KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Top Stories Top Stories en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 12 Dec 2017 HH:12:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Update: Columbia PD investigating Old Hawthorne homicide, notice footprints fleeing home http://www.komu.com/news/update-columbia-pd-investigating-old-hawthorne-homicide-notice-footprints-fleeing-home/ http://www.komu.com/news/update-columbia-pd-investigating-old-hawthorne-homicide-notice-footprints-fleeing-home/ Top Stories Mon, 11 Dec 2017 7:34:22 AM Sarah Trott, Caroline Peterson and Zara McDowell, KOMU 8 Digital Producers Update: Columbia PD investigating Old Hawthorne homicide, notice footprints fleeing home

COLUMBIA - UPDATE: 1:44 P.M. A police officer confirmed white paint footprints are related to Monday's investigation. The police officer said there is paint spilled over inside the garage and the trail of footprints fleeing the home and going up the street toward Old Hawthorne Dr. are part of the ongoing investigation. 

The Columbia Police Department said a male victim was found unconscious and not breathing at a residence on Lasso Circle.

Officers were dispatched at 3:37 a.m. after reports of a suspicious person in the 1900 block of Lasso Circle.

The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Columbia PD received a call of a suspicious person around 3:30 a.m. This is being treated as an active homicide investigation.

The victim's identification has not been released. The victim's next of kin has not been notified.

KOMU 8 News reporters who were on the scene said detectives and forensive investigators have been walking in and out of the home for hours and the area is blocked off with police tape.

Neighbors told KOMU 8 News they believe this is a rental property.

Jon Cole lives a few houses down from the scene. He said he and his wife were "shaken up" when CPD came to his front door around 5 a.m. asking for information about the neighbors.

"I immediately knew something was wrong because there was yellow tape from my driveway," he said.

A different neighbor said she didn't know anyone lived in the home and never saw anyone coming or going. When police woke her up, she asked if her family would be safe and she said police told her they believed this was a targeted incident.

Another neighbor said break-ins are common in the area. She said it's a consensus among neighbors that there isn't enough police presence and 24-hour surveillance is needed.

Despite Monday's incident, Cole said the neighborhood "has been great" and is "family oriented." He said he still feels safe but security cameras in the neighborhood could be helpful.

"After this happening, no matter how much control you have with a weapon, it can be unnerving being this close," he said.

Columbia Police Department Detectives and the Forensic Evidence Unit were also dispatched to the scene to gather information.

The investigation is ongoing.

If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department or Crimestoppers at (573)875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

ORIGINAL STORY: Around seven police units and one forensic unit were at the scene on Old Hawthorne Drive near Shallow River Drive around 7 a.m. Monday. 

The exact nature of the situation is currently unknown. 

A KOMU 8 News reporter on scene said police were paying particular attention to a house near the end of Lasso Circle. Police had blocked off the area with tape. 

[Editor's note: This is a developing story. KOMU 8 Digital Staff will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.]

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Conditions ripe for fires, two reported Monday http://www.komu.com/news/conditions-ripe-for-fires-two-reported-monday/ http://www.komu.com/news/conditions-ripe-for-fires-two-reported-monday/ Top Stories Mon, 11 Dec 2017 6:04:57 PM Daniel Esteve, KOMU 8 Reporter Conditions ripe for fires, two reported Monday

COLUMBIA – High winds and dry conditions warranted additional safety precautions for fire safety Monday in central Missouri.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for most of the day.

Conditions are favorable for fire, largely because dead leaves and grass are potential fuel sources.

“Those are the best conditions for a fire, specifically a natural cover fire,” Columbia Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Brad Fraizer said. “We just encourage anybody wanting to burn outdoors to check with their local fire district."

The Red Flag Warning banned all outdoor fires during the restricted time period. However, there were still two small fires in the area.

Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp said one near Zaring Road was put out upon arrival. Another fire near Brown School Road had firefighters on hand for nearly 45 minutes, but no damage was reported.

Blomenkamp said the outlook won't improve any time soon.

“All winter long we will be facing these conditions until there is some snow cover,” he said. “When it is as windy as it is today, people are typically pretty good about it, but 10-15 mile an hour winds are when things get pretty tricky.”

Safety is key both said. Fraizer and Blomenkamp said people should contact local fire departments when necessary and taking extra precaution when dealing with fires.

“It’s really important to always have something available to extinguish the fire,” Fraizer said. “And make sure that you have enough people to keep a fire in an area where you can contain it.”

