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New start for Les Bourgeois
Forsee to take extended leave
By MISSOURIAN STAFF
Forsee’s wife was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Jonathan Hinderliter/ Missourian
The current bottling room at Les Bourgeois will soon be moved to the new space in the winery’s almostcomplete new building next to the current one on Wednesday, July 21, 2010.
Les Bourgeois builds new 14,000-square-foot winemaking facility
By GIANNA VOLPE
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com ROCHEPORT — Les Bourgeois, the state’s third-largest in production after Stone Hill and St. James wineries, has had a steady growth curve throughout the economic downturn, thanks in part to an increase in off-site wine sales. “Our grocery store wine sales have increased, but that’s true of the national industry as a whole,” said Cory Bomgaars, head winemaker at Les Bourgeois. “Restaurant sales have been down. People are still drinking wine, but they’re drinking it at home more often.” Bomgaars is also vice chairman of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and president of the Missouri Vintners Association. With that growth in mind, Les Bourgeois has built a 14,000-square-foot winemaking facility to streamline production and allow for even more expansion later. Ideas for the new facility have been incubating for years, Bomgaars said, but the business had its money tied up in expansion outside the actual winery. In addition to the winery, Les Bourgeois includes vineyards, a farm and clifftop bistro along the Missouri River. The Bourgeois family turned a hobby into a business in 1986. Ten years later, they purchased the bistro and the farm. “That was a sig-
email@example.com Gary Forsee, president of the University of Missouri System, told the Board of Curators on Thursday night that his wife was recently diagnosed with cancer, requiring him to take extended leave. According to a statement from the president’s office, Sherry Forsee had emergency surgery last week. The UM president has already delegated authority to chancellors and vice presidents on various campuses, the statement noted. Steve Owens, general counsel of the UM System, will handle other matters normally addressed by the president. The board met in a quickly called closed session Thursday that lasted an hour. The statement was released at the end of the session. Scheduled curators meetings Dec. 9 and 10 in St. Louis will be held as planned. In the statement, Forsee acknowledged the board’s understanding and support. He also said that he and his wife “appreciate the expres-
sions of care and concern from our many university colleagues and friends around the state.” The Forsees have been married for 35 years and have two daughters, Melanie and Kara. According to the UM System website, Sherry Forsee grew up in St. Louis, attended University City High School and is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, where she majored in secondary education. She serves on the boards of directors of Starlight Theatre, the United Way and the Rose Brooks Center, which helps victims of domestic violence. She is also on the board of directors of the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, her sorority. Cards can be sent to the Office of the President, 321 University Hall, Columbia MO 65211. Personal messages can be sent directly to a web page. Michelle Markelz and Megan Cassidy contributed to this report.
Four Loko to keep sugar, lose caffeine
By AYLA KREMEN
firstname.lastname@example.org Four Loko fans will be able to find a caffeine-free version of the alcoholic drink on shelves any day. The Columbia Schnucks, one of the stores that has decided to continue selling the product, expects to have the reformulated drink available by Thursday. Stores nationwide have been instructed by Phusion Projects, the creators of Four Loko, to pull the caffeinated version of the product from their shelves by Dec. 13, but some Columbia stores are unsure if they want to sell the reformulated drink at all. Four Loko was thrust into headlines recently when nine Central Washington University students were hospitalized after drinking the flavored alcoholic beverage with other mixed drinks. Shortly before receiving a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration about caffeine as an “unsafe food additive” in alcoholic beverages, Phusion Projects announced it would remove caffeine from the product. After being reformulated, the drink will still contain 12 percent alcohol, so each 23.5 ounce can has about as much alcohol as a six-pack of beer. Even with the caffeine gone, alcohol educator Joan Masters at MU’s Wellness Resource Center believes Four Loko has the potential to be dangerous. She said the biggest risk
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‘Today’ show viewers can vote on wedding
By KELLIE KOTRABA
email@example.com “Today” show viewers can now vote on the future wedding bands of Melissa McMillin, 21, and Jeremy Gebhardt, 22, after they won a wedding contest on the show Wednesday morning. Winning the contest means the Columbia couple will have their rings, outfits, reception, cake and honeymoon planned by viewers of the show, a previous Missourian article stated. They are scheduled to wed Sept. 30 at Rockefeller Plaza. “It’s a really big surprise,”
Steven McMillin, the bride’s father, said. “Her mom is very happy, and I think she’s on a cloud, too — both of them are.” McMillin and Kate Garrett, her roommate and a maid-ofhonor, traveled to New York City for the announcement on the show. Gebhardt is stationed in Afghanistan with the U.S. Air Force until early September and was live via satellite, the “Today” show website stated. The couple was one of four finalists selected Monday morning, and viewers had until Tuesday to vote for their
‘Today’ show wedding finalists
The following are the four finalists for the “Today” show wedding. • • • • Couple No. 1: Lauren & Greg - New York, NY Couple No. 2: Melissa & Jeremy - Columbia Couple No. 3: Shatera & Marcus - Dallas, TX Couple No. 4: Genevieve & David - Orlando, FL
top choice. Mary McMillin, the bride’s mother, said that she was thrilled and surprised as she watched her daughter on
“Today.” “We are just so excited,” she said. “We don’t really know how to put it into words.”
about Four Loko is that people often don’t realize how much alcohol they’re drinking, and most of the time, they’re drinking an entire can within a short period of time, which she described as risky behavior. For example, Masters said that if a 120 pound woman drank a Four Loko in one hour, she would have a blood alcohol level of 0.21 percent — 0.13 above the legal driving limit. At 0.21 percent, Masters said, you might know where you are or what you are doing, but walking may be difficult and vision would be blurry. “People just need to be educated about what they’re drinking and what they’re putting into their bodies,” she said. At Hy-Vee, each store has to make its own decision about whether or not to carry the product. “We directed our stores to take the caffeinated alcohol product off the shelves, but we have no stance on whether or not the reformulated product is appropriate to carry or not,” said Hy-Vee spokeswoman Ruth Comer from the chain’s corporate office in West Des Moines, Iowa. “But as far as adding them back in, it’s up to the stores to determine what they want to carry.” Of the three Hy-Vees in Columbia, only the Conley location had decided to sell the drink as of Wednesday
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Police Chief Ken Burton re-affirmed his decision that Officer Nathan Turner did not use excessive force when he threw a man to the ground last year.
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