WR ‘Ek’ grabs spot on 2-deep

The Missouri football team can’t pronounce his last name, so it calls him “Ek.” By all accounts Ek is a quiet, unassuming, freshman receiver who has climbed up the depth chart as quickly as he runs the 40-yard dash.

His full name is Brad Ekwerekwu, and he’s a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder from Arlington, Texas, who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. He is No. 2 behind Darius Outlaw at one of the receiver positions and the only freshman on Missouri’s latest two-deep depth chart.

Kewpies winners in season opener

The Hickman softball team was pleasantly surprised.

The Kewpies won their first game of the season 2-1 Monday night against Warrensburg at Cosmopolitan Park.

Heat sends children home early

The Columbia Public Library was Anne Hoylman’s first stop after picking up her son, Alex Gompper, from Ridgeway Elementary School at noon Monday.

The 6-year-old and more than 16,000 other students in the Columbia Public Schools were released early from the first day of classes because of the heat.

Heat doesn’t bother KSU coach

Sometimes coaches have to act a little crazy.

With the reduction of two-a-day practices during preseason camp, some Big 12 Conference football coaches resorted to unorthodox methods to get their players’ attention.

Kleiza on campus, enrolled in classes

The questions surrounding Missouri basketball recruit Linas Kleiza have been put to rest.

Kleiza, the marquee name in the Tigers’ 2003 recruiting class, has arrived on the MU campus and has registered for classes, Associate Athletic Director Sam Fleury confirmed Monday.

Grizzlies maul Mavericks

Pete Buck pitched eight strong innings for the first-place Gateway Grizzlies in a 5-3 victory over the Mid-Missouri Mavericks Monday in Sauget, Ill.

Buck allowed only four hits and one earned run while striking out six to improve to 10-7. Jimmy Reiter hit a home run for the Grizzlies.

Clemons inquiry expands

UM system President Elson Floyd expanded the university’s investigation of Ricky Clemons to include the entire men’s basketball program Monday.

Floyd appointed former MU Faculty Council President Michael Devaney to take over the inquiry begun July 28 by the MU Athletic Department.

MU hits record enrollment

MU has never been a more popular place.

Preliminary figures released Monday show that MU has hit record high in total enrollment, freshman enrollment and undergraduate enrollment. But the school’s increasing popularity is resulting in some larger class sizes and forcing more than 100 studentsto live in a Stephens College residence hall.

Demand high for Missouri quarters

The new Missouri quarter has been popular among collectors in Columbia. Boone County National Bank on Broadway exhausted its supply of 20,000 Missouri quarters within four days — even with a one-roll per customer limit — and hasn’t had any since.

Disaster aid sought amid Mo. drought

Gov. Bob Holden on Monday asked the federal government to declare 39 western Missouri, drought-stricken counties disaster areas.

A disaster declaration by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman would allow farmers in the affected areas to gain access to federal drought assistance, such as low-interest loans.

Worldly educators

According to Columbia Public Schools' human services department, the number of new teachers who have recentley taught abroad is unusually high. Last year, there was only one. This year, there are four.

City to honor Battle, renew monument

Columbia will remember the legacy of prominent local educator Muriel Battle and the anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech with a renewed push to renovate the city’s memorial to the slain civil rights leader.

Installed 10 years ago at the Stadium Boulevard entrance to the MKT Nature-Fitness Trail, the memorial has been hit hard by environmental damage over the years.

MU theater professor receives top teaching award

Former MU student James Rone recalls an afternoon when his professor, Suzanne Burgoyne, drove to a tiny rehearsal room to watch him direct a scene. It was her day off.

“She wouldn’t accept thanks. She just said, ‘This is what I love to do,’” said Rone, who now works with CLIMB Theatre in Minnesota.