MU cross country teams seek to pick up pace

MU's cross country teams seek improvement over last season and from race to race as their main goal.

Managing troubles

If ever there was a classic baseball old-timer, it’s Tony Torchia.

He has the salt-and-pepper hair and the expanded waistline.

New format no problem for Kewpies

It helps to be big and have confidence.

Those are attributes the Hickman Kewpies’ volleyball team used to beat Hannibal 25-6, 25-16 on Tuesday night at Hickman.

Rock Bridge rolls past Hickman

Rock Bridge coach Ben Loeb walked to court No. 5 to try to calm Ashley Miles, a sophomore who appeared to be struggling against Hickman’s Kirsten Seaberg.

Loeb reminded Miles to regain composure and refocus. She followed his advice and helped Rock Bridge complete a 9-0 victory against Hickman on Tuesday at Bethel Park.

Healthy McCoy shows he’s for real

J.D. McCoy would rather think about Nov. 23, the day the Missouri football team finished an encouraging season with an embarrassing 38-0 loss to Kansas State, than the months that followed.

When he tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee that day, it wasn’t as hard to bear. Everyone else was upset, too.

Kewps earn beads but not victory

Despite making five pars and accumulating an impressive strand of “fun” beads, Payge Pleimann couldn’t best Hickman golf teammate Ashley Mansfield.

Unfortunately for the Kewpies, Pleimann and Mansfield’s play wasn’t enough to win the match. Rolla shot a 172 to defeat Hickman and Rock Bridge on Tuesday at L.A. Nickell Golf Course. Hickman finished three shots off the lead and Rock Bridge shot a 190.

Waiting for takeoff

Early-morning and late-evening flights out of Columbia Regional Airport could continue beyond Nov. 1 if the Columbia City Council agrees tonight to help Trans-States Airlines cover the costs.

Trans-States, the airport’s only service provider and an American Connections affiliate, told the city earlier this summer that it would drop its number of daily round-trip flights out of Columbia from five to two. The reduction, it said, was necessary after American Airlines announced it would cut its St. Louis departures from 417 per day to 207.

Rain brings little relief

KANSAS CITY — The rain that soaked much of Kansas and Missouri in recent days made farmers happy, but most agreed that it was unlikely to save crops damaged by the lengthy drought.

“The abundant amount of rainfall will provide short-term relief for the drought-stricken areas,” said Lisa Schmit, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. “Unfortunately, it won’t end the drought. It would take months of abundant rainfall to recharge the subsoil layer.”

Man dies in hospital following hit-and-run

A suspect in a hit-and-run accident could face manslaughter charges after the death Sunday of the victim, a 73-year-old Columbia man.

Billy Ray McKinney was injured around 1:30 a.m. Aug. 23 when an SUV struck his vehicle, which had broken down on Hanover Boulevard, north of Clark Lane. Later that day, Anthony E. Hulen, 28, turned himself in to the police and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Hulen posted a $5,785 bond and was released from jail Aug. 24.

MU grad is among journalism medalists

The sense of power in shaping the news and the satisfaction of providing a service to the public was enough for Jim Ellis, chief of correspondents for BusinessWeek magazine, to get started in journalism.

Ellis is one of six recipients of this year’s Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, to be awarded Friday at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Reviving history

Bob Bauer has always had an interest in doing things the old way. Known as Dragonfly, Bauer embraces every aspect of his Native American heritage and the history of his ancestors. Cutting firewood and carrying fresh water from the spring were among his daily chores while he grew up in a log cabin. Today, authenticity remains his forte.

Dragonfly showed up Monday at Boone’s Lick State Historic Site for the Boonslick Folk Festival dressed as a longhunter or trapper, who, like Daniel Boone, spent long periods of time in the wilderness.

School for Deaf relieved at cuts

At a time when budget cuts have left many public schools struggling, the superintendent of the Missouri School for the Deaf has reason to feel grateful.

“We are delighted that it was not any more,” Barbara Garrison said. “We were dealing with the possibility of much more severe cuts.”

None hurt in fire at duplex

A fire believed to have started in an air conditioner caused heavy damage Sunday night to a duplex in the 1200 block of Player Place, county fire officials said.

Nebraska in familiar territory after win

Nebraska is back at the top of the Big 12 Conference football standings, and it won’t go anywhere for a while.

The Cornhuskers, also ranked again at No. 23, will reign at the top of the Big 12 for at least four weeks because they opened the season with a 17-7 win against Oklahoma State. Nebraska’s 1-0 conference record is assured of holding up, for there are no Big 12 games scheduled until Sept. 27 when Missouri plays Kansas.

Hometown hero

Talking trash doesn’t do any good unless you can prove it.

Jake Whitesides, a Mid-Missouri Mavericks center fielder, can back it up.

Defense proves worthy vs. Illini

For at least one game, the roles were reversed.

When Missouri’s offense struggled, the defense kept the Tigers in the game. When the offense couldn’t close the door on Illinois, the defense did.

Steward picks up victory in Heart of America race

After moving to Rochester, Minn., a month ago, Patrick Steward returned to Columbia to pick up some boxes he had packed and to win the Heart of America marathon.

“It was completely unexpected and very humbling,” Steward said. “I did not line up going, ‘This one’s mine.’ It was a complete surprise.”

Rains slicken roadways

Mid-Missourians got reacquainted with their windshield wipers Sunday afternoon as wet weather finally returned, creating slick driving conditions for many holiday travelers.

“Certainly any time you have a large volume of traffic and adverse weather conditions, that can be a contributing factor,” said Ken Hines, assistant fire chief for the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Harris: Spam law lacks substance

JEFFERSON CITY — Spam, the scourge of the computer-dependent, has assumed official status as a public enemy in the state of Missouri. The question is, can the state stop spammers?

With little fanfare, the state’s spam-restriction law quietly went into effect last week.

The season that was

Most people can’t change jobs on a whim.

Frontier League players do it all the time.