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Missouri attorney general weighs in on messaging app Confide http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-attorney-general-weighs-in-on-messaging-app-confide/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-attorney-general-weighs-in-on-messaging-app-confide/ Top Stories Mon, 11 Dec 2017 2:45:48 PM The Associated Press Missouri attorney general weighs in on messaging app Confide

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's attorney general is weighing whether to appoint a special investigator to check into use of the secretive Confide app by Gov. Eric Greitens' staff.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that Attorney General Josh Hawley said he can't directly investigate fellow Republican Greitens because he's defending the governor's office in other legal cases. But Hawley could appoint a special investigator.

A Democratic lawmaker asked Hawley to investigate any potential open records violations after the Kansas City Star last week reported that Greitens and several senior staffers have Confide accounts. The app deletes messages after they've been read and prevents recipients from saving them.

Hawley says text messages sent or received by state employees about state business fall under open records laws. But he also said the issue is "complicated."

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Boil order issued for parts of Howard County http://www.komu.com/news/boil-order-issued-for-parts-of-howard-county/ http://www.komu.com/news/boil-order-issued-for-parts-of-howard-county/ Top Stories Mon, 11 Dec 2017 4:29:40 PM Jordan Smith, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Boil order issued for parts of Howard County

ROCHEPORT - Consolidated Water issued a boil order advisory for parts of Howard County Monday due to a water main leak between Rocheport and Hwy 40.

Low water pressure was reported in the area, according to a press release.

Residents west of the intersection of Hwy 40 and Hwy 240 Spur are asked to boil water until 12 p.m. on Dec. 13.

The order is a precautionary measure while crews work to fix the leaking water main.

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New mental health initiative seeks to identify signs in kids http://www.komu.com/news/new-mental-health-initiative-seeks-to-identify-signs-in-kids/ http://www.komu.com/news/new-mental-health-initiative-seeks-to-identify-signs-in-kids/ Top Stories Mon, 11 Dec 2017 3:15:35 PM Matt Weller, KOMU 8 Reporter New mental health initiative seeks to identify signs in kids

COLUMBIA - When someone goes to the doctor for a checkup, they might expect the regular look at their eyes, ears, and knees.

Now, local leaders want to add your brain to the list.

"We know so much more about mental health than we used to," Boone County Human Services Manager Steve Hollis said. "It's important that we make mental health a bigger part of your overall health going forward."

The Boone County Health Department, in connection with Burrell Behavioral Health, has created a new program aimed at identifying early signs of mental illness, specifically in children.

"We know one in five people in our country experience some form of mental illness, so we want to try to identify the signs of it sooner," Hollis said. "This campaign is targeted at youth, but also people who care about them. That means family, teachers and coaches." 

Hollis and other program leaders will work directly with all public schools in Boone County to expose students to mental health resources. Hollis said the department wants to eliminate the stigma around mental illness.

"We want people to know it is okay to go get help. If you have a child with a [knee] sprain, nobody is going to hesitate about talking to that child about seeing a doctor," Hollis said. "In our society, we still have hesitation with talking about mental health issues. We want to see that hesitation go away and people get more comfortable talking about these issues."

Hollis said the department has worked with local mental health doctors to identify signs parents can look for in their children.

"Isolation and anger are two things to look at. Adults already have a hard time showing when they're not feeling good and it's even more challenging for young people," he said. 

The initiative, Look Around Boone, urges people to speak up if they notice a loved one struggling with symptoms.

"We need the community to realize, if you see something in someone, whether its a friend, family member, student, client, or a customer, take a moment, and if the time is right, say something," Hollis said. "That encouragement could help someone reach out to get help when they need it."

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Jefferson City head football coach resigns http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-head-football-coach-resigns/ http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-head-football-coach-resigns/ Top Stories Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:55:45 PM Ethan Stein, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Jefferson City head football coach resigns

COLUMBIA - Ted Le Page has resigned as Head Football Coach for the Jefferson City Jays.

Le Page, the former Missouri Tiger defensive back, struggled this season as head coach for the Jays. They finished with a 3-7 record this season.

Sources tell KOMU Sports that Jefferson City will likely replace Le Page with Terry Walker.  Walker, a Jefferson City Graduate and Linebacker for the Tigers, has coached Blair Oaks High School to three consecutive undefeated regular seasons.

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Woman says goodbye to the dog that saved her life http://www.komu.com/news/woman-says-goodbye-to-the-dog-that-saved-her-life/ http://www.komu.com/news/woman-says-goodbye-to-the-dog-that-saved-her-life/ Top Stories Sun, 10 Dec 2017 6:47:25 PM Justin Kollar, KOMU 8 Reporter Woman says goodbye to the dog that saved her life

COLUMBIA - Nearly four years ago to the day, local business owner Linda Bonebrake was diagnosed with severe sepsis at Boone Regional Hospital.

After battling pneumonia for months, Bonebrake's body was sent into a state of septic shock. Doctors poked and prodded her body to little avail. Her chances of survival were slim. 

