GPS tracker will show locations of Tiger Line buses on smartphone app

On Monday, I spoke to Karlan Seville about the debut of a Tiger Line’s GPS bus-tracking system on the GoMizzou app. Although a few paragraphs in the story had to be trimmed due to space constraints, I’m still happy with how it turned out. This story was a quick turnaround, and I believe I’m starting to get better at writing on deadline.

GPS tracker will show locations of Tiger Line buses on smartphone app

September 16, 2013 | 8:29 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — On Tuesday, MU’s GoMizzou smartphone app will begin offering a GPS bus-tracking system for the Tiger Line shuttle service.

Karlan Seville, the communications manager at MU Campus Facilities, said the new technology will make commuting on the Tiger Line easier for students.

“The addition of Tiger Line’s GPS map on the GoMizzou app will allow students to see where the bus is at any given time, so that they know how soon the bus will arrive at their location,” Seville said.

The GPS tracking information will be provided by DoubleMap, a bus-tracking application that is also used to track Columbia Transit’s buses.

MU senior Emily Clements said she hoped the bus tracker would make riding university buses more convenient for her.

“I never know when the bus is coming,” Clements said. “Whenever it gets cold, at least I won’t have to stand outside waiting for the bus.”

While GPS tracking for the Tiger Line had already been available through DoubleMap, its use in the GoMizzou app will make it more accessible.

“GoMizzou is popular with students, so we wanted to make sure that we brought Tiger Line’s GPS map to GoMizzou,” Seville said.



Chrome and Bacon car show revs up and sizzles

On Saturday, I finally wrote my first automotive story for the Missourian. I worked alongside fellow aspiring automotive journalist Joey Ukrop, so you can imagine our enthusiasm covering the event. We both had an awesome time, met a lot of great people and saw some unbelievable cars! It was even sweeter to see the article on the front of the Sunday paper!

Chrome and Bacon car show revs up and sizzles

September 14, 2013 | 9:29 p.m. CDT
A pair of Chevrolet pickups from different eras stand on display at the Chrome and Bacon car show at Woodcrest Chapel on Saturday.
Bob Hurdle’s 1966 Rally Red Chevrolet Corvette gleams in the sunlight at the Chrome and Bacon car show at Woodcrest Chapel on Saturday. | Joey Ukrop
A group of boys that stopped to admire a 1934 Ford three-window coupe are reflected in its custom paint job at the Chrome and Bacon car show on Saturday at Woodcrest Chapel. | Joey Ukrop
A steady flow of cars and motorcycles made their way into the Woodcrest Chapel parking lot Saturday afternoon for the Chrome and Bacon car show. Hartley Wright, ministry coordinator, said there were approximately 85 entries.

The Chrome and Bacon car show brought a steady stream of vehicles to Woodcrest Chapel on Saturday. ¦ Joey Ukrop

COLUMBIA— Columbia’s car show scene is starting to take on a different look as more participants showcase their souped-up daily drivers.

The second annual Chrome and Bacon motorcycle and classic car show was held Saturday at the Woodcrest Chapel parking lot on W. Nifong Blvd. Chrome and Bacon is hosted by the Woodcrest Chapel men’s ministry and began in June 2012.

“We moved this year’s show into the fall to generate more interest and participation,” ministry coordinator Hartley Wright said. “We wanted to build on what we started last year.”

The strategy definitely worked, as there were far more registered cars and spectators than during the ministry’s inaugural show last year, Wright said.

Wright came up with Chrome and Bacon’s unique name to differentiate it from Columbia’s other annual car shows and draw more participants.

“Cars and bikes have the chrome, and all of our food is served with bacon,” Wright said. “As you know, it’s very hard to find a guy that doesn’t respond to bacon.”

More than 85 cars and motorcycles were entered in the show, ranging from trailer queens to daily drivers. If anything, the event serves to show spectators that participating in car shows doesn’t have to be a high-dollar operation; they just need to have a passion for cars and bring something unique.

The Danger Ranger

Chris Patterson, of Columbia, entered a moderately stock appearing 1996 Ford Ranger pickup in the show. Traditional automotive enthusiasts likely wouldn’t give the sedated truck a second glance, unless they happened to take a peek under the hood.

Instead of the Ranger’s standard 2.3L four-cylinder engine that produces a mere 112 horsepower, Patterson’s Ranger features a modified 250 horsepower turbocharged and intercooled engine modeled after the iconic 1984-86 Mustang SVOs.

“When I tell people I have a turbo Ranger, they look at me weird,” Patterson said.

Patterson purchased the truck from his father in May 2009.

“My dad was too big for it and didn’t fit,” Patterson said. “When I bought the truck, it was bone-grandpa stock.”

