This weekend attendees of the Roots n Blues n Barbeque Festival will have access to free public WiFi in many areas of downtown Columbia. Robert Simms is director of Information Technologies at the City of Columbia. He said he would love to offer WiFi year round but it is unlikely to happen in the near future. Simms said there are many factors consider.
The Roots “N” Blues “N” Barbeque Festival is returning for its fifth year next week. Downtown businesses now know what to expect during the festival and how to prepare financially. Sub Shop General Manager Scott Schulte says one of the concert stages is in their parking lot and that always helps business.
“It almost doubles are business for the day; we have a concert that usually helps bring in more people also," Schulte says.
But other businesses are not so lucky. Déjà vu Managing Partner Matt Istwan says he's found a way to draw people in.
Longtime residents of the north Boone County community of Sturgeon possess a deep awareness of their town's history. Younger families choose Sturgeon for its quiet streets, recreational offerings and the strong local schools. Everyone we met in Sturgeon appreciated the sense of community that is central to living in this town of about 800 near the Boone-Randolph County line. KBIA's Trevor Harris filed this installment of the 40/40 Project from Sturgeon.
Camdenton rests on the southeast corner of Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. While many tourists gravitate to Osage Beach and Lake Ozark for fun on the water and in the sun the City of Camdenton is satisfied to be the Lake's slightly quieter municipality. While the small town feel may remain in some quarters Camdenton has grown into a fully modern city. With that growth comes fine dining, stunning lake views and a high school big enough to create a couple daily traffic jams. KBIA's Trevor Harris filed this 40-40 report from Camdenton.
Summer visitors are the economic bread-and-butter for Osage Beach residents who work in businesses that cater to these tourists. The drought of 2012 coupled with an extended heat wave cut down the number of visitors who annually flock to the city's retail, entertainment and recreation destinations. KBIA's Trevor Harris visited with some Osage Beach residents who count on a healthy tourist trade to keep their establishments' doors open.
This week the 40/40 project takes KBIA's Darren Hellwege to Kansas City, where we find the kind of hospitality some might associate with small towns in our state's largest city at MeMa's bakery downtown. And as our set of photos indicate, Darren also found something else to eat in KC, at his favorite rib joint, the famed Arthur Bryant's.
We've heard it from folks in many small towns, "if you have trouble, your neighbors will be there to help you." This week on the 40/40 project, we meet a little boy who's had to learn the hard way how true that is. Gabriel Wilcox was born in February, and on the way home from the hospital, survived a car crash that took the lives of his entire family. Now being raised by his grandmother, Gabriel's gotten help from neighbors all over the Eldon region, as we hear as we talk with Angela Wilcox at an event to raise money for her grandson. It's really true what they say about Missourians, they help out their neighbors when need arises.
The 40-40 project visits Lake Ozark, which isn't just a fun place to visit for a vacation but is home to a lot of fine people, including a store owner who tells us why she went from spending only the summer tourist season at the Lake to becoming a full time resident of Lake Ozark.
Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:14 pm
Ladies, if the thought of showing up at a party or a picnic with a box of wine seems a little gauche, there's now a product for you: Vernissage's "bag-in-a-bag" of wine. It's boxed wine, shaped like a handbag.
For her most recent recording the Argentinian-American pianist Mirian Conti dug deep into her roots and those of her native Argentina. Based now in New York Conti grew up in Argentina surrounded by a blend of contemporary popular music, as well as tango artists and orchestras. Listen to a recent conversation that KBIA's Trevor Harris had with Conti where she discusses what inspires her musically and why the culture of her native Argentina still draws her back.
The recession has been particularly hard on older workers, and many suspect age discrimination.
Among them is Larry Wilson, a 57-year-old resident of St. Charles County. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he long ago stopped counting the number of rejected employment applications and is resigned to the fact he may never find a full-time job again.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that unemployed job-seekers over 55 typically wait 56 weeks to find a job, far more than the 38-week average for the rest of the unemployed population.
This week: A volunteer in Columbia is using video games as an opportunity to teach kids about math, science and technology. Plus, the fourth installment of My Farm Roots, a series from Harvest Public Media in which we hear Americans’ stories and memories of rural life.
Classical music fans and others who venture out to Columbia's Missouri Theatre this weekend for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will hear music not heard on KBIA. They will hear music not heard anywhere before for that matter.
A group of MU faculty and colleagues concerned about the University of Missouri’s decision to close the University of Missouri Press have outlined a a set of goals that they’d like to see regarding the Press going forward, and loosely agreed to attempt to create a resolution regarding the Press through MU’s faculty council. Organizers of the meeting also say they have a list of violations they believe UM administrators have committed in its dealings with the Press and its staff.
Civil War buffs are preparing to dedicate a memorial to mark the 150th anniversary of a central Missouri battle that helped weaken southern recruiting efforts in the state.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that a Union force of about 700 men clashed with fewer than half as many Confederate guerillas on July 28th, 1862, in the Battle of Moore's Mill. After about four hours of fighting near what is now the town of Calwood, the guerillas fled.
The Union recorded 13 deaths. There is disagreement about how many Confederate troops died.
The call of the open road has long beckoned Americans … and in 1978, William Least Heat-Moon answered the call and embarked on a drive around the country, taking the roads less travelled. Starting in Columbia, he followed a circular route that totaled nearly 14,000 miles. The result was Blue Highways, a New York Times Bestselling book.
Gary Sinise, also known as Lt. Dan from the movie Forest Gump, will be part of an upcoming benefit concert for veterans. The Lieutenant Dan Band will be playing at Apple Creek Farms on July 27 to raise funds for “Operation Tyler.” It’s a push to put Marine Lance CPL Tyler Huffman, his wife and their two-year-old son into a new, more accessible home.
The 24-year-old Huffman was paralyzed in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was shot by a sniper. Sinise says he wanted to start helping disabled veterans after his role as Lt. Dan – a disabled Vietnam veteran.
A high school senior, Madelyne cheerleads, serves as the Glasgow FFA President, and participates in Band and Choir. On the weekends, she works at the local bank. She cannot wait to leave the small-town life and the farm.
On this week's edition of "Off the Clock," we hear a third portrait from the “My Life, My Town” series that documents the stories of teens in rural Missouri. Today we visit Trinity Rainey in Macon.
KBIA and the Columbia Missourian have been working with rural teens all over Missouri to get their stories about … being a teen, in rural Missouri. Called “My Life My Town,” the project worked with teens to create multimedia portraits about their lives. Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard the audio versions of these portraits on “Off the Clock."
As a refugee from Bosnia, Senad Music knows firsthand how difficult it is to get acclimated to a new culture. He says when he came to America 16 years ago he found it difficult to adapt to the culture, and he is trying to make the transition easier for newer refugees. On a recent weekend at Columbia's World Refugee Day, that means manning the grill during the World Refugee Celebration.
“My mission today is kind of cook food, you know, be on the grill, and welcome people from the community and other refugees," said Music.