Items stolen from deputy found in ditch

A group of cyclists riding in the MS 150 Bike Tour on Saturday discovered several discarded items that were stolen from a Boone County deputy’s home near Hallsville Friday, according to Boone County Sheriff’s Capt. Kevin Merritt.

Merritt declined to provide details about which of the stolen items the cyclists found in a ditch alongside the road in the 11200 block of Route Z southeast of Hallsville.

Mo. tax loophole under fire

JEFFERSON CITY — Its namesake may be cute and lovable, but the “Geoffrey Loophole” has elicited sharp opinions.

The non-Missouri source income and intangibles tax, better known for the nickname derived from the Toys“R”Us giraffe mascot, exempts some large Missouri corporations from paying state income taxes.

The hard road to safety

Thomas Hutchinson has been on a mission since his grandson Tommy Hutchinson and friend Brandon Wright-Hyler were killed June 11 when they pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 63 at Ponderosa Street. The quest: pushing for ways to make the intersection safer.

“How many kids have to die there before they change it?” Hutchinson asked.

Study shows schools’ strengths

When Phyllis Chase arrived in July to lead the Columbia Public School District as superintendent, she turned to citizens to find out how public education plays out in Columbia.

On Monday night, Chase told the Columbia Board of Education what she learned through a survey of about 80 people, including parents, staff, community and business members.

Public channel moves closer to reality

Mediacom, Columbia’s largest cable television provider, will send a proposal to the Columbia City Council this week that would establish studio access and equipment for a new public-access channel.

If the city approvesthe proposal, the studio could be set up pretty quickly, said Gary Baugh, director of operations for Mediacom.

DNR fund aids town, creates class project

Columbia Street in Rocheport is slowly caving in and breaking apart, but a stormwater grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources should soon change that.

Rocheport is one of 74 communities to benefit from $10 million in grants awarded last week by the DNR.

MU’s Blaster worm worries waning

James Mahood did not battle the recent Blaster computer worm. He settled in at Baker residence hall equipped with the necessary anti-virus software and stayed clear of trouble.

Other students are following in his steps as the worm — which crippled network services at MU and worldwide last month — is slowly becoming computer history.

Holden requests data about cuts in schools

JEFFERSON CITY — On the same day Missouri lawmakers returned for a special session to raise taxes for education, the state Education Department sent a memo to school districts across the state asking for information to support the governor’s claims about cuts in public schools.

In his special session call last week, Democratic Gov. Bob Holden said that schools throughout Missouri have had to layoff teachers and raise taxes as a result of what he called “the legislature’s failure to fulfill its constitutional duty to provide adequate funding.”

Grindstone Plaza hearing on hold

Conversations between the developer and neighbors of the 53-acre Grindstone Plaza project proposed for south Columbia are moving at a snail’s pace, although neighbors have discussed requesting money from the developer to protect the area.

Members of the Grindstone/ Rock Quarry Road Neighborhood Association and representatives of Aspen Acquisitions, Inc., asked the Columbia City Council last week to table a public hearing and vote on the project so the developer could have more time to discuss neighbors’ problems with the plan. The neighborhood association initially supported the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter and accompanying development along Grindstone Parkway but had second thoughts after plans were presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission in early August.

An artistic change

At the end of each season, the Columbia Art League changes the works in its Ninth Street gallery. This fall, there’s a new executive director as well.

Jill Stedem, 37, started her new job Aug. 25 and says she’s trying to get to know the groups and artists she works with. She said she has already noticed enthusiasm and support from the art community in Columbia.

Study: Prior exercise cuts recovery time

Moderate exercise before long periods of bed rest could boost chances of a speedy recovery, especially for the elderly, according to new research by an MU professor.

Marybeth Brown, associate professor of physical therapy, found that rats put through an exercise program before simulated bed rest were the first to get back on their feet when released.

Short day opens up special session

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri legislature’s special session had a short beginning on its opening day, Monday. Gov. Bob Holden called the special session to close four relatively small tax exemptions.

The governor’s plan was introduced by Democrats in both the House and Senate. But neither chamber did much else.

100 years of prayer

HALLSVILLE — Elected officials and local residents crowded into the historic one-room Mount Zion Church on Sunday to celebrate the church’s 100th anniversary.

PAVE activities draw attention to pedestrians

For the first time, MU will turn a spotlight on pedestrian safety this week.

PAVE Week will be observed with events Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. PAVE stands for Pedestrian and Vehicle Education.

Rise in gas price may affect more than cost of heating

Columbia residents might pay more to heat their homes, dine out and wash laundry this winter because of a surge in natural gas prices looming between November and March.

Industry analysts have forecast at least a

Studying overseas broadens students’ horizons

Students who studied abroad last year learned the United States is just one piece of a huge multicultural world puzzle.

Senate approves funding for MU’s life sciences incubator

Columbia business leaders and MU officials who are backing a proposal to build a small-business incubator on the MU campus received some good news last week.

On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., announced that the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $250,000 to the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission for the proposed Life Sciences Technology Incubator.

Ice Age Time Capsule

SPRINGFIELD — Matt Forir expected to find another 50-foot, trash-filled pit when he went to investigate a cave unearthed by construction workers in Greene County.

Forir, a paleontologist, could not have been more wrong.

Lawmakers set to review vetoes

JEFFERSON CITY — On Wednesday, Missouri lawmakers will begin consideration of 26 non-budget bills the governor vetoed last spring.

Gov. Bob Holden’s vetoes amount to the largest number of vetoes by a governor in more than 40 years and cover some of the most controversial issues in Missouri, including abortion and guns.

Breezes may carry more ducks to Missouri’s fall hunting season

Missouri duck hunters may be pleasantly surprised this fall hunting season.

Biologists report an overall 16 percent increase in the number of ducks this season, which opens Oct. 25 in the northern zone that includes Boone County.