many employers are taking a more active role in helping workers plan for retirement.

Even smaller companies are implementing savings programs, such as the 401(k). Savings programs allow employees to contribute to their own retirement funds, with some employers offering matching contributions.

Who does that job?

After working 39 years and three months as the Athletic Department’s food service manager, Charles Eubanks just cannot get enough of working around MU sports.

Eubanks, 66, now owns and operates Eubanks Cleaning Service, the company that cleans Memorial Stadium after all home football games; a job that Eubanks said has its game-time advantages amid the mess that is left behind.

Helicopter search yields no new leads

Investigators will meet this morning to decide whether to call off their search for a downed helicopter after spending more than two days combing for clues in soybean fields in western Boone County.

The search began Saturday night after an anguished caller told 911 dispatchers his helicopter, westbound from North Carolina, had crashed while carrying him and six other people.

Budget chairman: Give Mo. schools withheld funds

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House budget committee chairman is calling on Gov. Bob Holden to release some of his $240 million in withholdings to public schools because state revenues are up.

However, it is too early to consider releasing the withholdings, state Budget Director Linda Luebbering said.

Hooking MU up

New students in town no longer have to look for the hot spots in Columbia. A new Web site started by two recent MU graduates,, can now tell them what they need to know to survive on campus and around the city.

The site, an online source for local college students, has racked up about 50,000 hits during its first five weeks on the Web.

Holden: No guns in Capitol

Gov. Bob Holden said today that he will ban concealed weapons in state-owned or -operated buildings to ensure the safety of state employees and the public.

Holden, speaking at a news conference in St. Louis, said guns have no place on state property.

Speaking the language:

A 401(k) is a retirement plan in which employees voluntarily participate. In a 401(k), a portion of the employee’s paycheck is taken out and invested before taxes are taken out. Many companies offer some sort of matching plan in which they match all or a portion of the income an employee invests. There is a 10 percent penalty for money withdrawn before 59 1/2 years of age. A 403(b) is the equivalent of a 401(k) for educational employees and nonprofit employees.

IRA stands for “individual retirement account.” In an IRA, an employee makes tax-deferred contributions from his or her paycheck. If the employee is not a member of a company’s pension plan or meets certain income rules, he or she can make tax-deductible contributions. Others’ contributions are not tax-deductible. The main difference between an IRA and a 401(k) is that an IRA is set up by an individual, while a 401(k) is set up by a company.