Pointed turnaround

It’s not always a good thing to finish what you start.

Missouri showed that Saturday, turning around a dismal offensive start to beat Eastern Illinois 37-0.

Among the results is the Tigers’ first 3-0 start since 1981 and their first shutout since 1998, leading to a combination of relief and elation among the players and the crowd of 44,490.

City Council to discuss hybrid cars

Columbia officials are considering two steps to save money and reduce the environmental impact of government vehicles: switching to B-20 biodiesel fuel and buying up to three hybrid cars.

Both measures are included in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2004, which is up for final approval by the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

Council to vote on Plaza project

After two weeks and one meeting between both sides, neighbors and developers remain at odds over the proposed 53-acre Grindstone Plaza project, which is scheduled for a public hearing and vote by the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

Members of the Grindstone-Rock Quarry Road Neighborhood Association and representatives of Aspen Acquisitions asked the City Council two weeks ago to table a vote on the project so the developer could have more time to address neighbors’ problems with the plan.

Olivo thrilled to be honored

Brock Olivo, a star tailback for MU from 1994-97, was so glad to return to Columbia that he hugged almost everyone he recognized at the Missouri football game Saturday.

Shutout boosts Tigers’ defense

At practice a week ago, Missouri players each received a 3- by 5-inch note card listing two things they needed to improve upon from the Sept. 6 Ball State game.

Junior defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison’s card read, No. 1: Improve pass rush; No. 2: Force a turnover.

Teacher tax cut gets low marks

Kristen Hoffman, a kindergarten teacher at Thomas Benton Elementary School, spent her summer preparing for the upcoming school year at yard sales, retail store sales and sometimes behind the sewing machine.

Hoffman is like many teachers who pay out of pocket for classroom extras.

City hopes to revitalize Neighborhood Watch

Although there are 472 Neighborhood Watch groups in Columbia, it’s hard to tell which ones are active anymore. The constant movement of people in and out of residential areas complicates the alliance between police and residents that forms the backbone of the crime-prevention effort.

That’s why Neighborhood Watch board president Richard Poelling wants to begin a second revitalization campaign this fall, with a series of eight meetings beginning Nov. 13 and ending in May 2005.

Immigrants want peace soon in Liberia

The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services says 2,879 Liberian immigrants came to the United States in 2002, the year for which most recent statistics are available. Brewer is one of a handful of Liberians — nobody is keeping count — who live in central Missouri.

Hibbets makes two special plays

After Ball State blocked a Missouri punt in the Tigers’ second game, coach Gary Pinkel called it an indictment against him.

If special teams mistakes are an indictment against the coach, then Eastern Illinois coach Bob Spoo could be indicted on three counts of special teams blunders.

Stewart can’t quit coaching

He is not pacing the court at Hearnes Center anymore, but Norm Stewart is doing his share of coaching.

Bruins keep trophy at home

More than a tournament title was at stake for Rock Bridge in Saturday afternoon’s championship game against Warrenton.

“We just knew we had to win it,” Bruins senior Ashley Selby said. “We had to keep our trophy here. (Coach Vicki Reimler) never really said it, like we didn’t go out to see the trophy case this year, but we knew we had to do it.”

Kewpies’ defense denies Panthers

By the time Cedric Alvis turned around to chase Park Hill South wide receiver R.J. Lawson as he sprinted for the end zone, Alvis had determined he wasn’t about to get beat again.

Solid defense in the second half helped the Hickman Kewpies defeat the Park Hill South Panthers 31-20 on Friday night at Preston Field in Kansas City.

Rock Bridge uses Van in drive to win

It must have seemed like a truck hit Moberly. In this case it was a van – Van Alexander.

Alexander led Rock Bridge past Moberly 37-13 on Friday night at Rock Bridge Field.

State power earns regional triumph

Rock Bridge showed it can dominate more than Missouri tennis.

The Bruins, the defending state champions, defeated Blue Valley North, the defending Kansas state champion, 8-1 on Friday. The Bruins also defeated Joplin 9-0 at Bethel Park as part of the Missouri-Kansas Border War.

Tigers start well in tournament

Missouri has had a successful start to its tennis season.

The Tigers won nine of 14 matches Saturday and seven of nine Friday in the Mizzou Four-Way Tournament at the Green Tennis Center.