Bunge, NCAA might meet this week

Jessica Bunge is not through talking about Ricky Clemons.

Bunge, a former Missouri student, agreed to meet with NCAA officials to discuss her statement that Clemons, her former boyfriend, received money while a member of the MU basketball team.

Another chance

After two rounds in the 29th annual Kiwanis Columbia Championship Golf Tournament, Dave McDonald is looking to do something he has never done.

McDonald, 36, could win the 54-hole tournament for the first time.

Soccer alums gather

It’s never too late to start playing a new sport.

Paul Rubenstein, 54, played soccer for the first time in the second annual Rock Bridge High Boys’ Soccer Alumni Game on Saturday at Rock Bridge.

Wild Things shut out Mavs

Two Washington Wild Things players took care of the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Saturday.

The Mavericks lost 4-0 to the Wild Things at Falconi Field in Washington, Pa. Shortstop Jon Cahill and first baseman Josh Loggins accounted for three of Washington’s four hits and each scored two runs.

Puberty tougher the third time

My oldest two grandchildren are beginning to step into the awkward stage of puberty. I have gone through this with my children AND lived to tell about it (so did they — but just barely), and it’s not something I thought I would have to endure again.

I saw the signs shortly after Christmas — my two oldest grandkids became moody and withdrawn. When I ask a question my grandson mumbles a reply, but my granddaughter just sighs and rolls her eyes.

Investigation into 10 Truman patients’ deaths will continue

The case officially remains open.

A day after murder charges were dismissed against Richard Williams, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Crane said the investigation into the deaths of 10 patients at Truman Veterans Hospital is still active.

Commission to urge denial of Wal-Mart proposal

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5 to 2 Thursday to recommend denial of a rezoning request to construct a Wal-Mart Supercenter and the Grindstone Plaza.

The Columbia City Council will make a final decision regarding the proposal at a later date.

MU provost to stay in Columbia

After traveling to Lubbock, Texas, and listening to overtures from Gainesville, Fla., MU Provost Brady Deaton decided his loyalties rest at home in Columbia.

Deaton withdrew his name from the presidential searches at Texas Tech University and the University of Florida on Thursday and promised to be a part of the UM system’s administrative consolidation plans next year.

Sheriff race might get third candidate

The Boone County Sheriff election is less than a year away, and two candidates have already announced they are going to run. Another may join the race today.

Maj. O.J. Stone of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said he will announce his intentions at noon today during the Muleskinners meeting in the Stamper Commons room at Stephens College. While Stone would not confirm whether he would run for sheriff, he said he has asked for “five minutes to make an announcement” in front of the Muleskinners, a local Democratic group.

More than a job

Instead of spending her summer sleeping in and hanging out with friends, 15-year-old Ashley Hill spends her days in an office earning money to help her disabled mother pay for groceries and buy clothes for herself.

Hill is one of 160 local teens participating in Columbia’s Career Awareness Related Experience program.

Missouri TE spot catching on well

It came as no surprise when Missouri coach Gary Pinkel traded in his old tight ends for new, sleeker models.

Missouri tight ends combined for 19 catches, 182 yards and two touchdowns in 2002.

Chase for QB Patton includes Tigers

The chase for Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton is closer to an end.

Patton visited Missouri’s football practice Thursday and said he is looking forward to finishing the recruiting process.

2 Tigers earn Olympic Trials swim berths

Two Missouri swimmers are one step closer to the Olympics.

Senior Rebecca Wolfe and junior Matt North qualified for the U.S Olympic Trials at the U.S. Summer Nationals on Wednesday in College Park, Md.

Top golfers swing at title

Twenty-eight years without a win is a long drought.

Columbia golfer Hardeep Bhullar has played in the Kiwanis Columbia Championship Golf Tournament every year since it began in 1975 but has never won.

Pa. lab has 2,000 clients annually

National Medical Services, the laboratory that performed the scientific tests that led to 10 charges of first-degree murder being filed against former Truman Veterans Hospital nurse Richard Williams, is an independent company, founded in 1970, with headquarters in Willow Grove, Pa.

The company says it performs testing services for about 2,000 clients each year. Clients include corporations, government agencies, hospitals, academic institutions, medical examiners, coroners, attorneys and law enforcement agencies.

Testing chronology

A chronology of National Medical Services’ involvement in the investigation of the deaths of patients at Truman Veterans Hospital in 1992.

Charity golf tournament strings along players

Only at a charity golf tournament can golfers improve their scores with a piece of string.

The 13th Annual Helping Little Hearts Charity and String Golf Tournament on Thursday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course had one big difference from other charity tournaments.

Mavs game halted in seventh inning

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ game against Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo, Mich., was suspended because of rain Thursday.

 The game was tied at 4 in the top of the seventh inning when play was halted.

Dismissal, disbelief

While photographers’ cameras flashed in his face, Richard Williams, free after about 14 months at the Boone County Jail, kissed the forehead of his 3-year-old son.

The reunion with his wife, Melissa Brown, and son, Caleb, in the lobby of the State Public Defender’s office Wednesday came just a little more than four hours after he’d been notified that 10 counts of first-degree murder against him had been dropped.

Release shocks victims’ families

Levita Neugebauer, of Houston, Mo., said she was “dumbfounded” by the news of Richard Williams’ release. Neugebauer’s brother, Odas Lesley, was one of the 10 people prosecutors had been saying Williams had killed.

Her brother was admitted to Truman Veterans Hospital on June 27, 1992, with a diagnosis of pulmonary disease and hemoptysis. He died the next month.