This week the 40/40 Project takes KBIA’s Jon Ingram to Ashland, a small bedroom community made up of people who live in town but work in other, bigger cities like Jefferson City and Columbia. Jon checked out some local music at Ashland Pizza and Pub, visited Eagle Scoop Ice Cream, and learned about the town’s social life.
The State Historical Society of Missouri is working to digitize the thousands of records in their archives. Along the way, staff has rediscovered many significant documents, including one written by an American founding father.
Last Friday, more than a hundred would-be entrepreneurs got together for an annual event called Startup Weekend. The fast paced, company building workshop brings big ideas down to earth in just 54 hours. 125 participants with laptop and smartphones gather to build small, lean companies that might grow into something much bigger.
Dany Baker demonstrates golfing from his accessible golf cart on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the MU Student Recreation Complex in Columbia, Mo. Baker co-hosted the adaptive golf presentation as part of Ability Week 2012.
Credit Jennifer Lask / KBIA
Dany Baker sits at his accessible golf cart on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the MU Student Recreation Complex in Columbia, Mo.
Credit Jennifer Lask / KBIA
Dany Baker adjusts the seat belt on his accessible golf cart on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at the MU Student Recreation Complex in Columbia, Mo. Baker's golf cart gives him the ability to swivel in any direction to best align himself with the golf ball.
Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission began accepting nominations for the city’s 2013 list of most notable properties. It will review nominations and select a diverse set of properties that contribute to the city socially or aesthetically. Properties must be at least 50 years old and can be privately or publicly owned.
Many properties have already been added to the list, so this year the committee is thinking outside the box in terms of what might be a notable property.
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.
Kids play on a playground. The Buddy Pack program sends kids in 32 Missouri counties home with a backpack of nutritious food each weekend, but the program is facing the challenges of rising food and fuel costs.
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.