Radio revitalized

In 1975, David Owens left his home and family on his grandparents’ farm to join a fledgling community radio station in Columbia. He wanted to make a difference in people’s lives by fostering communication through diverse voices. Owens spent the next 18 years at KOPN/89.5 FM, watching it blossom in the late 1970s and then suffer through harder times in the 1980s.

After nine years at Lincoln University in Jefferson City as program director of KJLU, Owens returned to KOPN on Monday as the new station manager.

B happy with Tigers

If you can’t get a feel for how good the Missouri football team is, join the club.

After six games, it’s time for the Tigers’ midseason grades, which look a lot better than they would have a week ago.

Husker faces assault charge

The University of Nebraska football player who was videotaped punching an MU fan Saturday night was suspended Tuesday for one game.

The suspension comes the same day that 21-year-old Matthew Scott of Lee’s Summit contacted the MU Police Department to press charges against Kellen Huston, the Nebraska football player who was videotaped punching him on Faurot Field after MU’s 41-24 victory Saturday night.

Bill adds perks for biodiesel users

Every day, tanker trucks fill up their tanks with gasoline or diesel at the Williams Pipe Line Co. south of Columbia. Next door, at the Piasa Bulk Terminal, trucks can top off with ethanol or biodiesel before getting back on U.S. 63.

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof held a news conference at the Piasa terminal to promote a bill he introduced in Congress to provide tax credits to users of biodiesel and continue tax credits already in place for ethanol.

Gadgets galore

If a recipe is only as good as its ingredients, is a cook only as good as his tools?

Darla Ford, owner of Form and Function on 923 E. Broadway, doesn’t believe that. But she does think that a good gadget can make cooking a much more enjoyable experience.

Road work frustrates residents

Kurt Armstrong has lived on Barber Road in northern Boone County for almost 25 years. Tree branches used to hang down over the dirt road, and the ditches were dangerous. Cars and trucks would rumble down the lane, leaving Armstrong and his neighbors in a dust storm.

The Boone County Public Works Department this summer began preparing Barber Road for a chip-and-seal surface, and Armstrong couldn’t have been happier.

Increase in utility rates up for vote

Columbia and Boone County residents will pay a few dollars more for water and sewer service during the next decade if voters pass three bond issues on Nov. 4.

City voters will see three bond issues on the ballot, while county voters will see only a proposal from the Boone County Regional Sewer District. All three measures call for increases in monthly water and sewer bills.

Police force seeks counsel from clergy

Ashland police are looking to the clergy for a helping hand.

The town in southern Boone County, which starts its city council meetings with a prayer, plans to provide officers with chaplains to counsel them on difficulties encountered in their personal lives or on the job.

Chamber endorses Nov. bond issues

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to vote “yes” in November.

The group announced its support Monday for three water and sewer bond issues on the Nov. 4 ballot. Together, the bonds would pay for more than $50 million worth of projects in Columbia and Boone County.

Dealers: Gun sales don’t reflect interest in new permits

Conventional wisdom suggests that Missouri’s new conceal-and-carry law would be a bonanza for gun dealers, sending gun sales through the roof.

But so far, the evidence proves otherwise, according to several area gun shop owners.

Weisenborn shines in sweep

Columbia College’s Katherine Weisenborn limped out of Southwell Arena on Tuesday night with sore feet. She could barely walk.

“I’m not able to move as well,” she said. “I’m getting to the ball part of the time, but hopefully that will come as my feet are getting better.”

Ready to rebuild

Two ceramic tigers and four German beer steins are the only relics that survived the early-morning blaze back in August. Even the well-known red-brick façade must now be torn down.

“Everything else was charred or not worth saving,” said Rusty Walls, whose family has owned The Olde Heidelberg for 40 years. “That’s all I’ve got left from it.”

To tie or not to tie

Aaron Molina was recently deciding between a navy blue striped tie and a solid navy blue tie for a job interview.

With his career and pride at stake, Molina, 25, wasn’t interested in cutting neckwear corners. He hoped taking the time to knot a traditional necktie would prove his determination for the job.

Bruins speed past Moberly

Coaches can’t teach speed, and Moberly’s players discovered they couldn’t be beaten Tuesday night, either.

The Rock Bridge Bruins defeated the Spartans 6-0 at Cosmopolitan Park. Michael Ferguson, a junior forward, scored three goals and added an assist.

Savory strife

The statewide contest, which took place Sept. 22, was organized by the Missouri Department of Agriculture to recognize culinary experts who use local products in their menu items, and it required entrants to submit recipes which used at least one locally grown or locally processed ingredient.

Owls sweep struggling Rock Bridge

Injuries have plagued the Rock Bridge volleyball team since the beginning of the season, and it showed in Tuesday’s loss to Marshall.

The Owls defeated the Bruins 25-17, 25-19 at Rock Bridge.