Bruins, Kewps ready to get to work

High school teams across the state officially begin fall sports practice today and many athletes, including Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton, said they are looking forward to returning to competition.

“I can’t wait to get out there and get some pads on,” Patton said. “It’s been tough all summer just talking about football.”

Finally, McDonald wins

Dave McDonald was due.

After playing in the Kiwanis Columbia Championship Golf Tournament for the past 10 years, McDonald won for the first time Sunday at Columbia Country Club.

State quarter unveiled

Missourians celebrated 182 years of statehood Sunday as the Missouri state quarter was officially unveiled at the state fairgrounds in Sedalia.

Fairgoers packed into the Mathewson Exhibition Center to enjoy the air conditioning and watch the afternoon presentation.

Offensive line not lean

The resume of the Missouri football team’s offensive line reads longer than its grocery list: two preseason All-Americans, three preseason All-Big 12 Conference candidates, six returning starters, eight letterwinners.

“We think we’re pretty good two-deep, pretty solid, it’s a close battle,” Dave Christensen, the MU offensive line coach said.

Experts say higher octane ratings, higher price avoidable

Drivers across the country are spending millions of dollars each year for higher octane gasolines that they may not need.

When customers pull up to the pump to fill up their tank, they’re usually given three options for gas: regular, super, and premium with octanes of 87, 89, and 91, respectively.

Call of duty

As of Sunday, Columbia resident Katherine Collins was a wife and stepmother to two teenagers trying to earn her undergraduate degree in English at MU. At the end of August, Spc. Collins will still be a wife and stepmother, but she’ll also be deployed to Cuba with the National Guard, where American forces are working with al-Qaeda detainees.

Collins said it is unlikely she will have contact with the detainees, but because of security issues, her National Guard unit will be confined to the base during its deployment.

Top forward orally commits to Tigers

Marshall Brown of Austin, Texas gave Missouri assistant basketball coach Tony Harvey an oral commitment to join the Tigers’ class of 2004. ranks Brown, a 6-foot-6 small forward, eighth in the country at his position.

“I felt really good about it and my family is behind me,” Brown said. “I like the coaching staff and I think I’m going to be able to come in and play.”

‘Garden Geezer’ sinks his shovel into local soil

Perfection for Jim Wilson is his Bose Wave radio facing out of the kitchen window while he conducts classical music with one hand and weeds his garden with the other.

The 78-year-old master gardener and author has found true happiness in his career.

Wild Things shut out Mavs again

Mid-Missouri lost 2-0 to the Washington Wild Things on Sunday at Falconi Field in Washington, Penn. It was the second day in a row the Wild Things (41-27) shut out the Mavericks (28-42) .

The Wild Things’ Jared Howton pitched six innings and struck out five to earn his seventh win of the season. Anthony Kozol pitched the ninth to finish the three-hit shutout and pick up his 13th save.

Paavos camp strengthens Kewpies

In late June, 11 members of the Hickman cross country team found themselves standing in the middle of Michigan’s Manistee National Forest with a trip home more than a week away.

They were dumped off in Manistee minutes earlier, after a 12-hour trip, with nothing more than a stool to sit on, running clothes for the week, a flashlight, a sleeping bag and a three-ring notebook.

Farmer moves up Rams’ depth chart

Mike Martz called for a long pass. This wasn’t a shock to one of the NFL’s most pass-oriented offenses. The only person surprised was former Missouri quarterback Kirk Farmer.

After struggling in the early part of camp, Farmer entered the St. Louis Rams’ preseason game Friday night against Oakland as the fourth-string quarterback. When Farmer’s performance was over, he had gone eight-of-13 for 130 yards and a touchdown and had sole possession of the No. 3 job behind Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger.

Today’s elderly enjoy a better life

One doesn’t have to spend much time around retired people before you get the message that life after work can be what you make it. I’ve been making the rounds at reunions and other mostly senior get-togethers, and it’s been fascinating listening to people talk about their new adventures. For many, traveling has become a way of life. Some spend summers on the road, while others are on the go year-round, opting for warmer climates during the winter. A lot of them spend endless hours in volunteer work in their communities, while others are committed to a variety of civic and social causes.

I ran into a number of people who have gone back to work and begun to carve out careers in fields far removed from their old ones. Some have sold their homes and moved across country to be near children and grandchildren. A few have purchased apartments in retirement communities.

Certification required for younger boaters

Hunters must carry proof of certification, and now some boaters will have to do it too.

Boating safety in Missouri was brought to the forefront this summer when Gov. Bob Holden signed Senate Bill 1 into law on June 26. The law is an effort to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on Missouri waters, such as the personal watercraft accident that killed a 14-year-old boy on July 31 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Two Boone County firefighters sent to Montana

Two firefighters were deployed Sunday afternoon by the Boone County Fire Protection District to assist with fighting wildland fires in Montana.

Greg Rush and Kyle Smith will have to adjust to a few things once they arrive in Montana. Rush, a battalion chief, said the lower humidity and steeper terrain in Montana create a different type of fire.