Finding Refuge

After the flood of 1993, John Sam Williamson’s 1,100 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat were under nine feet of water or covered by three feet of sand.

Williamson, whose family has farmed the McBaine land for six generations, lost all of his crops that year.

Mo. River solution offered

Tony Prato has spent years studying the Missouri River and believes adaptive management is the best solution for managing the river.

Prato, professor of agricultural economics at MU and director of the Missouri River Institute, said adaptive management was developed in the 1970s to manage natural resources where there is uncertainty about the impact of different management plans. The process combines science and the stakeholders.

Art auction benefits disabled

Karin Davis has a passion for painting and drawing. The ability to create a work of art for herself and others to enjoy is one of the greatest satisfactions she has ever known.

Davis is a breast cancer survivor of six years, but the battle led to the development of fiber myalgia, a connective tissue disorder. Although the illness has affected her mobility and other aspects of her life, she is determined not to let it hinder her ability to paint.

Curfew talks heat up again

After lying low most of the summer, discussions on alternatives to the curfew ordinance are beginning to heat up again.

On Thursday, Bill Whitcomb of the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service will discuss ways the community can curb problems with youth out late at night, said Mary Ratliff, president of the Columbia branch of the NAACP.

Don’t just look the other way

Looking the other way has become part of a new lifestyle for some people. It’s not about being politically correct or even being polite, it’s about being embarrassed. It can either begin or end with the fact that it becomes impossible to look authentic war heroes in the eye until we know the true story about Private Jessica Lynch’s ordeal in Iraq. It’s not about politics or patriotism, it’s about human decency. The way it always comes down to, is in every aspect of life the way most older people’s parents told them it would.

Sometimes for expediency’s sake, we all resort to behavior that we like to believe is a one-time thing. Making a hero out of a villain at his funeral to spare the family’s feelings, is one example. Still, if we’re not careful, it can become a bad habit. We certainly don’t want to keep looking the other way while our neighbors and friends are losing their jobs and their homes are disappearing into the great wasteland of the chronically unemployed. We don’t want to turn away from the high cost of prescription drugs, that are forcing many people to do without food in order to stay well.

Mavs win streak snapped

Mid-Missouri can’t win them all in its last at bat.

Washington starter Ben Ally shut down the Mavericks offense in the Wild Things’ 6-1 win against Mid-Missouri on Sunday night at Taylor Stadium. The Mavericks ended their season-high five-game winning streak.

Going the distance

Two and a half years ago, Phil Stitzer, a participant in Sunday’s Show-Me State Games duathlon, had heart bypass surgery.

This was the second year for the race. It featured 39 athletes competing in a five-mile run and a 20-mile bike ride.

Show-Me State Games: Soccer

Sometimes a nickname describes a team well, other times it’s a fun name.

The Monster Squad, who played in this weekend’s Show-Me State Games soccer competition, doesn’t fit their nickname at all. None of the players look or act like monsters. They lost all three of their games in the Show-Me State Games Governors’ Cup soccer competition. The team was one of eight teams in the women’s open division.

Show-Me State Games: Basketball

Pride can be a powerful motivating force and it was one of the main factors in the Show-Me State Games Division I basketball championship Sunday.

The St. Louis Pistons defeated the Rolla Pepsi team 84-81 in two overtimes at the MU Student Rec Center. They won despite playing the final two minutes of the second overtime without leading scorer Maurice Baker, a former first team All-Big 12 performer at Oklahoma State.