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It was a foregone conclusion that there would be a lot of scoring, but it was hard to see this coming.

Missouri’s offense did its best Texas Tech impersonation, scoring at will, and the Tigers’ defense did enough against the nation’s No. 1 offense in a 62-31 win Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Tigers like bowl possibilities

Take a walk down the hallway of the Tom Taylor Building and you will see pictures of Missouri’s past bowl teams adorning the wall. Each photo has the year, the team’s record and to which bowl it went.

Hanging next to the picture of the 1998 bowl team is a sign that says “Next Bowl Team.” The photo of this year’s Tigers squad is ready to take its place.

Bond would boost northeast water system

As far as many residents of Columbia’s northeast side are concerned, very little is wrong with their water service. Toilets flush fine, showers don’t sputter much, and firefighters have no problems dousing fires.

But as Columbia grows, that could change.

Hickey and Reys win doubles title

SPRINGFIELD — Not even a sudden change of venue could stop Kara Hickey and Whitney Reys’ bid for the Class 2 state doubles championship.

Hickey and Reys of Rock Bridge defeated Michelle Hall and Sydnee Mela of Lee’s Summit North 6-4, 6-1 in the finals Saturday.

Here to help

Quiet and focused, 20-year-old Beth Stoltzfus goes about her Tuesday mornings working behind the information desk at University Hospital with a smile. Dressed in the plain long dress and black hair-covering favored by women in her faith, Stoltzfus works on behalf of the Mennonite Christian Public Service Program, a nationwide Mennonite volunteer organization for men and women.

Stoltzfus came to Columbia from Minerva, Ohio, this summer. When she arrived, she met Shana Unruh, 23, of North Dakota, who also volunteers for the program. Their decision to volunteer was a chance to get away from home — but definitely not a vacation.

Rock wall safety draws attention

Hauling in 25-foot-high mobile walls and one-and-a-half-ton boulders, a handful of climbing-wall manufacturers showcased their products during a trade show in St. Louis last week.

Among the vendors was Extreme Engineering, LLC of Newcastle, Calif., the manufacturer of the wall from which 22-year-old Christine Ewing fell to her death on July 15 outside a Mid-Missouri Mavericks baseball game.

Coalition proposes alternate sewer plan

Growth in the sensitive watersheds of southeast Columbia just isn’t smart — at least not yet, according to one community watchdog group.

Arguing that sewer extensions are the first step toward development, the Boone County Smart Growth Coalition said Friday that voters should reject the city of Columbia’s $18.5 million sewer bond issue because one of the slated projects would spur growth in the sensitive Gans Creek, Clear Creek and Little Bonne Femme watersheds. The bond issue appears on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Inmates’ hospital bills sit in limbo

Boone County officials are trying to figure out what to do with $50,000 in unpaid bills submitted by local hospitals for the care of jail inmates.

Just $10,000 had been appropriated for inmate hospital costs for the entire year, Boone County Auditor June Pitchford said. But, after just a few months, Pitchford had paid out nearly three times that amount before realizing something was amiss.

Postmark Iraq

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Andrew Weable watched events unfold on television. A frantic call from his mother interrupted his thoughts about what the attack could mean for the United States and for him.

“You’re not going into the Marines,” Melanie Weable said.

Guards playing big role

Replacing the offense of the departed Ricky Clemons is a pressing issue for the Missouri men’s basketball team.

Sophomore guard Jimmy McKinney and newcomers Jason Conley and Thomas Gardner offered a few suggestions at the Black and Gold scrimmage at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

New store brings new frustrations

I’m old enough to know better. I swore I wasn’t going to do it. I said to myself, “No big deal. It ain’t worth it.” But as I rode around town on Monday doing errands, it was like the car had a mind of its own, and I found myself turning into the freshly asphalted parking lot of the newest store in town.

I have never been one to go to the grand opening of anything. You have to be a certain type of person to rush to the opening of a new restaurant — which means you have too much time on your hands. What’s the point of waiting in line for an hour only to be seated to wait for your dinner, which is never very good because the management and staff are still trying to work out all the bugs?

MU finds way to slow Symons

The NCAA doesn’t limit player substitution, which was a good thing for Missouri’s defense Saturday.

To stop Texas Tech’s top-ranked offense Missouri’s defense had to try something new at Memorial Stadium.

Smith runs into records books

Running free on Faurot Field, with the No. 114 defense in the nation knocking heels to hamstrings trying to catch up, Missouri quarterback Brad Smith made it look so easy.

Quarterback draws to the left, to the right, through the middle. Two sets of three-fake jukes in one play. Wobbling and teetering down the sidelines, but keeping his balance.

Picking the year’s last apple

With his dog, Toby, waiting patiently below, Jim Allen climbs his stepladder and pokes his fruit picker through the branches. It takes the entire reach of the 67-year-old’s arms plus the nine and a half feet of the bamboo pole to get near the remaining apples.

Allen has spent most of the day — his final day of this year’s harvest — picking apples in his Hartsburg orchard. He can feel it in his elbows and back. But he’s only taken two breaks, one for coffee and pie, and the other for lunch. That’s the only rest he’s needed. “I don’t work too fast or too hard,” he says.

Abron climbing to top of MU career lists

He is not as fast as Brad Smith or as flashy as Damien Nash, but tailback Zack Abron continues to put up record numbers.

On a day when Smith overshadowed him with the best performance of his career, Abron’s season-high 139 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns went almost unnoticed.

Hickman picks off Kickapoo

SPRINGFIELD — Facing a much-anticipated district game with Rock Bridge this week, the Hickman football team could have easily looked past Kickapoo.

The Kewpies avoided the potential pitfall, defeating the Chiefs 21-10 in their first district game Friday night at Pottenger Stadium.

Hickman claims girls’ district title

JEFFERSON CITY — It took the Hickman girls’ cross country team 13 years to reclaim the district championship.

Hickman’s girls’ team and the Kewpies’ Tim Cornell won titles at the Class 4 District 5 cross country meet Saturday at Cole County Park.

Park plans will include picnic area

Mayor Darwin Hindman has long been an advocate of the Flat Branch Park project. It’s a matter of preserving important property, he said.

“It’s a historical site,” Hindman said. “Columbia really began right there.”

Schools must manage deficit, goals

Possibly short by about $12 million and equipped with new goals from the Board of Education and Superintendent Phyllis Chase, the Columbia Public School District looks toward a challenging future after Friday’s school board retreat.

According to preliminary reports, Columbia Public Schools could be $12.1 million under budget for the 2004-05 academic year, according to Jacque Cowherd, deputy superintendent for administration. That figure takes into account projected increases in fixed costs and expected budget shortfalls.

Fair highlights fuel-efficient cars

Despite the rain and crowds of people celebrating the Homecoming game, the Sustainable Lifestyle Fair attracted a turnout of about 140 people Saturday.

“We wanted to have a fair that had a broad focus — something for everyone,” said Greg Baka, the Center for Sustainable Living co-coordinator for the fair.