MU reviews gifts to Clemons

The MU athletic compliance office is continuing the investigation it began Monday into allegations of possible NCAA rules violations involving basketball coach Quin Snyder, assistant coach Lane Odom and former team member Ricky Clemons.

Snyder has said he gave Clemons clothes, a possible NCAA violation, while Odom has denied giving Clemons money.

Shovelnose fishing limits on Missouri may be next

As the legal battle continues over how to manage the Missouri River, there is another problem lurking in the muddy waters.

A potential ban on commercial fishing of shovelnose sturgeon in Missouri is raising differences between commercial fishermen and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The issue turns on global demand for caviar, a delicacy that is increasingly harvested from shovelnose sturgeon, which live in the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

A family affair

It was a family event Saturday at the Sixth Annual Freeze-Off in Fayette as children and their parents enjoyed homemade ice cream under the towering trees at the historic courthouse square. But for Kim and Dale Wayland, the term “family event” takes on a whole different meaning.

“I beat him again,” Kim Wayland said of her husband, Dale Wayland.

Early crest brought help to Rocheport

The town of Rocheport had met and defeated the first crest, thanks to the residents and volunteers who had been sandbagging for two weeks. They felt confident they’d be able to meet the predicted second crest.

But before dawn on the morning when Ross Perot and Harry Smith were scheduled to arrive, the second crest surged up in Rocheport, two days early.

City’s tallest tower gets new group of owners

Downtown Columbia’s tallest building has become a centerpiece for development.

The historic Tiger Hotel, which is the site of the Tiger Columns senior housing community, was purchased by a group of Columbia business owners Thursday.

Volunteers to form city welcoming committee

The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to put a new face on the city, and it is turning to volunteers to make that happen.

The Columbia Hospitality Corps will be making its debut this week as Columbia’s newest volunteer program. The Convention and Visitors Bureau began the program to increase the number of staffed information tables at conferences and events in Columbia and staff the Lake of the Woods Visitors Center.

Grapes of Path

Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyards is next to the cross-state Katy Trail, but since the first grapes were planted in 1982, visitors have not been able to get to the winery directly from the trail.

The terrain leading up to the vineyards and restaurant has been too rough and steep, and trail users have had to go an extra two miles to get to the winery.

Guide updated for canoeists in Missouri

Joan McKee has been canoeing since she was a kid. On vacations her dad took her on the Elk River in southwest Missouri and the Jacks Fork. When the family traveled to Africa, they plied the deep waters of Angola’s Kwanza River in wooden dugout canoes.

“When I came back to the United States from West Africa in 1969, I started canoeing on the Ozark waterways using Oz Hawksley’s book,” McKee said.

Mavs win 5th straight

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks haven’t exhausted their supply of ninth-inning magic.

After winning games in the last at-bat the previous two games, the Mavericks did it again Saturday night, defeating the Washington Wild Things 3-2 at Taylor Stadium.

Holding onto memories

After gentle coaxing, Virginia Stephens begins to tell her story to the group, just as she did two weeks ago. She starts to explain how she knew it was time to quit driving, but when she stumbles on the details, she looks at her husband to finish the tale. And so Gene Stephens proceeds to explain again how he knew his wife was having trouble remembering directions.

“Marilyn told me,” he says.

Edwards picks up second victory

Driving his third race in as many days was not a problem for Columbia native Carl Edwards on Friday.

Edwards, 23, won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. It was his second series win and fifth straight top-five finish.

‘Dying at our roots’

Editor’s note: Bramucci is working with Voluntary Association for International Service, a relief agency active in northern Uganda, while completing research for a master’s degree from the MU School of Journalism.

T he coughing begins again at 2:53 a.m. I wake to the sound of thousands of small lungs fighting the night air. It’s close and harsh, the sound of respiratory infections that promise to linger well beyond the rain season. Because this is one in a countless string of nights, and no one can come in from the cold.

Show-Me State Games: Basketball

Kevin Young has been busy this summer but not too busy to find time to play recreational basketball.

Young, a 6-foot-9 sophomore power forward for Missouri, has spent the summer participating in workout sessions and taking classes. With classes ending last week, Young, 19, found time to play for Columbia’s Mid-West Motor Sports team in the 19-and-older division at the Show-Me State Games.

Show-Me State Games: Cross Country

There were several new faces among the runners at the Show-Me State Games cross country event Saturday morning.

Those faces also were young.

Surviving college after 40

I just found out that a friend of mine is thinking of returning to school to get his master’s degree. And although this gentleman is about a decade younger than I, he is certainly past the average age of a college student. What he is contemplating is admirable, but I must warn him that college ain’t what it was when we were 20.

I’m not talking about the way kids dress or the latest fads. It’s just that at 40-something life is tougher. Just getting up in the morning takes effort. Add attending lectures, writing term papers and studying for tests and the idea of attaining a higher degree is downright daunting.

Tune in for wisdom

Tyree and Jesca Byndom aren’t on the radio because they like to have people listen to them. They’re on the radio because they like to have people talk back.

The pair host the weekly talk-radio show “KORE Issues,” featured on KOPN/89.5 FM at 5 p.m. every Saturday. They bill the program as “a live talk show on global issues with a hometown feel,” and they mean it.

Ramping Up

A large table is strewn with colored pens and pencils, watercolor sets and stacks of paper. The noise in the room fluctuates. It’s sometimes quiet as everyone works intensely and other times filled with laughter and chatter as people share their day, give encouragement, compare art experiences or ask for feedback on their artwork.

  At Services for Independent Living, artists are revving up for the eighth annual Columbia Ramp Art show Aug. 8. In preparation, SIL assistant director, Ramp Art Show coordinator and artist Tarzie Hart teaches eight weeks of art classes to any interested “consumers.” The “Be Ramp Art Ready Workshop,” funded by SIL and VSA Arts of Missouri, helps people with disabilities produce their best work for the Ramp Art show.