Until her dog Marshall was allowed to visit her in her hospital room. 

"I was giving up," Bonebrake said. "Marshall saved my life. He gave me the motivation to keep going."

Linda adopted Marshall from Columbia Second Chance back in 2009, a privately funded no-kill shelter that took Marshall in from an animal shelter in Fulton that was ready to put him down. 

"As soon as I met him, he laid on my lap and I just knew," Bonebrake said. "I just knew that Marshall was the dog for me."

The two spent over eight years together. Taking photos and making memories everywhere they went the two became inseparable. 

Bonebrake is the owner of Karma Care, a metaphysical shop that offers holistic services. Bonebrake brought Marshall to work every single day, her customers quickly grew to love to his presence. 

"My customers love Marshall," Bonebrake said. "He loves them too, he is always happy and eager to be loved on.

Suddenly, Marshall was in need of Bonebrake's help.

Marshall was diagnosed with cancer in October and developed a severe case of laryngeal paralysis which made it difficult for Marshall to eat and even breathe at times. 

Bonebrake and Marshall's time together was coming to an end.

Melody Whitworth is the Director of Unchained Melodies, a local dog shelter that is also no-kill. Whitworth knows Bonebrake closely and sees how everything came full circle.

"Marshall had a lot of health issues toward the end of his life," Whitworth said. "Luckily Linda was healthy enough to help him with his health issues and be by his side. Just as he was for her."

Marshall lost his battle on November 16th.

"It's been hard," Bonebrake said. "He was my family."

Bonebrake wants to open her heart again to another dog, but is not in a position financially to do so.

"All of his surgeries toward the end of his life were expensive," Bonebrake said. "I want more dogs, but I need to make sure that I can responsibly take care of them."

In the future, Bonebrake hopes to foster dogs through Unchained Melodies. A program that allows responsible adults the opportunity to foster dogs at no cost to them.

"No dog can ever take the place of Marshall," Whitworth said. "That dog will have a piece of her heart that she'll never get back."

Bonebrake said that she will be ready, in time, to save the lives of more dogs. In honor of the dog that saved hers.

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Occupants escape Centralia house fire; cause unknown http://www.komu.com/news/occupants-escape-centralia-house-fire-cause-unknown/ http://www.komu.com/news/occupants-escape-centralia-house-fire-cause-unknown/ Top Stories Sun, 10 Dec 2017 1:36:27 AM Jacob Cavaiani and Monica Harkins, KOMU 8 Reporters Occupants escape Centralia house fire; cause unknown

CENTRALIA - A husband, wife and visiting grandchildren escaped a Saturday night house fire in Centralia, fire officials said. 

Residents, Pam and Dennis Matthews, of the two-story home on South Jefferson Street saw flames coming from the back side of the house, said Chuck Leake, the battalion chief with the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Centralia Police Officer Clint Baer said fire crews first arrived to the scene around 10 p.m. Saturday. The Boone County Fire Protection District provided mutual aid to the Centralia Fire Department.

Leake said the Red Cross was on scene assisting the Matthews family, which was affected by the fire. 

The cause of the fire was still unknown Sunday evening, but the Centralia Fire Department said they believe a wood burning stove may have caused the fire.

Leake said firefighters did not enter the home to fight the fire.

"Because of structural collapse prior to us being able to really get here and start fighting the fire, it was determined that this would be a defensive fire," Leake said.

Leake also said because the house is older, there are many pockets where fire can enter.

"We determined that our best bet would be let the fire go ahead and vent through the roof, and then make the attack once we can actually get to it," he said. 

One neighbor, Dennis Capps, said he saw the fire from his back porch. He said the flames were about four to six feet high off the roof during the peak of the fire.

"The scene was like a carnival, there was so much happening," neighbor Katy Schultz said.

She said the flames looked intense.

"It was awful. There was no saving the house." 

(Editor's note: This story has been updated to include reactions from neighbors and the latest information.)

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Docents provide insight, education on Columbia museums http://www.komu.com/news/docents-provide-insight-education-on-columbia-museums/ http://www.komu.com/news/docents-provide-insight-education-on-columbia-museums/ Top Stories Sun, 10 Dec 2017 3:59:13 PM Aaron K. Ladd, KOMU 8 Reporter Docents provide insight, education on Columbia museums

COLUMBIA - Museums around Columbia hosted docent led tours Sunday, spreading awareness about their exhibits and art collections. Docents are museum volunteers who spend a year in training, learning the details behind the pieces and their journey to mid-Missouri.

"Well you're here every Monday for one year learning about every single piece," said Valerie Hammon, docent for Columbia's Museum of Art and Archaeology.

"At the end of it you're so full with knowledge you're like 'Wow how could I possibly remember all of this', but you do."

