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New homes, new challenges

A small herd of cattle grazes in the pasture north of Brown School Road and a stone’s throw from a farmhouse that sits at the end of a winding driveway. Steep ditches, not shoulders, line either side of the gently sloping two-lane county road, and the stop sign atop the hill catches unsuspecting drivers off guard.

The oasis of country living, however, is now part of the city of Columbia, a target for the kind of growth that has transformed the northern fringes of the city over the past several years. At its Sept. 2 meeting, the Columbia City Council annexed and rezoned the 86-acre property, between Shalimar Gardens on the east and Crestwood Hills on the west. Owned by Forrest and Elizabeth Sappington, the land will be developed by PGS Development LLC. Plans call for as many as 150 single-family homes and 66 duplexes.

Grounding it out

ST. LOUIS — During the first half Sunday, it looked like Joe Montana wouldn’t have been able to fix the St. Louis Rams’ anemic offense.

Then Marc Bulger came to life.

Superintendent sets new goals

In her third month leading the Columbia Public School District, Superintendent Phyllis Chase still has some empty bookcases and piles of papers and books on her desk. Busy as she is, she doesn’t have time to notice.

Fresh off two weeks of answering questions about newly released Missouri Assessment Program test results and less positive No Child Left Behind Act statistics, Chase stressed the importance of accountability.

Juric tested at tournament

The crowd sat silent between intermittent cheers. Missouri’s Urska Juric and Illinois State’s Liina Suurvarik showed they deserved to be considered two of the nation’s best.

Juric, ranked No. 24 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, and Suurvarik, No. 30, captivated spectators Sunday at the Mizzou Four-Way Tournament at the Green Tennis Center in both singles and doubles play .

Tomorrow hurt by ignoring today

This is the time of year when I once envied football fans. I thought it was pretty wonderful that they could so casually shrug off the cares of the world around them and throw themselves whole-heartedly into a sports contest. It seemed to me that it was a grand thing to be in such superb control of one’s emotions that they could be shifted to and fro at will.

Report shows minorities face higher risk for chronic disease

Chronic disease is the leading killer of Missourians older than 35, and blacks exhibit a much higher risk of suffering from some of these diseases.

The Missouri Hospital Association, in a report released last week, said chronic diseases — including heart disease, diabetes and cancer — accounted for 64 percent of deaths in Missouri in 2001.

Tigers joining school’s best at many levels

Three games into its season, the Missouri football team has made its mark on school history in several areas. Some are for the first time under third-year coach Gary Pinkel, and some are for the first time in decades.

The history is not lost on the players.

Walter Williams honored

BOONVILLE — A forest green shroud flapped in the light September breeze. The stern lines of a bronze sculpture could just barely be made out beneath the cloak.

Return gets KC going

KANSAS CITY – Less than a minute into Sunday’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Kansas City Chiefs were desperately seeking some inspiration.

Dante Hall’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the spark the Chiefs needed. They recovered from a miserable start to beat the Steelers 41-20 at Arrowhead Stadium.

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