New gun law delayed by injunction

There was no line outside Hallsville’s police department Saturday morning although the building had planned to open at 9 a.m. for people seeking concealed-weapons permits.

“I’m just going to post some signs on the doors that the issuance of permit applications has been postponed until further notice,” Hallsville Police Chief Pete Herring said Friday. The signs, printed on neon-pink paper taped to the doors, were hard to miss.

Schnucks employees sent to ease strike

While Columbia’s Schnucks has not been affected directly by the

St. Louis strike, mid-Missouri Schnucks managers and supervisors have been asked to travel to St. Louis to alleviate pressure from the strike of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655.” Columbia Schnucks stores will maintain their normal operating hours,” Jeff Zimmerman, Schnucks manager, said.

MU finishes Life Science interviews

The interviews are complete. The final of four candidates for the Life Sciences director position, F. Robert Tabita, spoke at a public forum Friday. He presented his scientific seminar Thursday — a requirement of the two-day interview process.

Tabita is an Ohio Eminent Scholar of industrial and agriculture microbiology as well as a professor in the departments of natural resources and plant biology at Ohio State University. During his time there, he has also served as the director of the Plant Molecular Biology program, Plant Biotechnology Center and the Plant-Microbe Genomics Facility.

Neighborhood captains train to sell safety program

Every time someone moves onto Gary Greenlee’s street in Lakeshore Estates, he stops by to tell them about Neighborhood Watch.

A block captain and board member with the crime prevention organization, Greenlee keeps his finger on the pulse of the neighborhood and fulfills the primary objective of his job. It’s what board president Richard Poelling calls “selling Neighborhood Watch.”

Shops vary in reponse to new law

Few businesses can raise the ire of their customers like a cable-television provider. Service interruptions and sudden disconnections can flood a customer service department with complaints.

Now, Mediacom is just one of many Columbia businesses that will have to decide whether allowing customers and employees to carry firearms is a good idea.

Eateries,bars work on policies

While Missouri’s conceal-and-carry legislation discourages mixing firearms with alcohol, owners of Columbia bars and restaurants are trying to figure out what impact the law —on hold due to an injunction— would have on their businesses if enacted.

The law would prohibit people from carrying a concealed weapon into a business that receives the majority of its income from alcohol sales. However, the law also allows an establishment’s management to essentially waive that provision and grant people the right to carry. The law also allows people to keep weapons in cars parked on the premises of bars and restaurants that sell alcohol.

Schools fortify gun ban

The General Assembly’s approval of a new conceal-and-carry law has leaders of some Boone County school districts examining their gun policies.

While the law — temporarily blocked by a St. Louis judge on Friday — prohibits people from carrying hidden guns into schools without the consent of a school board or school official, it allows guns on school property so long as their owners keep them in vehicles and refrain from brandishing the weapons.

Law would let concealed guns into churches

Before the General Assembly approved Missouri’s new concealed-gun law, the Rev. David Casto of Bethel Church and his wife, the Rev. Bonnie Cassida, rented “Bowling for Columbine,” a film about gun violence in America.

Now Casto jokes that perhaps Cassida should operate a gun-check at the door before their Sunday services.

An American story

I pledge allegiance

to the flag ...

The puck drops, she scores

Three flags fly in a brisk fall breeze at the Hallsville Community Park — an American flag, a Missouri State flag and a Canadian flag.

Below them, 15-year-old Melissa McGhee and the rest of her teammates sit on the corner of a concrete hockey rink, just out of reach of players whizzing by on in-line skates. She straps on her shin pads and pulls her jersey over her head.

Gift-bags? Birthday falls short

It’s my birthday. Well, almost — it’s in three days. I am going to be 56, and I still act like a child when it comes to the day of my birth. But usually my expectations far exceed reality.

In my fantasy, I awaken to a room filled with flowers. My dear husband has taken the day off to be with me and grant my every wish. He is standing by my bed with a tray laden with my favorite foods — eggs Benedict, strawberries and cream, and piping-hot coffee. There’s a single rose in a crystal bud vase. He hands me the morning Missourian with a banner headline that reads, “Sharon Harl is having a birthday.”

Commercial zoning approved on East Walnut

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval to a commercial zoning request for two adjacent tracts of land on the south side of East Walnut Street despite objection from city planners.

The commission members voted four against three Thursday to recommend the rezoning request to the Columbia City Council. If the council approves, the land would be rezoned from R-3, which allows for a multi-family dwelling, to C-2, which allows a central business district, The council will decide on the matter on Nov. 3.

High (school) spirits

Here’s what the two schools did...

NU leaves no option: Run game bruising

Michael Harden knows what is coming. Harden, a senior cornerback on the Missouri football team, has seen Nebraska’s option offense for three straight years.

“I know it’s going to be a physical game,” Harden said. “I mean, I’m trying to eat a little more to get ready.”


Vicki Scruggs is thrilled she doesn’t have to work this weekend. Scruggs, a server at Bob Evans Restaurant for the past five years, knows Missouri plays Nebraska on Saturday, and she remembers how busy she’s been when the red-clad fans arrive.

“When Nebraska comes to town, it’s a full town,” Scruggs said.

Rusty still spunky despite cancer treatments

While Rusty the therapeutic riding horse undergoes radiation treatment at MU, equine health manager Wendy Vail gives daily updates to his riders and volunteers 630 miles away in Ohio.

“I can’t walk through the doors of the center without someone asking me, ‘What’s the Rusty update?’” Vail said on Tuesday.

McCaskill considers challenge

State Auditor Claire McCaskill has yet to announce whether she will challenge Gov. Bob Holden in the Democratic primary next August, but members of Citizens Supporting McCaskill for Governor don’t want to take any chances.

The Springfield-based group, which is independent of the official Friends of McCaskill committee, uses a Web site and hot lines to organize volunteers and raise money. It has distributed around 200 pink-and-black signs across the state with the slogan “McCaskill for Governor.”

Youth center to boost size

Growing pains soon will subside for the Boone County Juvenile Justice Center.

The Boone County Commission on Thursday awarded Five Oaks Associates a $922,000 contract for expanding the center on Prathersville Road. The majority of the money will pay for additions to the center’s detention wing and classroom. The rest will cover the cost of expanding kitchen and storage areas.

Helicopter search ends

After more than four days without finding a trace of anything, the Boone County Fire Protection District officially called off its search Thursday for a helicopter that reportedly crashed in a soybean field west of Columbia.

“With nobody missing and no aircrafts missing, we’re pretty solid at this point in saying the search is unfounded,” said Rob Brown, chief of staff for the Boone County fire department.

Transcending the nutritional mystery of trans fat

Local teacher Amy Meyer stood in the aisle at Gerbes grocery store studying the nutrition facts of canned fruit. Her 3-year-old daughter, Lauren, squirmed in the cart filled with nutritious cereal and reduced-fat peanut butter.

With three children and a husband to shop for, Meyer wants to make sure that what she buys is healthful.