Sunday’s bylines: All Hallsville all the time

In the Sunday, Jan. 15, 2010, edition of The Columbia Daily Tribune:

A story I’ve been following for several months is told today in two parts. The feature story in the Perspectives section is an in-depth examination of Frank and Ann Martin’s attempt to keep 148 acres of their family farm from becoming an asset of the City of Hallsville, which has a condemation order against the property.

Just as I was wrapping up the research and story, which required dissecting some 100 pages of documents, the Martins filed a lawsuit against the city and engineer Chad Sayre. The lawsuit wound up on Page 1, directing readers to see the “Perspectives” piece and related documents that were posted online.

This was an ambitious reporting project that produced over 100 inches of copy today. But there’s still plenty more to come.

Elsewhere on Sunday’s front page, my colleague and pod-mate Janese Silvey wrote today’s article about University of Missouri Health Care’s radiology department coming under scrutiny for performing services not ordered by a physician.

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