Docents typically study pieces for years, sometimes even traveling to countries where the pieces originated. 

Hammon's tour focused on Palestinian and Israeli ceremonies, some dating as early as 370 BC. The museums collection encompasses the major cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world.

"I think too few people take advantage," said fellow docent Wayne Merrill. "This museum is a gem. It's right here in Columbia, Missouri, and I think too few people realize that and come and enjoy it."

About 20 people participated in the hour-long tour. According Merrill, only a fifth of the museums nearly 16,000 exhibits are currently on display.

In 2016, US. Art Awards named the museum at Mizzou North one of America's Best 25 Galleries and Museums. 

For more information on docent led tours and exhibits at the Museum of Art and Archeology tour visit the museum's website. 

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Bird lovers get a closer look at backyard birds http://www.komu.com/news/bird-lovers-get-a-closer-look-at-backyard-birds/ http://www.komu.com/news/bird-lovers-get-a-closer-look-at-backyard-birds/ Top Stories Sun, 10 Dec 2017 5:36:56 PM Lauren Magarino, KOMU 8 Reporter Bird lovers get a closer look at backyard birds

JEFFERSON CITY - Bird lovers got an up close look at birds typically seen in their backyards Sunday. 

It was at a demonstration called Backyard Bird Banding.

The Missouri River Bird Observatory, a non-profit organization that gathers research for conservation programs and a store called Birds-I-View paired together for a reason that was two-fold. 

"We would like to get people into conservation and into backyard birds," Regina Garr, co-owner of Birds-I-View, said. "When you can see them close up, you can get to know them better."

The Observatory set up nets in the garden to capture the birds that normally visit. It collected data on the weight, body fat and wingspan of the birds, then added federally-permitted bands, as well as colored bands, to track the movements of the birds. 

"Not all that much was known about species winter site fidelity, which is how faithful they are to particular site," director of the Missouri River Bird Observatory, Dana Ripper said. 

With birds banded, Regina Garr and her husband Steve Garr can collect data on birds that come back to the garden.

"We've had some birds that we've banded in 2012 that came back four, five winters in a row," she said.    

The Observatory has banded 178 birds that visited the Birds-I-View garden. The Garr's have seen around 54 birds return. 

"All this data goes into one big database tracking longevity of birds," Ripper said.

That database is at the bird banding lab at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland. 

There will be two more bird banding demonstrations in January and March.   

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Historic house hosts holiday happening http://www.komu.com/news/historic-house-hosts-holiday-happening/ http://www.komu.com/news/historic-house-hosts-holiday-happening/ Top Stories Sun, 10 Dec 2017 3:54:20 PM Nick Allen, KOMU 8 Reporter Historic house hosts holiday happening

COLUMBIA - 2017 will mark the 140th Christmas the historic Maplewood House has seen from its home in south Columbia. The Boone County Historical Society celebrated the anniversary by hosting Christmas tours of the ancient home Sunday afternoon. 

The society's director said Christmas fans and history buffs alike will be engaged by the tour.  

"They may be coming for great holiday decor, and I hope so. But I would like for young people especially to get a better idea of what this house means to the city," Director Chris Campbell said.

The Maplewood House was built in 1877, and served as the home of Boone County pioneer Ensor Lenoir and his family. The house is now under the care of the historical society, who host non-holiday themed tours of the estate throughout the year. 

Local florists and decorators provided the tour's holiday garnishes for a very small price. Each vendor received a stipend of $100 for their work, paling in comparison to the $500 that many spent producing the decorations. 

One of the tour's docents said the decorations matched with the old home give guests a visceral experience.  

"I think it gives you a different perspective on how different people lived. We read in books, but to actually walk through a building that was built centuries ago is awesome," Jane Wagner said. 

Sunday marked the first time in five years the society has hosted a Christmas tour. 

It will continue the tours on Sunday the 17th from 1 to 4 p.m.

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MUPD supports dispatcher diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer http://www.komu.com/news/mupd-supports-dispatcher-diagnosed-with-stage-4-cancer/ http://www.komu.com/news/mupd-supports-dispatcher-diagnosed-with-stage-4-cancer/ Top Stories Fri, 8 Dec 2017 9:28:57 PM Daniel Litwin, KOMU 8 Reporter MUPD supports dispatcher diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer

COLUMBIA- Alyssa Schell joined the University of Missouri Police Department as a dispatcher in February, excited to be living out her dream.

"I've always been interested in law enforcement," Schell said.

But in September she was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, which didn't take long to spread to her liver and lungs.

Suddenly, Schell had to balance cancer treatments with her daily life.

"I just kind of had to put things in place, figure out what I was going to do," Schell said.

She decided to remain at MUPD in the communications department while going to chemotherapy every other week.

