Tiger fans pounce at MU football victory

ST. LOUIS — Win the turnover battle. Win goal-line and short-yardage situations. Be efficient in the red zone. Convert on third down. Win the fourth quarter.

A sign hanging in the Illinois locker room listed these as the formula to beating Missouri. The Illini accomplished none in a 22-15 loss to the Tigers at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday.

City to vote on Sunday liquor law

Columbia residents will be able to buy beer and liquor earlier than usual on Sundays if the city council approves an ordinance designed to make city code comply with a new state law.

The council at its regular meeting Tuesday night will introduce the ordinance, which would allow stores to sell liquor on Sundays between 9 a.m. and midnight. Previously, state law prohibited Sunday liquor sales before 11 a.m.

Clemons’ path fraught with dubious grades

The main attraction in the lobby of the MU-Columbia’s Engineering Building West is an electricity dynamo donated in 1882 by Thomas Edison.

A mile away, at the center of the Hearnes Center, a massive suspended scoreboard tracks the basketball Tigers’ performance on the court below.

Mo. monument undisputed

JEFFERSON CITY — While a dispute has roared in Alabama about the removal of a monument of the Ten Commandments from the state courthouse, a similar stone tablet in the Missouri statehouse’s backyard remains in a quiet calm.

The Ten Commandments monument has stood on the Missouri River side of the Capitol for 45 years without generating any objections. And state officials indicate little concern of any arising.

Harden’s special teams play sparks MU

ST. LOUIS — Michael Harden knew his backfield experience would be important to keeping Missouri’s defense in order Saturday. His play on special teams in the first quarter, though, was more helpful to the offense.

On fourth-and-15 for Illinois on its 18, junior punter Matt Minnes caught the snap at about the 5. Harden rushed in from the right side, and because the rest of the Illini continued to block, it did not look as if a punt fake had been called. Minnes did not punt, though, and Harden ran into him before Minnes stepped a little to the right.

Tigers take Invitational title

Sometimes a team needs a loss.

Missouri learned this in the third game of its match against Arkansas on Saturday at the Tiger Invitational. The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 30-15, 30-18. 26-30, 30-16.

Kewps win thriller vs. Marquette

While Hickman coach Jerry Price attended the U.S. Open in New York, his team in Columbia proved it doesn’t take professionals to put on a good show.

The Kewpies beat Marquette High 4-3 despite a constant sprinkle at Hickman on Saturday.

Helias cruises

Lauren Delaney’sDelaney’s’ pitching masterpiece helped the Helias Crusaders roll to a win against Eureka in the championship of the Columbia College High School Softball Invitational on Saturday at Cougar Field.

Delaney pitched a one-hitter to lead the way to a 7-0 victory.

Rock Bridge defense shines in jamboree

Several returning Rock Bridge stars did not steal the show at Friday night’s three-team jamboree at Rock Bridge.

Instead, the Bruins received balance on both sides of the ball, defeating Oakville 6-0 and settling for a scoreless 36-play scrimmage with Liberty.

Abron forgets fumble to finish with flourish

ST. LOUIS - At least when he is at the Edward Jones Dome, Missouri tailback Zack Abron is a slow starter. When he gets going, though, look out.

Much as he did last season, Abron struggled at the outset but had a strong second half to help Missouri to a 22-15 win against Illinois on Saturday.

Newcomers poke holes in Tigers’ defense

ST. LOUIS — Illinois freshman E.B. Halsey couldn’t have modeled his third-quarter offensive takeover after Missouri quarterback Brad Smith’s breakout a year ago. At home in Elizabeth, N.J., Halsey wasn’t watching.

“We didn’t get it out there,” Halsey said.

Center offers help for stress Stressed students start year

While some college students welcome the start of the new school year, others experience an overwhelming amount of stress.

The New York Times recently reported that “80 percent of campuses have noted significant increases in serious psychological problems, including severe stress, depression, anxiety and panic attacks.” The information comes from an annual survey of counseling centers by Dr. Robert Gallagher of the University of Pittsburgh.

Fake IDs could run up a hefty tab

When minors try to get into Columbia bars and restaurants using false identification, they know they’re taking a risk. While most minors are aware of the potential criminal penalties, they may not realize they could face civil consequences as well — like being sued.

Bar owners around the country, who have their licenses suspended for serving minors, are starting to take legal action against underage patrons with false identification.

New study says apologizing may be best defense

In civil cases, a common perception among attorneys is that a defendant’s apology represents an admission of guilt. However, a new study suggests that saying you’re sorry could help you avoid litigation altogether.

The study, by Jennifer Robbennolt, an MU law professor, also found that an apology can often lead to a quicker and less painful settlement of civil disputes.

Risk of West Nile disease builds in fall

Labor Day weekend is not only the last weekend of summer — historically it is a dangerous time for exposure to the West Nile virus in Missouri. With four human cases reported in the last week, state health officials caution residents that the virus is not going away.

West Nile cases increase in the late summer and early fall. In the past several weeks, dead blue jays that tested positive for the virus have been found in northwest and southwest Columbia, according to the Boone County Health Department. Although there have yet to be any human cases of infection in Columbia, the threat of the virus remains.

Working on history

The kitchen table is a wonderful place to share ideas.

That’s where Connie Shay and some friends sat in her 159-year-old house two years ago to help create the Boonslick Area Tourism Council.

Be there or be square

Steve Young beckons to the crowd. The musicians are ready, fiddles in one hand, bows in the other. A group of 16 gather, dressed in T-shirts and blouses, shorts and overalls, cell phones clipped to pockets. When the fiddling begins, the dancers look at Young to guide them through a clumsy first set of do-si-dos. Although the dancers have been invited, the square dance looks impromptu.

And that’s just the way Young wants it.

Feeding finicky grandkids

With all the grandchildren I have, it’s quite a feat to feed them when they appear for dinner. At least twice a month I have a cattle call and usually all 17 of my in-town kin come to Sunday dinner. Before I had grandkids, I envisioned myself as being the perfect Grammy. You know, the “Aunt Bea” type on Mayberry RFD.” Although I didn’t want her girth (give me time; it may happen) she was always in the kitchen with an apron tied around what should have been her waist (at that time I didn’t own an apron) with a pot of something bubbling on the stove and a homemade pie in the oven. I loved everything about her from her chubby cheeks to her jolly demeanor.

I really tried to emulate her behavior, but as my family grew it became difficult to please everyone with all the different rules I must follow. It seems that each set of parents disallows different foods depending on which pediatrician they have. It gets quite confusing.

Picnic: Nashville Baptist Church Style

Splot. Splot. Shriek. People pelt each other with water balloons. The adults are as into it as the children, and soon the structured water games devolve into all-out bucket drenchings.

  There’s no accounting for the weather. Last year members of Nashville Baptist Church, on Route N near Easley, held the community picnic in September and everyone froze. This year they moved it to August and are dealing with extraordinary heat — so the entire picnic is hauled indoors. But either way, church members make it a fun and unusual way to express their faith and foster the church community.

Remembering the Sabbath

For Edwin Cole, Sundays have been the day to avoid the hustle and bustle of the rest of the week. As a child, he, eight siblings and his parents loaded into their station wagon every week and drove 10 or 15 miles to Mass in Arlington, Wash. It was a struggle to get nine kids organized on time, he said, but the family arrived early and wore their Sunday best.

“It was a big deal — we all dressed up and after Mass we’d usually stop to get something to eat or drink,” Cole said. “It was the main part of the day.”