Columbia’s new Battle High is open and welcoming students today. Hundreds of teachers, students, and guests attended Sunday's dedication ceremony for the school. Battle High is Columbia’s third comprehensive high school, and it is dedicated to Muriel Williams Battle, a long-time educator who served the local community for more than 40 years.
Members of the Battle family spoke at the dedication. Muriel Williams’ husband, Eliot Battle, said he is impressed with the building, and is proud of having the name of Battle on this school.
When you walk into Kathie Jackson’s office at First Presbyterian Church, the first things you see are a huge basket of yarn, and shawls draping every wall. Jackson is the associate pastor, and she helps with the church's prayer shawl ministry.
"Prayer shawls are a tangible way of showing people and helping people be reminded on a daily basis that there are people that they know – and sometimes people that they don’t know – who pray for them daily," she said.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has a new chief engineer.
Transportation director Dave Nichols has tapped Ed Hassinger for the post. Hassinger was the department's top engineer for the St. Louis region for the last 12 years. He has been with the department for almost 30 years.