The people at MUPD were glad she decided to continue working despite the hardship.

"She has a great personality. She's super helpful when we're getting dispatched to calls" said MUPD officer Buddy Anlicker.

Schell's hospital visits started to add up, and soon she was out of vacation days. Every day out of the station was a day Schell was not making money.

Her fellow officers knew they had to help out some how, so, to thank her for all her hard work, dedication and to support her during this difficult time, they set up a GoFundMe for to pay for Schell's treatment. 

"She's a part of our team, and a very important part of our team, making sure that each one of us is safe every day, and we couldn't thank her enough by doing this" MUPD officer Bry Gawlik said.

Gawlik's chapter of the National Fraternal Order of Police has a tradition of choosing one individual or organization to support during the holiday season. She said this year, choosing Schell was a "no-brainer."

"MUPD is one giant family and we support each other no matter if we're in communications or out on the road," Gawlik said.

Schell is more than thankful for her coworkers at MUPD.

"They've been great emotional support. They're family, so it's amazing having a family backing me. A second family," Schell said.

As of December, Schell's GoFundMe page has $2065 in donations. The current goal is $15,000 to offset her medical costs. 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to Schell.

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Community garden promotes diversity and food education http://www.komu.com/news/community-garden-promotes-diversity-and-food-education/ http://www.komu.com/news/community-garden-promotes-diversity-and-food-education/ Top Stories Sat, 9 Dec 2017 9:41:21 PM Brianna Stubler, KOMU 8 Reporter Community garden promotes diversity and food education

COLUMBIA - Students, staff and community members volunteered at University Village this morning to create a community garden, with the mission of fostering diversity.

MU graduate student Leslie Touzeau founded the project, which she hopes will also give students the chance to take a break from studying and learn about growing food.
"I pitched the idea for an overarching project that aims to shed light on marginalized voices in food and agriculture," Touzeau said. "So I named the project after George Washington Carver." 
Many people recognize his name, she said, but some may not realize he is a native Missourian. The project is named after Carver, but today volunteers worked to build the Henry Kirkland Community Garden. Touzeau named it after the African-American slave born in Columbia who contributed significantly to the greenhouses in the area and taught gardening classes. She said his story has been lost to history, which is why she decided to commemorate his legacy with this garden.
A second garden will be built near the Tara Apartments, which will be named after Annie Fisher. A local entrepreneur, property owner and cook, Fisher also contributed to the community but has been forgotten in time, so Touzeau wants to honor her as well.
When she pitched this idea, there were no monuments on campus for African-Americans or people of color.
"I realized that with the way the climate is right now and after what happened on campus a few years ago, it is an important time to talk about race," Touzeau said.
She pitched the idea to the Mizzou Botanical Gardens as a place dedicated to George Washington Carver, and the project began.
"We started talking about community gardens and the importance of bringing people together around food, and how a community garden could help do that," Touzeau said. "Because everybody eats, so it doesn't matter what you look like - we can all get together and work and grow food together and eat together."
This spring she is teaching a course called Seeds of Equity: Race, Class and Gender in the Food System, which also inspired this project. In addition, her experience as a vegetable farmer for eight years before returning to MU for her masters contributes to her knowledge and passion for gardening.
After Touzeau pitched the idea, she was hired as a graduate assistant at the Mizzou Botanical Garden and began coordinating with other MU organizations.
Amy Eultgen is the adviser with the Sustainability Office, and met Touzeau about four years ago when she was an organic research farmer.
"When she pitched us this idea we loved it and wanted to do whatever we could to help with this project and ensure her efforts thrive," Eultgen said. This includes funding and promoting the project to encourage volunteers.
"I want to reach out to new organizations that we don't normally collaborate with to increase diversity and inclusion," Eultgen said. "I reached out to Tiger Pantry to see if they want to sponsor a few plots that their beneficiaries or volunteers can garden and then donate what they grow back to Tiger Pantry."
Eultgen said she also wants to reach out to undergraduate and graduate students to show them how their food is grown. She hopes campus dining will get involved too and that not only the MU community, but also the Columbia community, will come together. 
"We're still in the preliminary stages, but together we're having very exciting conversations," Eultgen said. 
Although there was a garden in this area several years prior, this is the first garden that is open to all MU students. In its first phase it will be a 50 by 100 foot plot with 36 four by 10 foot raised beds, but Touzeau hopes it will expand and thrive after she graduates.
"Since it is a community garden, I want it to embody aspects of the community, and I really think it should be student run," Touzeau said.
She said there are several students who have expressed interest, and there is plenty of room to expand and add additional beds in future phases.
In the first phase, each of the 36 beds will be available for a student or community member to rent. Seeds and tools will be provided for a refundable deposit and small fee, which Touzeau thinks will be about $10.
"Thirty six is not enough beds to accommodate every student on campus, but it is enough to start as we build an excitement for the project," Touzeau said.
To provide fundamentals on growing various produce, introduction to gardening workshops will be offered as well.
"We want people to know they don't have to be a sustainable agriculture major to be involved," Eultgen said. "Everyone eats food, and I hope that we can come together to discuss how our food is grown, where it comes from, and bring the community together in that way."
The growing season will begin in March and students can grow whatever they want.
"It's a way for people to learn about gardening and have a place of their own," Touzeau said. "Many people do not have a yard or space for a garden, so I hope this is a place for that."
It's also an opportunity to take a break from school and connect with the nature in the community.
"It's an a nice way for students who are on campus with their nose in the books all day to come out and enjoy the fresh air and get their hands dirty and experience something different," Touzeau said. "It's still part of the university, but it's a little more hands-on."
This particular site was available, had enough sunlight, was within a short walk from campus and a test of the soil demonstrated its ability to support vegetation. Touzeau jokingly said she chose this location because she was not allowed to use the open areas on the Francis Quadrangle.
Another important aspect is funding, which is where people like Eultgen and organizations like the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, the Sustainability Office, Student Affairs and the Tiger Pantry become involved. 
"The support from campus has been really wonderful; there has been a lot of interest and support from campus, and for that I'm very grateful," Touzeau said.
Though the project is still in the planning phase, which includes determining funding, applying for grants and fine-tuning details like bed fees and gardening workshops, Touzeau is confident about the upcoming partnerships.

