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Marshall sweeps Hannibal to gain NCMC crown

The gymnasium was filled with echoes of yells, claps and stomps for a thrilling championship.

After three rounds of matches at Rock Bridge High, Marshall defeated Hannibal 25-18, 25-22 to win the North Central Missouri Conference Volleyball Tournament on Saturday. Rock Bridge placed fourth, losing to Helias in the consolation match.

Battle over abortion law set for court

Missouri’s abortion rights advocates hope their lawsuit to overturn a new 24-hour waiting period for abortions will follow recent successful cases in other states.

Groups such as Planned Parenthood have successfully challenged 24-hour waiting periods in four states when courts ruled that such requirements were irrelevant or unconstitutional.

Hibbert leads way in upset

After losing three straight road games, the Missouri soccer team got defensive Friday night.

In a 1-0 victory against No. 16 California at Audrey J. Walton Stadium, the Tigers’ defenders stood out.

Cougars’ streak at seven

Offensive domination seems to be the key to Columbia College’s winning streak.

The Cougars’ offense spent another game monopolizing play in its 4-0 win against Central Methodist College on Saturday at Owens Soccer Stadium. Columbia College (9-2) pushed its winning streak to seven with its fifth shutout.

Rout not enough for Rock Bridge

FULTON — Most teams would be satisfied with an easy victory, but Rock Bridge wasn’t.

The Bruins beat Fulton 49-6 on Friday at Fulton. Despite the victory, Rock Bridge wasn’t happy.

Errors push Kewps’ losing streak to 3

BLUE SPRINGS — In every phase, the Blue Springs South Jaguars dominated the Hickman Kewpies.

The Kewpies continue to struggle, losing their third straight, 24-0, to the Jaguars on Friday at Peve Memorial Stadium.

Oh, say can you sing?

A panel of judges sat expectantly as 15-year-olds China McCoy, Angel Wade and Nali Holmes circled around the black M on the floor of Hearnes Center. The rows of seats usually filled with fans were empty except for a cluster of silent singers. They raised their microphones and a moment later “The Star-Spangled Banner” filled the arena.

The girls traveled from St. Louis to audition to sing the national anthem for MU men’s or women’s basketball games.

Missourians aim to learn firearm safety

Until Saturday morning, Rita Moseley had never fired a handgun.

By Saturday night, however, the California, Mo., resident had qualified to apply for a concealed-carry permit.

Telemarketing plant closed

John and Shalloh Crandall got up early, dressed their 4-month-old son Joshua, and headed out to collect their final pay checks before filing for unemployment benefits.

The Crandalls lost their jobs on Tuesday along with 58 other employees who worked for Gannett Telemarketing Inc. They were told by the company two weeks ago that the new national do-not-call list approved by Congress would not affect their jobs, but the closure notice taped on the front door of the office told another story.

NAACP to look into local brawl

The NAACP has begun an investigation into concerns that a black man was the victim of a racially motivated crime in Columbia.

Mary Ratliff, president of the Columbia branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said she has already gathered preliminary information for the NAACP’s investigation into the injuries Bill Donnell, 46, allegedly received during a fight with two white men on Sept. 28.

Council to reconsider Grindstone proposal

As of Monday, Columbia residents might know if they’re getting another Wal-Mart.

For the third time in two months, the City Council is set to rule on the 53-acre Grindstone Plaza development that would put a Wal-Mart Supercenter along Grindstone Parkway in south Columbia. Along the way, plans have been adjusted to respond to concerns of council members and neighbors.

Missing

Rodney Griffin’s family has been waiting more than 30 years for him to come home. At the age of 21, he left Centralia for Vietnam. He’d be 55 now, but he’s never aged in the memory of his brothers. They still hope and dream for the return of a young man.

Rodney was drafted in 1969 and sent to boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood. Afterward, he came home and married a girl he had dated in high school. He didn’t know that a week later he would receive his orders to leave for Vietnam. His family didn’t know this would be the last time they would see him.

Spiritual growth

Through the double doors of Forum Boulevard Christian Church, there is a sign-up center for visitors on the right and a brightly colored map of the world on the left — on the one hand welcoming newcomers and on the other displaying the church’s mission outreach beyond Columbia.

Sixteen flags from around the world decorate the walls of the church’s eight-sided sanctuary, where every Sunday an average of 800 congregants over three services listen to the Rev. Max Jennings.

Mussels to muscles

Sue Bruenderman places her fingers on Bailey’s face and scrunches it up like putty. Not only does 12-year-old Bailey not mind, she’s completely relaxed and seems to enjoy the massage.

  “This is a massage I invented,” Sue says. “All dogs seem to love to have their whole face squished. If you’ve had someone do it to you, you know it feels great. Your face holds a lot of tension.”

Collecting can sneak up on you

I never realized that I was a collector until my husband told me to stop. And looking around my house, I think he told me a little too late. I never had a collection of anything as a child. I liked variety. But somehow, throughout the years, I took up the hobby without really knowing it. Now I have a dozen different collections, and I don’t know what to do with them. My husband said it’s time to start thinking about downsizing (No, we’re not selling the house). He says there’s no place left to display a thing. So he wants me to get rid of the stuff I don’t collect anymore.

Starting in the attic, I have box after box of crafts that were made by my children and grandchildren. Throwing these priceless pieces of art away is akin to burning the flag. It’s almost sacrilegious. I also have kept letter jackets, military uniforms and all the term papers (at least the ones that had passing grades), certificates and assorted junk that my kids neglected to take when they left home.

Plan would make for bigger fish tails

The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering creating a trophy area for flathead catfish in a stretch of the Missouri river from Glasgow to Jefferson City.

The department first proposed making anglers throw back any flatheads smaller than 30 inches caught in that area, which includes Columbia. But after a public debate in Columbia on Thursday, state officials say they might consider trading a less stringent length regulation for an increase in the area the regulation would affect.

Code Orange

The road through the river bottoms near Hartsburg passes rows of dried cornstalks and soybean plants. Amid the expanse of crops that suffered through the summer drought are fields of green dotted with bright orange.

Six weeks ago, Jo and Norlan “Hack” Hackman worried that their pumpkin crop also would suffer. There was a lot riding on the outcome: This year, the Hackmans became the sole providers of pumpkins for the annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors.

Abortion law block sought

Planned Parenthood executives expect to request an injunction today to block Missouri’s new law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions.

In addition, Planned Parenthood officials expect lawyers to file a federal lawsuit in Jefferson City challenging the law after the Missouri Senate overrode Gov. Bob Holden’s veto of the measure last month.

Director of utility to retire

After 24 years of service to the city, Water and Light Director Richard Malon has decided to retire, effective Jan. 9.

“I’m 65, and it is time to retire,” Malon said Thursday. “But it’s a good time to make a change. The utilities are in good shape, and I feel good that whoever is going to come in to take over will be able to keep on very nicely.”

Coalition challenges sewer plan

A growth watchdog group is challenging the city’s plan to spend millions of dollars to extend sewer lines into new areas, arguing it promotes urban sprawl.

The money to improve and extend the sewer lines — $18.5 million — would come from one of two bond issues to be included on the Nov. 4 ballot. The other is a $28.3 million bond for water projects.

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