Category Archives: Old Southwest

Grant Elementary student artwork featured at Boone County National Bank

SCHOOLS: GRANT ELEMENTARY

By MARGAUX HENQUINET

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

This month, the Boone County National Bank Lobby Gallery, located inside the bank at the corner of 8th and Broadway, will feature some non-traditional artwork.

The gallery is displaying 18 pieces made with crayons, watercolors, pencil, glitter and more, all created by students at Grant Elementary School. They feature a variety of images including people, dinosaurs, cities and even a Pepsi can.

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Springtime brings flowering weeds to Columbia lawns

COLUMBIA/OLD SOUTHWEST

By MARGAUX HENQUINET

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

It’s springtime, and gardens across Columbia are in bloom with flowers of all shapes, sizes and colors.

In neighborhoods including the Old Southwest, many lawns are in bloom, too. Scattered in with the greens of the grass are the yellows, purples and whites of flowering weeds.

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Grant principal among Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence honorees

SCHOOLS: OLD SOUTHWEST

By MARGAUX HENQUINET

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Grant Elementary School Principal Beverly Borduin was honored at a banquet Thursday, April 14, after being named Outstanding Administrator by the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence, which recognizes outstanding educators in the Columbia Public School district every year.

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Cemetery tour provides look at Columbia history, founders

OLD SOUTHWEST/COLUMBIA

By MARGAUX HENQUINET and AUSTIN ALONZO

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On Friday, April 8, a sunny, warm afternoon, members of the Boone County Historical Society hosted a tour of Columbia Cemetery, providing the history behind some of the names on memorials there — names found all around Columbia: Jesse, Rollins, Nifong and more.

Jenifer Flink, executive director and curator of the historical society, and Mary Beth Brown, an archivist at the Walters Boone County Museum, tried to combine stories of the city’s more familiar and recognizable names with those of less-known noteworthy people. They also highlighted different sections of the cemetery, such as the U.S. Colored Infantry section and the Jewish section. In honor of the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the Civil War, they spoke about figures related to the war, too.

Read the full story and watch the video at the Columbia Missourian.

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Grant principal sets alumni challenge in Grant Memories brick campaign

SCHOOLS: GRANT ELEMENTARY

By MARGAUX HENQUINET

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

As part of its centennial celebration this year, Grant Elementary launched the Grant Memories campaign. Families, businesses and other members of the community are invited to purchase bricks that will be engraved and installed in a commemorative area on the school’s playground.

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Influenced by ‘The Tempest,’ Old Southwest resident publishes first novel

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OLD SOUTHWEST

By MARGAUX HENQUINET

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Three summers ago, Lise Saffran and her husband visited Washington’s San Juan Island and attended a performance of “The Tempest,” a play by William Shakespeare.

It is the story of Prospero, a nobleman exiled to an island with his infant daughter, Miranda. At the beginning of the play, Prospero conjures a storm to wreck a ship sailing by, carrying his enemy. The enemy’s son washes ashore, and eventually he and Miranda fall in love.

Saffran had seen the play before, but that performance was the first time she was seeing it as a parent. She saw themes she had missed before: protecting children and keeping them safe while letting them grow.

At the end of “The Tempest,” Prospero is ready to “step off the stage,” Saffran said, accepting it is the young lovers’ time.

“It occurred to me that that would be more difficult if you were a single mother and not quite ready to step off that stage” if you were still hoping for a romantic life, Saffran said.

With that idea, Saffran’s novel, “Juno’s Daughters,” was born.

Saffran will speak about the novel at the Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, at 7 p.m. on March 23. Continue reading

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Temporary lane restrictions in place on Broadway

COLUMBIA/OLD SOUTHWEST/DOUGLASS

By MARGAUX HENQUINET

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Lane restrictions will be in place on Broadway through Friday, March 18. According to a March 16 release, the Street Division of the City of Columbia Public Works Department is working to install a pedestrian crosswalk on Broadway at Aldeah Avenue, resulting in the restrictions.

According to the release, work is expected to be completed and the road reopened Friday, March 18, weather permitting.

“Motorists and pedestrians are urged to exercise extreme caution when in the construction area and use an alternate route whenever possible,” the release stated.

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