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Jefferson City boy's hurricane relief efforts featured in Sports Illustrated http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-boy-s-hurricane-relief-efforts-featured-in-sports-illustrated/ http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-boy-s-hurricane-relief-efforts-featured-in-sports-illustrated/ Top Stories Sat, 9 Dec 2017 1:45:59 PM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Reporter Jefferson City boy's hurricane relief efforts featured in Sports Illustrated

JEFFERSON CITY - When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, the Patrick family watched news reports about the damage from their home in Jefferson City. 

One night, Allison and Jake Patrick asked their 6-year-old son, Hudson, if he would be interested in holding a lemonade stand for the victims of the hurricane. Just this week, Sports Illustrated featured Hudson's efforts in its story about naming Houston Texas player J.J. Watt as Sportsperson of the Year. 

Hudson "jumped at the idea," his mom, Allison, said. He held the lemonade stand. They ran out of cups on the first day because they did not expect to be as successful as they were.

People contacted Hudson's mom because they could not make it, so they had another lemonade stand a few days later and a third a few days after that. 

"The response was just incredible. Jefferson City just was absolutely amazing," Allison Patrick said. 

Three sets of firefighters were among the estimated 150 people who came to the lemonade stand over the three separate days. Some local business owners stopped to give donations. A man from Wardsville, who did not want lemonade, came on his motorcycle just to donate $20. One woman came all three days. 

Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin visited the lemonade stand.

Hudson was invited to a Jefferson City Council meeting, and council members helped donate for Hudson's next lemonade stand, Allison Patrick said.

Vanessa Robertson Gray, a Fulton native who has lived in Texas since the 1970s, saw a post about the lemonade stand in a community Facebook page.

Gray now lives in Houston, and the storm damaged her home. 

"I don't even want to complain about my own damage. When I saw the devastation that other people went through, it was unbelievable," Gray said. 

She said she was "floored to see that a 6-year-old was interested in doing a lemonade stand for us." 

Gray matched the sales of one of Hudson's lemonade stands to J.J. Watt's efforts and to the Houston Food Bank. She matched the sales from another of Hudson's stands to Watt's efforts. Between Hudson's sales and the matches from Gray, they donated around $2,200.

Allison Patrick said a reporter from Sports Illustrated contacted her around two weeks ago and asked if it would be all right to include Hudson's story.

"Never in our wildest dreams did we think a little lemonade stand would turn into all this, but we are amazed at all the recognition that he has gotten, Allison Patrick said. "Hopefully this will continue his efforts and his charity as he gets older."

Gray said the Patrick family is interested in helping others year-round. 

"I'm very proud of Hudson, and I'm really glad that he got the recognition he deserved in the magazine article," she said. 

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Columbia non-profit creates holiday greeting cards http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-non-profit-creates-holiday-greeting-cards/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-non-profit-creates-holiday-greeting-cards/ Top Stories Sat, 9 Dec 2017 3:38:22 PM Emily McCarter, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia non-profit creates holiday greeting cards

COLUMBIA - Columbia provides plenty of Christmas experiences for families to enjoy, but Columbia Access Television (CAT) offered a unique holiday activity Saturday.

