Developing convenient communities

A simple trip to the grocery store can sometimes seem like an elaborate maze for people living in parts of the city that are far from commercial services.

Mayor Darwin Hindman thinks residents shouldn’t have to endure a maze of traffic and intersections just to pick up a loaf of bread. With that in mind, he’s rethinking the way Columbia neighborhoods are developed.

Barnes a noticeable asset for Tigers

The center of attention is an unfamiliar place for Missouri linebacker Brandon Barnes, but Barnes, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior, could not avoid the spotlight on Saturday. His play was crucial in Missouri’s 62-31 win against Texas Tech, with two interceptions and a forced fumble. The Tigers, who reentered the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Sunday at No. 21, built an ample first-half lead from Barnes’ defensive effort.

Coach and Counselor

As the Rock Bridge girls' volleyball team prepares for the Class 4, District 10 playoffs, coach Vicki Reimler is preparing for something else: life without volleyball. She announced Sept. 24 that this would be her final season as coach; she wants more time to devote to her duties as athletic director.

Gage makes first NFL touchdown reception

Justin Gage, a former standout receiver at Missouri, scored his first NFL touchdown Sunday for the Chicago Bears.

Gage scored on a 21-yard pass from Chris Chandler in the second quarter of the Bears 24-16 victory against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field.

Unity through music

The drummer starts the song with four quick beats on the snare and a crash of a cymbal. His rhythm is even and on time, and the bass and the guitar come in, rounding out the musical trio.

Christian Henry is hammering out the drum line to “I Fought the Law,” his favorite song. The lyrics are in jest though; he hasn’t fought the law. In fact he hasn’t even finished kindergarten yet.

Small retailers face difficulties

Maintaining a small neighborhood business in a city full of big-name corporations is no easy task, said Mayor Darwin Hindman, but he thinks it is key to developing a sense of community in residential areas.

“One of the arguments I heard against (setting aside land for commercial development), as expressed by one of my council people, is under modern merchandising, it’s impossible to run a neighborhood business,” Hindman said.

Fetus photo exhibition comes to MU

MU students heading to class today will likely be confronted by several posted signs reading, “Warning: Genocide Pictures Ahead.”

The signs are designed to prepare students for an exhibit that opens today outside Kuhlman Court. The controversial display is a two-story billboard-size photographic exhibit that includes individual panels showing aborted fetuses and human embryos.

Missing inmates caught in prison

JEFFERSON CITY — Two convicted murderers who disappeared after allegedly beating another inmate to death at a prison ice plant were found Sunday, still inside the Missouri State Penitentiary.

Inmates Christopher Sims and Shannon Phillips were discovered about 8 a.m. Sunday in the same building where they are believed to have killed convicted murderer Toby Viles on Wednesday evening, corrections department spokesman John Fougere said.

Sewer upgrade to cost more than $11 million

Residents of the County House Branch neighborhood see toilet paper around their neighborhood a few times a year.

But the paper isn’t hanging from trees as part of some teenage prank. It’s in the creek that winds through their back yards.

Play it safe, keep children at home

Like the tradition of Halloween, the myth that everyone loves children also lives on in the hearts and minds of many.

Holiest time for Muslims starts today

For the next 30 days, Muslims will remind themselves of the importance of patience, self-discipline and helping the less fortunate. Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for followers of Islam, begins today.

Ramadan requires able Muslims to fast from dawn to sunset and abstain from smoking and sexual relations.