Big dreams, tiny race

In a fictional story called “Pierre’s River Adventure,” young Pierre and his father canoe down the Missouri River, trading furs and having the time of their lives. The story became the basis for a project involving fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders in almost 125 classrooms across mid-Missouri. In addition to the story, a miniature canoe was delivered to each classroom to be named and decorated for the “Great Canoe Race of 2004” on Saturday. In the race, the 15-inch-long canoes will float the Missouri from Brunswick, northwest of Columbia, to Augusta, west of St. Louis, a voyage of about 190 river ...

Council cooks up kitchen parade idea

While remodeled kitchens can be stunning, they are usually only enjoyed by the homeowners and their friends and family. However, thanks to the Boone County Council on Aging, four remodeled kitchens will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday for public viewing.

“Kitchens In Bloom,” a new event, will raise funds for the council.

CNN’s Buchanan gives views on war

Angela “Bay” Buchanan, president of the American Cause and CNN political analyst spoke on the need for supporting the “War on Terror,” to about 60 people Wednesday night at MU’s Hulston Hall.

In addition to the war, Buchanan touched on issues including illegal immigration and the need for young Americans to participate in politics.

Capital rally opposes ‘official’ language

JEFFERSON CITY — Nearly 200 Hispanic representatives from throughout Missouri attended the third annual Hispanic Day at the Capitol, doubling last year’s number. The growing event allows leaders of the Hispanic community to address the goals of unifying a voice for the community and increasing Hispanic representation at the state level.

Neither task is easy for such a diverse group, leaders said. Wednesday’s event boasted representatives with roots in 21 different Spanish-speaking countries, Mexico and Puerto Rico being the most common. In addition to different heritages, representatives also had different backgrounds, from education to political views.

Deaton to lead MU after Wallace

MU Provost Brady Deaton will take over as interim MU chancellor when the current chancellor, Richard Wallace, retires on Aug. 31, Deaton said Tuesday.

Deaton learned Tuesday evening in Knoxville, Tenn., that he would not be the new president of the University of Tennessee system. Shortly afterward, he said, he phoned UM system President Elson Floyd to accept the interim leadership position for MU.

Democrats are tops in donations

With four months to go until the primary election for Columbia’s state Senate seat, running for the office is already looking pretty expensive.

Thursday was the deadline for filing campaign finance forms, and fund-raising leaders Rep. Chuck Graham and former Rep. Tim Harlan, both Democrats, led the way. Combined, they raised close to $60,000 in the last three months.

Green Thumbs Up

Using the city as her canvas and colorful floral designs as her medium, Lisa Phillips has made Columbia part of an ongoing art project.

Her work is showcased throughout the city: in the beautifully designed flower beds of its parks, in vibrant floral boxes downtown and in freshly cut green patches around roadway intersections.

Police search slaying suspect’s car

The investigation into the slaying of former Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt led police to a car once owned by one of the suspects.

Hours after they arrested Charles Erickson and Ryan Ferguson on March 10, police say they searched a blue 1993 Mercedes-Benz. They found a tire tool in the trunk and trace evidence in both the back and front seats, according to police records. Police also said they recovered vehicle-registration papers in the name of Ferguson’s father, William Ferguson, and an empty package of Marlboro cigarettes.

Democrat in sheriff’s race leads in donations

Ken Kreigh, who resigned from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department following an investigation in January, has raised $53,316 in the race for Boone County Sheriff, nearly twice as much as his closest competitor.

The sole Republican running for the position, Mick Covington, is second with $28,502, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Boone County Clerk’s office. Democrats Dwayne Carey and O.J. Stone are third and fourth, raising $15,899 and $9,705 respectively.

Students unveil concrete canoe

A mixture of sand, water and cement that floats is the key to a group of MU students’ success in constructing a concrete canoe.

The canoe was unveiled Tuesday in MU’s Engineering Building East by the MU Concrete Canoe Team, which is composed mainly of civil engineering students.

Thirteen injured in crash on I-70

A van and a tractor-trailer collided early Tuesday morning near the Midway exit of Interstate 70, sending 13 people to University Hospital.

All five ambulances in service in Boone County were used to transport the 11 men and two women to the hospital. Two of the van’s passengers suffered potentially life-threatening injuries, said Ken Hines, assistant chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District. One person remains in intensive care, and the others suffered minor injuries that required medical attention, Hines said.

Stephens College reunion to focus on past, future

Stephens College will inaugurate its 23rd president, Wendy B. Libby, as part of its Alumnae Reunion 2004, which runs Thursday through Sunday.

Libby, who took over the school’s top job in July, will be installed into the institution 10 a.m. Saturday in Silverthorne Arena.

Two MU students present research at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON — Two MU undergraduate students showcased their work in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, hoping to draw lawmakers’ attention to research in Missouri.

Joining dozens of other undergraduates from around the country, junior Scott Schoenleber of Columbia and senior Stephanie Lane of Springfield, Mo., presented posters detailing their research on drug treatments.

Crime victim speaks out

Kate Certain can’t show anyone the worst of the injuries she’s suffered as a victim of two violent crimes. A rape left her with emotional wounds, and an accident with a drunken driver left her with invisible neck, back and hip injuries.

But her voice was left intact.

A family of unions

It’s that time again. Each election year, labor unions come into the forefront as they endorse candidates on a national and local level. But this isn’t all unions do. They are helping working families every day through lobbyists, labor councils and individual labor unions.

Here is a brief guide to how labor unions work and how they help workers and employers. It also provides a glimpse of what labor unions do in mid-Missouri.

From House to home

It was a difficult decision and one not officially made until 5 p.m. the final day of filing.

After careful consideration because of so many people urging her, State Rep. Vicky Riback Wilson, D-Columbia, looked at the clock on March 30 and knew her decision was final. She would not run for the 19th District Senate seat being vacated by Ken Jacob.

Family lobbies City Council to leave its name on city park

Paul E. Albert remembers well his early days of working and playing on his family’s land in northeast Columbia. Some years, he and his family would gather and sell walnuts to make ends meet.

“I have walked every inch of that land, raised cattle there, climbed the trees,” said Albert, now 53 and a resident of Japan. “There’s a very personal history built into it.”

Iraq war focus of local debate

Rick Hocks, English professor at William Woods University, was host, moderator and opposing viewpoint in a debate with U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., Monday night in Fulton.

"I'm hoping to raise consciousness and awareness of the issues," Hocks said. "I've noticed that a lot of people like myself -- hundreds of people that I meet -- are just totally plugged into this issue and understand it inside and out. But a dramatic number of people are pretty much oblivious."

Men get ‘buzzed’ in more ways than one

Columbia has more than 30 hair salons and barbershops, but its newest might be the most unusual. In fact, The Buzz offers something that no other barbershop in the state of Missouri does. It sells beer.

The spinning blue and red barbershop pole outside The Buzz, 9 N. Eighth St., began turning March 9 after eight months of paperwork and construction.

Paige scolded over school rules

Rod Paige, America’s foremost education policymaker, sat in the shadows of Rock Bridge High School’s cavernous auditorium Monday, fending off attacks over No Child Left Behind — a broad, sweeping education law passed in 2001.

Paige took copious notes. He looked right at his critics. And he said the same thing — many times.