The non-profit invited people to come and make a Christmas or holiday video greeting card to share with friends and family.

"They can act up and say 'Happy Holidays' or 'Merry Christmas' in front of our green screen," Sean Brown, managing director for CAT, said. "Then we place their image above a holiday or Christmas background." 

CAT edits the video or photo and sends the card within a week. Brown said the idea came from making a greeting card with his own family.

"It's something that I did with my son a couple years ago, and we had a lot of fun with it," Brown said. "It's an opportunity for us to offer an updated or more modern version of the Christmas or holiday card."

And there's no one way to make the perfect greeting card. Brown said a little girl wins the award for most creativity.

"Out of no where she's like, 'What I'd really like to have is pizza flying behind me and let me sing my Merry Pizza song," he laughed. "And so I was like, 'Wait, yes do that right now!'"

CAT creates the greeting cards for free, but there is a way you can give back.

"We are a participant in the campaign by Como Gives," Brown said. "Our community benefits from that as well as all the non-profits in our community."

He said CAT will absolutely do this holiday activity again.

"I look forward to doing this every year," Brown said. "I would love it to be a tradition."

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Odom to continue roaring with the Tigers http://www.komu.com/news/odom-to-continue-roaring-with-the-tigers/ http://www.komu.com/news/odom-to-continue-roaring-with-the-tigers/ Top Stories Sat, 9 Dec 2017 2:57:47 PM Emily Hannemann, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Odom to continue roaring with the Tigers

COLUMBIA - With two years added to his contract, Mizzou football head coach Barry Odom will remain with the Tigers until 2023.

According to a news release from Mizzou Athletics, the financial details of Odom’s original contract will stay the same. One additional incentive will be added: in any season during the agreement that ticket revenue from Mizzou home football games exceeds $11.7 million, Odom will receive an amount equal to 20% of that amount.

“We are pleased that we were able to reward Coach Odom for his performance this season with a two-year contract extension,” Jim Sterk, Mizzou Director of Athletics, said in the release. “Coach Odom and his staff are building a strong foundation for Mizzou Football that will ensure continued academic and athletic success for our student-athletes.”

The Tigers currently stand 7-5 on the season, after ending with six consecutive victories. The team started the season with a record of 1-5.

The Memorandum of Understanding is subject to approval by University President Mun Choi and the Board of Curators at a future meeting.

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Local dogs smile for Santa http://www.komu.com/news/local-dogs-smile-for-santa/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-dogs-smile-for-santa/ Top Stories Sat, 9 Dec 2017 2:28:33 PM Abby Dodge, KOMU 8 Reporter Local dogs smile for Santa

COLUMBIA – Treats Unleashed hosted “Milk and Cookies” Saturday to benefit Everything Greyt, a greyhound rescue organization.

Dogs and their owners could take pictures with Santa and enjoy pet-friendly cookies and milk. There was not a set rate for the photos with Santa, but people were encouraged to donate what they could to Everything Greyt.

“We try to get as many donations as possible because this is the time when everyone is in need and they could use a little extra help,” store manager Tawny Baker said.

The donations go towards traditional items such as food and paper towels, but money is also used for medicine to keep the greyhounds healthy and adoptable.

Baker said they host the event every year to give dog owners in the community a place to celebrate the holidays with their pets.

“There’s not many places where you can go have fun with your dog,” Baker said. “It’s a really fun atmosphere in here. You can’t come in here without a smile on your face.”

Samantha Reed said she normally takes her dogs, Koba and Kiska, to Bass Pro for pictures with Santa, but when she saw the Treats Unleashed event on Facebook she decided to get pictures taken somewhere new and support local animals while doing it.

“It’s fun to get pictures and post them and hang them up on the fridge,” Reed said.

Baker said she had a hectic day keeping up with the event, but it was worth it to bring attention to dogs that need to be adopted.

“A lot of people like to buy dogs, but we also like people to see the ones that can also adopt and help.” Baker said.

Reed adopted one of her dogs from the Columbia Humane Society and said she knows the importance of giving dogs a loving home. 

“Especially this time of year people are getting puppies and once they aren’t puppies people don't want them as much,” Reed said “Why not get a dog for $25 that will love you, probably, more because it’s wanting the love so much?”


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No one hurt in second alarm fire at apartment complex http://www.komu.com/news/no-one-hurt-in-second-alarm-fire-at-apartment-complex/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-one-hurt-in-second-alarm-fire-at-apartment-complex/ Top Stories Sat, 9 Dec 2017 12:21:15 PM Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Reporter No one hurt in second alarm fire at apartment complex

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department said a second alarm fire at a Grindstone Canyon apartment Saturday morning did not hurt anyone.

