Forum discusses MU alcohol policies

Alcohol and other drug use accounts for between 75 percent and 80 percent of all violations handled by MU’s residential life and student life departments, said Mark Lucas, interim director of student life. Lucas spoke Tuesday in a forum in Memorial Union about alcohol on campus, one of the final events in a month-long campus alcohol responsibility campaign.

“Residential life sees approximately 1,200 cases a year and student life sees about 400 cases a year, and when they are combined the overall cases are just dominated by alcohol and drug violations,” Lucas said.

Fayette rental law under scrutiny

An unkempt house with a dilapidated front stoop and plastic-covered windows faces West Morrison Street in Fayette. Tonia Young rents the run-down property for $350 a month.

“How people live here, don’t ask me,” she said, pointing to a jumble of packing tape that’s holding a window together.

Fire district to get three new trucks

Volunteers with the Southern Boone County Fire Protection District are awaiting delivery of three new fire trucks that are being built from their own designs.

Two of the trucks will go to the two stations under construction north and south of Ashland, and the third will replace one of the older trucks at the district’s main station in Ashland.

2 children, 1 adult killed in weekend car accident

There were two empty chairs at Rock Bridge Elementary School on Monday after a two-car accident Saturday claimed the lives of two Columbia children and an adult from Georgia.

like daughter, like father

From helping out on the farm to showing cattle in Chicago as a young girl, Boone County Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller was her father’s shadow.

Trips home must cost this student a bundle

Last one to leave the island, please turn off the lights! That’s probably what an MU student did when he packed his stuff and headed for college from a tiny coral atoll called Clipperton Island.

Lewis and Clark event planning begins early

Their journey up the Missouri River on a 55-foot keelboat is the symbol of the great American odyssey. Next year, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s 1804 expedition of the American West returns to Missouri, where it began 200 years earlier.

St. Louis and Kansas City will hold major ceremonies for the Lewis and Clark bicentennial, but even in smaller cities like St. Charles, preparations are under way for what is expected to be a colossal event.

Airline trims daily flights from 5 to 2

Trans States Airlines will offer three flights out of Columbia Regional Airport beginning Dec. 15, but only after it cuts its current schedule of five flights to two beginning Saturday.

Audit faults Missouri contracts

JEFFERSON CITY — State agencies are not doing a good enough job when it comes to supporting minority- and women-owned businesses, according to a state auditor’s report released Monday.

Up for debate

Debate was sparked on the MU campus Monday by an exhibition near Brady Commons that included graphic images of aborted fetuses.

MU student Jennifer Ortega said she hasn’t made up her mind where she stands on the abortion issue but says she’s concerned that the debate does not focus on educating people about sexuality before they become sexually active. Ortega was also concerned about the graphic content of the photos.

Combining vintage fashions, furniture made ‘absolute’ sense

“This cream plaid one reminds me of my grandma’s wedding dress,” a young woman muses while admiring a flowing dress that was made in the 1950s.

Jennifer Johnson sends her a knowing smile.

Scoping out a profit

From Tanzania to Florida, Brenda Potterfield and her daughter, Sara Zara, have vacationed all over the world. Each trip is different, but the primary reason they go is always the same: hunting.

According to the National Rifle Association, there are more than two million women who hunt, and that number is steadily increasing. For Potterfield and Zara, the number is not surprising. They view hunting as much more than a hobby.

AmerenUE proposes increase in gas rate

AmerenUE filed for a new natural gas rate Thursday that, if approved, could mean a 7 percent increase in gas bills over last winter for the average residential customer, according to AmerenUE spokesman Mike Cleary.

Developing convenient communities

A simple trip to the grocery store can sometimes seem like an elaborate maze for people living in parts of the city that are far from commercial services.

Mayor Darwin Hindman thinks residents shouldn’t have to endure a maze of traffic and intersections just to pick up a loaf of bread. With that in mind, he’s rethinking the way Columbia neighborhoods are developed.

Unity through music

The drummer starts the song with four quick beats on the snare and a crash of a cymbal. His rhythm is even and on time, and the bass and the guitar come in, rounding out the musical trio.

Christian Henry is hammering out the drum line to “I Fought the Law,” his favorite song. The lyrics are in jest though; he hasn’t fought the law. In fact he hasn’t even finished kindergarten yet.

Small retailers face difficulties

Maintaining a small neighborhood business in a city full of big-name corporations is no easy task, said Mayor Darwin Hindman, but he thinks it is key to developing a sense of community in residential areas.

“One of the arguments I heard against (setting aside land for commercial development), as expressed by one of my council people, is under modern merchandising, it’s impossible to run a neighborhood business,” Hindman said.

Fetus photo exhibition comes to MU

MU students heading to class today will likely be confronted by several posted signs reading, “Warning: Genocide Pictures Ahead.”

The signs are designed to prepare students for an exhibit that opens today outside Kuhlman Court. The controversial display is a two-story billboard-size photographic exhibit that includes individual panels showing aborted fetuses and human embryos.

Missing inmates caught in prison

JEFFERSON CITY — Two convicted murderers who disappeared after allegedly beating another inmate to death at a prison ice plant were found Sunday, still inside the Missouri State Penitentiary.

Inmates Christopher Sims and Shannon Phillips were discovered about 8 a.m. Sunday in the same building where they are believed to have killed convicted murderer Toby Viles on Wednesday evening, corrections department spokesman John Fougere said.

Sewer upgrade to cost more than $11 million

Residents of the County House Branch neighborhood see toilet paper around their neighborhood a few times a year.

But the paper isn’t hanging from trees as part of some teenage prank. It’s in the creek that winds through their back yards.

Play it safe, keep children at home

Like the tradition of Halloween, the myth that everyone loves children also lives on in the hearts and minds of many.