Spreading the wealth

Apparently, the Missouri football team hasn’t gotten used to its newfound success. The Tigers are trying to pass the buck.

Plenty of people deserve praise for Missouri’s effective running game, but none seems to want the credit.

NAACP discusses curfew

Even though juvenile crime in Columbia tends to cool down with the onset of cold weather, the Columbia branch of the NAACP is still discussing ways to keep children out of trouble.

The NAACP has been trying to gather community feedback and invited First Ward residents to attend its meeting Tuesday night to discuss alternatives to a proposed curfew.

Utility bonds pass

Flushing your toilet just got a bit more expensive — water and sewer bills are going up.

Capping a campaign that featured a public conversation on the role of sewers in determining growth, Columbia and Boone County voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved two bond issues that will allot more than $20 million to sewer upgrades and extensions over the next eight years.

MU, UM system to combine Extension programs

Consolidation of administration at the University of Missouri system and MU moved forward Tuesday with the announcement that the system’s Outreach and Extension office and MU Extension will merge and become the responsibility of MU’s provost.

Starting Jan. 1, MU Provost Brady Deaton will oversee the new office, which makes the research and knowledge base of the university available to citizens of the state.

Message received

With one 93-yard reception, West Virginia’s Travis Garvin managed to propel his team to an upset of No. 3 Virginia Tech and set a team record.

That’s not important to Garvin, a wideout.

Event gets word out on I-70

The Improve I-70 Advisory Group conducted a drop-in center Tuesday to provide information on the effects of widening the interstate to eight lanes in Columbia.

Maps of widening options for the Columbia corridor wallpapered the room inside the Days Inn Conference Center. Engineers hovered over desks explaining the options, while survey specialists helped owners of businesses along Interstate 70 fill out surveys that were distributed to nearly 400 businesses. The surveys are meant to help engineers and Missouri Department of Transportation officials determine potential economic effects of widening I-70 .

Ashland group targets teen drug use

Turnout at the first Drug Task Force meeting in Ashland was a disappointment to the 18 people who showed up.

Those present were all members of organizations involved in reducing tobacco, alcohol and illegal substance use among Ashland’s youth. Members of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Ashland Police Department, the PTA president, City Administrator Ken Eftink and some teachers were all there.

Fayette board votes to keep rental ordinance

The Fayette Board of Aldermen voted 4-2 Tuesday to keep a controversial ordinance. The ordinance sets minimum standards for property maintenance and requires owners to finance city inspections to ensure compliance with these requirements. The board reconsidered the ordinance after landlords voiced concerns at an Oct. 21 hearing that the law was too vaguely worded.

Money awarded for Rocheport housing projects

For Rocheport senior citizens living in Moniteau Housing, doing the laundry is about to get a lot easier.

Since 1974, residents of the eight apartments in the housing complex have washed clothes in the bathtub or used the machines of family or church members. Others load up their cars and drive to Columbia or Boonville to reach laundromats.

Panel calls for apology on roads

JEFFERSON CITY — The state Highways and Transportation Commission received a citizen panel’s report Tuesday on how to improve its credibility with the public but passed over its first opportunity to publicly apologize for dropping a 1992 highway plan.

A public apology was among the report’s recommendations.

Missouri Episcopal leaders weigh split

The Rev. Mike Kinman, prominent in Missouri’s Episcopal Church, likens a possible split over the consecration of an openly gay bishop to a big family fight at the Thanksgiving dinner table: ugly at the time but ultimately reconcilable because of the deep ties that bind.

Missouri second in Big 12 media poll

It’s no secret coaches and the media don’t always agree. On Tuesday, that ageless disagreement made history.

Picking Kansas the Big 12 Conference Championship winner, the Big 12 men’s basketball media poll differed from the coaches’ top pick for the first time in its seven-year history.

The unusual suspects

Picture this: You’re getting ready for a dinner party, and your guests are scheduled to arrive in 15 minutes. You’re making sure everything looks perfect when you notice one of your glass bowls has a little crack in it.

You rush into the kitchen, and in your haste to get another bowl, you spill your glass of red wine on that freshly laid beige dining room carpet. As you bend down to examine the damage, you snag your panyhose and a tiny run starts up the back of your left leg. You say a few choice words and head down the hall to change your clothes.

Chiefs achieving all goals

KANSAS CITY — After two years of patient building and honing his third NFL team, Dick Vermeil carefully laid out a plan for the 2003 Kansas City Chiefs.

With an 8-0 record as the NFL’s only remaining unbeaten team, it’s no surprise the Chiefs would pass Vermeil’s first-half exams with flying colors.

Election Day Impressions

On Tuesday, Columbia residents were talking about sewers, growth and bonds -- the issues core to the election. They didn't all agree, but they all had something to say.

Big East adds 5 schools

NEW YORK — The Big East’s expansion returns the conference to its roots as a premier basketball league. Football is another story.

Five members of Conference USA moved to the Big East on Tuesday, more than making up for the recent defection of three schools to the Atlantic Coast Conference when it comes to basketball, but not coming close to restoring its luster in football.

Ringo death sentence stands

In a unanimous 7-0 decision, the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the murder conviction and death sentence for the “Ruby Tuesday Killer” Earl Ringo Jr. The ruling rejects an appeal that the defendant’s trial lawyers failed to investigate his history of child abuse.

Ringo, 29, of Jeffersonville, Ind., was sentenced to death in July 1999 for killing Dennis Poyser, 45, and JoAnna Baysinger, 22, during an attempted robbery of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant at 2010 Bernadette Drive. Ringo, a former employee, was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder for the July 4, 1998 killings.

A wealth of wines

Whether it is a $600 bottle of Bryant Family Cabernet or an $18 bottle of Amano Primotivo, customers have more than 3,000 bottles of wine to choose from while dining at Trattoria Strada Nova.

Rockford “Rocky” Galloway, wine enthusiast and owner of the Italian restaurant, has a keen taste for drinks off the vine. His talent comes from a great memory that allows him to remember and compare wines he tastes today to ones he tasted last year.

Troy man hurt in duck hunting accident

A Troy man injured in a hunting accident Tuesday morning remained in good condition Tuesday afternoon at University Hospital.

“The victim was very lucky,” said Brian Flowers, a hunting incident investigator with the Missouri Department of Conservation.