Sixteen units responded just before 9:00 a.m. Firefighters removed parts of the apartment's wall and the ceiling to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading.

Assistant Fire Chief Brad Fraizer said it was a second alarm fire because firefighters worried it would spread through wall space. Fraizer said firefighters evacuated the apartment building.

Westby Guthrie, who said he lives in the apartment that caught fire, said the fire was an unexpected wake-up call.

"I smelled what smelled like burning marshmallows, and that was my first question," Guthrie said.

He said a downstairs neighbor knocked on his door after she noticed smoke around her TV around 8:30 a.m.

"A very peppy girl told me, 'Your deck is on fire,' so I grabbed a pan, filled it with water after looking and put out what I could," Guthrie said.

Fraizer said someone did not put out a cigarette properly, causing the fire. Guthrie said he is a smoker, so he said it might have been his cigarette.

Guthrie said he is not sure what to think after the fire and wants to get back to his daily routine.

"I don't really know how to react to a situation like this. I'm kind of trying to find the absurdity and comedy in it, because that's what I tend to do. But, I'm really worried about if this is going to cost me anything," Guthrie.

The fire department said the damage costs around $5,000.

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Senator demands investigation into Greitens' use of Confide app http://www.komu.com/news/senator-demands-investigation-into-greitens-use-of-confide-app/ http://www.komu.com/news/senator-demands-investigation-into-greitens-use-of-confide-app/ Top Stories Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:14:04 PM Claire Kopsky, KOMU 8 Reporter Senator demands investigation into Greitens' use of Confide app

ST. LOUIS - Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Afton, sent a letter to Attorney General Josh Hawley Friday demanding an investigation into use of the messaging app Confide by Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff.

No one in Greitens' office would comment again Friday on the use of the app, which deletes correspondence almost immediately after it is read.

Both democratic lawmakers and the ACLU are concerned the use of the app is a direct violation of Missouri Sunshine Laws.

Sifton said, “It’s a great concern that executive branch decisions are not only being made behind a cloak of secrecy, but that the people’s business is being done in a way where we’ll never know what was said or done, and that’s not record preservation, that’s record destruction.”

In his letter, Sifton said the Trump administration is banned from using the app.

"Shortly after taking office, the new administration in Washington eschewed the legality of Confide under federal record-keeping laws," he said.

Sifton said Missouri has experienced something similar before.

"In 2007 and 2008, appointees of your office, under then-Attorney General Jay Nixon, investigated the electronic record retention practices of then-Governor Matt Blunt. The Office of Attorney General was then, as it is now, empowered to investigate the Governor's office's compliance - or lack thereof - with Missouri's Sunshine Law." 

ACLU Missouri Executive Director Jeffrey A. Mittman said, “The Sunshine Law exists to protect the public by requiring their government conducts the people’s business in an open, ethical manner. This is to ensure that the government acts in the interest of the public it was created to serve.”

Mittman described the secretive nature of the app as “a betrayal of the public’s trust.” 

He said, “We call on public officials to hold themselves accountable by pledging to Missourians that their government is operating in the open.”

KOMU reached out to the Attorney General’s office and 10 republican lawmakers for comment on this story. None of them returned our calls.

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Santa brings giving, safety and treats to Columbia hospital http://www.komu.com/news/santa-brings-giving-safety-and-treats-to-columbia-hospital/ http://www.komu.com/news/santa-brings-giving-safety-and-treats-to-columbia-hospital/ Top Stories Sat, 9 Dec 2017 6:51:56 AM Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Reporter Santa brings giving, safety and treats to Columbia hospital

COLUMBIA - Santa Claus came to town a little early Saturday, more specifically to MU Women's and Children's Hospital. 

The hospital gave out doughnuts and hot chocolate in addition to giving families a free chance to meet and take pictures with Santa. Pediatric Injury Prevention Coordinator Sheila Robertson said she hopes children had a positive experience at the hospital's event in addition to having a joyful holiday.

"If kids come to the hospital for a fun event, if they ever have to come to the hospital for an emergency or a procedure or they’re sick, hopefully by them coming here for a fun time they won’t be scared if they ever have to come for another reason," Robertson said.

The hospital askedfor donations of diapers and baby wipes for the Ronald McDonald House. These items help because 78 percent of families that stay there are NICU families, said Angela Huntington, Ronald McDonald House Director of Family Services.

"We thrive off of the generosity of Columbia and the surrounding areas. We wouldn’t be here if they weren’t as generous," Huntington said.

The event also shared important messages of holiday safety while families wait in line to meet Saint Nick. 

  • Watering Christmas trees so they do not dry out or become a fire hazard
  • Checking holiday lights for frayed wires or broken sockets
  • Keeping poisonous holiday plants out of reach
  • Taking coats off children when they are in car seats

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