After Internet research into what other Ranger owners had done, Patterson realized his truck’s true potential. The popular choice among Ranger enthusiasts was to swap in a V8, but Patterson wanted to be unique. Instead, he chose to modify the Ranger’s existing four-cylinder engine by installing Mustang SVO forged rods and pistons and a HX-35 twin-scroll turbochager from a Dodge Cummins diesel. A Hurst shifter was also installed for crisper, quicker shifts.

Despite extensive drivetrain modifications that have more than doubled the vehicle’s horsepower, Patterson’s Ranger still logs 27 mpg on the highway and retains perfect street manners.

“Trailer queens have irritated me at car shows since I was a little kid,” Patterson said. “I built this truck to be a driver. It’s a great mix of power and handling.”

The Grand Am GT

Tanner Davis, of Columbia, is another automotive enthusiast that brought his daily driver to the car show: a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT. While the majority of Grand Ams likely wouldn’t receive any attention at shows, Davis’ electric red Grand Am GT is anything but ordinary.

While Davis recognizes that his Grand Am isn’t much of a performance car, that hasn’t stopped him from applying his tasteful design style to modify the car in other areas.

“I focus on appearance modifications because there isn’t much aftermarket support for performance,” Davis said.

Equipped with an aggressive SC/T ram-air hood, 18-inch five-spoke wheels and a two-inch lowering kit, Davis’ menacing GT serves as yet another example that unique cars can be built with a relatively inexpensive budget.

“Any car has potential, as long as you take care of it,” Davis said.



Anne Valentine Hague, Jan. 21, 1931 — Aug. 23, 2013, of Millersburg

The very first story I wrote for the Missourian was an obituary during last week’s GA shift. I tried to get in contact with Mrs. Hague’s family so I could learn more about her life, but nobody returned my calls. As a result, her life story was based solely on an obituary sent by Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. I wish I could have wrote a heartwarming celebration of her life, but sometimes as a journalist you have to work with what you have. Nevertheless, I’m still proud of the story and I give my condolences to Mrs. Hague’s family.

Anne Valentine Hague, Jan. 21, 1931 — Aug. 23, 2013, of Millersburg

August 26, 2013 | 7:22 p.m. CDT

Dorothy Anne Valentine Hague of Millersburg died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Columbia. She was 82.

She was born Jan. 21, 1931, in Boone County to Andrew Clyde and Cora (Peacher) Valentine.

She attended Gillespie Rural School and Hickman High School. After graduation, she trained in Kansas City and earned a degree in nursing.

Mrs. Hague’s nursing career took her to New Mexico, Louisiana, and eventually back to Columbia, where she worked at Boone County Hospital and Hallsville Public Schools.

She married George Bennett on Dec. 1, 1953. The couple had two children, Douglas Bennett and Kathy Deimerly.

On May 27, 1988, she married Frank Hague of Boone County.

Mrs. Hague is survived by a son, Douglas Bennett; a daughter, Kathy Deimerly; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Frank Hague; two brothers, Wilford and Ralph Valentine; and grandson, Jon Andy, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. The service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

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MU Sustainability to host Bike Smart safety event

Today I wrote my first beat-related story as a reporter for the Missourian. The article explores MU Sustainability’s Bike Smart program and how they will use it to promote safe cycling across campus. Earlier this afternoon, I spoke with MU Sustainability’s Communications Manager Karlan Seville about Bike Smart’s upcoming awareness campaign and why students should register their bicycles with MU Police.

MU Sustainability to host Bike Smart safety event

September 3, 2013 | 6:45 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The MU Sustainability Office will host its second annual Bike Smart registration from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Plaza 900 Amphitheater.

Bike Smart was launched in 2012 to teach cyclists the rules of the road and raise awareness about bicycle safety. The program also encourages students to avoid parking their bicycles along handrails, trees and light posts and instead use the designated bicycle racks on campus, said Karlan Seville, MU Sustainability communications manager.

Bicycles parked at forbidden locations are tagged with a warning for the first offense, she said. MU police can impound bicycles for multiple offenses and for blocking handicapped-accessible ramps.

Seville said she hoped students would attend the event and register their bicycles with MU police. If police find a bike on campus that matches the description of a stolen bike, they can check the serial number with the registration. Students must have their bikes present at the event to register them.

In 2012, 85 students registered their bikes with MU police. Before the first Bike Smart campaign last fall, previous bicycle registration events had not been as successful, Seville said.

The Environmental Leadership Office’s Bike Resource Center will also be at the event to do minor repairs and make sure the registered bicycles are safe for the road.

Pizza, drinks and free Bike Smart promotional gear will be distributed at the event.

Bike Smart’s top five rules of the road

The MU Sustainability Office has been placing cards in the spokes of bicycles on campus to raise awareness about safe cycling. Here are the tips:

1. Stop at stop signs and lights.

2. Yield to pedestrians.

3. Ride in the direction of traffic.

4. Avoid busy sidewalks.

5. Use lights at night.