Ice Age Time Capsule

SPRINGFIELD — Matt Forir expected to find another 50-foot, trash-filled pit when he went to investigate a cave unearthed by construction workers in Greene County.

Forir, a paleontologist, could not have been more wrong.

Lawmakers set to review vetoes

JEFFERSON CITY — On Wednesday, Missouri lawmakers will begin consideration of 26 non-budget bills the governor vetoed last spring.

Gov. Bob Holden’s vetoes amount to the largest number of vetoes by a governor in more than 40 years and cover some of the most controversial issues in Missouri, including abortion and guns.

Tigers stay ‘Sonny’ in win

MUNCIE, Ind. –- Brad Smith had one of the best halves of his career Saturday. It’s too bad for him he doesn’t remember it.

Smith, Missouri’s “Heisman Trophy Candidate quarterback” according to Ball State’s public address announcer, suffered a mild concussion late in the second quarter of the Tigers’ 35-7 victory and did not play the rest of the game.

Riccio eases concerns

MUNCIE, Ind. — It was every Missouri fan’s biggest fear. What happens if Brad Smith gets hurt?

The questions aren’t fully answered, but the Tigers got a good idea of what they can do without No. 16 behind center on Saturday.

Breezes may carry more ducks to Missouri’s fall hunting season

Missouri duck hunters may be pleasantly surprised this fall hunting season.

Biologists report an overall 16 percent increase in the number of ducks this season, which opens Oct. 25 in the northern zone that includes Boone County.

Rock Bridge can’t handle St. Joseph’s

This time Rock Bridge couldn’t match St. Joseph’s Academy’s abundance of talent.

Despite making it to the finals of the Great 8 Tennis Tournament for the first time on Saturday, the Bruins fell to St. Joe’s 8-1 once they got there.

Columbia schools record uneven MAP test scores

Missouri Assessment Program scores released Friday show mixed results for Columbia’s public schools.

Phyllis Chase, superintendent of the Columbia Public School District, said she was pleased with the progress students made on the assessment — known as MAP — but was also aware of the categories where improvements were not made. MAP measures a variety of subjects — math, communication arts, social studies and science.

Cardinals run into Tigers’ wall

MUNCIE, Ind. — The Missouri defense heard the whispers about its inability to stop the run after Illinois tailback Ibrahim Halsey torched the Tigers for 139 yards in the season opener.

Missouri made it a priority to turn the whispers into silence against Ball State on Saturday.

Summit addresses education

JEFFERSON CITY — Elson Floyd, president of the UM System, said Friday that the rising cost of college, fueled in part by declining state revenue and manifested in sharp tuition increases, is placing college beyond the reach of some families.

“Many students who manage to go to college are forced to take out student loans that will leave them in large debt upon graduation,” he said.

Saturday’s Sidelines


Against the odds

When Kelly Moffatt was born 10 weeks prematurely, she had only a 10 percent chance of survival. On Saturday, Moffatt, a 23-year-old MU student with cerebral palsy, was one of the nearly 2,400 cyclists to bike through Columbia streets to raise money for multiple sclerosis.

Pipe prompts police probe

An abandoned piece of PVC pipe across the street from a construction site got the attention of the Columbia Police Department mid-day Saturday.

The object in question brought members of the Columbia Police Department, including an explosives expert, and the Columbia Fire Department to the back parking lot of the Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St., to investigate.

MVC grades lawmakers on conservation

Missouri legislators earned grades ranging from A to F in an assessment released Saturday by Missouri Votes Conservation based on votes they cast on environmental issues.

Among area legislators, 25th District Rep. Vicky Riback Wilson, D-Columbia, received an A, the best possible grade, while 21st District Rep. Steve Hobbs, R-Mexico, got an F. Meanwhile, 19th District State Sen. Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, got a B and was designated the 2003 Senate Conservation Champion.

Centers offer more than religion

Many places of worship in Columbia dedicate time and effort to welcoming back students. From social activities to everyday worship, students can participate in various welcome-back events and continuing events throughout the year.

Enduring power

On sunny days, its rusty beige stack, topped by a black rain shield, stands silhouetted against the sky. An asymmetrical, disproportionate manmade beast fenced with barbed wire, the Columbia Municipal Power Plant towers above Business Loop 70.

Inside, in its greenish off-white belly, amidst metal and steam, the miracle of energy is born in coal heat. The energy sparks through the boilers’ steam, runs into the turbines and becomes a stream of electrons. Those who make it happen are surprisingly sun-baked and wear uniforms of blue T-shirts and jeans.

Local MAP scores

Below are the scores for each school in Columbia on the Missouri Assessment Program tests. MAP index scores are calculated by the state for comparing entire schools. Other figures show percentages of students who scored in the top two of the five grading levels. The last column shows the percentage change in those levels from last year.

A lifetime of curly hair woes

Have you ever heard a man compliment another man on his hair?

“Hey, Ralph. Love the new do.”

Prayers from the hills

Baptist ministers John and Deloris Hill visited their first prison together in 1984. “As we were leaving the first time, I felt like I was floating. I knew I wasn’t actually in the air, but it was a supernatural experience,” the Rev. John Hill said.

Since then, the Columbia couple has ministered to thousands of inmates at prisons and jails across Missouri.

‘Be who you are’

Joe Hoover grew up in Climax Springs, where gay people were not discussed. He says by age 14 he was the “big man on campus” musically. He sang frequently and won the state music contest. The pastor of Lazy Acres Baptist Church asked him to help with the church music. Often he was the only person younger than 50 at the church. Joe became song leader, and soon the pastor asked him to give a sermon.

  “The pastor was leaving for a week. He said, ‘I want you to preach next week.’ So I did and people loved it,” Joe says.

Confident Nash breaks out

MUNCIE, Ind. – One play. One touchdown.

Missouri tailback Damien Nash wasn’t exactly taking baby steps in his return to football.