Nuts about Missouri pecans

Although Missouri is known for its smaller variety of pecans because of the shorter growing season, the state is also home to the world’s largest pecan, a concrete replica weighing in at 12,000 pounds.

The massive nut is displayed in front of James Pecan Farms in Brunswick, which holds a pecan festival every October and is home to Missouri’s only pecan museum.

Schlosser gets home win for Mavericks

Mavericks manager Mark Schlosser finally walked out of Taylor Stadium a winner.

Grant Dorn threw seven strong innings, and the Mavericks capitalized on poor fielding to defeat Cook County 7-3 on Tuesday night. Schlosser had lost three straight home games since becoming manager Aug. 17 after Papo Davila resigned.

MU soccer team bonds in Brazil

For the Missouri soccer team, a trip to Brazil was more than a chance to play more matches.

Not only was the trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, a chance for the Tigers to prepare for the season, but it also was a trip that allowed the team to learn more about itself. The Tigers saw the second-largest city in the world and visited some of the sights.

Group uses music to give kids boost

The Columbia Public Library recently offered a program for 3- to 5-year-olds, combining music, movement and storytelling. The program - in conjunction with Kindermusik - could be repeated in Columbia in the coming months.

Columbia, Stephens colleges kick-start school year

As the lazy days of summer come to a close, students at both Columbia and Stephens colleges jump-start the semester with a wealth of opportunities to get involved and new resources to use.

For the women and few men at Stephens College, orientation activities for freshmen and transfer students ended last week with the yearly "Song Fest." The event gives newcomers an opportunity to get to know their peers and perform skits in front of classmates. The skits are led by Orientation Group Leaders, and each group vies for victory.

Sweeney, Guiel power K.C.

Mike Sweeney and Aaron Guiel hit home runs and drove in four runs, leading Brian Anderson and the Kansas City Royals to a 9-2 win against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Anderson, acquired in a trade with Cleveland on Monday, turned in a solid start as the Royals stayed one game behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.

Cardinals slip to third

Mark Prior allowed three hits in eight sharp innings, and Randall Simon and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in a six-run third inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 on Tuesday night.

The Cubs won for the third time in 14 games at Busch Stadium the past two seasons and moved a half-game ahead of the Cardinals for second in the NL Central. First-place Houston defeated Los Angeles 18-4 and is one-half game ahead of the Cubs. It was the first of eight games in 11 days between the rivals.

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.