Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Local Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Local Digest

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COLUMBIA, MO. > Piano restored for display * A restored 1904 piano will be the focus at the dedication of a celebrated ragtime pianist's home in Columbia.

The Haines Brothers piano was one of the practice pianos for John William "Blind" Boone, The Columbia Missourian reported.

Boone lived in the Columbia home from 1889 until his death in 1927. Boone, who was blind almost from birth, became one of the first black artists recorded by the QRS piano roll company, performing 11 selections while a machine punched the notes on the roll, according to the State Historical Society of Missouri.

It will be at the center of the John William "Blind" Boone Home, which will open for the first time Sunday since undergoing renovations begun in 2001.

OSAGE COUNTY > Deer ban blocked * Missouri's captive deer industry scored a major win over the state Department of Conservation last week when a judge blocked regulators' efforts to stop imports of bucks and does to breeders and private hunting preserves. …

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